Speaker Abstracts

2019 Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Tara Moreau; University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

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Dr. Tara Moreau is the Associate Director of Sustainability and Community Programs at UBC Botanical Gardens where she oversees educational programs, sustainability initiatives and community outreach. With over 15 years of experience including working as an international consultant for the UN-Food and Agriculture Organization, her goal is to advance local and global food systems and their sustainability. Her publications, presentations and educational programs relate to food systems, sustainability education, agriculture, biodiversity, and food policy across multiple jurisdictions.

Select Publications:

  • Hodgson and Moreau. 2018. Urban and Regional Planning for Biodiversity and Food Systems. Submitted to CRC PRESS.
  • Moreau, T.L., K. Mullinix and J. Moore. 2012. Mitigating Agriculture Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Review of Scientific Information for Food System Planning. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development. 2 (2) 237-246.
  • Moreau, T.L., K. Mullinix and J. Moore. 2012. Planning for Climate Action in British Columbia, Canada:  Putting Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Mitigation on Local Government Agendas. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development. 2 (2) 247-259.

2019 Panelists: TBA


2018 Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Irena Knezevic – Mending fractured food systems through community-based research; Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

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Irena Knezevic is an Assistant Professor in Communication, Culture and Health with Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. She studies food systems, food labelling, health communication and advertising, health equity, informal economy in everyday practices, and the discourse of food and health regulations.


Current Projects

  • Making Data Matter: Analyzing the material effects of big data use in the agri-food sector (Co-applicant, with Dr. Kelly Bronson, St. Thomas University) – funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Insight Development Grant (2016-2018)
  • Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged(Co-applicant, with Dr. Alison Blay-Palmer, Wilfrid Laurier University) – funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Partnership Grant (2015-2020)
    • The social economy of food: Informal, under-recognized contributions to community prosperity and resilience(Co-applicant, with Dr. Alison Blay-Palmer, Wilfrid Laurier University) – funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Insight Grant (2014-2018)

Dr. Shailesh Shukla – Indigenous food systems as a way of life and feeding the future: Learning from community-based case studies from Manitoba, South Asia, and Nigeria; University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB

Shailesh Shukla

Shailesh Shukla is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Chair of the Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance at the University of Winnipeg. Dr. Shailesh Shukla’s teaching and research interests range widely from indigenous knowledge systems, indigenous and traditional foods, food sovereignty, ethnoecology, participatory governance, community-based conservation, intergenerational transmission and learning within indigenous knowledge systems, critical social science and mixed research methods including indigenous worldviews, indigenous development and community-based development and resources management.

Projects: He has collaborated with academic and research partners from Canada and South Asia on research projects on indigenous knowledge systems and community-based resources management funded by SSHRC, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, and IDRC Canada.

Gerald Mason – Fisher River Cree Nation.

Gerald Mason was born and raised in Fisher River Cree Nation. He has been a teacher for the past 35 years working in First Nation communities. For the past 7 years he has been developing the Land Based Program at Charles Sinclair School. The program is delivered to students of elementary through to high school in which they are taught the tradition and culture of the Cree people of Fisher River.

Traditional-Style Presenters (2018)

Nick Wytinck – Molecular management of fungal phytopathogens via RNAi

Chantal Asselin – Can flaxseed protect against anthracycline and trastuzumab mediated cardiotoxicity?

Helen Tieu – Perceptions on sugar-sweetened beverage taxation in India

Gifty Dzarka – Partnership contribution to agriculture production and food insecurity in Ghana; the case of the Fievie rice project

Olayinka Olarewaju – Inhibitory activities of Amaranthus Viridis, Telfairia Occidentalis, and Solanum Macrocarpen leaf extracts against carbohydrate-digesting enzymes

Eric Hawley – Impacts of IoT in Agriculture on University of Manitoba Students and Beyond

Pecha-Kucha Style Presenters (2018)

Dylan Ziegler – Multidimensional gene expression: Profiling small RNA populations across developmental stages in the Brassica napus seed

Hannah Muhajarine – Starting the day in a good way: Working with youths to invent breakfast recipes using wild rice

Keshab Thapa – Strengthening First Nation governance of ancestral territories for Indigenous food sovereignty in Wasagamack First Nation, Manitoba, Canada

Hannah Bihun – Reallocating Food Insecurity: Food waste reduction through donations in Winnipeg, MB

James Tucker – New Biotechnological Approaches Offer Hope for Breeding Fusarium Head Blight Resistance in the Sustainable Crop Barley

Adam Francyzk – Potential Implications of in vitro Protein Quality Evaluated in Pulses

Poster Presenters (2018)

Heat #1: Yuan Zhou, Hibah Khawar, Adriana Mudryj (Dietary Gluten Poster), Fatemeh Ramezani, Xinyang Sun, Huiqin (Mia) Wang

Heat #2: Deirdre Khan, Helen Tieu, Grace Saliga, Sabhjeet Kaur, Pima Raj, Gaganpreet Kaur, Patricia Ordonez

Heat #3: Philip Walker, Yidi Wang, Adriana Mudryj (Food and T2D), Navjot Kaur Brar, Mihir Parikh