Signature event

A Road Map for Greater Food Security and Autonomy

March 31, 2021

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

First event of the ‘Providing solutions to global challenges’ conference series.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a need to increase local food production in Quebec and Canada, and ensure all citizens have access to safe, healthy food.

Through interviews, conversations, and panel discussions, participants discussed what a roadmap to achieving greater food security and autonomy in Quebec and Canada should look like.

Our schedule & speakers

Setting the Stage

Photo of Suzanne Fortier
Suzanne Fortier
Principal and Vice-Chancellor,
McGill University
Photo of Anja Geitmann
Anja Geitmann
Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,
McGill University


Panel: Public Policies for Increased Food Security and Autonomy

Photo of Chantal Line Carpentier
Chantal Line Carpentier
Chief of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTD), New York Office
Photo of Krzystoph Pelc
Krzysztof Pelc
Associate Professor, Political Science,
McGill University


Panel : The Role of Higher Education

Photo of Marcel Groleau
Marcel Groleau
Union des Producteurs agricoles du Québec (UPA)
Photo of Darlene McBain
Darlene McBain
Industry Relations Manager,
Farm Credit Canada


Interview with Quebec’s Minister of Agriculture,
Fisheries and Food

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André Lamontagne
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food,
Minister Responsible for the Centre-du-Québec Region,
Government of Quebec

MC for the event

Photo of Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston, LLB/BCL’99
CEO of 360 Concussion Care,
Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees for the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada


Video reflections from

Photo of Mark Lefsrud
Mark Lefsrud
Associate Professor,
Department of Bioresource Engineering,
McGill University
Photo of Liza Frulla
The Honourable Liza Frulla
General Director,
Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ)


Photo of Lauren Rathmell
Lauren Rathmell, BSc’10
Greenhouse Director, Founding Member,
Lufa Farms
Photo of Brittany Wenniserí:iostha Jock
Brittany Wenniserí:iostha Jock
Assistant Professor,
Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition & Environment (CINE),
McGill University


We are proud to announce that our event has been awarded Virtual Sustainable Event certification by the McGill Sustainable Events program run by the McGill Office
of Sustainability