Panel Discussion: Impacts of COVID-19 on the food supply and food access
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Time: 12:00 - 13:00 ET
- Richard Matern, MSW, Food Banks Canada
- Joyce Slater, RD, PhD, University of Manitoba
- Pascal Theriault, MSc, McGill University
Moderator: Melissa Fernandez, RD, PhD, University of Alberta
This panel session brings together experts in economics, food insecurity, and nutrition to discuss the impacts that COVID-19 is having on the Canadian food supply and food access. The webinar will touch on how COVID-19 is affecting food prices, food availability, agriculture and food processing, local food systems, food insecurity, and potential changes in eating and shopping practices.
- To understand potential short- and long-term disruptions to the food supply
- To recognize changes to the charitable food sector and their evolving needs
- To understand nutritional implications for vulnerable populations
About the Speakers
Richard Matern is the Director of Research at Food Banks Canada. His past work involved leading large scale community based research projects which helped to inform the income security review process in Ontario. He has published numerous reports with his colleagues about the state of hunger and poverty both in Toronto and nationally, and was one of the lead researchers in the development of North America’s first standard of living index: the Ontario Deprivation Index. Richard has an M.S.W. from the University of Toronto, as well as a Fellowship in Global Journalism from the Munk School of Global Affairs.
Joyce Slater is a Professor of Community Nutrition in the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, at the University of Manitoba. She teaches food and nutrition literacy education, and public health nutrition. Joyce conducts research on food literacy; food and nutrition security; and nutrition surveillance using mixed methods and community-based approaches. Joyce’s research has been funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Home Economics Foundation. Joyce is also a Registered Dietitian who worked in various public health organizations for 18 years before obtaining her PhD and joining the University of Manitoba.
Pascal Theriault, is the director of community relations for the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and a faculty lecturer in the Farm Management and Technology program at McGill University. A graduate of Kansas State University in agricultural economics with a specialty option in animal science and industry, he then pursued studies in applied economics and agri-food marketing. Vice-president of both the Ordre des agronomes du Quebec and the Laboratoire sur l’Agriculture Urbaine (AULAB), Pascal Thériault has, prior to joining McGill University, been the owner of two restaurants, consultant in agri-food sector and project manager for the Quebec Beef producer federation. His areas of speciality include farm business management, agri-food marketing, policy analysis and management of human resources. Often cited by media on agri-food issues, he is also doing research on impact of farm-based quality insurance program on farmers jointly with other institutions.