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Webinars Providing insight in a time of disruption

COVID-19 created serious disruption in the Canadian and global food systems. This webinar series considered sectors experiencing specific challenges and featured experts in those fields to identify lessons learned and ways forward.

Do you have experiences with the pandemic effected food system? Share your experiences through the Growing Stronger project.

Recent webinars

June 23: COVID-19 + the Culinary Industry: a Way Forward

Featured speakers:

Statia Elliot, Interim Associate Dean, External Relations, Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics (moderator)

Maria CorradiniArrell Chair in Food Quality and Associate Professor, Department of Food Science 

James Eddington, Chef and Owner, Eddington’s of Exeter

Bruce McAdams, Associate Professor, School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management

June 16: COVID-19 + the Future of Ag Tech and Labour

June 16th

Featured speakers:

Rene Van Acker, Dean, Ontario Agricultural College (moderator)
Emily Duncan, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics
Andrew Gadsden, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Debra Hauer, Manager of Agri LMI (Labour Market Information), Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council

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June 9: COVID-19 + Food Security: The Intersection

June 9th

Before COVID-19 arrived on the scene, food security was already an issue in our communities and around the world. How has the pandemic exacerbated this problem, and where do we go next to address them both?

Featured speakers:

Gwen Chapman, Dean, College of Social & Applied Human Sciences (moderator)
Leticia Deawuo, Director, Black Creek Community Farm
Elizabeth Finnis, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Robert Friendship, Professor, Department of Population Medicine
Arvinder Pannu, MSc Candidate, Capacity Development and Extension Program

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May 19 Video Panel: COVID-19 + Social Impacts on Rural Communities

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April 30 Video Panel: COVID-19 + Data Decisions after Disruption

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April 16 Video Panel: COVID-19 + Lessons for Food Systems

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As we adjust to changes wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, Arrell Food Institute continues to gather insight and share expertise that will ensure our food systems can overcome and adapt. We’ll be sharing insight through agri-food webinars and videos.


Other Webinars

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National Index on Agri-Food Performance: Webinar

The Canadian agri-food sector is considering how to demonstrate its leadership on environmental sustainability and other indicators of being a trusted food leader.

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Growing Stronger: Aiming for Resilience in our Canadian Food System

Submit your evidence on what is happening to the Canadian food system during the pandemic.