The Conference

The Future of Protein Conference took place on OCT 25th & 26th 2018 at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa

    Six core panel sessions (each featuring four invited speakers) showcased leading researchers from the scholarly community, as well as other notable experts and practitioners in the agri-food sector. Each session focused on a key debate relating to the future of protein and emphasized short presentations and dialogue.

    Feeding the World

    (How) will we be able to meet the protein demands of the world’s growing population?

    TIME: 8:30 – 10:15am


    List of Speakers

    • Moderator: Geoff McCarney – Assistant Professor, School of International Development & Global Studies and Research Director, Institute of Environment & Smart Prosperity Institute, University of Ottawa
    • Goretty Dias – Assistant Professor at the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, University of Waterloo
    • Mike von Massow – Professor at the School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management, University of Guelph
    • Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez – Director, McGill University Institute for Global Food Security
    • Brent Preston – Organic Farmer, Speaker and Author, The New Farm

    Nutrition and Health

    What does the latest research tell us about the health benefits and risks involved in consuming animal and plant-based proteins?

    TIME: 10:35am – 12:15pm


    List of Speakers

    • Moderator: Susan Tosh – Director of the School of Nutrition Sciences and Associate
      Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa
    • Anna Kate Shoveler – Assistant Professor of Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph
    • Mahshid Dehghan – Investigator with the Nutrition Epidemiology program, Population Health Research Institute, and Senior Research Associate and Professor with the Department of Medicine, McMaster University
    • Christopher Labos – Associate, McGill Office for Science ans Society and regular contributor to the Montreal Gazette
    • Diana Rodgers – Licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and Host, Sustainable Dish Podcast

    Ethics and Welfare

    What are the ethical concerns we need to consider in the future production and consumption of meat and its alternatives (such as plant-based alternatives and other ‘novel proteins’)?

    TIME: 1:00 – 2:45pm


    List of Speakers

    • Moderator: Julie Laplante – Professor of Anthropology, University of Ottawa
    • Toolika Rastogi – Policy and Research Manager, Humane Canada
    • Andrew Fenton – Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Dalhousie University
    • Donald W. Bruckner – Professor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University
    • Tovar Cerulli – Consultant, Speaker, and Author, The Mindful Carnivore

    Culinary Change

    In what ways will the 21st Century sustainable diet prompt shifts in tastes, culinary traditions and food consumption habits – in North America and globally?

    TIME: 3:15 – 5:00pm


    List of Speakers

    • Moderator: Marie-Josée Massicotte – Director of the Laboratory for the Interdisciplinary Study of Food, Director of the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, University of Ottawa
    • Jodi Koberinski – Former Executive Director, Organic Council of Ontario, and 2015 Oak Fellow, Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights at Colby College
    • Lenore Newman – Co-Director, Food and Agriculture Institute, Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor with the Department of Geography and the Environment, University of the Fraser Valley
    • Kyle Mortimer-Proulx – Executive Chef, Allsaints Eventspace
    • Paul Uys – Senior Director, External, the Arrell Food Institute of the University of

    Climate Change and Biodiversity

    How can we mitigate the environmental impacts of producing protein-rich foods, and how might global environmental change shape their production in turn?

    TIME: 8:30 – 10:15am


    List of Speakers

    • Moderator: Ryan Katz-Rosene – Assistant Professor with the Department of Political
      Studies, University of Ottawa
    • Jeremy Pittman – Assistant Professor with the School of Planning, University of
    • Gabrielle Bastien – Founder and Executive Director, Regeneration Canada
    • Kathleen Kevany – Associate Professor of Food Systems, Dalhousie University
    • Éric Darier- Ecological Campaigner, Greenpeace

    Innovation and Investment in the Agri-Food Sector

    How can innovation and investment in agri-food help tackle environmental problems associated with the production and distribution of protein foods, while helping sustainable production models scale-up?

    TIME: 10:35am – 12:15pm


    List of Speakers

    • Moderator: Kelly Bronson – Canada Research Chair and Assistant Professor of
      Sociological and Anthropological Studies, University of Ottawa
    • JoAnne Buth – Former Senator, and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian International Grains Institute
    • Seth Itzkan – President, Planet-TECH Associates and Co-Founder and Co-Director of Soil4Climate
    • Jarrod Goldin – President and Co-Founder, EntomoFarms
    • Sarah Martin – Assistant Professor with the Department of Political Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland

      The Future of Protein will took place in room 4007 in the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) building at the University of Ottawa.