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Meet the Team

Jean-Charles Le Vallée
 
Jean-Charles Le Vallée
Associate Director, Food Horizons Canada

Dr. Jean-Charles Le Vallée is Associate Director for Food Horizons Canada with The Conference Board of Canada where he leads food, agriculture and beverage research. Since 2011, Jean-Charles has published a dozen reports ranging from Canada's international and provincial food performance; to global food safety rankings; private and public food standards; food waste; produce consumption and checkoff programs; food economics; food sustainability; food innovation; diets, health and nutrition; commercial fisheries and aquaculture industries; agricultural labour market gaps; SME agri-food trade in Colombia, Senegal and Vietnam; and more. Jean-Charles also chairs the annual Canadian Food & Drink Summits, and is a regular speaker on current food issues across Canada, including on BNN.

Prior to joining the Board, Jean-Charles was a World Bank food economist. He also coordinated Canada's Food Security Bureau at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and has extensive teaching, research and field experience in Africa, Asia and Latin America with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the World Food Prize, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), and at numerous universities such as Cornell, Laval, Michigan State, Ottawa, and Ryerson. Jean-Charles is the author of a book on food system resilience and has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and policy briefs on food issues.

Melissa Lalonde
 
Melissa Lalonde
Research Associate II, Food Horizons Canada

Melissa Lalonde is a Research Associate on the Food Horizons Canada team. Since joining CBoC in 2013, Melissa has worked extensively in the areas of Food and Skills and Post-Secondary Education. Melissa worked to design the agendas for the 3rd Canadian Food Summit 2014, and 4th Annual Canadian Food & Drink Summit 2015. Melissa has conducted qualitative and quantitative research studies for the Conference Board, with experience including statistical analysis, interviews, and in-depth literature reviews. Prior to her time at the Conference Board, Melissa worked as a Legislative Assistant to a veteran Ottawa City Councilor at the City of Ottawa.

Melissa attended the University of Toronto's Trinity College from 2007-2001, and specialized in American and Classical History, receiving an Honours Bachelor of Arts. She continued on to complete a Master of Arts in History at the University of Regina, studying from 2011-2012. She published a thesis entitled, National Security Crises and the Expanding American Presidency.

Cameron MacLaine
 
Cameron MacLaine
Research Associate II, Food Horizons Canada

Cameron MacLaine is a Research Associate on the Food Horizons Canada team. Since joining the Conference Board in 2013, Cameron has completed qualitative and quantitative research for Food Horizons Canada (FHC), the Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education (SPSE), and the Centre for Business Innovation (CBI), in addition to custom research projects.

Research projects at the Conference Board include labour market information (LMI) studies on the agriculture and advanced wood manufacturing sectors, and a custom project on skills needs in British Columbia, where Cameron designed, managed, and analyzed online surveys; conducted key informant interviews; synthesized results; and developed recommendations. Cameron's additional skills-based research experience includes studies on apprenticeship systems in Canada and Germany, as well as a study on the role and value of private career colleges in Canada.

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Upcoming Events

6th Canadian Food & Drink Summit
December 5–6, 2017, Calgary, AB

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5th Canadian Food & Drink Summit
November 28–29, 2016, Toronto, ON

4th Canadian Food & Drink Summit
October 26–27, 2015, Toronto, ON

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Jean-Charles Le Vallée
Associate Director, Food Horizons Canada
613-526-3090x250
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Melissa Lalonde
Research Associate II, Food Horizons Canada
613-526-3090x325
Email imagelalonde@conferenceboard.ca