Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is Dean of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University in Halifax. In addition, he is Professor in food distribution and policy in Dalhousie’s Faculty of Agriculture. Dr. Charlebois is an award winning researcher and teacher. From 2010 to 2016, he was affiliated with the University of Guelph’s Food Institute, which he co-founded. While at the University of Guelph, he was also the Associate Dean of Research for the College of Business and Economics. From 2004 to 2010, he was a member of the Faculty of Business Administration of the University of Regina in Regina, Canada. He also served as the Director of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (Regina Campus).
Dr. Charlebois’s current research interest lies in the broad area of food distribution, security and safety. He has published four books and over 500 peer-reviewed and scientific publications during his career. His research has been featured in a number of newspapers, including The Economist, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, the Globe & Mail, the National Post and the Toronto Star. He is currently writing a fifth book on global food systems.
Dr. Charlebois conducts policy analysis, evaluation, and demonstration projects for government agencies and major foundations focusing on agricultural policies and community development both in Canada and in development settings. Dr. Charlebois is a member of the Global Food Traceability Centre’s Advisory Board based in Washington DC, and a member of the National Scientific Committee of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in Ottawa. He has testified on several occasions before parliamentary committees on food policy-related issues as an expert witness. He has been asked to act as an advisor on food and agricultural policies in many Canadian provinces, in the United States, Brazil, Austria, Italy, France, Belgium, China, Great Britain, Finland and the Netherlands