Program

The conference includes two full days of plenary panels with invited guests, poster presentations, and concurrent sessions presented by conference participants.

Plenaries

Advancing Food Insecurity Research in Canada
Presenters: Herb Emery (University of New Brunswick), Craig Gundersen (University of Illinois), Catherine Mah (Memorial University), Lynn McIntyre (University of Calgary), Valerie Tarasuk (University of Toronto)

At this opening plenary, PROOF Researchers will present an overview of PROOF’s work.


Insights from Other Countries
Presenters: Colleen Heflin (University of Missouri), Rachel Loopstra (University of Oxford), James Ziliak (University of Kentucky)
Chair: Craig Gundersen (University of Illinois)

At this plenary, three leading food insecurity researchers from the US and UK will provide an international perspective on research in this field, reflecting on what they see as the important directions going forward.


The Social Construction of Food Insecurity
Presenters: Elizabeth Dowler (University of Warwick), Elaine Power (Queen’s University), Janet Poppendieck (City University of New York)
Chair: Lynn McIntyre (University of Calgary)

Drawing on perspectives from the UK, US, and Canada, speakers will discuss the emergence and evolution of food insecurity as a problem in high-income countries, considering why certain “frames” or ways of understanding have gained traction in the public discourse and policy arenas while others have not. Speakers will reflect on what they see as critical issues in moving beyond food based, charitable responses toward more effective responses.


Using Research to Inform Advocacy
Presenters: Diana Bronson (Food Secure Canada), Mary Ellen Prange (Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health (OSNPPH)), Lauren Goodman (Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK))
Chair: Valerie Tarasuk (University of Toronto)

Speakers from organizations that are leaders in advocacy for policy reforms to address food insecurity in Canada will discuss how they see the interface between research and advocacy. They will reflect on what has been most useful, existing gaps in knowledge and other challenges associated with using research, as well as what advocacy opportunities lie ahead.


Future Research Directions
Hasan Hutchinson, the Director General of the Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion will provide a government perspective on household food insecurity in Canada.

This presentation will be followed by an open discussion on future directions for food insecurity research in Canada. To start this conversation, three researchers will share their reflections and insights gained over the conference period.

Discussants: Lynn McInytre (University of Calgary), Elaine Power (Queen’s University), Valerie Tarasuk (University of Toronto)
​Chair: Catherine Mah (Memorial University)​


Preliminary Schedule

Thursday November 17, 2016

8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Breakfast
9:00 – 10:20 Opening Plenary – Advancing Food Insecurity Research in Canada
Presenters: Herb Emery (University of New Brunswick), Craig Gundersen (University of Illinois), Catherine Mah (Memorial University), Lynn McIntyre (University of Calgary), Valerie Tarasuk (University of Toronto)
10:30 – 12:10 Morning Concurrent Sessions
Canada’s North / Health Outcomes
12:10 – 1:40 Lunch
Poster Session (1:10-1:40)
1:40 – 3:20 Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
Public Health / Vulnerable Populations I
3:30 – 5:00 Plenary – Insights from Other Countries
Presenters: Colleen Heflin (University of Missouri), Rachel Loopstra (University of Oxford), James Ziliak (University of Kentucky)
Chair: Craig Gundersen (University of Illinois)
5:00 – 7:00 Reception

Friday November 18, 2016

8:00 – 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 Plenary – The Social Construction of Food Insecurity
Presenters: Elizabeth Dowler (University of Warwick), Elaine Power (Queen’s University), Janet Poppendieck (City University of New York)
Chair: Lynn McIntyre (University of Calgary)
10:10 – 11:50 Morning Concurrent Session
Food Charity / Community Research & Programs
11:50 – 12:50 Lunch
12:50 – 1:50 Plenary – Using Research to Inform Advocacy
Presenters: Diana Bronson (Food Secure Canada), Mary Ellen Prange (Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health (OSNPPH)), Lauren Goodman (Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK))
Chair: Valerie Tarasuk (University of Toronto)
2:00 – 3:40 Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
Policy Interventions / Vulnerable Populations II
3:50 – 5:00 Closing Plenary – Future Research Directions
Presentation by Hasan Hutchinson, Director General of the Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion
Discussion with Lynn McInytre (University of Calgary), Elaine Power (Queen’s University), Valerie Tarasuk (University of Toronto)
Chair: Catherine Mah (Memorial University)