Founder's Day Celebrations
FEBRUARY 7th @ 10h00, CENTENNIAL CENTRE BALLROOM
Join Macdonald faculty, staff, students and alumni for the annual celebration of Sir William C. Macdonald, founder of Macdonald College, one of McGill's greatest benefactors and the fourth Chancellor of the University.
What are the impacts of the choices we make when we buy our groceries? How do corporations make decisions on how to produce and distribute their products, and what impact do those choices have on our health? What are the economical impacts of our eating habits, not just on the food industry but on our national and global economy? Are there alternatives to the current model? What is McGill doing in order to provide alternatives to current consumption? Our three panelists will debate those and other issues. A Q&A period will follow the panel discussion.
A light lunch will be served.
ADMISSION: First come - first served. Seating limited to 500. Doors close at 10h05.
ALL THOSE IN ATTENDANCE WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN AN iPAD MINI.
Academic Director, McGill World Health Platform
Paul J. Thomassin is an Associate Professor in the Agricultural Economics Program at McGill University. He received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and his B.Sc. (Agriculture) from McGill University. His research area includes consumer willingness to pay for food attributes, macroeconomic analysis of food and agriculture policies, and environmental economics. From 2003-2007, he was the scientific director of Greenhouse Gas Management Canada, which was a SSHRC-BIOCAP national research network that investigated the social science dimensions of using the biosphere for greenhouse gas management. Professor Thomassin is currently a Research Fellow at the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO). This research includes the use of experimental economics to investigate consumers’ and producers’ perceptions of risk and how they impact decision making. He has been a Visiting Professor at the William S. Richardson, School of Law, at the University of Hawaii, Visiting Fellow at the National Centre for Development Studies at the Australian National University, and Honorary Professor in the Division of Science and Technology at the University of Auckland. His research includes economic analysis at both the macroeconomic and microeconomic levels. The macroeconomic analysis concentrates on nutrition-related chronic disease, including the impact of changes in food consumption due to a healthier diet, increased productivity due to decreases in illness and mortality from nutrition-related chronic disease, changes in household expenditures due to increased income and decreased expenditures on health care items, changes in public expenditures, and the analysis of public policies that would obtain these benefits. The analysis can be expanded to include the impact of international trade, adoption of healthier diets in other countries, food security and government policy, food prices, and the environmental impact of these changes. The microeconomic analysis includes consumer decisions concerning agriculture and food products and consumers’ willingness to pay for food attributes.
Author and Founder of naturallysavvy.com
A natural visionary and successful entrepreneur, Andrea holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.). Born and raised in Canada, Andrea has dedicated her life to sharing her passion for living a naturally and healthy lifestyle with the world, while helping to guide others through the confusing maze of 21st century supermarkets and fad diets. Andrea was already a successful retail product marketing manager with J. M. Smucker before she took a leap of faith in 1998 and quit her job to pursue her passion. She enrolled in a holistic nutrition program and began to understand how food affected her body while learning about the benefits of an all-natural and organic diet. For the first time in her life, she knew she had something to share with the world. The following year, she gathered all of her energy and together with Randy Boyer, the two launched their dream career by founding The Healthy Shopper Inc., a coupon book for natural and organic products. Reaching more than 190,000 people a year, the Healthy Shopper, to this day, remains the only coupon book in Canada for natural and organic products.
Eight years later, lightning struck again during a chance meeting with Dr. David Katz at an consumer trade show, which inspired the pair to launch Naturally Savvy, a sophisticated media company whose sole purpose is to educate the masses about living the lifestyle she truly loves. Since then, Andrea has established herself as a respected and authoritative voice in all corners of the health and wellness industry. She has appeared as a natural living expert on news segments which have aired on NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, Univision, WPIX, WGN and CBC Newsworld. Her voice has been heard on XM/Sirius Radio, where she appears as a regular guest on The Morning Jolt with Larry Flick. Her words have appeared in a variety of natural health magazines such as Alive, Tonic and Organic Lifestyle and online at Reader’s Digest, Wellness.com, SheKnows.com and The Family Groove. Andrea is also co-author of Unjunk your Junk Food, healthy alternatives to conventional snacks.
DANIEL McNEILL MEIKLEHAM
Chair and CFO, Urban Barns
Mr. Meikleham currently is Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Urban Barns. Since October 2005 Mr. Meikleham has been a consultant for a multi-national publicly listed corporation with a market capitalization of 500 million USD active throughout the Middle East, South East Asia and both North Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa. He was hired by the 29 year-old private company to take them public through an IPO. After the successful IPO Mr. Meikleham was retained as the CFO and appointed Secretary to the Board of Directors and personal consultant to the Managing Director. During the first three years Mr. Meikleham was an officer the company sales increased from 80 million to 275 million USD with net profits of 20% and return on equity of 25%. Previously, Mr. Meikleham retired from a 28-year career with three major insurance corporations, culminating in seven years with the Prudential Insurance Company ofAmericawhere he was honored five times as President of the Gibraltar Club as their top national producer. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Meikleham served as a Co-Founder and Director of a Puerto Rico Venture Capital Fund. Mr. Meikleham was educated at the Central College of Commerce and Distribution inGlasgow,Scotland, where he won the annual national British-wide government competition in mathematics. Mr. Meikleham is a co-creator of the Urban Barns business concept.
THIS EVENT IS SPONSORED BY:
The Macdonald Stewart Foundation