McGill Conference on Global Food Security

The Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security hosts or participates in several special lectures, seminars and events during the year, including the Margaret A. Gilliam Lecture in Food Security and World Food Day.


Wednesday October 16, 2019
Macdonald-Stewart Building MS2-022
Mark your calendars for World Food Day

Details to follow

Other events in which members of the Institute have participated

5th Canada Food Brand Lab
April 23, 2019

The FAES Dean and the Managing Director of the Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security hosted the 5th Canada Food Brand Lab on April 23rd, 2019

This lab delved more fully into the relevance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and adoption of global responsible investing principles to our consideration of the Canada food brand. The participants questioned whether this global change agenda to improve the well-being of people and the planet could influence the way Canada stewards its trusted food brand.

The Lab’s Outcome:

  • The “sustainability” of Canada’s food production practices will be increasingly judged by global standards and metrics which, in turn, could affect Canada’s market access, national reputation and access to capital.
  • The SDGs establish a global benchmark for sustainability that does not necessarily reflect the Canadian farming context but is shaping how others abroad may increasingly characterize Canada’s food image.
  • Canada is not fully defending itself abroad by developing an updated narrative on its sustainability story. A lack of a good metrics framework, shared across its supply chains, is inhibiting this. In part, this may be enabled by deploying an SDG strategy for Canada’s agri-food sector.
  • Institutional investors could become a major change agent. They are already assessing sustainability risk more rigorously and are setting bold portfolio targets to reduce carbon exposure. Eventually, they could assess how the food sector contributes to population health outcomes. By investing in agri-food companies based on new environmental, social and governance standards of responsibility, global and domestic pension funds could catalyze significant change across the agri-food sector.

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Volunteering Abroad: Building innovation and leadership skills while helping build sustainable youth livelihood
November 26, 2018

Guest speaker: Nadia Ponce Morales, Talent Acquisition and Business Development Manager, EQWIP HUBs
Nadia Ponce Morales has more than 12 years of experience in the international development sector and she is passionate about advancing youth engagement.
As a founding member of the EQWIP HUBs project design team, she’s currently developing new partnerships and initiatives to attract young talent to one of 12 EQWIP HUBs innovation centers located in Bolivia, Ghana, Indonesia, Peru, Tanzania and Senegal. The unique setting of EQWIP HUBs allows Canadian students and graduates with different levels of experience to share their knowledge and talent to solving the increasingly complex issue of youth unemployment and underemployment.
Having previously worked for global leaders in sustainable development, including Canada World Youth and SUCO, Nadia has successfully used her knowledge and expertise to create initiatives and projects that benefit young people and women in more than 15 countries. Nadia holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and a Graduate Diploma in Management and Sustainable Development. She is an alumna of the Governor General’s Canadian Conference on Leadership.

Global Agri Connect - New Delhi
October 12 2017

Global Agri Connect is a flagship programme of National Skills Foundation of India (NSFI) organized every year. Global Agri Connects held in 2011, 2012, and 2013 were marked highly successful platforms where in GAC 2011 was organised on ‘Transformational Changes in Indian Agriculture: The Next Decade’, GAC 2012 was organised on ‘Hi-value Agriculture: A Gateway to farm prosperity’ and GAC 2013 on ‘Evolving Skill Dimensions: The lever to agricultural growth’. Every year the event brings together various stakeholders like corporate bodies, department of agriculture and various other government bodies to discuss and deliberate on various perspectives of agriculture that can protect the country from the trends of declining production & productivity. 

Colloque international: Sécurité alimentaire et nutrition à l'heure des changements climatiques
24 Sep 2017 - 27 Sep 2017, Québec, QC

Global Child Nutrition Forum
17 September – 21 September, 2017 – Montreal, QC

Organized annually by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Centre of Excellence against Hunger, this five-day event brought together nearly 300 leaders from 50 countries, hailing from the political, humanitarian, community and institutional realms. The mission of the Forum was to help governments around the world build national school meal programs that are locally-sourced and country-operated. Attendees took part in various workshops and conferences designed to:

  • Build the capacity of governments to implement national school meal programs;
  • Engage businesses to strengthen supply chains and increase political will for school meal programs; and
  • Strengthen the field – among non-profits, schools and researchers – to raise awareness and ensure strong support and resourcing for school meal programs.