McGill Conference on Global Food Security

The McGill Institute for Global Food Security hosts or participates in several special lectures, seminars and events during the year.



November 26, 2018

Volunteering Abroad: Building innovation and leadership skills while helping build sustainable youth livelihoods

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.

October 16, 2018

Celebrate World Food Day with the Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security

The fuel of tomorrow: How nutrition can drive countries, economies and a brighter future
with special keynote speaker: Lauren Landis, Director of the Nutrition Division at the World Food Programme, Rome

Everyone is welcome to attend.


Ms. Landis has spent her career working in the field of relief and development, beginning at OCHA (then UNDRO) in Geneva in 1985. She then moved to the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance within the Agency for International Development (USAID) from 1986 to 1993, taking on assignments in Washington and in Africa as Disaster Operations Specialist and Emergency Operations Coordinator. 
In 1993, Ms. Landis turned her efforts to the NGO sector, working at InterAction from 1993 until 1995. She later moved to Save the Children, serving as both Director of Humanitarian Response and Director of the Food Security Unit. In 2002, Ms. Landis returned to the U.S. Government as Director of USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, and in 2006 she transitioned to the U.S. Department of State to serve as the Senior Representative on Sudan.
Ms. Landis joined the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as Chief of Staff in 2009, and two years later she became Director of the WFP Geneva Office. From 2013-2016, Ms. Landis served as the WFP Country Representative and Director in Chad, and in mid-2016 she returned to Rome, Italy to take up her current role as WFP’s Director of Nutrition.

November 22 2017

Margaret A. Gilliam Lecture Series in Food Security

Andrew Rzepa, Project Managing Partner at Gallup - FAO's Voices of the Hungry project, Diet Quality and Gender Equality 

October 12 2017
Global Agri Connect - New Delhi

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. 

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10 Oct 2017

World Food Day Celebration: Towards a World with Zero Hunger

The McGill Institute for Global Food Security - World Food Day 2017

  • The history of World Food Day
  • Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture


Chris Kaye is the Director of the Government Partnerships Division for the World Food Program based in Rome. Prior to joining WFP in 2006, Chris served with OCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) for over 12 years. He joined OCHA in 1994 and supported humanitarian efforts in Rwanda in the aftermath of the genocide. During a period between 1995 and 1999 he worked in Geneva where he led the development of the Consolidated Appeal Process and supported humanitarian efforts on short-term missions in Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tajikistan, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

24 Sep 2017 to 27 Sep 2017 - Centre des Congrès du Québec, Ville de Québec

International Colloquium on Food Security and Nutrition in the Face of Climate Change

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.

February 2017

Margaret A. Gilliam Lecture Series in Food Security

Bruce H. Moore, Civil society activist, international development advisor and former United Nations Director - From the Ground Up: the multi-functionality of land