ALES Events and Lectures

Special Event - France Alberta Agriculture Food Research Symposium


  • Day 1 September 10 2018

    Un regard d’économiste sur la sélection génomique pour différentes espèces animales et végétales

    ("Genomic selection in Agriculture: an economist view")

    *Sponsored by the Consulate General of France and the the University of Alberta's Distinguished Visitor's Fund 

    Time: 3:00 PM -6:00 PM Campus Saint Jean: Amphitheatre (1-01 McMahon Pavilion) for the symposium

    Welcome and greetings -  Pierre Yves Mocquais, Dean of Faculté Saint-Jean, University of Alberta

    3:00 PM Refreshments Available

    3:25 PM Welcome

    3:30 PM

    Fabien Agenes (Attaché Scientifique Ambassade de France)

    3:35pm Un regard d’économiste sur la sélection génomique pour différentes espèces animales et végétales 

    Stéphane Lemarié, Chair of Econ. Department, Université Grenoble-Alpes and INRA

    4:35 PM Roundtable Discussion

    Stéphane Lemarié (Senior Researcher, INRA)
    Francois Paradis (Assistant Chair, Faculty of ALES)
    Bruno Nkuiya (Assistant Professor, Economics, Faculté Saint-Jean)

    5:00 PM Moderated Q & A – Philippe Marcoul, Associate Professor, Faculty of ALES

    5:20 PM Wrap-up – Philippe Marcoul

    5:30 PM

  • Day 2 September 11 2018

    Agriculture, Food, and Animal welfare: Where do we stand?

    Time: 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    Location: Maple Leaf Room, Lister Conference Centre

    2:00 PM Refreshments Available

    2:30 PM Welcome and introduction

    Stan Blade, Dean, Faculty of Agricultural, Life, and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta

    2:40 PM Animal welfare, and the external cost of meat
    Nicolas Treich, Senior Researcher, INRA, Toulouse School of Economics

    3:30 PM Moderated Q & A – Stan Blade

    3:45 PM Food Law and Animal Law: Bridging the Gap
    Jessica Eisen, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta/Center of Animal Welfare-Harvard Law School

    4:10 PM Moderated Q & A – Stan Blade

    4:15 PM Roundtable Discussion

    Nicolas Treich (Senior Researcher, INRA, Toulouse School of Economics)
    Jessica Eisen (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta)
    Stephen Moore (Professor, University of Queensland)
    Tom Lynch-Staunton (Manager, Canadian Cattlemen's Association, Alberta Beef Producers)
    Clover Bench (Assistant Professor, Faculty of ALES)


    5:00 PM Moderated Q & A – Stan Blade

    5:15 PM Wrap-up – Stan Blade

    5:30 PM Reception

September 10 Registration September 11 Registration

Speaker Information

  • Bruno Nkuiya

    Bruno Nkuiya is an assistant professor of Economics at the University of Alberta. His research lies at the intersection of natural resource extraction and political economy. Specifically, he is interested in natural resource management under unstable ecological or political conditions. He is currently investigating the effects of climate variability on the strategic use of fish populations that spatially migrate across sovereign properties.  Bruno’s recent research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).  He obtained his PhD in economics from the University of Montreal and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California Santa Barbara within the Sustainable Fisheries Group. 

  • Clover Bench

    Dr. Clover Bench grew up in California raising livestock, including pigs, beef cattle, sheep, rabbits, poultry and waterfowl, through 4H and Future Farmers of America. She obtained a B.Sc. in Animal Science and M.Sc. in Applied Domestic Animal Behavior from the University of California at Davis, and a Ph.D. in Applied Ethology from the University of Saskatchewan. She joined the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta in 2007 and has been an Assistant Professor in Applied Ethology since 2012. Her research program includes dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine and poultry, and focuses on the study of micro-behaviour biometrics and their use in new livestock production technology platforms, welfare assessment methods and welfare standards, housing design and animal management.

  • Fabien Agenes

    Fabien Agenes joined the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in Ottawa ON (Canada) in September 2016 as Science and Higher Education Attaché. His office is currently based at the Consulate General of France in Vancouver BC. From 2011 to 2016, he was Attaché for Science and Technology, based at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles CA (United States).

    Before these positions, he worked as a research scientist at the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM, France), as Associated Professor at the University of Montréal, and as Associated Researcher in the Research Department for the University of Montréal Hospital Center (CR-CHUM, Canada). His scientific career began at Pasteur Institute (Paris, France; 1993-1999). He went on to be a member of the prestigious Basel Institute for Immunology within the Hoffman-La Roche Ltd. group (Basel, Switzerland). As a research scientist for INSERM, Agenes worked consecutively at Pasteur Institute (2001-2002), for the Atomic Energy Agency (CEA Grenoble, France; 2002-2007), and in the Research Department for the University of Montréal Hospital Center (Montréal, Canada; 2007-2011).

    Fabien Agenes’ major contributions are towards the development of the immune system and its homeostasis. He established international collaborations and was published in more than 20 publications in Immunology, Neuro-immunology, and Genomics (*). He completed a doctorate thesis from the University of Paris VI with high distinction (1999) and diploma of "Accreditation to Supervise Research" (HDR, Faculty of Medicine of Grenoble I; 2004).

  • Francois Paradis
    Francois Paradis received an MSc in Animal Science from Laval University and he obtained his PhD in Reproductive Physiology at the UofA. He has also acquired post-doctoral experience at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute where he worked in the area of epigenetics. He then worked as a research associate with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in the beef genomics program. More recently, Francois has moved into administrative roles in the Department of AFNS at the University of Alberta, first as the Research Development Coordinator and currently has the Assistant Chair, Administration. During his research career, he has used various “OMICS” technologies to study animal reproduction and fertility as well as fetal programming with the goal to improve livestock production. As such, he has developed a strong expertise in genomics and molecular biology for applications in animal agriculture.
  • Jessica Eisen

    Jessica Eisen is an assistant professor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law and a doctoral candidate at Harvard Law School. Her research interests include comparative constitutional and equality law, feminist legal theory, animal law, and food law and policy. Professor Eisen has previously studied at Barnard College (BA, Political Science and Human Rights Studies), The University of Toronto Faculty of Law (JD), and Osgoode Hall Law School (LLM). Her work has been published in the Journal of Law and Equality, the Animal Law Review, Transnational Legal Theory, the Canadian Journal of Poverty Law, Queen’s Law Journal, ICON: The International Journal of Constitutional Law, and the Michigan Journal of Law Reform. She is a member of the Ontario Bar, and has practiced in the areas of human rights, labour and employment, and constitutional law.

  • Nicolas Treich

    Nicolas Treich is research associate at Toulouse School of Economics and INRA in France. He has published on topics such as (e.g.) the Precautionary Principle, the value of statistical life and climate policy. He has organized several international conferences, and has written various broad audience papers and public reports on policy issues. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Geneva Risk and Insurance Review. He is currently developing a research program on the economics of animal welfare. 

  • Stan Blade

    Stan Blade, PhD, P.Ag., is the dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES) at the University of Alberta. Previously, he was chief executive officer of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions Corporation, a provincial government agency that leads and co-ordinates science and innovation to grow prosperity in Alberta’s agriculture, food and forestry sectors. He is vice-chair on the board of trustees of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation, a Nairobi-based agency supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2013, he was appointed to the governing body of the Canada International Food Security Research Fund.

  • Stéphane Lemarié


    Stéphane Lemarié is an engineer in Agronomy and research in Economics at INRA since 1996. His research addresses several topics related to innovation in agriculture. They cover in particular the innovation strategies of the firms, the economic impact of the innovations and the regulation of these innovations. During the recent years, Stéphane Lemarié has been involved in several multidisciplinary research projects on genomic selection in agriculture.

  • Stephen Moore


    Prof. Moore is the Director of the Centre for Animal Science at the University of Queensland, a leading centre in the study of tropically adapted cattle. He has over 30 years’ experience in bovine genomics including Chair in Bovine Genomics at University of Alberta between 1999 and 2011 where he established and led the successful Bovine Genomics Program, a multi-institutional collaboration from 2006 until 2011. The program has grown, under the Livestock Gentec banner, to be a world leader in the area. Multiple projects aimed at identifying genes underlying production and quality traits in cattle have been successfully completed. Dr. Moore has been a participant and invited speaker at numerous international conferences and fora, and has given multiple presentations to academia and industry in Australia, North and South America, Europe and Asia. He was the Director of the Canadian Farm Animal Genetic Resources Foundation as well as an active member of a number of other steering committees including the International Bovine Genome Sequence Project Steering Committee. Prof. Moore’s led a number of projects examining the genetic basis of feed efficiency in cattle, establishing the group in Alberta as a leader in this field. He has led whole genome sequencing efforts in both subspecies of domestic cattle, Bos taurus and Bos indicus, including a new reference assembly for Australian Brahman cattle. Over his career, Prof. Moore has supervised 7 research associates, 12 postdoctoral fellows, and 25 graduate students. Dr. Moore has over 190 publications in peer reviewed journals, numerous invited, oral and poster presentations at National and International conferences. Dr. Moore has 6 patents awarded and multiple predictive gene marker tests have been commercialized for cattle.

  • Tom Lynch-Staunton

    Alberta Beef Producers, Canadian Cattlemen's Association

    Manager, Public and Stakeholder Engagement, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
    Government Relations, Alberta Beef Producers

    Tom Lynch-Staunton currently oversees the Public and Stakeholder Engagement program at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and Government Relations for Alberta Beef Producers (ABP). Previously he worked as the Director of Industry relations at Livestock Gentec, the genetics and genomics program at the University of Alberta, and continues to work out of the Gentec office in his current industry role, maintaining a positive collaboration between CCA, ABP and the UofA. He has strong practical and lifetime experience in the livestock industry, growing up on and eventually co-managing the family owned Antelope Butte Ranch (est.1885), a mixed 1000 head cow/calf operation, with his brother in Southern Alberta. Tom received a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and International Business from Simon Fraser University and just recently completed a part time MBA in Sustainability from the UofA. Tom has been a mentor in the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program and has sat on various councils and advisory boards, including the Edmonton Food Council and chairing the National Beef Sustainability Assessment Committee for the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.