The agri-food sector at today’s turning point: how to better manage a sector in social and environmental crisis?
Rosa Galvez, originally from Peru, is one of Canada’s leading experts in pollution control and its effect on human health. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from McGill University and has been a professor at Université Laval à Québec since 1994, heading the Civil and Water Engineering Department from 2010 to 2016. She specializes in water and soil decontamination, waste management and residues, and environmental impact and risk assessment.
Throughout her career, she has been requested by private, governmental and community organisations to offer expert advice. She has also advised a number of international organisations including on Canada-US and Quebec-Vermont agreements regarding the protection of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. She also conducted an important study on the catastrophic oil spill at Lac-Mégantic.
Senator Galvez is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and Engineers Without Borders. Her research has led her around the world to countries such as France, Italy, Belgium, Japan and China.
Senator Galvez was appointed to the Senate on December 6, 2016, representing Québec (Bedford). She lives in Quebec with her partner, Luke, and has three children, Virginie, Lydia and Francisco.
Challenges associated with climate change induced thermal stress in modern animal production
Thomas Banhazi completed his PhD studies at the University of Adelaide in South Australia studying the engineering aspects of livestock buildings and their impact on indoor environmental quality. He worked as a Research Scientist at the South Australian Research and Development Institute for 17 years before joining the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in 2010 as an Associate Professor. He is currently responsible for the delivery of an agriculture science course in addition to supervising post-graduate students. Thomas has published in excess of 200 book chapters, journal and international conference papers, in addition to the large number of scientific reports, extension articles and seminar papers he also produced. He serves on the editorial Board of the “International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering”, the “Journal of Information Processing in Agriculture” and the “Journal of Agricultural Informatics”. He was the Guest Editor for the special journal issues of the “Australian Journal of Multidisciplinary Engineering” for number of years and for the Elsevier published Biosystems Engineering in 2013 and 2019.
How Europe is Transforming the Global Agri-Food Industry Through a Public/Private Open Innovation Ecosystem
Before joining the European Institute of Innovation and Technology Food (EIT Food), Andy built and turned around several businesses in Europe and the USA, and most recently engineered a successful exit for Open Innovation Service Leader NineSigma, which he ran for 10 years. The majority of NineSigma’s clients are from the Agri-Food Industry. Other stations in his career include 6 years at KPMG Consulting, where he built an international telecommunication strategy practice, and 5 years at Vanco plc, where as CEO North America and Central Europe he was part of the Executive team that took the business public on the London Stock Exchange. Andy joined EIT Food as CEO in November 2018. Andy holds a Master’s degree that combines Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, and he earned a Doctorate’s Degree with a thesis on (Open) Innovation Management from RWTH Aachen.
Supplying carbon needs of society without fossil resources
Lorie Hamelin is one of only 44 researchers who have received funding from the French presidential climate plan “Make our planet great again”. In this framework, she is, since August 2018, establishing a carbon management research line within the facilities of the Engineering of Biological Systems and Processes (LISBP) Department of INSA-Toulouse (Federal University of Toulouse), from 2018 to 2023. Through her Cambioscop project, she aims to develop sustainable, tailored and dynamic bioeconomy strategies for French policy makers.
Prior to her research in France, Dr. Hamelin worked as a senior researcher (invited) at the Danish Centre for Circular Bioeconomy (CBIO; 2017-18). She worked as an assistant professor in the Centre for Life cycle Engineering at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU; 2014-2016), and has been recruited in the framework of the European ERA Chair Programme to work as a senior scientist on bioeconomy research in Poland (2016 – 2017), prior to moving to France. She further founded her own consulting company in France.