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Manitoba’s Opportunity, Canadians Shift Their Grocery Habits (again), and Special Guest Marie-Eve… [Video]

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Manitoba’s Opportunity, Canadians Shift Their Grocery Habits (again), and Special Guest Marie-Eve…

In this episode, we are joined by the esteemed journalist Marie-Eve Fournier (https://www.linkedin.com/in/marie-eve-fournier-30a7924/) , known for her work with prominent Canadian publications like Lesaffaires, Rue Frontenac, Le Journal de Montréal, and Radio-Canada before joining La Presse in 2013. Marie-Eve has received several awards, including the prestigious Judith-Jasmin and Kenneth R. Wilson prizes.

The conversation starts with a congratulatory note to premier-elect Wab Kinew, (https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2269619779587) who made history by becoming Manitoba’s first First Nations premier. The discussion touches on the challenges and opportunities in Manitoba’s political landscape and seeks advice for the incoming Premier.

We delve into the hot topic of the carbon tax, highlighting a viral post by @PierrePoilievre, discussing whether retweets imply agreement and the workings of the independent crown corporation, BOC.

Shifting gears, we explore the latest research from the Lab, revealing that a significant percentage of Canadians have altered their grocery shopping habits and become more price-conscious.

The conversation moves to international relations as we discuss India’s reduced imports of Canadian lentils and the potential fallout on Canada’s agricultural sector.

Switching to economic matters, we touch on California’s new $20/hour minimum wage, contrasting it with the national average for fast-food workers and highlighting its significance for the livelihoods of many Californians and the implications of adopting technology in the fast-food sector across North America.

The episode wraps up with an intriguing question: Are humans inherently inclined towards vegetarianism? A new study on vegetarian genetics (https://www.newsweek.com/your-genes-stop-vegetarian-diet-scientists-1832090) sparks curiosity and sets the stage for future discussions.

About Marie-Eve 

With degrees in business management (HEC Montréal), journalism (Université Laval), public relations (Université de Montréal) as well as Arts and media technologies (Cégep de Jonquière), Marie-Eve Fournier writes for the French daily newspaper La Presse, in Québec, since 2013. She also completed the Canadian Securities Course. Today, as a columnist, she focusses on personal finance and consumer trends but never miss a good food story as she is passionate about the topic. Previously, she specialized in retail and the food industry topics for more than 15 years. Marie-Eve also worked for Les Affaires, Rue Frontenac, Le Journal de Montréal and Radio-Canada. Her honors include a Judith-Jasmin Award and a Kenneth R. Wilson Award.


About Us

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is a Professor in food distribution and policy in the Faculties of Management and Agriculture at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He is also the Senior Director of the Agri-food Analytics Lab, also located at Dalhousie University. Before joining Dalhousie, he was affiliated with the University of Guelph’s Arrell Food Institute, which he co-founded. Known as “The Food Professor”, his current research interest lies in the broad area of food distribution, security and safety. Google Scholar ranks him as one of the world’s most cited scholars in food supply chain management, food value chains and traceability.

He has authored five books on global food systems, his most recent one published in 2017 by Wiley-Blackwell entitled “Food Safety, Risk Intelligence and Benchmarking”. He has also published over 500 peer-reviewed journal articles in several academic publications. Furthermore, his research has been featured in several newspapers and media groups, including The Lancet, The Economist, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, BBC, NBC, ABC, Fox News, Foreign Affairs, the Globe & Mail, the National Post and the Toronto Star.

Dr. Charlebois sits on a few company boards, and supports many organizations as a special advisor, including some publicly traded companies. Charlebois is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Business Scientific Institute, based in Luxemburg. Dr. Charlebois is a member of the Global Food Traceability Centre’s Advisory Board based in Washington DC, and a member of the National Scientific Committee of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in Ottawa.


About Michael

Michael is the Founder & President of M.E. LeBlanc & Company Inc. and a Senior Advisor to Retail Council of Canada and the Bank of Canada as part of his advisory and consulting practice. He brings 25+ years of brand/retail/marketing & eCommerce leadership experience with Levi’s, Black & Decker, Hudson’s Bay, Today’s Shopping Choice and Pandora Jewellery.   

Michael has been on the front lines of retail industry change for his entire career. He has delivered keynotes, hosted fire-side discussions with C-level executives and participated worldwide in thought leadership panels. ReThink Retail has added Michael to their presti…

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