Sylvain Charlebois

“The Food Professor”

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 Scientific Director of the Canadian Agri-Food Foresight Institute, also located in Halifax. He is as well the former Dean of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University. Before joining Dalhousie, he was affiliated with the University of Guelph’s Arrell Food Institute, which he co-founded. While at the University of Guelph, he was also the Associate Dean of Research for the College of Business and Economics.

His current research interest lies in the broad area of food distribution, security and safety. He has published over 500 peer-reviewed and scientific publications in his career. His research has been featured in a number of newspapers, including The Economist, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, the Globe & Mail, the National Post and the Toronto Star.

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 conducts policy analysis, evaluation, and demonstration projects for government agencies and major foundations focusing on agricultural policies and community development both in Canada and in development settings. 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. He has testified on several occasions before parliamentary committees on food policy-related issues as an expert witness. He has been asked to act as an advisor on food and agricultural policies in many Canadian provinces, in the United States, Brazil, Austria, Italy, France, Belgium, China, Great Britain, Finland and the Netherlands.

How do we describe Sylvain?  The Food Professor. Communicator. Thought leader. Food lover.

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Read Sylvain’s op ed “How the World Can Win the Hunger Games”

Recent engagements: 

  • Nova Scotia Horticultural Congress 2019
  • Food & Consumer Products Council
  • Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers
  • Atlantic Canada Food Executive Club


  • Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference
  • North American Summit on Food Safety
  • SIAL
  • Baking Association of Canada