Jean-Charles is the Country Representative for the IICA Delegation to Canada. He was the former head for food research at The Conference Board of Canada and a former World Bank food and commodity economist. Jean-Charles has coordinated Canada’s Food Security Bureau at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and managed the world’s largest online food security community for the Development Gateway in Washington, D.C. He has extensive teaching and research experience in a dozen countries in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, working with the United Nations FAO, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the World Food Prize, USAID, Global Affairs Canada, and numerous universities such as Cornell, Laval, Michigan State, and Ryerson.
Jean-Charles has written extensively on food issues including a book on fostering food system resilience in Belize, and a book chapter in India on political will for food security. He helped produce the 2014 Canadian Food Strategy and published various world rankings (over 100+ million media impressions) across 17 OECD countries on food industry performance; agri-food trade; food safety; public trust; food security; healthy foods, nutrition, diseases & diets; food waste & environmental performance. He has managed dozens of projects, programmes & was the Executive Director for an international health NGO, valued over several million dollars. He has helped train agri-food SMEs in Colombia, Senegal and Vietnam to grow their business and increase trade. He is a co-founder of Food Secure Canada and the Canadian Association for Food Studies. He brings thought leadership to food policy and industry issues, is a regular speaker and media guest (print, radio, cable news), and repeated witness at agri-food and trade senate committees.