The Food Professor

Season Finale: Part 2 of Our Interview with Diane J. Brisebois, President & CEO Retail Council of Canada

Episode Summary

Welcome to the last episode of the season! Suited for a big finale, we have part two of our interview with the President and CEO of Retail Council of Canada, Diane J. Brisebois.

Episode Notes

Welcome to the last episode of the season! Suited for a big finale, we have part two of our interview with the President and CEO of Retail Council of Canada, Diane J. Brisebois


Retail Council of Canada is the advocacy organization representing retailers from coast to coast, of all formats, including grocers. In this episode, Diane talks about the Code of Conduct, the grocery industry’s relationship to it and her own thoughts on the matter, as well the future of retail.

In food news this episode, we celebrate the impact of Canada's Food Price Report, discuss perspectives from both sides  about Health Canada’s impending decision regarding glyphosate herbicides, and unwrap the “Made in Alberta, by Albertans” campaign.


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.


Michael LeBlanc  is the Founder & President of M.E. LeBlanc & Company Inc and a Senior Advisor to Retail Council of Canada as part of his advisory and consulting practice.   He brings 25+ years of brand/retail/marketing & eCommerce leadership experience, and has been on the front lines of retail industry change for his entire career.  Michael is the producer and host of a network of leading podcasts including Canada’s top retail industry podcast,       The Voice of Retail, plus        Global E-Commerce Tech Talks  and       The Food Professor  with Dr. Sylvain Charlebois.  You can learn more about Michael       here  or on       LinkedIn.