Dr. Sylvain Charlebois

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. 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.

Known as “The Food Professor”, his current research interest lies in the broad area of food distribution, security and safety. He is 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 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.

Stewart Samuel

Program Director, IGD Canada
Stewart is responsible for running IGD’s operations and research program in North America. Stewart is an expert on North American food retailer strategies, trends and channel developments. In addition to working with leading retailers in the region, he also supports CPG companies to navigate the pace of change in the sector. His key areas of focus include store of the future, grocery ecommerce and retail technology.

Stewart also works with international business leaders as part of our strategic projects service, is a regular presenter at international conferences and media commentator. He has led several international study tours in the US and Canada working with retailer CEOs and senior leadership teams.


Vice President, Canadian Market, Kantar Consulting
Robin leads Kantar Consulting’s Canadian retail, sales, and shopper practice. She oversees the research and client advisory across channels and trends, helping brands navigate Canada’s dynamic selling landscape. She helps guide brands on shoppers’ evolving demands and behaviors and on digital technology’s impact on retailers’ strategies and manufacturers’ positioning. She is a sought-after speaker and trainer, providing guidance to numerous Fortune 500 CPG companies across North America. In addition to maintaining a public blog for the trade magazine Canadian Grocer, Robin is a frequent contributor to Kantar Consulting’s various publications. She graduated magna cum laude from McGill University with a B.A. in psychology and earned an M.S. in mass communication research from Boston University.