CAPI - the open think network for the agri-food sector

OverviewStimulating Agri-Food Policy

The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) is the place for agri-food leaders to come together, share insights and advance ideas on emerging issues facing this important sector. Established as an independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit corporation in 2004 with an initial grant from the federal government, CAPI is guided by a diverse Board of Directors and an Advisory Committee and works extensively with partners to fulfill its mandate.

CAPI’s work reflects systems thinking, researching complex and interconnected food issues, bringing diverse voices to the table — from across agri-food supply chains, governments, researchers and among adjacent sectors. By providing reference points, source material and education for all stakeholders, CAPI is helping to ensure growth and prosperity in the agri-food industry for generations to come.

“Advancing Canada’s complex agri-food system requires futuristic thinking and open dialogue among the players of the entire food system.”

Dr. Donald Buckingham

President and CEO

Mission, Vision, & ValuesIndependent. Neutral. Trusted.

CAPI provides a trusted place to hold dialogues, generate perspectives, and develop sound future-looking policy options for the Canadian food system.


Lead, catalyze and coordinate independent strategic and policy analysis on emerging agri-food issues, engage stakeholders in dialogue, and advance public policy.


Global leadership in trusted sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance the health, wealth and well-being of Canadians.


Neutrality, Independence, Engagement and Professionalism.

Board of DirectorsGovernance & Guidance

The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) is overseen by a Board of Directors with broad expertise in the agriculture and agri-food sector.

StaffAgri-Food Expertise & Vision

We are helping agri-food players identify their pathways to achieve success. We support “champions” to further the work and build momentum for real change.

Distinguished Fellows Thought Leaders

The Distinguished Fellows are ambassadors encouraging deeper, bolder policy thinking about critical issues affecting Canada’s agri-food system.

Doctoral Fellows The Next Generation

The 2020-2022 CAPI Doctoral Fellows are a small dynamic, innovative and transdisciplinary research network of doctoral students specializing in the field of sustainability and resilience in agricultural soils in Canada.

Advisory Committee

Joanne BaysNational ManagerFarm to Cafeteria Canada

Marcel GroleauPresidentL’Union des producteurs agricoles

Ron BonnettPresidentCanadian Federation of Agriculture

Rory McAlpineVice President, Government & Industry RelationsMaple Leaf Foods Inc.

Perry CaiccoFormer Managing Director, Equity MarketsCIBC World Markets

Murray McLaughlinExecutive DirectorBioindustrial Innovation Canada (Ont.)

Vincent CloutierStrategic Advisor to managementLes Éleveurs de porcs du Québec

Derek TallonPrimary Producer

Elspeth CopelandPresidentElspeth Copeland Consulting

Garth WhytePresident & CEOFertilizer Canada

Jean-Claude DufourDean, Faculty of Sciences, Agriculture and NutritionUniversité Laval

CAPI MembersVoting Members

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Farm Credit Canada

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Associate Member

Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec

Honorary Members

Robert Church

Ken Knox

Gaëtan Lussier

Owen McAuley