Canadians Head to Washington for Exchange on Food Security and Agricultural Development

Experts working in the field of food security in Canada are visiting Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities from September 14 – October 2 as participants in an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) to explore U.S.-Canadian cooperation in food security. The program is organized by the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

This program will bring together officials involved in the fields of food security and agricultural development to discuss methods for improving food production in short growing seasons, creating sustainable local food systems and mitigating postharvest losses of crops.

Canadian participants in this program are:

  • Chantal Blouin, Quebec Public Health Institute (Sainte-Famille)
  • Tom Dowler, Commercial Development Officer, IGPC Ethanol Inc.  (Guelph)
  • Michael Keegan, President, Michael Keegan and Associates Limited (Guelph)
  • Scott Noble, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon)
  • Caithrin Rintoul, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Provender (Montreal)

The IVLP enables Canadians who are emerging leaders in their professional field to observe U.S. institutions, practices, and culture first-hand, and to meet with professional counterparts to explore issues of common interest. Approximately 40 Canadians a year benefit from three-week study tours, as guests of the United States. Founded in 1940, the IVLP has given hundreds of thousands of emerging leaders — including hundreds of Canadians — the opportunity to observe and interact with American culture and society on a personal level. For more information, visit

Participants will be available for interviews during and after the program upon request.

Press Contact

Valerie Laforce
Media Assistant
U.S. Embassy Ottawa
Tel: 613-688-5316