The Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC) has appointed a University of Waterloo researcher as the first Chair in Public Policy – one of only three EFC chairs in Canada.
Bruce Muirhead, Waterloo’s associate vice-president, external research, will work with EFC to develop a public policy research program that addresses challenges faced by Canadian egg farmers, and includes providing historical and international context to the value of supply management – the policy governing the Canadian egg industry.
“I am honoured to receive this chair and I look forward to working with EFC to demonstrate how the egg industry flourishes under the supply management system,” says Muirhead. “This approach is increasingly important as the global population increases, making the safe and secure production of food a pressing necessity for Canadians.”
Supply management controls the amount of egg products produced in Canada while limiting imports. “The genius of the Canadian system lies in the fact that its farmers are not subsidized by government, while still providing an essential agricultural commodity at a reasonable price for consumers,” says Muirhead. He will use the chair position to compare the Canadian industry to its international peers, as well as the impact of its policy on international trade discussions.
Tim Lambert, chief executive officer of Egg Farmers of Canada, says they are delighted to be working with Muirhead. “With the creation of this chair, we hope to continually elevate the calibre of the dialogue on supply management and ensure that any future policy decisions that could affect supply managed commodities are as enlightened as possible,” he says.
Egg Farmers of Canada will contribute $770,000 over seven years to Waterloo to facilitate Muirhead’s research.