Egg Farmers of Canada has announced a partnership with the University of Waterloo to establish a research chair in public policy.
Bruce Muirhead, the university’s associate vice president, external research and professor in the school’s history department, will fill the position, for which Egg Farmers is providing $110,000 per year for up to seven years.
“We are delighted to be working with Professor 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 informed as possible,” said Tim Lambert, Chief Executive Officer of Egg Farmers of Canada.
According to EFC, Muirhead will develop “a research program in public policy that relates to the current and future challenges faced by Canadian egg farmers, providing historical context to the growing conversation about the value of supply management for all Canadians.”
“This Chair will allow me to fully engage in the discourse surrounding supply management and its obvious benefits to Canadian consumers and processors, as well as farmers,” he said. “This approach is increasingly important given Canadian involvement in various trade negotiations where supply management needs to be understood for its value and benefits to the entire food chain.”
Muirhead’s most recent research focused on the evolution of Canadian agricultural policy and supply management, which EFC says “he views as a most sensible and rational system governing certain types of agricultural production.”