Pierre Desrochers is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Toronto Mississauga. His main research interests are economic development, technical innovation, business-environment interface, and energy policy and food policy. He has published over 50 academic articles on these and other subjects in a wide range of academic disciplines. Desrochers has been the recipient of several awards for his work on environmental policy issues, including the 2017 Julian L. Simon Memorial Award (Competitive Enterprise Institute). He is the author of over 200 op-eds on a variety of subjects in major international media including the Wall Street Journal and Le Monde. He is the author of The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-mile Diet, arguably the broadest case made on behalf of the economic, social and environmental virtues of the modern agri-business and transportation industries. Visit his website. Contact him.
Joanna Szurmak is a doctoral student at York University’s Department of Science and Technology Studies. She is also a research services librarian at the University of Toronto Mississauga, where she works with the Psychology and Anthropology departments and the Robotics program. She holds graduate degrees in electrical engineering and information studies from the University of Toronto and has worked in research labs, the Canadian telecommunications industry, and other university libraries both in Canada and in the USA. Szurmak has published in engineering, information studies and interdisciplinary academic journals. Visit her website. Contact her.