Professor Alan Hallsworth
president, British Association for Canadian Studies

Since returning to Britain in 1971 with an MA from Queen’s, Ontario, Alan Hallsworth has served as President, Secretary and Treasurer of the British Association for Canadian Studies and on the Board of the Foundation for Canadian Studies. He has twice been awarded the Prix du Quebec.

For many years he contributed chapters on Canada’s Service sector, Finances and External Trade for the EUROPA yearbook series. After 2008 this included lines on Canada, the US and the sub-prime crisis. He has written scholarly articles on politics, economics, social change and the banking system with Canadian colleagues including Jocelyn Letourneau, Tony Hernandez and Peter Victor.

Alan also has a 40 year research record in the study of the food system – including in Canada. In 2009, he was appointed a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on Communities and Local Government on the future of Britain’s traditional retail markets and farmers markets. His interest in how traditional foods can survive in a system dominated by powerful retailers led to contacts with First Nations representatives and activists such as Pamela Palmater, Alf Wong and Chief Gerald Amos of the Haisla.

Alan is a professor emeritus of Staffordshire University.

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