Organizers: Titus Awokuse and Thomas Reardon (Michigan State University)

The 2018 Annual Meeting will be held in the summer of 2018 to coincide with the triennial International Conference of International Economists (ICAE) of  in Vancouver.  The IATRC Meeting will be held July 25-27, 2018 at the The Westin Resort and Spa in Whistler, BC.


Wednesday, July 25

Theme Day:  Interlinkages Among Global Value Chains, Trade, and the Transformation of the Agrifood Industry
Organizers: Titus Awokuse and Thomas Reardon (Michigan State University)

Summary of Theme Day Speakers and Topics

Thursday and Friday, July 26-27

Non-Theme Days
Organizer:  Jonathan Coleman, U.S. International Trade Commission


REGISTRATION – deadline June 25, 2018

Click here to register for the Annual Meeting.

The Registration Fee for the three-day conference of $375.00 is due on June 25, 2018.  The fee includes breakfasts and lunches on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; refreshment breaks; and Wednesday evening reception.  The Registration Fee increases to $425.00 on June 25, 2018.  Conference attendees are also able to register a guest to join the group for meals – either for all meals, or just for the Wednesday night reception.

A refund will be made, less a $25.00 charge, if cancellation notice is received by July 20, 2018.  Please notify Missy Sullivan at .

Note:  If you do not already have an account at the U of MN, please register as a New User.  Do NOT enter anything in the OPTIONAL Sponsor section of new user registration.  Please contact Missy Sullivan at if you have questions.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS – deadline June 25, 2018

Click here to book your room reservation under the IATRC group rate.

Whistler Resort and Spa
4090 Whistler Way
Whistler, BC V0N 1B4 Canada

The IATRC group room rate starts at CAD $279.00 per night (currently $220 in USD) for a Deluxe Studio Suite, plus taxes of approximately CAD $41.85 (USD $33.01) (15%) per night.  This rate is for a standard room with either one king bed or queen bed for up to two people.  Other room rates are listed below (in CAD):

Deluxe Studio Mountain View Suite – $329.00
Deluxe Studio Queen Suite – $339.00
One Bedroom Suite – $379.00
One Bedroom Mountain View Suite – $429.00
Two Bedroom Suite – $679.00
Two Bedroom Mountain View Suite – $779.00
Mountain Suite – $1,079.00

All room types include a kitchen-ette.  These group rates will be honored (3) days before and (3) days after the meeting subject to availability.  The online reservation system allows guests to book the basic Deluxe Studio Suite.  If you would like to reserve one of the other room types, please call the hotel reservations team at 866-412-2864 and mention our group (IATRC 2018).  The Group Room Rate includes complimentary wi-fi access in hotel rooms and meeting rooms, and complimentary access to the indoor/outdoor pool and fitness center.  Parking is $30 per day.

Please note!  Full pre-payment of the rooms is due seven (7) days prior to arrival.  Cancellations made seven (7) days or less prior to arrival are non-refundable.  This will also apply to any No Shows and early departures. All reservations must be guaranteed by a credit card with one night’s room and tax charged at booking.  Hotel check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 p.m.


Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the closest airport to the hotel.  Whistler is approximately 2-hour drive from Vancouver or about 2.5 hours by shuttle service.  You will want to reserve your shuttle in advance.  The route is along the breathtaking Sea to Sky Highway.

Whistler Connection Shuttle Service from Vancouver International Airport to/from Whistler is approximately CAD $64 each way.

Pacific Coach Lines from Vancouver International Airport to/from Whistler is approximately CAD $59 each way.

Driving directions to the hotel: