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Created in 1920, the Agricultural Institute of Canada is a centre of knowledge for science in agriculture. Our mandate is to advocate on behalf of agricultural research, disseminate information on agricultural research, promote careers in agricultural research and create international linkages.

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The Online Policy Consulation Survey is Now Open!

Help develop the conference discussion guide for AIC 2015: Leading Innovation and Sustainability - A Canadian Agricultural Research Policy for the 21st Century. Take part in our online survey and contribute your input on important issues for a national policy for agricultural research.

Access the survey here.

Registration is now open for AIC policy conference AIC 2015: Leading Innovation and Sustainability, taking place in Ottawa, July 12-14

Help us shape a modern agricultural research policy for the 21st century - one that places Canada on the map as a leader in research standards for innovation and sustainability in this important field of work. This fully bilingual conference in both of Canada's official languages is inclusive and participatory. Be ready to roll up your sleeves and work!


July 12 opens with a welcome reception from 5-7 p.m.

July 13 & 14 conference plenaries and workshops

Where: Ottawa Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent Street, Ottawa, ON

Who should attend? researchers, academics, government and industry stakeholders from across Canada.

Click here to register now for $165.

Make sure you book your hotel room by June 15th to receive a special room rate of $155 plus taxes. Book your room here or call 1-800-853-8463, and quote conference ID Agriculture Institute of Canada (AIC).

Visit our conference webpage for more information.

L'inscription à la première Conférence nationale d'orientation de l'institut agricole du Canada, IAC 2015: À l'avant-garde de l'innovation et de la durabilité est maintenant ouverte. La Conférence se tiendra du 12 au 14 juillet 2015, à Ottawa.

Aidez-nous à façonner une orientation sur la recherche agricole moderne au 21e siècle, une orientation qui reconnait le Canada comme chef de file en ce qui concerne les normes de recherche en matière d'innovation et de durabilité dans ce domaine de travail important. Cetter conférence entièrement bilingue, dans les deux langues officielles du Canada, se veut inclusive et participative. Soyez prêt à retrousser vos manches et à travailler!


Le dimanche 12 juillet, de 17 h 00 à 19 h 00, une réception de bienvenue ouvre la Conférence

Le lundi 13 juillet et le mardi 14 juillet, plénières et ateliers

Lieu: Hôtel Ottawa Marriot, 100, rue Kent, Ottawa

Qui devraient y assister? les chercheurs, les universitaires, les parties prenantes du gouvernement et de l'industrie, de partout au Canada.

Cliquez ici pour vouz inscrire maintenant pour 165 $.

Réservez votre chambre à l’Hôtel Ottawa Marriott d’ici le 15 juin et profitez d’un tarif spécial de 155 $, plus taxes. Réservez en ligne ici ou, composez le 1-800-853-8463 et mentionnez la Conférence de l’Institut agricole du Canada (AIC).

Pour en savoir plus, visitez notre page web pour la conférence.

PM Announces Public Service Changes

On Tuesday, January 6th, 2015, the Prime Minister's office announced that Dr. Siddika Mithani, Assistant Deputy Minister in charge of the Science and Techonology Branch of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), was posted to Environment Canada as the Associate Deputy Minister. We were later informed that Dr. Gilles Saindon takes over as the Interim Assistant Deputy Minister in charge of the Science and Technology Branch.

Dr. Saindon has had a long career with AAFC and defines himself as an "agriculture scientist". We welcome his appointment and look forward to working with him in the near future.

Happy New Year from AIC

The Agricultural Insitute of Canada wishes everyone a Happy New Year. As Canada is about to make choices in 2015, it is increasingly important to understand what is happening in our agricultural sector as well as the way agricultural research is being promoted, funded and managed in our country.

AIC will continue to be an unbiased source of information on agricultural research and voice for agricultural researchers and practitioners. We will continue to be an advocate for a strong, well funded and sustainable agricultural research model.

Media Release

Counterproductive gag on scientists hurts Canada's reputation

Ottawa, ON - October 8, 2014 - The Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC) is concerned about what a report produced by Simon Fraser University and Evidence for Democracy has revealed. The report alleges that scientists that work for the federal government are not able to speak freely about their work.

"Trying to stop discussions on topics like climate change and other important scientific topics will not make these issues disappear," said Serge Buy, CEO of AIC. "The government needs to encourage open and frank discussions on these important matters – even if they don’t like what's being said."

AIC believes that in order to maintain its reputation on the world stage, it is important for the federal government to foster working conditions that bring the best and brightest scientists to Canada.

If the government of Canada is to retain and attract the best and brightest scientists, it needs to create and support the ability for scientists to freely exchange information with their colleagues and share their research findings.

Agricultural research (including food production, safety and security) is a focal point for governments around the world. AIC has, since its inception almost a century ago, been an advocate of agricultural research and a proponent of the development of a strong, national agricultural research policy.

Read the full media release.

AIC's Chair, Lianne Dwyer, was a witness for the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry's study, Innovation in Agriculture: The Key to Feeding a Growing Population. Read the full report.

Drs. David Chanasyk and Michael Trevan were elected to the AIC Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting on June 11, 2014. Read their bios and those of the other members of the Board for 2014-2015.

AIC Fellowship 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Ernie Barber, who received AIC's highest honour, the title of Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada, at a dinner in Ottawa on June 11, 2014.

Read the AIC 2013 Annual Report.

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