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2021 Virtual Summit

Agri-Food Research and Innovation:
Looking Ahead to 2025
May 2021

Sharing information and networking enables further collaboration. 

AIC’s Agri-Food Innovation Summit bring participants together to discover new innovations, build new relationships and share information.

Our 2021 Summit will focus on “Agri-Food Research and Innovation: Looking Ahead to 2025,” to be delivered in a virtual format as we continue to social distance to keep everyone safe and healthy.

The Summit will be presented in (4) 2-hour moderated panel discussions in May 2021.  These moderated panels will include:

  • Presentations from Canada’s Innovation Superclusters and AgriScience clusters to discuss their latest research and methods of collaboration;
  • Panel discussions with agri-food projects funded by the ISED’s Strategic Innovation Fund;
  • Updates from the Global Institute for Food Security and the Global Institute for Water Security; and more.

An overwhelming majority of participants in our previous Summits reported that they learned something new about their sector, made new, beneficial connections in the industry, and made plans to start a collaboration thanks to the Summit.


SUMMIT PROGRAM


Monday, May 10th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Moderated Panel #1

Panel discussion with senior representatives from Canada’s Innovation Superclusters and the Strategic Innovation Fund

Guest Speaker
Andrea Johnston, Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation Canada

Bill Greuel, CEO, Protein Industry Canada, Protein Industries Supercluster
Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Ocean Supercluster
Bill Tam, Co-Founder & COO, Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster
Kerry Wright, CEO, Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network
Barbara Miller, CEO (Interim), Canadian Food Innovation Network

Panel Moderator: Karl Payeur, COO, Agri-Food Innovation Council


Wednesday, May 12th from 1 – 3:00 pm ET
Moderated Panel #2 – Part 1

Panel discussion with senior representatives from Canada’s AgriScience clusters and the Global Institute for Food Security

Guest Speaker
Tom Rosser, Assistant Deputy Minister, Market and Industry Services, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Dr. Reynold Bergen, Science Director, Beef Cattle Research Council, Sustainable Beef and Forage Science Cluster
Stewart Cressman, Chair, Swine Innovation Porc, Swine Research and Development Cluster
Dr. Tania Humphrey, VP, Research & Development, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Automation Cluster
Dr. Steven Webb, CEO, Global Institute for Food Security

Panel Moderator: Karl Payeur, COO, Agri-Food Innovation Council


Friday, May 14th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Moderated Panel #3 – Part 2

Panel discussion with senior representatives from Canada’s AgriScience clusters and the Global Institute for Water Security

Guest Speaker
Neil R. Ellis, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Dr. Carol Ann Patterson, Ag-West Bio Inc., Diverse Field Crops Cluster
Dr. Julianne Curran, VP, Market Innovation, Pulse Canada, National Research Pulse Cluster
Garth Patterson, Executive Director, Western Grains Research Foundation, Integrated Crop Agronomy Cluster
Amy Argentino, Manager, Canadian Horticultural Council, Canadian Horticultural Research Cluster
Other Speaker TBC

Panel Moderator: Karl Payeur, COO, Agri-Food Innovation Council


Monday, May 17th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Moderated Panel #4 – Part 3

Panel discussion with senior representatives from Canada’s AgriScience clusters and Wrap-up session

Dr. Lauren Comin, President, Canadian Wheat Research Coalition, National Wheat Cluster
Michael Faba, Project Manager, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Bioproducts Research Cluster
Dr. Curtis Rempel, VP, Crop Production and Innovation, Canola Council of Canada, Canola Agriscience Cluster
Other Speakers TBC

Panel Moderator: Justin Young, Partner, Emerging and High Growth Companies, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Wrap Up Session
Moderated discussion with Brad Wall, Strategic Advisor with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, former Saskatchewan Premier (2007 to 2018)


Click here to view our program agenda.

Register Today

Register for the entire Summit and save.

AIC Member – complete Summit – $125 plus applicable taxes
Non-member – complete Summit – $225 plus applicable taxes

AIC Members can register for 1 panel at the cost of $40 plus applicable taxes

Non-members can register for 1 panel at the cost of $65 plus applicable taxes

Partnership opportunities exist

Sharing information and networking enables further collaboration. 

Partner with AIC to participate in our 2021 Summit. 

For more information on partnerships, or to register, please contact: chelm@aic.ca.

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