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AIC Past Events & Webinars

2023 Spring Engagement Session

2023 Webinar Series

March 15, 2023 – Canada’s Sustainable Agriculture Strategy

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2022 Insight Webinar Series

February 17, 2022 – Webinar 1: How will Canada Accelerate Agtech Adoption?

  • Mike Dittrich, Director of Business Development at Telus Agriculture
  • Mayor Alanna Hnatiw, Sturgeon County
  • Heather Watson, Executive Director at Farm Management Canada

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March 23, 2022 – Webinar 2: Space and Agri-Food

  • Clélia Cothier, Canadian Space Agency
  • Dr. Mike Dixon, University of Guelph
  • Tony Balkwill, Owner, Agronomist and Precision Ag Consultant at NithField Advanced Agronomy
  • Molly Gallant, Bioenterprise Corporation

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April 21, 2022 – Webinar 3: Insights on Intellectual Property Strategies for Canada’s Agri-Food Sector

  • Dr. Alex Zahavich, Chief Academic Officer at Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi
  • Meghan Gervais, Director of Intellectual Property at Protein Industries Canada
  • Tamara El-Shibib, Senior Patent and Technology Transfer Consultant at Gowling WLG – Dubai
  • Jeff Coles, IP Lawyer and Patent Agent at Gowling WLG – Canada

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2021 Virtual Summit – Agri-Food Research and Innovation: Looking Ahead to 2025

AIC Webinar Series – The Future of Agri-Food Research and Innovation

March 22, 2021 – Webinar #1 – The Future of Agri-Food Research and Innovation in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • Ted Bilyea, Chief Strategy Officer, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute
  • Art Froehlich, President and CEO, AgriView Inc/Froehlich Farm
  • The Honourable Gerry Ritz, P.C., Formerly Canada’s Minister, Agriculture and Agri-Food (2007-2015)

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April 28, 2021    Webinar #2 – Agriculture and Climate Change: International perspectives on the role of research to reduce the sector’s carbon footprint

  • Dr. Zitouni Ould-Dada, Deputy Director for the Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment (Food and Agriculture Organization)
  • Dr. Claudia Ringler, Deputy Division Director Environment and Production Technology Division (International Food Policy Research Institute)
  • Dr. Sally Rockey,  Executive Director (Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research)

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June 10, 2021 – Webinar #3 – From Research to Adoption: Improving collaboration between scientists, industry and entrepreneurs to advance agri-food innovation

  • Dr. Malcolm Campbell, Vice-President (Research) at University of Guelph
  • Mr. John Hyshka, President at Prairie Tide Diversified Inc.
  • Dr. Peter Phillips, Founding Director at Centre for Study of Science and Innovation Policy and Distinguished Professor at Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (University of Saskatchewan)
  • Mr. Martin Vetter, Senior Investment Manager at Carrot Ventures

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July 8, 2021 – Webinar # 4 – Gene editing: Implications for the agri-food sector

  • Ian Affleck, Vice-President (Plant Biotechnology) at CropLife
  • Dr. Ryan Philippe, Director, Corporate Development at Genome Canada
  • Heather Shearer, Policy and Program Manager, Plant Biosafety Office at Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Krista Thomas, Vice President, Trade Policy (Seed Innovation) at Canada Grains Council

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August 26, 2021 – Webinar #5 – Trust in Science: Agri-food innovation in the face of decreasing public confidence

  • Dr. Jill E. Hobbs, Professor, Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan
  • Mr. John Jamieson, President and CEO at The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity
  • Dr. Jeff Kinder, Executive Director, Science and Innovation at the Institute on Governance

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September 23, 2021 – Webinar #6 – Are there too many of us? Overcoming divisions in the sector

  • Bob Friesen, long time farmer advocate
  • The Honourable Andy Mitchell, P.C. former Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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November 18, 2021 – Webinar #7 – Food and beverage processing: Innovation in support of increased productivity and competitiveness

  • Fawn Jackson, Director of Government and International Relations (Ottawa), Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
  • Kathleen Sullivan, CEO, Food and Beverage Canada
  • Carla Ventin, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC)

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December 9, 2021 – Webinar #8 – The people challenge: Attracting talent and skilled labour in the agri-food sector

  • Dr. Martin Scanlon, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba
  • Ryan Riese, National Director, Agriculture, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Jennifer Wright, Acting Executive Director, Operations, Programs and Partnerships, Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council (CAHRC)

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2020 Virtual Conference
Today’s Investment Climate and Agri-Food Research

November 10th, 2020 – Session #1 – Setting the Stage: Importance of investment in agri-food research and innovation and their RoI

  • Rebbecca Clarke Vice-President and Treasurer, Farm Credit Canada;
  • Andrew Schrumm, Senior Manager, Research, RBC Thought Leadership.

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November 17th, 2020 – Session #2 – Is there an investment gap for agri-food research and innovation?

  • Laurie Dmytryshyn, Chief of Equity Investments, PIC Investments;
  • Lynne Godlien, CEO, Perennia Food and Agriculture;
  • Dave Smardon, President and CEO, BioEnterprise;
  • Alison Sunstrum, Founder & CEO, CNSRVX Inc.

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November 24th, 2020 – Session #3 – Venture Capital and Banking: How they work and what they want

  • Warren Bergen, President, AVAC Ltd.;
  • Eric Dillon, Chief Executive Officer, Conexus Credit Union;
  • Andrew Heintzman, Managing Partner, InvestEco Capital Corp.

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December 1st, 2020 – Session #4 – A Better Investment Climate: Government investment and taxation

  • Dr. Emily Gray, Agricultural Policy Analyst, OECD;
  • Carla Ventin, Senior Vice President, Food and Consumer Products of Canada;
  • Jesse Vincent-Herscovici, Vice President, Business Development, Mitacs.

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Read the full Web Conference Report for “The Investment Environment for Agri-Food Research and Innovation” here.

Agri-Food Post COVID-19 Webinar

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