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Canada’s Agriculture Day Ottawa
Let’s celebrate the food we love together!
Join us for an all-day event for Canada’s Agriculture Day in Ottawa on February 13, 2018. The event this year is being held at the Westin Ottawa and the reception will be held at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building.
To reserve a room at the Westin Ottawa, call 613-560-7000 ext.499 or email [email protected]. Please mention Canada’s Agriculture Day when booking.
$125 registration fee for conference until December 15th.
$175 registration fee from December 16th.
The Westin Ottawa
The future of agriculture is bright
Emcees - Robert Larsen & Liz Jarvis
Ron Bonnett, President, Canadian Federation of Agriculture
Michael Hoffort, President and CEO, Farm Credit Canada
Jeff Simmons, CEO, Elanco Animal Health
Murad Al-Katib, President, AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. and Chair, Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table
Sylvie Cloutier, Chief Executive Officer, Quebec Food Processing Council (CTAQ)
Curt Vossen, President and CEO, Richardson International Limited
Moderator - Carla Ventin, Senior VP, Government Affairs, Food & Consumer Products of Canada. Participants: Dr. Christine Daugherty, Vice President, Global Agronomy Solutions, PepsiCo & Darrell Jones, President, Save-On-Foods
Moderator - Cathy Lennon, GM, Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers. Panelists: Jill Harvie (Alberta). Mary Robinson (Prince Edward Island). Jill Azanza (British Columbia).
Remarks - Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Hon. Lawrence MacAulay
Bob McDonald, bestselling author, Host, CBC's Quirks & Quarks
Emcees - Robert Larsen & Liz Jarvis
Sir John A. Macdonald Building
Let's celebrate the food we love
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Sir John A. Macdonald Building
Robert Larsen, Emcee
Youth Advisory Committee, 4-H Canada
From an early age, Robert has worked on his family’s fourth generation beef farm in Cape Traverse, Prince Edward Island. He has been involved with the Albany Centennial 4-H Club for ten years and currently serves on the Board of Directors of both the Summerside District 4-H Council and the PEI 4-H Council. As a founding member of the 4-H PEI Members Advisory Committee, Robert believes in empowering youth by giving them a vehicle for their voices to be heard.
Liz Jarvis, Emcee
Director, Government Relations, 4-H Canada
Liz brings a passion for agriculture and close to a decade of communications experience to the 4-H Canada team. Her work for Dairy Farmers of Canada included strategic communications and government relations, working on a variety of files including research, international trade, animal health, food safety and environmental sustainability. Since joining the 4-H Canada team, Liz has served in various roles, including as Director of Marketing and Communications, before taking on her current role as Director of Government Relations.
President, Canadian Federation of Agriculture
Ron Bonnett has enjoyed a long and varied career in agriculture. He was the founding president of the Algoma Federation of Agriculture and involved with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA). During his time with OFA, Ron joined the CFA Board of Directors. He has held the role of CFA President since June 2010. An agriculture advocate on an international level, Ron sits on the Board and helped launch the World Farmers’ Organization.
President and CEO, Farm Credit Canada
Michael’s passion, commitment and depth of knowledge in agriculture, finance and economics is evident every time he stands before an audience. His business knowledge and genuine interest in people has helped FCC become an indispensable partner to everyone involved in agriculture, agribusiness and agri-food. He’s a professional agrologist with a science degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and for the first nine years with FCC worked directly with customers as a Relationship Manager in various field offices.
CEO, Elanco Animal Health
Since 2008, Jeff Simmons has served as President of Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company, (NYSE: LLY). As part of this role, he is also a Senior Vice President and Executive Officer of Lilly.
Simmons has become an active advocate for the role technology plays in sustainable, efficient production of safe and affordable protein. He has published white papers on this topic, most recently, the ENOUGH report, and actively engages in food security discussions on Twitter @JeffSimmons2050.
President and CEO, AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. and Chair, Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table
Murad Al-Katib founded AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. in 2001, growing the company into a world leader in value-added pulses, staple foods and pulse ingredients for markets around the globe and building a Canadian start-up into a global billion-dollar company. Recognized for his commitment to industry and community, Murad has received many prestigious awards including the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, World Entrepreneur of the Year, United Nations Association of Canada Global Citizen Laureate Award and appointed as Chair of the Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table.
CEO, Québec's Food Processing Council (CTAQ)
Sylvie has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Quebec’s Food Processing Council (CTAQ) since 2010. She also held positions of first Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs from 2003-2010. Prior to joining CTAQ, she was Vice-President Communications for the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors and Executive Director of the Canadian Grand Prix New Products Awards. Sylvie currently sits on several boards including Farm Credit Canada, Industrial Research Center of Quebec, Conseil du patronat du Québec and Food Processing Development Fund.
President and CEO, Richardson International Limited
Curt Vossen has dedicated his career to Canadian agriculture. Before joining Richardson as President in 1995, he held various regional and marketing management positions in the grain industry. Curt is active in the community and serves as Chairman of Wynward Insurance and Prince Rupert Grain Co. He’s also a member of the Rabobank International North American Agribusiness Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of the Business Council of Canada and an Executive Board member of the Manitoba Business Council.
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Food & Consumer Products of Canada
Carla has been VP of Federal Government Affairs for FCPC’s Ottawa Office for over 8 years, representing 100 food and consumer product manufacturing companies and Canada’s largest manufacturing industry in terms of employment. She has experience in public affairs in the private, government and non-profit sectors in Canada and abroad, with 15 years specifically in agriculture and agri-food.
Dr. Christine Daugherty
Vice President, Global Agronomy Solutions, PepsiCo
Based in Plano, TX, Christine drives PepsiCo’s strategic direction for their crop science and sustainable agriculture agenda. Prior to PepsiCo, Christine worked at Tyson Foods, where she held various roles, most recently Vice President of Sustainable Food Production. Christine holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, a Post-doctoral in Plant Gene Regulation from the University of Florida, a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Louisiana State University, as well as an MS degree in Plant Pathology from Iowa State University.
Darrell Jones embarked on his 40-plus-year career in the food business as a retail grocery clerk. From there, he joined teams in 23 different stores with Save-On-Foods and the Overwaitea Food Group. Promoted to president in 2012, Darrell leads a team of nearly 18,000 people in more than 150 Western Canadian communities. He is a recipient of the Golden Pencil Award – the highest distinction in the grocery industry – and shares his passion as a member on many industry boards and as a key advocate for the company.
GM, Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers
Cathy Lennon comes to OPVG with 20 years of experience in a variety of roles in the Ontario agricultural industry, most recently as a senior lender with the Agri-Business & Agri-Food division of Farm Credit Canada. Prior to FCC, she held roles with Agricorp, General Manager of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency and Program & Communications Coordinator for the Agricultural Adaptation Council.
Programs Manager, Canadian Cattlemen's Association
Jill Harvie is a beef cattle rancher, mother, wife and Programs Manager at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. Whether it’s hosting delegations at Harvie Ranch – her family’s 350 head purebred Hereford, Charolais and Simmental operation, cattle judging, conducting media interviews or being involved with Ag More than Ever, Jill prides herself on being an advocate for the Canadian beef and agriculture industry. Find her on Twitter @Brightpasture.
Producer, 6th Generation P.E.I. Farmer
Mary’s family has been farming in Augustine Cove, PEI since 1810. As part of the 6th generation to farm, she learned early the value of being involved in farm organizations and movements. Mary is active in the Canadian Agriculture Human Resources Council, the National Program Advisory Council to the Federal Minister of Agriculture, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and the PEI Federation of Agriculture – where she held the office of President in 2015 and 2016.
Poultry producer, K&M Farms
Jillian Azanza farms pasture-raised turkeys and chickens with her family in the Bradner, BC area. Prior to poultry, Jillian and her family farmed 60 acres of raspberries. Married with one young son, Jillian is passionate about farming and uniting farmers from all commodities in order to keep agriculture strong in BC and all of Canada.
Honourable Lawrence MacAulay
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Minister Lawrence MacAulay has been the member of Parliament for Cardigan in Prince Edward Island since 1988. In 2015, he won his ninth consecutive election and was appointed minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. As Minister, some of his work includes the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and the development of a Food Policy for Canada. He has previously served as Solicitor General of Canada, Minister of Labour, Secretary of State (Veterans) and Secretary of State (ACOA). Prior to his first election, he was a successful seed potato farmer and dairy farmer in Prince Edward Island.
Bestselling Author, Host of CBC's Quirks & Quarks
Bob is loved by audiences across Canada for making complex scientific issues understandable, meaningful and fun. His big-picture view of our little planet – and the thin film of air and water covering it – will give you a new perspective of life on this small rock we call home. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his efforts in promoting science in Canada.