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Halton Region Agricultural Forum

Agriculture and Food; Driving Growth and Innovation

Canada’s agriculture and food sector has been identified as a key area poised for significant growth and export opportunities. With a world population of 9 billion estimated by 2050, significant investments are being made in Ontario to meet the global demand for food. The 6th annual Agricultural Forum will focus on initiatives that will help local farms and food businesses drive growth and innovation in the agriculture and food sector.

This event is FREE.

    Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018
    Time: 7–9 p.m.
    Location: Country Heritage Park (Puslinch Town Hall)
    Address: 8560 Tremaine Rd., Milton (view map (external link))

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Who should attend?

  • farmers
  • food processors
  • other agri-product processors
  • related associations and organizations
  • students
  • entrepreneurs interested in agriculture and food industries

Featured Topics, Speakers and Presentations

The Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph

Rene Van Acker, Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College and co-founder of the Arrell Food Institute

The Arrell Food Institute is dedicated to transforming global food systems and elevating Canada’s place within the global food economy. Initiatives include the use of big data in agriculture, the introduction of new crops, application of machine learning, resilience of high immune responder beef cattle and much more. Learn more about initiatives being developed at the Arrell Food Institute.

Niagara College – Canadian Food and Wine Institute Innovation Centre

Lyndon Ashton, Centre Manager

The Canadian Food and Wine Institute Innovation Centre offers unique educational opportunities such as wine making and craft brewing as well as a full complement of services to support industry innovation and commercialization of new food and beverage products and processes. Learn how you can utilize these services.

Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association

Pam Charlton, Regional Program Lead

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) replaces Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative that encourages innovation, competitiveness and market development, adaptability and industry sustainability in the agri-food and agri-products sector. Learn how you can take advantage of these and other cost-sharing opportunities.

Halton Region – Small Business Centre and Halton Global Business Centre

Stephanie Mazhari, Manager, Entrepreneurship Services

Halton Regions Small Business Centre offers a comprehensive resource centre that includes the tools, training and expertise to help guide businesses. The Halton Global Business Centre provides valuable resources for small to mid-sized businesses that are interested in scaling up and exporting.

For more information, please contact:

Anna DeMarchi-Meyers
905-825-6000 ext. 7574