2007 Agri-Food Innovation Forum: The Business of Green Solutions

Program for Monday October 29, 2007

Time slot Topics - Titles subject to change Speakers
10:00 a.m.
Foyer,
Congress Level
Registration opens (Refreshments available)
11:30 a.m.
Congress Hall FG
Buffet lunch begins

Plenary - Introductory/Welcome Remarks
Congress Hall FG

11:45 - 11:50 Dr. Gord Surgeoner, Ontario Agri-Food Technologies
11:50 - 12:00   The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri- Food and Minister of the Canadian Wheat Board
12:00-12:10 Dr. Bruce Archibald, Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

12:10-12:20

Peter Brenders, BIOTECanada

Plenary - 100 Years of Environmental Achievements
Congress Hall FG
Moderator: Dr. Gord Surgeoner, Ontario Agri-Food Technologies
12:30-12:55 Deborah Whale, Clovermead Farms Inc.
The Ontario Model that Works
Congress Hall BC
1:00-1:55 Environmental Farm Plans: Two Decades of Green Solutions Harold Rudy, Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association

Environmental Farm Plans: Future Challenges

John Fitzgibbon, Ontario Farm Environment Coalition

Farmers at the Forefront
Congress Hall D
1:00-1:55 Farmers Take the Lead in France Yvon Le Henaff, Agro Industrie Recherches et Developpements, France

Ontario Premier's and Minister's Agri-Food Innovation Awards

David VanderDussen and Klaesi Bros.

Agriculture to Autos and Beyond
Congress Hall BC
2:00-2:55 Transformation in Agriculture: Ontario's BioAuto Dr. Gord Surgeoner, Ontario Agri-Food Technologies

Beyond Today's Benefits: Building a Sustainable Industry

Ray Miller, DuPont

Greening the Waste
Congress Hall D
2:00-2:55 Fast Pyrolysis of Poultry Manure Dr. Peter Fransham, Advanced BioRefinery Inc.

Ethanol's New Co-Products: Dispelling the Myths and Feeding the Nation

Mark Schwartz, GreenField Ethanol

3:00-3:25
Congress Hall FG
Refreshments 
Plenary - Investment Opportunities in the New Agri-Food Environment
Congress Hall FG
Moderator: Dave Smardon, BioEnterprise Corp.
3:30-4:30 What Investors Want in 'Green' Investments Jim Taylor, Avrio Ventures

The Financial Care and Feeding of 'Green' Companies

Peter Matthewman, Performance Plants Inc.

Evening 5-7:30
Congress Hall H
Environmental Innovation Showcase and Reception  


Program for Tuesday October 30, 2007

Time slot Topics - Titles subject to change Speakers
7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
Plenary - A New European Perspective on GMOs
Congress Hall FG
Moderator: Dr. Gord Surgeoner, Ontario Agri-Food Technologies

8:30-8:55

Biotechnology in agriculture: it may not be popular but we may need it more than we know

Dr. Brian Johnson, formerly of English Nature

Agriculture's Opportunities in Carbon Offset
Congress Hall BC
9:00-10:10

Unlocking the Carbon Value in Agricultural Practices

Skip Willis. ICF Consulting Group Inc.

Making it Work on the Ground Tom Goddard, Alberta Agriculture and Food
Agriculture in the GHG Offset System: A Federal Perspective Ian Campbell, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Farming with a Small Footprint
Congress Hall D
9:00-10:10

The Environmental Benefits of Stacked Traits

Sean Gardner, Monsanto, Canada

Organic Practices for Soil Health and Ecosystem Stability Dr. Ralph Martin, Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada
The Farmer as Steward - Who Pays? Bob Friesen, Canadian Federation of Agriculture
10:15-10:40
Congress Hall FG

Coffee

Clean 'Waste' and Energy Opportunities
Congress Hall BC
10:45-11:55

Farm to Fuel

Rod Bryden, Plasco Energy Group Inc.

Biogas, but Better

Sean Mezei, QuestAir Technologies Inc.
New Horizons in Miscanthus and Ethanol Frank Dohleman, U of Illinois, and John Caupert, U.S. National Corn to Ethanol Research Centre
The Regulatory 'Elephant' in the Environment
Congress Hall D
10:45-11:55

Finding the Balance in Canada’s Agri-Food Regulations

Dr. Ron Doering, Gowlings

Valuing 'Inputs' in Energy Production Don Hilborn, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Regulations: A Strategic Tool for Economic Development - What are we doing? Gaëtan Lussier, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute
12:00-1:00
Congress Hall FG
Lunch 
Plenary - Sustainable Bioproducts: A Green Solution for an Emerging Bioeconomy
Moderator: Dr. Gord Surgeoner, Ontario Agri-Food Technologies and Murray Porteous, Agriculture Research Institute of Ontario
Congress Hall FG
12:30-1:00
Dr. Amar Mohanty, Chair of Biomaterials and Transportation, University of Guelph
Plenary - May You Live in Interesting Times: Globalization, Environmental Forces and the Agri-Food System
Moderator: Dr. Gord Surgeoner, Ontario Agri-Food Technologies
Congress Hall FG
1:00-1:25

May You Live in Interesting Times – Globalization, Environmental Forces and the Agri-food System

Ted Bilyea, Ted Bilyea & Associates

Conservation in Food Production and Processing
Congress Hall BC
1:30-2:40

Benchmarking the Way to Better Industry Efficiencies

Phil Dick, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Environmental Solutions for Volatile Organic Compounds: Beyond 'End of Pipe' Fixes

Paul Hetherington, Baking Association of Canada
Water Quality and Quantity: Issues and Opportunities in Agriculture Scott Duff, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Agriculture in the New Green Economy
Congress Hall D
1:30-2:40

Transformative Bioeconomy Systems

Dr. David Layzell, Queen's University

Challenges of Biomass Capture Mark Stumborg, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Portable Biodiesel Production for Remote Areas Dr. Luc Duchesne, Forest BioProducts Inc.
2:45-3:10
Congress Hall FG
Refreshments

Plenary - Farming in the Environment of the Future
Moderator: Bob Friesen, Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Congress Hall FG

3:15-4:30

Farming & Environmental Goods & Services: What Works & Who Pays?

Dr. Dave Sparling, Institute of Agri-Food Policy Innovation

Pursuing Success on a Large Scale Ted Bilyea, Ted Bilyea & Associates
Sustainability and the Food Customer of the Future Lori Stahlbrand, Local Food Plus

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