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Monday, March 26

  1. 10:30 am –4:00 pm Port of Hamilton Tour

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  2. 6:00 pm –9:00 pm Welcome Reception

Tuesday, March 27

  1. 7:30 am –8:30 am Breakfast

  2. 8:30 am –8:35 am Opening Remarks

      Tyler Bjornson, President of Canada Grains Council
  3. 8:35 am –9:20 am Building Canada’s Reputation: How To Meet $75 Billion In Exports By 2025

      Murad Al-Katib, President and CEO, AGT Food and Ingredients Inc.
  4. 9:20 am –10:20 am Perspectives On Leveraging Canada’s Reputation For Agriculture

      Moderator: Cam Dahl, President, Cereals Canada

      Panelist: Gilles Gauthier, Former Minister for Economic Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, Former Canadian Chief Agriculture Negotiator

      Keith Bruch, Former Vice President of Operations, Paterson Global Foods

      Mark Brock, Chair of the Canada Grains Council
  5. 10:20 am –10:45 am Break

  6. 10:45 am –11:15 am Is Public Trust & Innovation Compatible? The Case Of Golden Rice

      Don MacKenzie, Regulatory Affairs and Stewardship Leader, International Rice Research Institute
  7. 11:15 am –12:00 pm Canada’s Ability To Continue to Innovate: Overcoming Global Trade And Regulatory Hurdles

      Moderator: Pierre Petelle, President & CEO CropLife Canada

      Krista Thomas, Director of Plant Innovation, Canada Grains Council

      Craig Rickard, Executive Director, Plant Biotechnology, CropLife International

      Gretchen Flanley, President, Sherpa 360
  8. 12:00 pm –1:00 pm Lunch

  9. 1:15 pm –2:00 pm Canada’s Reputation As A Trusted Grain Supplier: A Customer Perspective - Bogasari

      Bobby Ariyanto, Senior Vice President Manufacturing,PT. Indofood Sukses Makmur, Bogasari Flour Mills Division
  10. 2:00 pm –2:45 pm Canada’s Reputation As A Trusted Grain Supplier: A Customer Perspective - Soon Soon Oilmills

      Soon Bin-Neoh, Managing Director, Soon Soon Oilmills Click here to view presentation
  11. 2:45 pm –3:30 pm Break

  12. 3:30 pm –4:00 pm Public Trust, Academia & Industry: How Close Is Too Close?

      Peter Phillips, Director, Centre for the Study of Science & Innovation Policy & Distinguished Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan

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  13. 4:00 pm –5:00 pm Future Reputation: Do Millennials Distrust Big Ag?

      Moderator: Vance Crowe, Director of Millennial Engagement, Monsanto

      Michelle Erickson Jones, President, Montana Grain Growers Association, farmer and blogger BigSkyFarmHer Panelist: Abbey Sharp, Founder of Abbey's Kitchen

      Becky Parker, Project & Partnership Strategist, AgScape
  14. 6:00 pm –7:00 pm Cocktail Reception

  15. 7:00 pm –10:00 pm Symposium Banquet

      Keynote Address: Rex Murphy

      Social Commentator, Editorialist & Distinct Canadian Voice

Wednesday, March 28

  1. 7:00 am –8:00 am Breakfast

  2. 8:00 am –8:45 am Outlook For Canadian Crops In A Global Context

      JP Gervais, Chief Economist, Farm Credit Canada


  1. 8:45 am –9:15 am Cross-Country Check-Up, Western Canada: Investing In The Future Of The Grain Sector

      Duncan Wilson, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Port of Vancouver
  2. 9:15 am –9:45 am Cross-Country Check-Up: Improving On The Reliability Of Western Rail Logistics

      Murray Hamilton, Assistant Vice President, Grain & Fertilizer Sales & Marketing Team, Canadian Pacific
  3. 9:45 am –10:20 am Break

  4. 10:20 am –10:50 am Cross Commodity Check-Up, Maintaining Trust: Sustainability Metrics Platform

      Susie Miller, Executive Director, Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops
  5. 10:50 am –11:30 am Cross Commodity Check-Up: What’s New In Sustainability In Soybeans And Canola?

      Curtis Rempel, Vice President, Crop Production & Innovation, Canola Council of Canada

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      Nicole MacKellar, Manager, Market Development, Grain Farmers of Ontario Click here to view presentation


  1. 8:45 am –9:15 am Cross-Country Check-Up, Eastern Canada: Investing In The Future Of The Grain Sector

      Ian Hamilton, President & CEO of the Hamilton Port Authority

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  2. 9:15 am –9:45 am Prospects For Biorefining In Eastern Canada

      John Wilkinson, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Greenfield Global
  3. 9:45 am –10:20 am Break

  4. 10:20 am –10:55 am Challenges for Canada's Reputation As A Supplier Of High Quality Durum In Italy

      Emilio Ferrari, Group Supply Chain, Purchasing Director Durum Wheat and Semolina, Barilla
  5. 10:55 am –11:30 am India and Global Pulse Trade: Canada's Position Going Forward

      Gordon Bacon, Chief Executive Officer, Pulse Canada


  1. 11:30 am –12:00 pm Canada’s Reputation: Opportunities for the Next Decade

      Marcus Mitchell, Vice President, Investment Management, Bonnefield Financial Inc.
  2. 12:00 pm Closing Remarks

      Tyler Bjornson, President, Canada Grains Council