Canada’s Agriculture Summit

January 16, 2020
7:30 am -  
4:00 pm
Big Four, Stampede Park
1801 Big Four Trail Southeast, Calgary, AB, Canada

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Canada’s natural resources include more than oil, wind, hydro, and solar – they also include agriculture and farming. We are continuing our AND focus with natural resource development AND sustainable agriculture practices.

As with most industries, technology and innovation are shaking up Canada’s agriculture industry. Producers are growing crops with higher yields, using less resources at reduced costs. This infusion of technology and innovation within the agriculture industry remains understated and largely unknown outside of the industry.

Agriculture and agri-foods contribute over $100 billion to the Canadian economy every year. Broader understanding of the competitiveness, innovation and GDP contribution of agriculture is critical to ensuring the industry remains top tier in the global market.

Canada can nourish the world and become a global leader in sustainable agricultural practices. Join us as we work towards creating a framework for a national vision for our agricultural natural resources.



7:30 am 

Doors Open 

Breakfast Served 

8:15 am

Opening Remarks 

  • Sandip Lalli, President & CEO, Calgary Chamber 
  • Her Honour, The Honourable, Lois E. Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
8:30 am

Opening Keynote: The Importance of Agriculture to the Canadian Economy

Presented by Bayer CropScience

  • Curt Vossen, President & CEO,  Richardson International
  • Agriculture is a large economic driver in Canada, what is the conversation Canada is not having regarding agriculture and agri-foods? 
9:00 am 

Panel: Trade Agreements and Goods to Market

10:00 am 

Coffee Break 

10:30 am 

Keynote: What Drives a Farm Forward? 

Presented by Bayer CropScience

  • Spencer Hilton, Hilton Ventures & Origins Malting and Brewing Co. 
  • The Success of Canada’s prairie farmers is tightly tied to the innovations coming right out of Western Canada’s agriculture industry-from production through to policy. It’s essential the entire industry advances together so farmers have access to the tools, technology and opportunities that provide a competitive advantage to sustain their foothold in this global industry. As a farmer and a co-owner of Hilton Ventures & Origin Malting and Brewing Co., Spencer will illustrate the causal link between these advancements and his family operation’s success. 
11:00 am

Keynote: Alberta Provincial Agriculture Minister

  • The Honourable Devin Dreeshen, Alberta Minister of Agriculture
  • Minister Dreeshen will discuss the government’s role in fostering the growth and development of the province’s agriculture and agri-food sectors and how it supports the adoption of innovative technologies to further realize the capacity of our producers and processors.
11:30 am


12:00 pm 

Keynote with Fireside Chat: Canadian Competitiveness

Presented by EY

  • Chuck Magro, President & CEO, Nutrien
  • How agriculture companies are working to address environmental, sustainable, and governance (ESG) to measure sustainability and ethical impact of investment. 
  • Moderated by: Sandip Lalli, President & CEO, Calgary Chamber
1:00 pm 

Panel: Innovation and Agri-Foods

  • Canada’s agriculture sector leads in sustainable agriculture and food production. It has done so historically through the early adoption and application of innovative practices, technology and the use of data. However, as the pace of innovation and technology development accelerates, it is important to consider how industry can accelerate their response to achieve quick uptake and implementation. This panel will discuss what is needed today to accelerate the commercialization of innovation and technology within agriculture.
  • Panelists
  • Moderated by: Stuart Cullum, President, Olds College
2:00 pm 

Afternoon Break

2:15 pm 

Panel: Cooperatives: Increasing Competitiveness and Nourishing the World 

  • Cooperatives have been active in Canada for hundreds of years, securing fair prices, market access, and customers for producers. They play a vital role in Canada’s agriculture and argi-food sector and have enabled the industry to grow. As more and more producers are integrating technology into production, cooperatives are becoming increasingly competitive and are contributing to sustainable agriculture practices. In this panel we will discuss innovation and the role cooperatives are playing from the farm, to retail to kitchen tables.
  • Panelists
  • Moderated by Kim McConnell, Founder, AdFarm
3:15 pm

Closing Keynote: Aligning on Advocacy

  • Michael Hoffort, President & CEO, Farm Credit Canada 
  • Canada has many champions and advocacy groups across all segments of our agriculture industry. How can we unite with one voice to champion the industry as a whole? Can we work together to form stronger trade deals opening new markets? Can we create a national vision for our agricultural resources?



  • $249.00
  • Table of 8: $1,992.00

*This is a full day event. Breakfast, lunch and coffee will be served. 



Curt Vossen
President & CEO,
Richardson International

Jeff Vassart
Cargill Limited

Ray Price

David Crawford
Vice President,
Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

Chuck Magro
President & CEO,

Cherie Copithorne-Barnes
CEO, CL Ranches, &
Calgary Stampede

Chris Terris
VP, Business Strategy, Telus

Jonathan Sweat
VP, Business Management BASF Agricultural Solutions Canada 

Scott Bolton
President & CEO,

Michael Hoffort
President & CEO,
Farm Credit Canada

Art Froehlich

Sandip Lalli
President & CEO, 
Calgary Chamber

Stuart Cullum
Olds College

Kim McConnell 
Founder, AdFarm

Sébastien Léveillé
Executive VP & CEO
Sollio Agriculture

Ken Keelor
Calgary Co-op

Devin Dreeshen
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry






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Introducing Sponsor

Lunch Sponsor

Breakfast Sponsor

Coffee Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

Chamber Partners