The Canada 2020 National Forum on Agri-Food: Competing in a New World Order

On November 6 & 7, 2019 in Ottawa, Canada 2020 invites you to join us for the National Forum on Agri-Food: Competing in a New World Order.

The Forum will be the peak gathering of Canada 2020’s Food Brand Project, which is studying a global agri-food system at a crossroads: it must remain a resilient and dependable producer of safe, high quality food while coping with rising consumer expectations around nutrition, sustainability, and trust.

For its part, Canada is seeking to better define its national food brand on a global stage and expand its ambitions. Canada 2020’s National Forum on Agri-Food is our opportunity to bring visibility to the vital importance of Canada’s agri-food sector at a formative time (immediately following our upcoming federal election).

Building on the positive change taking place across the sector, the Forum will be used to develop a short action plan for food system stakeholders to take forward.

Registration Now Open

Download the Official Agenda here.

The Forum will have four compelling segments:

  1. “Risk, reward & reputation in a new world order.” Countries worldwide are facing a world of rising populism, intensifying global impacts of climate change & growing geo-political & economic uncertainty. How does Canada’s agri-food sector thrive & protect its trusted food reputation in this emerging world?
  2. “The citizen. The planet.” Global agri-food practices are being increasingly assessed and benchmarked against a host of health, social & environmental factors. What do food systems need to do to credibly meet (if not exceed) these rising expectations? Is it advantageous for Canada to be a leading performer?
  3. “Inspiration. Aspiration.” Profiling successful companies: The future of Canada’s agri-food sector depends on attracting investment & remaining competitive. How can we better leverage food brand attributes (i.e., producing high quality/safe/nutritious/sustainable/reliably-supplied food) to catalyze new economic opportunities & new ways of competing?
  4. “Why is agri-food not widely perceived as a “super-sector”?” The food system can garner the trust & support it needs to fulfill its potential. A Forum-wide “dialogue” will lead to the development of a “short-sharp action list” on needed actions, such as the leadership we need; the strategy we need; the policies & regulations we need; the research & innovation we need; and the metrics we need.


See the Canada Food Brand Project Synthesis Report here.

See our full speaker bio package here.

Featured Participants

  • (more to be announced)
  • Adrienne Ivey
    Business Owner, Evergreen Cattle Co. (Saskatchewan) Bio
  • Alison Redford
    Former Premier of Alberta Bio
  • Art Mesher
    Office of the CEO, Scale AI Bio
  • Art Sinclair
    VP, Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce; Co-Chair, Canadian Chamber of Commerce Agri-Food Committee Bio
  • Beena Goldenberg
    CEO, Hain-Celestial Canada Bio
  • Bill DiMento
    Vice-President, Corporate Sustainability & Government Affairs, High Liner Foods Bio
  • Brennan Turner
    CEO of, North America’s Grain Marketplace Bio
  • Carlo Dade
    Director, Trade & Investment Centre, Canada West Foundation Bio
  • Chris Knight
    President & CEO of Gusto Worldwide Media Bio
  • Chris Terris
    Vice-President, Agriculture, Telus Bio
  • Claire Citeau
    Executive Director, Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance Bio
  • David Jones
    Clinical Professor, U. of Saskatchewan; first Chief Public Health Officer for Canada Bio
  • David Lamb
    Chief Scientist for Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (Australia) Bio
  • David McInnes
    Senior Fellow, Canada 2020 Bio
  • Deborah Wilson
    Chief Industry Engagement Officer, TrustBIX Inc. Bio
  • Don Buckingham
    President & CEO, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute Bio
  • Evan Fraser
    Director, Arrell Food Institute, University of Guelph Bio
  • Hon. Diane F. Griffin
    Chair, Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, Senate of Canada Bio
  • Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell
    Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Bio
  • Jean-Marc Ruest
    Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Richardson International Bio
  • Jean-Paul Gladu
    President & CEO of Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Bio
  • Jeffrey Hodgson
    Director, Industry & Stakeholder Affairs, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Bio
  • Jeffrey York
    Co-CEO, Farm Boy Bio
  • Jennifer Lambert
    Senior Manager, Sustainability, Loblaw Companies Ltd. Bio
  • Jennifer Reynolds
    Co-Lead, Nourish Program, McConnell Foundation Bio
  • Jérôme Tagger
    Senior Advisor, World Benchmarking Alliance (The Netherlands) Bio
  • JoAnne Labrecque
    Associate Professor, HEC Montréal Bio
  • Karn Manhas
    Founder & CEO, Terramera Bio
  • Kathleen Sullivan
    CEO, Food & Beverage Canada Bio
  • Keith Currie
    President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture Bio
  • Mark Fisher
    President & CEO, Council of the Great Lakes Region Bio
  • Michael Burrows
    CEO, Maple Lodge Farms Bio
  • Noreen Lanigan
    Director, Europe & North America, Bord Bia Bio
  • Priya Bapat
    Senior Consultant, Public Policy, Economist Intelligence Unit Bio
  • Ray Bouchard
    President & CEO of Enns Brother Ltd Bio
  • Ruth Richardson
    President & CEO, Global Alliance for the Future of Food Bio
  • Steve Webb
    Executive Director & CEO, Global Institute for Food Security Bio
  • Susan Abel
    Vice President, Safety & Compliance, Food & Consumer Products Canada Bio
  • Sylvain Charlebois
    Director, Agri-food Analytics Lab, Dalhousie University Bio
  • Sylvie Turgeon
    Professeure titulaire, Directrice de l'Institut sur la nutrition et les aliments fonctionnels, Université Laval Bio
  • Tanya Woods
    Managing Director, Chamber of Digital Commerce Canada Bio
  • Ted Bilyea
    Principal, Ted Bilyea & Associates Bio
  • Vimlendra Sharan
    Director, Liaison Office for North America, FAO Bio

VenueChateau Laurier Hotel, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8S7 CA