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.
The Forum will have four compelling segments:
- “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?
- “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?
- “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?
- “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.
Business Owner, Evergreen Cattle Co. (Saskatchewan) Bio
Former Premier of Alberta Bio
Office of the CEO, Scale AI Bio
VP, Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce; Co-Chair, Canadian Chamber of Commerce Agri-Food Committee Bio
CEO, Hain-Celestial Canada Bio
Vice-President, Corporate Sustainability & Government Affairs, High Liner Foods Bio
CEO of FarmLead.com, North America’s Grain Marketplace Bio
Director, Trade & Investment Centre, Canada West Foundation Bio
President & CEO of Gusto Worldwide Media Bio
Vice-President, Agriculture, Telus Bio
Executive Director, Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance Bio
Clinical Professor, U. of Saskatchewan; first Chief Public Health Officer for Canada Bio
Chief Scientist for Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (Australia) Bio
Senior Fellow, Canada 2020 Bio
Chief Industry Engagement Officer, TrustBIX Inc. Bio
President & CEO, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute Bio
Director, Arrell Food Institute, University of Guelph Bio
Chair, Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, Senate of Canada Bio
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Bio
Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Richardson International Bio
President & CEO of Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Bio
Director, Industry & Stakeholder Affairs, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Bio
Co-CEO, Farm Boy Bio
Senior Manager, Sustainability, Loblaw Companies Ltd. Bio
Co-Lead, Nourish Program, McConnell Foundation Bio
Senior Advisor, World Benchmarking Alliance (The Netherlands) Bio
Associate Professor, HEC Montréal Bio
Founder & CEO, Terramera Bio
CEO, Food & Beverage Canada Bio
President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture Bio
President & CEO, Council of the Great Lakes Region Bio
CEO, Maple Lodge Farms Bio
Director, Europe & North America, Bord Bia Bio
Senior Consultant, Public Policy, Economist Intelligence Unit Bio
President & CEO of Enns Brother Ltd Bio
President & CEO, Global Alliance for the Future of Food Bio
Executive Director & CEO, Global Institute for Food Security Bio
Vice President, Safety & Compliance, Food & Consumer Products Canada Bio
Director, Agri-food Analytics Lab, Dalhousie University Bio