(Feb 9/10) AGILITY Innovation Summit

By January 12, 2017Events


Food is the next big frontier, fertile ground for disruption and innovation in technology, business and social enterprise.

On February 9 and 10, 2017, AGILITY at the University of Lethbridge will host the second annual AGILITY Innovation Summit, featuring keynotes, panels, workshops with some of North America’s most renowned leaders in agriculture, agri-food, technology and finance. 

See below for our Program Schedule and how to register.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Future of AgTech: Discovering New Opportunities

9:25am-10:40am | SU Ballroom B | Register Now

Our panelists will share their experiences and insight, talk about the trends and successes that are happening here that have global implications, and expose the world of opportunity that exists in AgTech. Hear from:

  • Graeme Lempriere, President and CEO, Clean Seed Capital Group
  • Remi Schmaltz, CEO, Decisive Farming
  • Mark Carlson, Managing Director, Verdex Capital

Ask Me Anything

11:00am-12:00pm | SU Ballroom B | Register Now

Networking Lunch

12:00pm-2:30pm | SU Ballroom B | Register Now

 Big Data, Big Insights: Propelling Food into the Future

12:05pm-1:30pm | Andy’s Place | Register Now

Our panelists will share their experiences, prompt your curiosity, and expose the opportunities that exist now and into the future in the world of big data. You will hear from:

  • Kevin Grant, Chief Technology Officer, Farmers Edge
  • Dr. Robin Winsor, CEO, Cybera
  • Chris Perry, President, CKP Farms Ltd. and Grow the Energy Circle Ltd.

Keynote Address: Innovation and Sustainable Agriculture

1:45pm – 2:30pm | SU Ballroom B | Register Now

Join Mark Thompson, Vice-President, Strategy, with Agrium as he shares global perspectives on the imperatives for innovation in the agri-food sector – and the opportunities that presents.

Ask Me Anything

3:00pm-4:00pm | Andy’s Place | Register Now

Feeding the Future: Prospects in Food Processing

3:05pm – 4:20pm | SU Ballroom B | Register Now

With global population growth, improving income levels in the global middle class and changing diets, there are significant opportunities for new value-added economic activities in agri-food and food processing.

  • Ken Gossen, Executive Director, Food and Bio-Processing, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
  • Carlo Dade, Director, Centre on Trade and Investment Policy, Canada West Foundation
  • John Snell, Senior Vice President, FCM Division of INTL FCStone Financial Inc.

 The Future of Food: Innovation and Technology at Work

4:30pm-6:00pm | SU Ballroom B | Register Now

Better food, healthier lifestyles, Canadian perspectives and competitive advantages, technologies to create more nutritious foods, and more ideas will be covered in this panel moderated by Tom Burke, Senior Investment Advisor, Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management.

  • Matt von Teichman, CEO, GreenSpace Brands
  • John P.A. Budreski, Executive Chairman, EnWave Corporation
  • Preet Marwaha, Executive Vice President, Hempco Canada Superfoods

Friday, February 10, 2017

Field and Facility Tours

9:00am-1:00pm | Off Campus | Register Now

A number of field and facility tours that explore innovation in agri-food in the Lethbridge region will take place. These student-only tours have a maximum of 8 participants. Tours include:

  • Renewable Energy and Agriculture
  • Food Processing
  • Innovations in Livestock
  • Advanced Crop Breeding
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Remote Sensing

Investing in Agri-Food Competition

9:00am-1:00pm | Invite Only

Developing and honing skills in market analysis and investment advising is at the heart of this student-only competition. This workshop kicks off the competition to develop and recommend investment advice relative to public-traded Canadian agri-food enterprises to a panel of investors. Students will have face-to-face contact with Tom Burke and other leading investment professionals to prepare them for the rigours of the competition. Finalists will get the opportunity to pitch their advice. Cash prizes are awarded for the top three pitches. The competition is limited to 20 students.

The AGILITY Innovation Summit will adjourn by 1:00 pm.