AGILITY Innovation Summit

The Future of Food | Feb 9 & 10, 2017



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. 

At this two-day innovation summit, you will learn key lessons and strategies from a range of key influencers and practitioners. On Day One, you’ll hear from industry leaders like Mark Thompson (Agrium), Tom Burke (Canaccord Genuity), Colin Rush, (Clean Seed Capital) and others on key topics, including:

  • How drones, food computers, and satellite controlled machinery are changing the way we produce the things we eat;
  • How big data and other technologies are making healthier food using less space, water, and energy;
  • The highest growth sectors and prospects for 21st century careers and jobs;
  • Which companies will have the greatest potential investor returns in the next decade.

Inspiration is only the first step towards making a difference. The AGILITY Innovation Summit will bring students in contact with CEOs, entrepreneurs, and high-level executives through the Investing in AgriFood Competition and on-site facility tours. Together, students will experience new processes to dig deeper into the agriculture and discover the next big thing in food.   

The AGILITY Innovation Summit is open to students, food experts and producers, business leaders, influencers and faculty and is the only event of its kind in western Canada. 

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February 9: 9:00am – 6:00pm
February 10: 9:00am – 1:00pm (Exclusive Content)
Location: University of Lethbridge campus, Lethbridge, AB

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

**Please Note: All discussions will be taking place in SU Ballroom B while the Networking Lunch and Ask Me Anything’s will be taking place in Markin Hall Atrium.

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:

  • Colin Rush, COO, Agricultural Division, Clean Seed Capital Group
  • Remi Schmaltz, CEO, Decisive Farming
  • Mark Carlson, Managing Director, Verdex Capital

Ask Me Anything

11:00am-12:00pm | Markin Hall AtriumRegister Now

Networking Lunch

12:00pm-2:30pm | Markin Hall Atrium | Register Now

Join us at any time between 12:00-2:30pm.

Big Data, Big Insights: Propelling Food into the Future

12:15pm-1:30pm | SU Ballroom | SOLD OUT

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:

  • Dr. Eric Chalmers, Lead Data Scientist, Farmers Edge
  • David Chan, Data Scientist, 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 | Markin Hall Atrium | 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.



Network & connect with the best of the best in agri-food and agribusiness.


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Learn about how & why food systems are being revolutionized through the latest innovations from top presenters.


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