Breadbasket 2.0

With a growing global population, and increasing demands on food production from expanding middle classes in China and India, there is a serious need to explore food production capacity.

The Canadian Prairies, once known as the breadbasket of the world, will be essential players in this effort. To help meet the coming challenge, we need to explore the production capacity of this region, to understand how to increase it through innovations in policy and practice.

June 17-18, the Public Policy Forum, through the Breadbasket 2.0 project, convened a national summit in Saskatoon, SK to examine these questions.

The summit shared the results of roundtable discussions held in March 2013 in all three Prairie Provinces, and consolidated research findings of extensive framing efforts conducted by the Forum and its project partners. The leadership-level discussion at the summit laid out the strategic areas of consideration concerning future policy related to crop production and innovation in the Canadian Prairies.

NEWS RELEASE

SUMMIT PROGRAM

Click here for Summit presentations and photos
 

Speakers include:

Dr. Roger Beachy,
Founding Executive Director and CEO,
The Global Institute for Food Security

Dr. Alex McCalla,
Professor Emeritus, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis

Murad Al-Katib,  Founder, President and CEO, Alliance Grain Traders

Lyndon Carlson,
Senior Vice President,
Farm Credit Canada

Cherilyn Nagel,
Past President, Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association

Alanna Koch,
Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Government of Saskatchewan.

Janice Tranberg
Vice-president,
Western Canada
CropLife Canada

Dr. Prabhat (Pete) Desai,
President, Desai & Desai Inc.

Dr. Karin Wittenberg
Associate Dean-Research,
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
University of Manitoba

Joanne Paulson
Editor
Western Producer

Dr. Richard Gray, Professor, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Wilf Keller,
President and CEO,
AgWest Bio

Dr. Mary Buhr,
Dean, College of Agriculture and Bioresources University of Saskatchewan

Dori Gingera-Beauchemin
Acting Deputy Minister
Manitoba Agriculture,
Food and Rural Initiatives

 

 

Speakers also include:

 

Scott Banda, Chief Executive Officer, Federated Co-operatives Ltd.

 

Stan Blade, President and CEO, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

 

Brad Farquhar, Co-Founder and Vice-President, Assiniboia Capital and Palliser Farmland Management

 

Stuart Garven, Partner, Garven & Associates
 

David Hansen, President and CEO, Canterra Seeds

 

Lorne Hepworth, President, CropLife Canada
 

Lionel LaBelle, President and CEO, Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership
 

Brian Otto, Chair, Barley Council of Canada

 

Jim Wispinski, President and CEO, Dow AgroSciences Canada

 

 

Jun
17

Breadbasket 2.0 Summit day 1

June 17, 1:00pm – 8:00 pm, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK

Opening address, plenary session and evening banquet with keynote address.

Jun
18

Breadbasket 2.0 Summit day 2

June 18, 8:00am – 4:00 pm, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK

Breakfast, morning plenary session, luncheon with keynote address and closing plenary session.

 

Thank you to our Lead Partners

Thank you to our Supporting Partners

 

Thank you to our Government Partners