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.



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
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
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




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.


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