Let’s get ready to innovate! This year, the Future of Food is in-person and focused on opportunities. Join other leaders in agriculture and food as we dig into how Canada can shape the future of the industry. Anchored in Canada’s Agriculture Day, The Future of Food is your chance to connect, learn and get inspired. We hope to see you in Ottawa!

Event details


Wednesday, February 15, 2023


Ottawa, ON

Day Session
Innovation in Agriculture and Food
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(Networking and coffee starts at 9 a.m.)
The Westin Ottawa
11 Colonel By Drive
Lunch and refreshments included.
Evening Reception
Celebrate the Food We Love
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sir John A. Macdonald Building
144 Wellington Street
(Photo ID required to enter building.)

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$199 + HST

Attendees are automatically registered for both events. Tickets are 100% non-refundable but can be transferred to another person.

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  • Vicki Brisson

    Canadian Agricultural Youth Council

  • Kayla Emmerton

    4-H Canada Youth Advisory Committee

  • Darlene McBain

    Senior Industry Relations Manager, Farm Credit Canada

  • Mary Robinson

    President of CFA, Managing Partner, 6th-Generation Family Farm

  • Shari Hughson

    Entrepreneur, Social Innovator, Extreme Adventurer

  • Dr. José Manuel Correia de Simas

    Executive Vice-President, U.S. Farm Animal Business, Elanco

  • Sophie Perreault

    Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Farm Credit Canada

  • The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau

    Minister of Agriculture and Food

  • Sonya Shorey

    Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications, Invest Ottawa, Bayview Yards and Area X.O

  • Chuck Baresich

    President, Haggerty AgRobotics

  • Heather Clarke

    Co-Founder and CCO, Poseidon Ocean Systems

  • David Côté

    Co-Founder, LOOP Mission

  • Chief Cadmus Delorme

    Chief, Cowessess First Nation

  • Jessica Nixon

    Director of Economic Development, Cowessess First Nation

  • Michael Graydon

    CEO, Food, Health and Consumer Products of Canada (FHCP)

  • Danielle Barran

    McCains Food President, North America Potato and Canada

  • John Carmichael

    Nestlé Canada President and CEO

  • Margaret Hudson

    President and CEO, Burnbrae Farms Limited

  • Zenia Tata

    Innovation Strategist, Futurist and former Chief Impact Officer, XPRIZE


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Registration, networking and coffee
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
10:30 AM – 11:10 AM
Keynote speaker: Shari Hughson, Entrepreneur, Social Innovator, Extreme Adventurer
Surprising lessons living seven years off the land
11:10 AM – 11:45 AM
Keynote speaker: Dr. José Manuel Correia de Simas, Executive Vice-President, U.S. Farm Animal Business, Elanco
How innovation will improve the planet and build public trust
11:45 AM – 11:50 AM
Drive Away Hunger announcement
11:50 AM – 1:00 PM
1:00 PM – 1:05 PM
Message from the Minister
1:05 PM – 1:45 PM
Panel: How innovative organizations think
1:45 PM – 2:30 PM
Keynote speaker: Chief Cadmus Delorme, Cowessess First Nation and 4C Farms joined by Jessica Nixon
Reigniting Indigenous passion for agriculture
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Refreshment break
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM
Panel: How consumers are driving innovation
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Keynote speaker: Zenia Tata, Innovation Strategist, Futurist and former Chief Impact Officer, XPRIZE
Your place in the future of food
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Closing remarks
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Let’s Celebrate the Food We Love networking reception
(Sir John A Macdonald Building – 144 Wellington Street – Photo ID required to enter building)
Agenda is subject to change.



This event is exclusively for registered or invited guests who live in Canada and involved in the food industry including agriculture, agri-food and agribusiness. We reserve the right to refuse or cancel registrations (no refund), including those intended as a basis for entry into Canada.

Shared participant list

We’ve created a shared contact list that will be available to all attendees. By opting in when you register, you agree to have your name and the names of anyone you’ve signed up to be added.


Photographs, video or audio recordings will be taken during the event. FCC may use any of these for media communications or promotional materials relating to Future of Food.

Event sponsors

Protein Industries Canada
Farm Credit Canada


Grain Farmers of Ontario
Sollio Cooperative Group
BDO Canada
Corteva Agriscience
Agropur Dairy Cooperative
Agri-food Hub & Trade Centre

Reception sponsors

Spirits Canada
Canadian Pork Council
Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada
Chicken Farmers of Canada
Canadian Produce Marketing Association
Canadian Cattle Association
Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council
Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance
Fertilizer Canada
Egg Farmers of Canada
Dairy Farmers of Canada
Ontario Federation of Agriculture
Turkey Farmers of Canada
Seeds Canada
Canola Council of Canada