North American food supply is facing compounding pressures. In response, a collection of new and innovative technologies are emerging across the industry that are addressing those pressures. Canada can be a leader in their development and deployment.
These technologies are bolstering domestic food supply in Canada and the US by reducing dependencies on global trade, amplifying production at home, and increasing export capacity into global markets.
They include environment-controlled facilities that produce fruits and vegetables anywhere, cellular agriculture that produces alternative proteins, and AI, robotics, and IoT that increase efficiency and accuracy on the farm, boosting productivity and limiting human error.
CityAge, the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food, and EMILI are coming together on December 20 to profile some of these technologies, discuss how the province can foster more tech development, and explore strategies for scaling these solutions to keep our food supply secure.
Opening Presentation by: Evan Fraser, Director, Arrell Food Institute, University of Guelph
Presentation by: Jacqueline Keena, Managing Director, EMILI
Panel 1: Scaling Tech to Maximize Supply at Home
Climate controlled indoor farming could shape the future of food security in Canada. Which solutions are most viable here and how do we commercialize them at scale? This session will explore capital and financing strategies for the sector.
Presentation: Bill Greul, CEO, Protein Industries Canada
Presentation: Paul Squires, Executive Lead, Regenerative Agriculture and Climate Initiatives, Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Panel 2: How to Accelerate BC Agritech
BC can lead Canada in developing and deploying agritech that bolsters our food security. Industry partnerships are a critical component of ensuring success. What kind of support do founders need beyond capital? How can academic and research institutions help?