The future’s food system will rely on a circular economy - one that connects urban centers to local farms, reduces waste, and creates a robust supply of local nutritious food for surrounding communities.
The transformation is already happening. Industry leaders are building the digital and physical infrastructure these new systems require, developing new business plans that make them profitable, and training the future workforce who will power them.
CityAge brought together the tech developers, policymakers, major corporations, educational institutions, investors, and city planners who are bringing us closer to a circular food future.
Anchor Welcome & Introduction
Opening Presentation by: Seth Olson, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Resonance
Why do we need to shift to a circular food economy? What will it look like?
Presentation by: Barbara Swartzentruber, Executive Director, Smart Cities Office, City of Guelph & David Messer, Manager, COIL, Smart Cities Office, City of Guelph
A look at how Guelph, ON is shifting to a circular food economy. What can other regions learn?
Panel 1: Circular Models to Reduce Waste
How can communities and organizations most effectively reduce food waste and loss, using circular models? Who needs to be involved to make it happen? What are some actionable strategies for getting started?
Panel 2: Circular Jobs and Collaborations
Moving to a circular food system has ripple effects. What new jobs will a circular food economy bring? What kinds of collaborations will be made possible? How are cities thinking about and preparing for these transformations?