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Canadian Food & Drink Summit 2017: Measuring Performance, Taking Stock, Inspiring Action

Tuesday December 5 - Wednesday December 6 2017 • Hotel Arts • CalgaryAlberta

Evening Culinary Reception

Monday Dec 4 2017 • The Tastemarket by SAIT • Calgary, Alberta

For the first time the Canadian Food & Drink Summit is coming to Calgary—JOIN US!

Provincial Food Report Card

BNN, May 18, 2017

Jean-Charles Le Vallée speaking on BNN
Jean-Charles Le Vallée joins BNN to discuss the results of the first-ever provincial Food Report Card.

Summit Overview

The Conference Board’s Food Horizons Canada (FHC) invites you to join us at the 6th annual Canadian Food & Drink Summit 2017, a two-day event to explore the future of Canada’s food sector, and leverage new opportunities to enhance the food sector’s performance—both provincially and globally.

Food impacts Canadians in an extraordinary range of ways: it affects our lives, our health, our jobs, our economy, and the environment. There is renewed determination to safeguard and sustain the health and profitability of the sector. Input suppliers, producers, manufacturers, traders, distributors, retailers and food service providers are all pivotal to ensuring the quality, healthiness, safety and sustainability of the food supply to Canadians. This unique event is bringing together a wide range of stakeholders—attracting 200+ participants from across Canada’s food system—to discuss sector challenges and solutions.

Summary Overview and Themes

We are assembling an outstanding lineup of speakers to share innovative insights and solutions to help improve Canada’s provincial food sector performance—ensuring we make the most of our resources, talent and brand reputation to better meet the food needs of people across Canada and all over the world.

The summit will focus on how collectively, as well as individually, we can make the most of our plentiful opportunities in the sector while enhancing healthy food and diets; improving food safety and industry prosperity; sustaining the environment; and addressing the challenges of household food security, the five themes of the Canadian Food Strategy.

What Can You Expect?

Western Canadian Focus

The Summit will feature sessions with a western Canadian focus—including provincially focused summaries from The Conference Board’s 2017 Provincial Report Card on Food, designed to provide tangible lessons for western Canada. Speakers have been specially selected for their ability to feature and explore priority issues for Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Manitoba.

Build Your Network of Food Connections

Connect with key leaders and major sector players from across Canada. Network, ask questions, and build relationships with—expert speakers, business leaders, and decision makers, government officials, civil society, academics, and students. Expand your network and connections to take your performance to the next level.

As a participant, you will:

  • Gain insights from the Summit’s high-profile speakers who will share their novel perspectives on implementing sector strategies, engaging the key players to take action, building strategic partnerships, and tracking outcomes
  • See the results of the first evaluation of provincial food performance
  • Meet industry leaders and discuss their vision for the future of food and drink
  • Learn about trends, future opportunities and areas of potential growth
  • Discuss and debate significant sector-related issues that affect your organization
  • Consider a strategic approach for the sector
  • Hear the latest forecasts on the sector and relevant industries
  • Share your best practices and insights with a broad range of sector experts
  • Provide us with your input into future food and drink research and activities
  • Learn about the launch of The Conference Board’s new Food Horizons Network

Sponsored By

We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for their contribution to this event.


CED logo

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Logo

Canadian Beef


The Tastemarket by SAIT logo




Dalhousie University logo

Farm Credit Canada logo


Ayming logo

Canada's Smartest Kitchen logo

Choose Lethbridge logo

Indonesian Trade Promotion Center (ITPC) logo

Olds College logo

Reception Sponsors

Alberta Brewers logo

Great Estates Okanagan

Marketing Partners

Alberta Food Processors Association (AFPA) logo

Canadian Federation of Agriculture logo

Canadian Nutrition Society logo

Farm Management Canada logo

Leduc-Nisku Economic Development Association logo

Media Partners

Alberta Farmer Express logo

Food in Canada logo

Glacier FarmMedia logo

Manitoba Cooperator logo

The Western Producer logo

The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.

Full Agenda Available!

The full agenda for this event is now available.

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2016 Event

The 5th Canadian Food & Drink Summit took place November 28–29, 2016 at the Marriott Eaton Centre in Toronto

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