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Canadian Food Summit 2012

Canadian Food Summit 2012On February 7 and 8, 2012, The Conference Board of Canada hosted the Canadian Food Summit, convening Canada’s food system leaders and national and international experts to discuss the latest research, share insights from other jurisdictions, and determine how to address Canada’s major food challenges and opportunities.

Register for the 2nd Canadian Food Summit

Registration is now open for the 2nd Canadian Food Summit: From Challenges to Solutions. The summit will be held Tuesday, April 9 and Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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Canadian Food Debate

The Canadian Food Debate was held on February 7, 2012. The motion: The local food movement—good for us and good for the world.

Listen to the debate:

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Featured Speakers from the 2012 Summit

Michael H. McCain

Michael H. McCain
President and Chief Executive Officer, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

Galen Weston

Galen G. Weston
Executive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Limited

Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman
New York Times Columnist and Author of Food Matters, How to Cook Everything, and Cooking Solves Everything

Anne Golden

James Withers
Chief Executive Officer, Scotland Food & Drink

Galen Weston

Wayne D. Jones
Head, Agro-Food Trade and Markets Division, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, France

Anne Golden

Sarah Church
Head of Food Policy, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom

Galen Weston

Helen Clarkson
Head, Forum for the Future, United States

Anne Golden

Richard Souness
General Manager Food, Agricultural Productivity Division, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Government of Australia

Food Summit Agenda cover

> Download the 2012 Food Summit agenda

Message from the Centre

Michael Bloom Recognizing food’s critical role in Canadian society and anticipating complex challenges ahead, the Conference Board recently established the Centre for Food in Canada to increase collaboration between food system stakeholders and direct important research that will help guide businesses, regulators, and legislators in the years ahead. All of this activity will culminate in the publication of a Canadian Food Strategy that will offer a blueprint for a renewed food system in Canada

Testimonials: 2012 Event

“Thank you very much for this opportunity. It is nice to finally have a forum that brings so many voices from different sectors and associations to one table.”

“Diversity of speakers & participants exceeded my expectations—congrats.”

“Excellent speaker line-up. I thoroughly enjoyed the two days and all the differing thoughts and opinions.”