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This is an opportunity for those involved in municipal and local economic development that have agriculture and food (farming, food processing, fibre, bio-fuel) in their portfolio to network, share successes, and learn more about programs targeted to the agricultural sector.


Day One – Afternoon ― Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Afternoon Bus Tour & Evening Panel Presentation:

Take your pick of two different tours — Tour A is for those with a focus on Local Food and Tourism Development; Tour B is for those with a focus on Agri-business.

Tour A 12:30 p.m. Bus Pick Up ― John D. Bradley Convention Centre

1. Arts & Cookery Bank, West Lorne

2. Parks Blueberries, Bothwell

3. Sunshine Farms, Thamesville

4:45 p.m. Return to Convention Centre


Tour B 12:30 p.m. Bus Pick Up ― John D. Bradley Convention Centre

1. Lambton Conveyor, Wallaceburg

2. Pride Seeds, Pain Court

3. Nature’s Finest Produce, Pain Court

4. Truly Green Farms, Chatham

4:45 p.m. Return to Convention Centre

Evening — John D. Bradley Convention Centre

5:00 p.m. Networking Reception ― Sponsored by Scotiabank

6:00 p.m. Welcome Evening Chairperson
BUILDING A BIO-INDUSTRIAL CLUSTER IN SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO Murray McLaughlin, Executive Director, Bio-industrial Innovation Canada.
Enjoy a dinner showcasing Chatham Kent specialties and learn about the development of Canada’s first Bio-industrial cluster; the status of current projects; and what these developments can mean for the future of agriculture in Ontario.

8:00 p.m. Adjourn
Enjoy networking with other Forum attendees!

AGENDA (cont’d)

Day Two ― Thursday, October 29, 2015

Forum Presentation Topics:

8:00 a.m. Registration and Networking

8:40 a.m. Opening Remarks & Welcome

Welcome from Chatham-Kent – Mayor Randy Hope

Greetings from the Agri-food Management Institute

April Jones Boyle, Executive Director, Build Institute, Detroit MI

10:15 a.m. Break and Networking

10:45 a.m. Introducing a Performance Measurement Tool for Agriculture & Agri-food Organizations
Magdy ElDakiky, OMAFRA

11:15 a.m. Asset Mapping Project
Golden Horseshoe Food & Farming Alliance

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Case Study: The Closure of the Heinz Plant in Leamington
Jeanine Lassaline-Berglund, Economic Development Officer, Municipality of Leamington

1:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: Getting Results from Social Media
Clark Hoskin, Manager Tourism and Economic Development, Norfolk County Paul Spence, Agripreneur
Gregg McLachlan, Partner: Tweet Folks

2:30 p.m. Break and Networking

2:50 p.m. Roundtable Discussion: Agriculture as Economic Development Training
Nick Kinkel, OMAFRA

3:50 p.m. Greetings from the Host of the 2016 Municipal Agriculture Economic Development Forum

Final Comments and Evaluations


Points of Interest

Last updated:
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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