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Oct 17

Stockwell Day and Danielle Smith among featured speakers at the Prairie Cereals Summit

Posted on Oct 17 By: Megan Evans

Calgary, AB (October 16, 2019)– The lineup for the Prairie Cereals Summit at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel on December 11-12, 2019 is now live and open for registrations.

Hosted by the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions, this two-day event includes a full day conference featuring keynote speaker, the Honourable Stockwell Day who will provide an analysis on international trade with a critical look at China trade relations. Other speakers include Danielle Smith, former politician and journalist for Global News/770 CHQR, Sean Finn, Executive Vice-President for CN and Ted Menzies, former politician and former CEO of Crop Life Canada, to name a few. The full agenda is in the backgrounder below.

“This year’s conference agenda is shaping up to be the best yet, with high profile presenters and important topics affecting crop producers today,” said Dave Bishop, Alberta Barley chair.

 “The summit is a great opportunity for farmers to network and share a dialogue with these speakers, as well as with industry professionals and their peers,” said Gary Stanford, Alberta Wheat Commission chair

The summit also features Alberta Barley’s Annual General Meeting, which farmers are encouraged to attend, a pub tour of downtown Banff, a poster session and a reception followed by a banquet.

Register today for Prairie Cereals Summit to take advantage of the early bird rate before November 15 and to see the full agenda:

Prairie Cereals Summit Agenda

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                  Registration Open

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                     Alberta Barley directors and delegates session*

  • Barley Value Chain Roundtable Update (Barley Council of Canada)
  • Grain Growers of Canada Update

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                    Alberta Barley Annual General Meeting (AGM)*

*Please note, while all are welcome to attend the AGM and director and delegate portion of the Prairie Cereals Summit, only directors and delegates are able to vote on resolutions.


ATB Financial Pub Tour

Meet in the main lobby to the Banff Springs Hotel for the shuttle bus to downtown at 6:45 p.m.


7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.                     Wild Bill’s Saloon (201 Banff Ave)

Group A

8:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.                     Rose and Crown (202 Banff Ave)

9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.                   Park Distillery (219 Banff Ave)

10:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.                Lower Rundle Lounge (Banff Springs Hotel)

Group B

8:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.                     Park Distillery (219 Banff Ave)

9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.                   Rose and Crown (202 Banff Ave)

10:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.                Lower Rundle Lounge (Banff Springs Hotel)

Thursday, December 12, 2019

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.                     Breakfast(sponsored by Rahr Malting)

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.                     Registration

8:25 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.                    Opening remarks – Dave Bishop, Alberta Barley and Gary Stanford, Alberta Wheat Commission        

8:55 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.                     Code of practice – Honourable Ted Menzies

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.                     AdvancingAg essay winner presentation – TBD, introduced by Isabelle Thibout, Corteva AgriScience (sponsored by Corteva AgriScience)

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.                  Grain transportation panel – Sean Finn, CN, Dave Bishop, Alberta Barley, Jeff Nielsen, Grain Growers of Canadamoderated by Alanna Koch (sponsored by CN)

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.               Coffee break (sponsored by SeCan)

10:45 a.m. – 11:40 p.m.               Sensing something new in ag – Susie Li, Alberta Innovates, Joy Agnew, Olds College and Kristina Polziehn moderated by Lauren Comin, Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions

11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.               Bochchain – Matt Hamill, Red Shed Malting, Natasha Peiskar, Last Best Brewing and Kyran Flett, Canada Malting moderated by Sam Green, Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.                 Lunch (sponsored by Nutrien)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.                    International trade with a focus on China – Honourable Stockwell Day(sponsored by Global Ag Risk Solutions)

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.                    Making the most out of your cash flow – Mark Drouin Advance Payments Program, AAFC and Syeda Khurram, FarmCash

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.                     Coffee break(sponsored by FarmCash)

2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.                    Sustainability and consumer choice: the chemical paradox – Greg Viers, Barilla America Inc., Adam Dyck, Warburton’s and Jason Lenz, Alberta Wheat Commission

3:20 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.                    Federal election post mortem – Danielle Smith, Global News/770 CHQR

4:10 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.                    Closing remarks – Dave Bishop, Alberta Barley and Gary Stanford, Alberta Wheat Commission

 Evening Events

5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                     Reception and research poster session

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.                     Banquet dinner

8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.                     Banquet entertainment with comedian Joe Pillitteri


Media Contact

Megan Evans

Marketing and Events Lead

Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions


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