Dairy Outlook Seminar

FIL-IDF Canada Dairy Outlook Seminar
May 16 to 18, 2017
University Centre, Peter Clark Hall - University of Guelph
College Ave E, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1

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An ambitious program that will keep you up-to-date on current issues and news relevant to the dairy industry.

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Conference Agenda


Tuesday May 16th

19:00 - 21:00
Welcome & Registration
Wine & Cheese reception

Wednesday May 17 th

  • 7:45 - Welcome & Registration
  • 8:15 - Welcoming remarks and program overview
    • Gilles Froment, President
      FIL-IDF Canada

Session 1 : Dairy policies & economics
Facilitator: Gilles Froment

  • 8:30 - Geopolitical and Geostrategic Challenges
  • 9:15 - World Dairy Situation and Recent Policy Developments
    • Christophe Lafougère, CEO
      GIRA Food & Drink market consulting
  • 10:00 - Health Break

Session 2 : The future of the canadian dairy industry by 2025
Facilitator: Alfons Weersink (tbc) Professor
Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Guelph

  • 10:30 - Evolution in milk supply management: change to preserve
    • Al Mussell, Research Lead & Founder
      Agri-Food Economic Systems
    • Presentation
  • 11:00 - Discussion panel with key players of the industry
    • Yves Leduc, Director, Policy and International Trade
      Dairy Farmers of Canada
    • Jacques Lefebvre, CEO
      Dairy Processors Association of Canada
    • Alistair Johnston, Chairman
      Canadian Dairy Commission
  • 12:00 - Luncheon
  • 13:00 - Buses departing for Elora
    • Visit of the state-of-the-art Livestock Research and Innovation Centre (LRIC) Dairy Facility
      Biosecurity protocol – registered participants will receive directives by email
  • 17:30 - Dinner at the Elora Brewing Company
    Meal cost and transportation included in the registration fee
  • 20:45 – 21:00 - Buses returning to Guelph

Thursday May 18 th

  • 8:30 - Welcome

Session 3 : Changes in the marketplace: challenges & opportunities
Facilitator: Richard Sanchez, Chair
FIL-IDF Canada Coordination Committee on Dairy Economics, Marketing and Policies

  • 8:40 - To Dairy or Not to Dairy: Trends, Opportunities and Challenges
    • Marc Rosenfeld, Director of Client Services
      Direct Link
  • 9:10 - Consumer behavior & the shopping cart
    • Peter Chapman, Retail consultant
      GPS Business Solutions
    • Presentation
  • 10:00 - Global Dairy Marketing Trends: Hightlights of a recent IDF survey
    • Maxime Collette, Economist
      Dairy Farmers of Canada
    • Presentation
  • 10:30 - Health break

Session 4 : Innovation: let's break the mould!
Facilitator: Simon Dessureault, Economist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

  • 10:50 - Inno Agropur: Together, let's reinvent dairy!
    • Michel Pouliot (tbc), R&D Vice-President
      Agropur
    • Presentation
  • 11:15 - Accelerating a culture of open innovation in the dairy industry
    • François Couture & Wayne Stark, Program Managers
      Accelerated Open Innovation Program (AOIP)
  • 12:00 - Summary and Closing Remarks
    • Gilles Froment, President
      FIL-IDF Canada
    • Olivier Beaulieu-Charbonneau, Executive Director
      FIL-IDF Canada


For more information, please contact Olivier Beaulieu-Charbonneau, Executive Director, FIL-IDF Canada

Olivier Beaulieu-Charbonneau
Executive Director
FIL-IDF Canada
Telephone: (613) 773-0238
Facsimile: (613) 773-0200
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
1341 Baseline, T5-4-330
Ottawa (Ontario), CANADA
K1A 0C5
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