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ABIC 2013 Conference Agenda (Updated August 22, 2013)

Our ABIC 2013 line-up of expert speakers to date:

Dr. Nancy Ames
Research Scientist
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Presentation Title: Ideal Grain Ingredients: Breeding for Health

Wheat products are among the most widely consumed food products in the world, making them a natural vehicle for providing nutrients to the population. High yield and milling quality are undoubtedly important traits for wheat to possess as it aids in feeding our ever growing world population, but it is also possible for breeders to include nutrition-focussed selection criteria and for industry to ensure retention of the nutrient rich bran layers during milling.

Profile: Dr. Nancy Ames is a Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Nancy Ames obtained her Ph.D. degree in Crop Science from the University of Guelph, MSc in Plant Science and BSc in Food Science both from the University of Manitoba. She has over 20 years experience in cereal chemistry specializing in quality improvement of agricultural crops. Her research work is primarily focused on investigating biochemical factors inherent to wheat, barley and oat germplasm which affect human nutrition. She is also an adjunct Professor in the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Human Ecology at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Ames is currently located at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals in Winnipeg working on research projects utilizing oat and barley components to enhance health of consumers.


Charlie Arnot
CEO
Center for Food Integrity
Kansas City, Missouri, United States


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Presentation Title: Values, trust and science - building public trust in an age of radical transparency and unbridled social media

Agriculture is increasingly frustrated that science is not definitive in building public support. Science tells us if we can do something, but society tells us if we should. In this session, Arnot will examine the relationship between science, values and trust and how agriculture can engage in new ways to build public trust.

Profile: Charlie Arnot is recognized as a thought leader in food and agriculture. He is a thought provoking writer and speaker who engages audiences across the globe. He is the CEO of the Center for Food Integrity, a non-profit organization dedicated to building consumer trust and confidence in today's food system. Arnot works with companies and associations around the world on building trust in their processes and products.


Dr. Lorne A. Babiuk
Vice-President (Research)
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Presentation Title: The Potential Role of Biotechnology in Animal Health

Biotechnology has opened the door to development of novel approaches to improving animal health. Some of these advances, including novel vaccines and immune modulators to improve vaccine efficacy, will be described.

Profile: Dr. Lorne Babiuk is an internationally recognized leader in Canadian vaccine research who has devoted his career to Canadian-based research aimed at safeguarding the health of people and animals at home and abroad. The vaccines that he was involved in developing have had a significant impact on the economy as well as reduced mortality and morbidity caused by infectious diseases. He specializes in immunology, pathogenesis, virology, molecular virology, and vaccinology, and is a world expert in infectious diseases and their control, specifically by vaccination. Babiuk has published over 500 manuscripts, awarded 36 patents, and trained over 100 PhD and post-doctoral fellows who have gone on to successful careers in academia, industry, and government. Among his many honours, he is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and Member of the European Academy of Sciences. Dr. Babiuk was awarded the 2012 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award. Before taking up his position at the University of Alberta, Lorne Babiuk was the Director of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) in Saskatoon. During his time at VIDO, Dr. Babiuk built the organization into an international powerhouse carrying out major research in immunology, pathogenesis, virology, molecular virology, and vaccinology.


Kamel Beliazi
President and CEO
Bayer CropScience
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Monday Morning Plenary Chair

Profile: Kamel Beliazi brings over 20 years of international agriculture expertise to his position as Bayer CropScience's President and C.E.O. Kamel was appointed to his new position September 1, 2009. Kamel is currently Chair of CropLife Canada Board of Directors.

Prior to his appointment as President and C.E.O. of Bayer CropScience Canada, Kamel was Bayer CropScience Country Head of Bayer de México S.A. de C.V. - Mexico City. While in Mexico City he was responsible for 180 employees, activities in Sales, Marketing, Development and Supply Chain. He was also a member of the Latin America ExCo for Bayer CropScience.

Previously, Kamel held the position of Global Product Manager Cereal Herbicides in Monheim, Germany. Previous global work experience included positions in Portugal, France and Vietnam.

Kamel was born in Perpignan, France and graduated from Agronomist University of Montpellier. He currently resides in Calgary with his wife, Helene and their three children.


Dr. Stan Blade
Chief Executive Officer
Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Panel Moderator

Profile: Dr. Stan Blade, Chief Executive Office, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, Edmonton, Alberta
Dr. Stan Blade serves as Chief Executive Officer of AI Bio and has responsibility for all aspects of the organization's activities to support the agriculture, food and forest sectors in Alberta. He previously served as Executive Director of the Alberta Agricultural Research Institute (in the Government of Alberta's former Ministry of Advanced Education and Technology) and as the Deputy Director General (Research) for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

His expertise has been recognized through his invitations to participate in initiatives and reviews conducted by the European Union, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, Harvard Business School and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Dr. Stan Blade has published more than 80 research articles, ten book chapters, more than 140 conference abstracts and has edited four books. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta. Dr. Blade serves as an appointed Trustee of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation.


Jim Borel
Executive Vice President
DuPont Co.
Johnston, Iowa, United States

Presentation Title: There’s a Science to Feeding the World

Jim Borel, executive vice president at DuPont, will discuss the global food security challenge, DuPont’s efforts to ensure people everywhere have enough food to eat and ways we can all contribute solutions. Borel will also share insights on the role of science, innovation and collaboration as key ingredients to feeding a growing population.

Profile: James C. Borel is Executive Vice President and a member of the company's Office of the Chief Executive. He also has responsibilities for DuPont agriculture and nutrition businesses. Mr. Borel joined DuPont in 1978 in Findlay, Ohio, as a sales representative.

From 1978 to 2003, he held a variety of business and operations management positions in Agricultural Products in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan.

In January 2004, Mr. Borel was appointed senior vice president-DuPont Human Resources. He was named group vice president, responsible for the agricultural business of DuPont in February 2008. He was named to his current position in October 2009.

Mr. Borel is chair of the National 4-H Council's board of trustees. He also serves on the board of CropLife International; board of the Farm Foundation; and board of trustees, University of Delaware. Mr.Borel graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in agricultural business.


John Chu
Agriculture Equity Analyst
Institutional Equity Research
AltaCorp Capital Inc.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentation Title: Water/Food Availability and Safety

John will be one of the panel speakers on this topic.

Profile: Prior to joining AltaCorp, Mr. Chu was Senior Vice President in Agriculture and Industrials Research for 8 years at Mackie Research Capital (previously Research Capital). Prior thereto, he spent 3 years in equity research at Scotia Capital, and prior to that at HSBC Securities. Mr. Chu holds a B.A. (Honours) in Economics from Queens University, an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, and holds the CFA designation.


Craig Crawford
President and CEO
Ontario BioAuto Council
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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Presentation Title: The use of bio-derived products in the automotive sector.

This presentation will summarize the current use of biobased fibers and bio-polymers in the global automotive sector and describe where the industry will likely be in 2020.

Profile: The Ontario BioAuto Council is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization that was launched in 2007 with a $6M startup grant from the Province of Ontario. The Council’s vision is to make Ontario a global leader in the manufacture of automobile parts from biological feedstocks.  In addition to being the Council's President and CEO, Craig is also a member of the board of directors of the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-economy (CRIBE), the ArboraNano Network (a federal business-led national centres of excellence network), and the NSERC Green Fibre Network.

Dr. Patrick Cunningham
Professor of Animal Genetics
Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland

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Presentation Title: Public and Private Investment in Science - the Biotech Frontier

Why do countries and companies invest in science? What metrics and methods can be used to plan and track such investments? This presentation explores the rationale, experience and results of national and industry investments.

Profile: Dr. Cunningham is Professor of Animal Genetics in Trinity College, University of Dublin. From 2007 to 2012 he was Chief Scientific Adviser to the Irish Government. He has been Director of Research in the Irish National Agricultural Research Institute(1980-87), Professor in the Economic Development Institute of the World Bank(1987), and Director of Animal Production and Health in FAO(1990-93). His own research has been in the areas of genetic improvement in cattle, horse and fish populations, and in the use of DNA technologies to map genetic origins and differences of worldwide animal populations. He was founder(with colleagues) and chairman of the biotechnology company IdentiGEN. Dr. Cunningham holds degrees in agricultural science from University College Dublin, and a PhD in animal genetics from Cornell University.

Michael Curry
Managing Partner
Investeco Capital,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentation Title: Water/Food Availability and Safety

Michael will be one of the panel speakers for this topic.

Profile: Michael joined the Investeco team in 2002.  His primary role is in identifying and analyzing new investment opportunities.  He served as Vice Chair of the board of Organic Meadow and sat on the audit committee for 5 years. Michael currently sits on the boards of Rowe Farms, Geodigital (observer), The STOP Community Food Centre, Trees Ontario.  Previously, Michael was co-owner/operator of a successful building materials distribution company and spent seven years in the Canadian reforestation industry. Michael became focused on the environmental economy in 2001 when he began researching environmental companies for the E2 Venture Fund. Investeco invests in private North American bioeconomy, sustainable agriculture and resource efficiency companies.  Portfolio companies include Ensyn, Woodland biofuels, GeoDigital and Miovision.


Chris Davison
Head, Corporate Affairs
Syngenta Canada Inc.
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Wednesday Morning Plenary Chair

Profile: In his role as Head of Corporate Affairs, Chris is responsible for the leadership of all corporate affairs functions at Syngenta Canada and also sits on the North America Corporate Affairs Leadership Team. Chris brings more than 20 years of industry experience to Syngenta, which includes extensive experience in agriculture in both the public and private sectors. His work experience includes leadership of public relations and communications practices with several private sector consulting firms and serving on the staff of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Food Production & Inspection Branch where he worked on animal health, plant health and food safety related issues.

Chris holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from Carleton University in Ottawa and a post-graduate certificate in Public Relations from Humber College in Toronto. He is a member of several industry-related organizations and lives in Guelph, Ontario, where he is active with a number of community-based organizations.


Maurice A. Delage
President
Delage Farms Ltd.
Indian Head, Saskatchewan, Canada

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Presentation Title: Impact of Biotechnology on Western Canada Agriculture

A look at the significant impact that biotechnology has already had on the enhanced production of canola in western Canada and how it will have an influence over the next ten to twenty years.

Profile: Maurice was raised on a family farm in NE Saskatchewan and attended the University of Saskatchewan where he received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture as well as a Masters of Science in Agriculture in 1972. A thirty year career in agri-business was focused in the high technology crop protection, animal health, seed and bio-technology sectors. He is the former President & Chief Executive Officer of Aventis Crop Sciences in North America (which became Bayer Crop Science). After retiring from Aventis in 2001 Maurice expanded his 21,000 acre farming operation near Indian Head, SK, where they grow canola, lentils, peas and wheat.


Sue DeNise
Sr. Director VMRD
Genetics R&D, Zoetis
Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Presentation Title: Applications of Genomic Technology Impacting Animal Health and Wellness

The animal health industry is developing products and services to promote livestock productivity and health and companion animal health. Genomics will be discussed as one of the tools currently being used to deliver on those goals.

Profile: Dr. Sue DeNise is Senior Director of Global Genetics Research and Development for Zoetis.  The genetics program is focused on developing genomic solutions for cattle and sheep health and performance in the US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.  Dr. DeNise started her career as a member of the faculty of the Department of Animal Sciences and the Interdisciplinary Committee on Genetics at the University of Arizona reaching the rank of full professor. Prior to joining Zoetis, she directed the research and lab operations of MMI Genomics, previously a part of Celera Genomics, and led the development of a number of animal genomic products.  Dr. DeNise has a number of patents and publications in the field of application of genetic technology to animals.


Dr. David N. Duncan
CEO
FBSciences Inc.
Collierville, Tennessee, United States

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Presentation Title: Are bio-derived products a practical answer for sustainable agriculture?

Consumers want their food to be grown with more environmentally-friendly, natural products but how practical are bio-derived products for agribusiness? Dr. Duncan will discuss the challenges bio-derived products present to manufacturers, dealers, and farmers and whether these products serve the goals of sustainable agriculture and the needs of an increasingly hungry world.

Profile: Dr. David N. Duncan joined FBSciences as CEO in December 2011. Before joining FBSciences, Dr. Duncan was CEO of Pasteuria Bioscience, where he led the company through its first successful EPA registration and commercial launch of a biological nematicide as well as created an exclusive technology partnership and staged acquisition agreement with Syngenta for $113 million. Prior to Pasteuria, Dr. Duncan was the CEO of Chlorogen, where he helped raise $10 million in two series of financing for the young biopharmaceutical company that developed and manufactured proteins for human therapy.

Dr. Duncan also served in various roles, including product development, marketing, government and regulatory affairs; and as both a commercial development and business unit executive during his 22 years at Monsanto Company. He was credited for helping the company transition from a traditional agricultural chemical company into the world's leading producer of agricultural biotechnology products.

Dr. Duncan received a B.S. degree in biology from Indiana State University and both an M.S. in agronomy/turf grass management and a Ph.D. in herbicide physiology from Michigan State University. Dr. Duncan serves on the boards and committees of several organizations.


David Dzisiak
North American Commercial Leader for Grains & Oils
Dow AgroSciences
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Presentation Title: An Ounce of Seed A Pound of Cure

A look at the role modern plant science can play in improving the health of our society and providing important solutions for the future.

Profile: David Dzisiak is the North American Commercial Leader for Grains & Oils at Dow AgroSciences. He has responsibility for leading the canola, sunflower and grains food traits commercial strategy for the company. David grew up on a family grain farm near Dauphin Manitoba. He attended the University of Manitoba and graduated in 1981 from the faculty of agriculture with a degree in plant science and economics. David has been involved in development of the plant genetics and biotechnology strategy for Dow AgroSciences since the mid-90's. As part of that, he led the creation of the Dow AgroSciences healthy oils portfolio, including the Nexera canola program. David has worked with Dow AgroSciences for 32 years.


Dr. Samuel Eathington
Vice President
Global Plant Breeding, Monsanto
Chesterfield, Missouri, United States

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Presentation Title: Innovations to Enable Adaptability in Agriculture

Agriculture is at the center of growing global demand for food, feed and energy products while simultaneously confronting dynamic market and environmental conditions. To bring farmers new solutions to meet these demands, crop hybrids and varieties are being adapted to perform in expanding geographies through innovations in both modern plant breeding and biotechnology, giving growers more options and flexibility in their production systems.

Profile: Sam Eathington is the Vice President and global lead for Global Breeding at Monsanto Company. In this role, Sam has responsibility for the Global Breeding organization which includes more than 2,000 employees in 31 countries focusing on seven core agricultural seed products. Together, this organization delivers the germplasm performance and year-over-year genetic gain via native traits that customers have come to expect from Monsanto's leading seed brands – such as DeKalb, Asgrow, Delta Pine, Channel and Corn States – and is a central innovation and production engine for the company's long-term success.

Since joining the company in 1996, Sam has held a number of roles focused on plant breeding and the application of advanced techniques, such as the use of molecular markers, for commercial operations. In January of 2001, Sam assumed leadership of the Molecular Breeding Project Coordination program, which is responsible for implementing molecular breeding project plans in cooperation with the breeding programs. In September of 2005, Sam became the North America Corn Line Development Director and in February of 2011, Sam was promoted to Vice President of Global Breeding.

Raised on a grain and livestock farm in west-central Illinois, Sam received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy ('95) from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. His graduate education focused on genetics, plant breeding (soybeans and corn) and application of molecular markers to plant breeding.


Dr. Peter Eck
Canada Research Chair in Nutrigenomics
Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Presentation Title: Screening for glucose transporter inhibitors.

Screening for bioactives that inhibit intestinal glucose transporter proteins to benefit in glycemic control in diabetics.

Profile: Dr. Peter Eck is Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba holding a Canada Research Chair for Nutrigenomics. He obtained his PhD in Nutritional Physiology and Biochemistry from the University of Giessen, Germany. He had postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He was principal investigator at New Zealand's AgResearch, where he contributed substantially to the implementation of the New Zealand Nutrigenomics project. He also worked for the National Cancer Institute of the US and as a scientific consultant at the NIH. He was recruited to the University of Manitoba in late 2009. He investigates the influence of bioactives and genetic variations on membrane transporter proteins.


Dr. Elizabeth Edwards
Professor, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Presentation Title: New Frontiers in Bioremediation

Microbial Diversity on the planet is remarkable; there are vast un-tapped reservoirs of metabolic potential waiting to be discovered that can be harnessed for cleaning up groundwater.

Profile: Elizabeth A. Edwards is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. With degrees in Chemical Engineering (McGill) and Civil and Environmental Engineering (Stanford), Dr. Edwards is internationally known for her work on anaerobic bioremediation, the application of molecular biology and metagenomics to uncover novel microbial processes, and the transition of laboratory research into commercial practice to develop bioremediation and bioaugmentation strategies for groundwater pollutants. She has won several prestigious awards including an NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation with Geosyntec Consultants, a Killam Research Fellowship, and she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


Dr. Jose Falck-Zepeda
Regulatory Lead
Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI),
Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Presentation Title: Implications of Biosafety Regulatory Costs and Time Delays on R&D

Jose will discuss the implications of increases in the cost of compliance and of time delays due to regulatory issues on net benefits to society and for public and private sector institutions. He will also discuss the implications for R&D flows due to regulatory uncertainty.

Profile: José Falck-Zepeda, currently a Senior Research Fellow and Leader of the Policy Team for the Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS) joined IFPRI in 2004 as a Research Fellow. His work at IFPRI focuses on the economics and impact assessment of biotechnology, biosafety and emerging technologies. In addition, José focuses on agricultural R&D policy and technogical innovation in developing countries. Prior to joining IFPRI, José Falck-Zepeda worked as a Research Fellow at the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) in the Hague, the Netherlands. He also was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Auburn University, Alabama, and Assistant Professor and an Instructor at the Panamerican Agricultural School (Zamorano University) in Honduras. A citizen of Honduras, he holds and Agrónomo Degree from Panamerican Agricultural School (Zamorano University), B.S. degree (Animal Science) from Texas A&M University, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.


Jon Flemming
Vice President, Industry Affairs
BIOTECanada
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Health Session Chair

Profile: Jon joined BIOTECanada in September 2012 as Vice President, Industry Affairs. In this capacity Jon works closely with the BIOTECanada team and member companies in the development of policy positions and initiatives affecting Canada's biotechnology sector. Prior to joining BIOTECanada Jon served as Director, Economics and Trade Policy with the Forest Products Association of Canada. Jon has also served as a Policy Director to the federal Minister of Natural Resources who he advised on energy and forestry issues. Jon has worked in finance and risk-management roles with RBC Royal Bank and the New Brunswick Power Corporation. He holds a B.Sc.(biochemistry) from the University of New Brunswick and a MBA (agribusiness) from the University of Guelph.


Dr. Marvin J. Fritzler
Chair
Alberta Research and Innovation Authority (ARIA)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Presentation Title: Prevention in Animal & Human Health

The three central tenets of animal and human clinical medicine are: 1) Prevention; 2) Early and Accurate Diagnosis; 3) Appropriate and Effective Treatment. The presentation will focus on Prevention and how emerging technologies are providing new insights and novel approaches to the prevention of disease in animals and humans.

Profile: Dr. Marvin Fritzler received his BSc from the University of Alberta, and completed a PhD and MD at the University of Calgary. After his training in Internal Medicine, he was awarded a Medical Research Council Fellowship and went to The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA and then to the University of Colorado as a clinical research fellow. In 1978, Dr. Fritzler joined the University of Calgary and is currently Professor of Medicine. Dr. Fritzler's interests are the identification of novel biomarkers for early identification of diseases and the development of innovative diagnostic technologies through Mitogen Advanced Diagnostics Laboratory. He has published more than 350 papers and book chapters and has been a contributor to many national and international organizations. Dr. Fritzler is currently Chairman of the Alberta Research and Innovation Authority, an organization established by the Government of Alberta to provide policy advice in science and technology.


Aki Georgacacos
Partner
Avrio Capital Inc.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Presentation Title: Precision Agriculture

The importance of precision agriculture to improving yields.

Profile: Aki has over 15 years of venture capital and corporate finance experience, most recently as Co-founder and Senior Managing Director of Avrio Capital, a Canadian based private equity firm. Aki co-founded the firm and has been integral in establishing Avrio as a global center of influence for food and agricultural investing. Engaged as a principal investor since 2002, he led the majority of the firm's investments wherein approximately $175M has been placed in commercialization to growth stage companies. In all portfolio companies, he plays an active role in defining and monitoring overall strategic plan development and execution thereon.

Before he became a venture capitalist, Aki was a Vice-President at Deloitte Corporate Finance in Calgary. He advised Canadian companies on public and private placements, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and strategies for maximization of shareholder value. At Deloitte, Aki led several assignments in the biotechnology, agri-food, distribution, health care, manufacturing, and oil and gas sectors.

Previous investments include Hortau Inc., Baby Gourmet Foods Ltd., Farmers Edge Ltd., Brookside Foods Ltd. (Acquired by Hershey), Botaneco Specialty Ingredients Inc. (TSXV: BOT), Agribiotics (Acquired by Merck), Bioniche Life Sciences (TSX: BNC), MCN Bioproducts (Acquired by Bunge) and Ensyn Technologies.

Aki is a Chartered Accountant, holds the Corporate Finance Qualification Program, is a CFA charter-holder and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Venture Capital Association and the Venture Capital Association of Alberta.


Professor Bruce German
Professor
Department of Food Science & Technology, University of California, Davis
Davis, California, United States

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Presentation Title: Food Innovation in a Personalized Health Marketplace

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of their own health from genotypes to activity. How will their knowledge of their health change the value perceptions of food products and services.

Profile: Bruce German received his PhD from Cornell, joined the faculty at the University of California, Davis in 1988 and is currently Director of the Foods for Health Institute and professor, at University of California, Davis. His research interests include the structure and function of dietary lipids, the role of milk components in food and health and the application of metabolic assessment to personalizing diet and health. The goal of his research is to build the knowledge to improve health through personalized measurements and foods. Research projects directed to this goal are studying how individual human lipid metabolism responds to the composition and structural organization of foods. The strategic theme is lactation and milk, the product of millennia of Darwinian selection to produce a food to nourish, sustain and protect healthy infant mammals. This evolutionary logic is the basis of the research program to discover properties of milk components and to apply these as principles to foods.


David Hansen
President & CEO
Canterra Seeds
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Presentation Title: Potential Impact of AG Bio on Agribusiness Sectors

David will be one of panelists to discuss this topic.

Profile: David Hansen has been the president and CEO of CANTERRA SEEDS since October 2009. An industry veteran with over 35 years of experience in the seed and agribusiness industries, Hansen has experience working in Canada and internationally. His knowledge and background provide him a unique perspective on Western Canada's role as an increasingly important player in the global marketplace. Previous to joining CANTERRA, Hansen was the North Asia Pacific regional manager for Agrotain International, developing new market opportunities in China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. From early 2003 to late 2008, Hansen lived and worked in China, managing the cotton seed business for Delta & Pineland and Monsanto Far East. The experience he gained in these roles has provided him with invaluable insight on one of the fastest growing markets around the world. His many years of seed and agribusiness experience also include numerous sales, marketing and management positions with Advanta Seeds and its predecessors Zeneca Seeds, ICI Seeds and Garst Seeds where he helped launch several new seed product lines and assisted in bringing new traits to market. A constant advocate for the advancement of agriculture, Hansen is an active member of several committees and associations that help shape the policies and practices of the industry.


Prof. Robert Henry
Director
QAAFI, The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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Presentation Title: Genomics for cereal nutrition and quality in a changing climate

Ongoing genetic improvement of cereals is essential in a changing climate. This presentation will discuss genomic strategies to ensure security of supply of cereal foods with the nutritional and functional properties required to support human health.

Profile: Professor Robert Henry conducts research on the development of new products from plants. He is Professor of Innovation in Agriculture and Foundation Director of the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), a research Institute of the University of Queensland established in collaboration with the Queensland Government. Professor Henry's specialty research area is the study of agricultural crops using molecular tools. He is particularly interested in Australian flora and plants of economic and social importance and research into genome sequencing to capture novel genetic resources for the diversification of food crops to deliver improved food products. Before being appointed QAAFI Director he was Director of the Centre for Plant Conservation Genetics at Southern Cross University, a centre which he established. Other previous positions held by Professor Henry include Research director of the Grain Foods Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and Research Program Leader in the Queensland Agricultural Biotechnology Centre.


Prof. David Hughes
Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing
Imperial College London
Monmouth, Monmouthshire, United Kingdom

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Presentation Title: Feeding a Hungry World: Who will be the Winners and Losers in the Global Food Industry?

The global population is expected to increase from 7 billion to 9 billion over the next 40 years. Professor Hughes explores whether this creates unparalleled marketing opportunities or the prospect of social chaos in the turbulent years to come.

Profile: Dr. David Hughes is Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London, and Visiting Professor at the University of Kent Business School and at the Royal Agricultural College, U.K. David is a much sought-after speaker at international conferences and seminars on global food industry issues, particularly consumer trends, and is a strong proponent of building vertical alliances between key chain members in the food industry – farmers, life science and input companies, ingredient firms, food and beverage manufacturers, retailers and food service. He has lived and worked in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Africa and South East Asia. David has extensive experience as an international advisory board member with food companies and financial service organisations on three continents. Currently he is a Non-Executive Director of Berry Gardens Ltd – a U.K. farmer-owned berry fruit business (US$320 million turnover in 2012) with a blue chip customer portfolio. He works closely with senior management of food and beverage firms on business strategy development and with governments on food policy formulation. David's views are frequently sought by TV, radio and the printed press.


Dr. Peter Innes
Special Advisor, Crop Protection
BASF
Ames, Iowa, United States


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Presentation Title: Harnessing The Power of Biologicals for Application in Agricultural and Horticultural Markets.

Recent acquisition activity has brought attention to biological based companies. Dr. Innes will examine the background behind this activity and will outline the potential of biological products in agriculture.

Profile: Peter Innes was born in England and obtained a BSc and PhD degree in Biological Sciences from Imperial College in London.

Dr. Innes began his career in Cambridge, England at the Plant Breeding Institute in 1979. In 1983 Dr. Innes joined Agricultural Genetics Company Ltd (AGC), a private company formed to commercialize United Kingdom government research discoveries in plant biotechnology. AGC was comprised of three operating companies, one of which was MicroBio. In 1991 the company was renamed The MicroBio Group Ltd. and Dr. Innes was named Managing Director.

Following Becker Underwood's acquisition of The MicroBio Group Ltd. in 2000, Dr. Innes was named President of Becker Underwood, relocating to the Company headquarters in Ames, Iowa in 2002.

In January 2006 Dr. Innes was named Chief Executive Officer of Becker Underwood, with daily operational responsibilities for all aspects of one of the largest and fastest growing global agricultural specialty companies. He has served on the Boards of Directors of a number of other companies in the agricultural, horticultural and food sectors, and is a board member of CropLife America.

Following the acquisition on Becker Underwood by BASF in November 2012, Dr. Innes has been appointed as a special advisor to the President of BASF's Crop Protection division.


Dr. Eddy Isaacs
CEO
Alberta Innovates-Energy & Environment Solutions
Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Panel Moderator

Profile: Eddy Isaacs is the CEO of Alberta Innovates - Energy & Environment Solutions (AI-EES) with responsibility for Alberta's strategic directions and investments in energy technologies, renewable and emerging resources, environmental management and water resources.

He has been instrumental in promoting innovation in energy and environment across Canada and has served as co-Chair of the Energy Technology Working Group of the Canadian Council of Energy Ministers.

Eddy holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta and a B.Sc. from McGill University. He has over 70 publications and 6 patents in the energy field.

A Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Eddy serves on the Boards of the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada and the Alberta Chamber of Resources.


Dr. Clive James
Chair of the Board
ISAAA
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands


Presentation Title: Global Perspective of Biotech/GM Crops

Global Overview of the Adoption Impact and Future Prospects of Biotech/GM Crops-their contribution to food, feed and fiber security, sustainabilty and climate change.

Profile: In 1990, Dr. James founded ISAAA, a not-for-profit organization, established to share knowledge about biotech/GM crops. The mission of ISAAA is to alleviate hunger and poverty in the developing countries and help small resource-poor farmers. Dr. James has a PhD from Cambridge University. Prior to his association with ISAAA he was Deputy Director General at CIMMYT in Mexico, where he worked with the late Dr. Norman Borlaug, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who was the founding patron of ISAAA. The last twenty-five years have been spent living and/or working in the developing countries of Asia, Latin America, and Africa and devoted to agricultural research & development issues, and crop biotechnology. He has published internationally-recognized Annual Reviews on the Global Status of GM crops, and their contribution to global food, feed, and fiber security, since 1996 when GM crops were first commercialized. More information about ISAAA at www.isaaa.org.


Trish Jordan
Director Public and Industry Affairs
Monsanto Canada
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


Monday Afternoon Plenary Session Chair

Profile: Trish Jordan is passionate about agriculture and has been employed in the industry for almost 30 years. In her current role as Public and Industry Affairs Director with Monsanto Canada she sits on Monsanto's Canadian Leadership Team and is responsible for media relations, issues management and providing communications support to core business activities. Trish also manages the organization's Corporate Giving Program and its Grower Advisory Council.

Trish has been a professional communicator since 1984 when she started her career in agriculture with Alberta Wheat Pool, a farmer-owned grain cooperative based in Calgary. In 1996, she had the opportunity to assume the position of Director of Resources and Communication with Canadian Foodgrains Bank – a Winnipeg-based non-governmental organization (NGO) that provides food and development assistance to food insecure countries. In May of 2000 she moved to the Canadian Wheat Board where she worked for a brief period of time in advertising and media relations before joining Monsanto in January 2001.

Trish is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario where she completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a minor in Journalism in 1984. In the mid-1990s she completed studies towards her Master's Degree in Communications at the University of Calgary. She serves on a number of Boards and committees including sitting as Chair of the Council for Biotechnology Information - Canada; President of Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba; and committee member on the CropLife ACT Committee. In January 2013, Trish was honoured to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her leadership in agriculture, advocacy for innovation and competitiveness, and her commitment to community service.

In her time outside of work, Trish is an avid competitive golfer and passionate curler.


Dr. Wilf Keller
President and CEO
Ag-West Bio Inc.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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Presentation Title: Biotech Canola in Canada: An exciting history and a great future.

This presentation will review the scientific advance, the establishment of collaborative projects, and the roles of key individuals that resulted in the world's first commercial production of genetically-modified canola. The potential applications of biotechnology and genomics in future improvements of this important crop will be discussed.

Profile: As President and CEO, Wilf Keller oversees Ag-West Bio's mandate to support the growth and development of a vibrant agriculture-based bioeconomy in Saskatchewan.

Wilf was born in Melville, Saskatchewan. He attended the University of Saskatchewan, receiving a doctoral degree in Crop Science in 1972. He studied as a postdoctoral scientist in Germany. Wilf was employed as a Research Scientist with Agriculture Canada in Ottawa from 1973-89. During this period he contributed to the establishment of a plant biotechnology research program which he chaired from 1980-89. In 1990, he accepted a position with the National Research Council of Canada in Saskatoon and served as Leader for canola biotechnology research until 1999 when he assumed the position of Research Director. In October 2008, Wilf was employed as President and CEO of Genome Prairie and in 2010 he also accepted responsibilities for serving as President and CEO of Ag-West Bio Inc. In June 2012 Wilf was appointed as full time CEO and President of Ag-West Bio Inc.

Wilf has been actively involved in the development and application of biotechnologies for the genetic modification of crops. He has collaborated with numerous government, university and industry groups and has provided training for researchers in plant biotechnology. He has led major research initiatives on the application of genomics in canola improvement, the development of industrial bioproducts from vegetable oils, and production of bioactive natural products in plants. He has given many presentations and lectures on aspects of biotechnology including public awareness and public education.


Jim Koeller
Partner
Koeller Farms
New Canton, Illinois, United States

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Presentation Title: Heartland USA

Short history of our farm, markets, and future.

Profile: Jim Koeller is a farmer with years of experience, who along with his neighbors produces food along the Mississippi River. He works with the county Farm Bureau to provide input on the future of agriculture.


Dr. David Layzell
Professor
Biological Sciences and the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment & Economy (ISEEE)
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Presentation Title: An Energy Systems Perspective on the Emerging Bioeconomy

Systems analysis tools are increasingly being used to inform policy and investment decisions regarding energy system choices. I will explore the nature of these tools and the challenges and opportunities they present for the emerging bioeconomy.

Profile: David Layzell is a research scientist committed to multi-disciplinary approaches for addressing complex, real-world problems, such as those at the interface of energy and the environment. He began his academic career as a Professor at Queen's University (Kingston) where he generated over 100 peer reviewed publications, 7 patents and a university spin-off technology company (Qubit Systems Inc) before being elected as a 'Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada'. Over the past 15 years, he has worked within and across Canadian universities to build multi-disciplinary research teams in the areas of energy and climate change solutions. In this role, he was instrumental in launching national networks, including BIOCAP Canada, Green Crop Network, Fluxnet Canada and Carbon Management Canada. He came to Calgary in 2008 as the Executive Director of ISEEE but has recently stepped down to focus his efforts around the critical analysis of energy systems.


David Lynch
General Manager
Research and Development, Enerkem Inc.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Presentation Title: Residual Biomass to Fuels and Chemicals: Becoming a Commercial Reality

One of the first commercial advanced biofuels facilities in North America is currently being built in Edmonton, Alberta. The Enerkem Alberta Biofuels facility will complement the City of Edmonton's current waste management practices by converting into biofuels and renewable chemicals the non-recyclable and non-compostable MSW that would otherwise be sent to landfill.

Profile: David Lynch is General Manager, Research and Development at Enerkem since January 2009. Mr. Lynch has over 15 years of experience in the development of new products and processes, as well as directing facility operations. Currently, Mr. Lynch manages the operations and activities of Enerkem's pilot and laboratory facilities in Alberta. Research activities include conversion of heterogeneous feedstock to syngas and scalable advanced bio-products as well as Green House Gas emission reduction. Mr. Lynch holds a Master of Science degree in Management of Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Fairfield University.


Dr. David Lynch
Dean of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Presentation Title: Impact of Biological Solutions on the Petrochemical Industry

Dr. David Lynch will be one of the panel speakers on this topic.

Profile: David Lynch received a BSc in Chemical Engineering from UNB and PhD from the University of Alberta. He joined the faculty at the University of Alberta in January 1981 and has carried out research in the area of catalytic reaction engineering. Under Dr. Lynch's leadership as Dean of Engineering since 1994, the total engineering undergraduate and graduate student enrolments have more than doubled to over 5,600 students, over 170 new engineering professors have been hired, over 40 Chair positions (endowed and industrially funded) have been established, and four new buildings have been constructed containing over one million square feet of space for engineering education and research with a fifth major structure in construction. Dr. Lynch has provided the leadership to establish several major initiatives including the National Institute for Nanotechnology, the Helmholtz – Alberta Initiative, the Imperial Oil – Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Oil Sands Innovation, and the Canadian Centre for Clean Coal/Carbon and Mineral Processing Technologies.


Dion Madsen
Senior Managing Partner
BDC HealthCare Venture Fund
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Presentation Title: Environment and the Future of Healthy People and Planet

Environmental, technological and social changes will have a profound impact on the way that we grow, distribute, acquire and consume food and nutrition.

Profile: Dion Madsen joined BDC Venture Capital in 2012 as Senior Managing Partner in the Healthcare Fund. He is responsible for overseeing the Healthcare Fund investments and maximizing value creation across the portfolio. Dion brings over 15 years of senior management experience as a financial executive and venture investor, most recently as Founder and Managing Director of Physic Ventures, and as Director of Unilever Technology Ventures, where he led the competition of the investing cycle for Unilever's North American Corporate Venture activity. Prior to Unilever, Dion led Chiron Corporation's investor communications, as a Director of Investor Relations, and worked in corporate development, building a new strategy for the company's $500M BioPharma business. Before moving to San Francisco, Dion spent five years as Partner of RBC Capital Partners' Life Sciences Venture Fund, the first third-party capital fund in RBC Capital Partners' history.


Chuck Magro
Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Agrium Inc.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Presentation Title: Potential Impact of Ag Bio on Agribusiness Sectors

Chuck will be one of the panel speakers on this topic.

Profile: As Chief Operating Officer, Chuck is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Agrium's three strategic business units, Wholesale, Retail and Advanced Technologies - a strong, successful combination that forms
a leading global organization of over 14,000 employees.

Along with Agrium's President and CEO and other senior executives, Chuck serves on the Senior Leadership Team that sets the Company's overall strategy and direction. Prior to this role, Chuck was the Executive Vice President, Corporate Development & Chief Risk Officer. He was responsible for four core areas spanning across Agrium including: Corporate Development and Strategy, EHS&S, Sustainability & Stakeholder Relations, Internal Audit and Risk Management. Previously, he was Vice President, Manufacturing responsible for the Company's manufacturing facilities, as well as the EHS&S, and Technical Services functions for Agrium's Wholesale business unit.

Chuck has broad based experience obtained not only through his roles within Agrium but through a career with Nova Chemicals, a major petrochemical manufacturer. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).

Chuck is originally from Ontario. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemical Engineering) from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the University of Windsor.


Dr. Alex McCalla
Professor Emeritus, Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of California
Davis, California, United States

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Presentation Title: Global Food and Agricultural Trends: The Production, Environmental and Trade Challenges

World population will reach 9 Billion by 2050. Food supplies will need to increase by 70 % using the same land area and less water. The challenges are enormous.

Profile: Born in Alberta, Canada, Dr. McCalla received his first 2 degrees from the University of Alberta and his doctorate in Agricultural Economics from the University of Minnesota in 1966.

He spent his academic career at the University of California Davis where he taught for 28 years, served as Dean, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (1970 75) and Founding Dean, Graduate School of Management (1979 1981). After retirement from UCD he was Director of Rural Development at the World Bank (1994-1999).

Dr. McCalla is best known for his research in international trade. He has been honored by the AAEA, the WAEA and CAES. He was the founding Chair of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium (IATRC). He served as the Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) (1988 -1994).

In June 1998 he was awarded the DSc., honoris causa, by McGill University.


Dr. Ronald Meeusen
Partner
Cultivian Ventures, LCC
Carmel, Indiana, United States

Presentation Title: Impact of Emerging Technologies on Water and Nutrient Uptake by Plants

Increasing global demands for food are creating increased pressures on usage of fresh water and fertilizers. New technologies to address these pressures are attracting investment at an increasing rate.

Profile: Ron has 30 years' experience bringing new technologies and products to food and agricultural markets. He has led R&D for major corporations in agricultural chemicals, field crop and vegetable genetics and breeding, animal health, novel foods and industrial materials. Ron planned and led the world's first field trial of a genetically engineered crop trait in 1986, the development and introduction of some of the first insect and herbicide resistant corn hybrids, the launch of a naturally stable trans-fat free canola oil, and the introduction of dozens of new varieties of field and vegetable crops on three continents. Ron has been a consultant to Federal and state policy on biotechnology regulatory issues, and active in industry trade groups on key issues such as European acceptance of new food technologies.

Prior to forming Cultivian Ron spent two years as an executive-on-loan writing an economic development plan for the State of Indiana's food and ag sectors. He also founded ImmuneWorks Corp., a biopharmaceutical company developing novel lung disease treatments.

Ron holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in plant cell biology, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in plant physiology. Ron represents Cultivian on the Boards of Directors of Allylix, Aratana, Proterro and Rivertop Renewables.


David Morgan
North America Regional Director
Syngenta Seeds, Inc.
Minnetonka, Minnesota, United States

Presentation Title: Potential Impact of Agricultural Biotechnology on the Agribusiness Sectors

David will be one of the panel speakers on this topic.

Profile: David Morgan has spent his entire career in agriculture. After obtaining bachelor's and master's degrees in Agricultural and Forestry Sciences from Oxford University, he joined DuPont in agricultural Research & Development in the United Kingdom. Making the transition to commercial and country management roles, David worked for a number of companies that evolved through a series of acquisitions and mergers, including Schering Agriculture UK, AgrEvo UK, AgrEvo Canada. When Aventis CropScience was formed, he became global head of Strategy. Later, David led the seed and biotechnology business in Aventis CropScience and, thereafter, Bayer CropScience. He also was a member of the Bayer CropScience Executive Committee.

David joined Syngenta in 2007 as regional head for Syngenta Seeds in Asia Pacific. He was based in Singapore and served as a member of the Global Seeds leadership team. His primary responsibility was to build the business base in China, India and Southeast Asia. In 2008, David moved to North America to lead the Corn & Soybean seed business. In 2011, he assumed the North American Region Director role while retaining oversight for all the Seeds businesses within the region. David's primary focus is on leading the Syngenta team in their creation of crop and customer-focused strategies and the development of innovative technology solutions for North American producers.


Gwyn Morgan
CM
North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada

Presentation Title: Growing Food and Fuel, the Hazards of Trying to do Both

A comparison of the economic, environmental and humanitarian impacts of hydrocarbon versus biofuel production.

Profile: Gwyn Morgan rose from his modest roots on an Alberta farm to become one of Canada’s foremost business leaders and ardent champion of the importance of Canadian headquartered international enterprises., He devoted three decades to building what became Canada’s largest energy company, leading the creation of EnCana Corporation through a merger which was widely viewed as the most significant transaction in Canadian energy sector history.  When he stepped down as founding CEO at the end of 2005, EnCana was Canada's most valuable company with a stock market value of approximately $60 billion. Gwyn has been recognized as Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the YearTM and also as Canada’s Most Respected CEO.

Gwyn has served on the Board of directors of five global corporations and has travelled widely, having visited more than 70 countries. He is a Trustee of the Fraser Institute, the Manning Centre for Building Democracy and the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.  He also writes regular business columns for Canada’s Globe and Mail national newspaper.

Gwyn is an Honorary Colonel (retired) of the Canadian Air Force. He has received four honorary degrees as well as the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Business Leader award, the University Of Victoria School Of Business Entrepreneur of the Year award and is a member the Alberta Business Hall Of Fame. A Professional Engineer, he has been appointed a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE). On December 30, 2010, Governor General the Right Honourable David Johnston announced his appointment as a Member of The Order of Canada.

Gwyn and his wife Patricia Trottier live near Victoria, BC. A lover of the great outdoors and a wellness enthusiast, he and his wife are advocates of holistic medicine and taking personal responsibility for our health.

Gwyn credits his core values and self-discipline to the lessons learned from his parents as a member of the farm’s “production team”. Among them: “Keep your word. Be honest. Do your best. And, if the world deals you a tough blow, buck up and move on”.


Dr. Lee Anne Murphy
Executive Director
Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network Inc. (MAHRN)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Health Session Chair

Profile: Lee Anne serves as a first point of contact for Manitoba's vibrant functional food and nutraceutical industry. MAHRN's mission is to research, develop and commercialize evidence supported food and food ingredients that address chronic lifestyle related disease conditions including cardiovascular disorders and diabetes. In addition to directing MAHRN activities, she represents MAHRN on nine local and international companies engaged in commercializing research and development products and technologies. A graduate of the University of Manitoba, Lee Anne combines a solid technical background with 'on the job' credentials gained in public and private companies. Prior to joining MAHRN, Lee Anne provided strategic communications counsel to public, private, not-for-profit association and government clients. The Murphy's operate a farm in Fort Whyte, Manitoba, where they keep busy with small plot research; stone-milling locally produced specialty grains; growing the world's best garlic and involuntarily feeding thousands of Canada Geese during their fall migration.


Rick Pawluk
Partner, Business Law
McCarthy Tetrault LLP
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Tuesday Afternoon Energy Chair

Profile: Rick Pawluk is a partner in the Business Law Group of McCarthy Tétrault in Calgary. He has extensive experience in securities law, as well as public and private mergers, acquisitions and disposition transactions. He has acted for several reporting issuers from incorporation to completion of their initial public offering. He has also advised public companies as to ongoing regulatory compliance and has acted for them in a variety of transactions.

Mr. Pawluk also has extensive experience in the areas of agricultural biotechnology and agribusiness law and is familiar with regulatory and intellectual property issues related thereto. He also acts for a number of private and public clients in the life sciences and biotechnology sectors.

Mr. Pawluk regularly advises clients on competition and foreign investment law matters, including regulatory compliance matters involving mergers and acquisitions.


Brant H. Randles
President
Louis Dreyfus Commodities Canada Ltd.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Presentation Title: Potential Impact of Ag Bio on Agribusiness Sectors

Brant will be one of the panel speakers on this topic.

Profile: Louis Dreyfus Commodities is a world leader in the processing and merchandising of a diverse range of agricultural commodities. The business is driven by 34,000 employees across more than 55 countries.

Brant was raised in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1981 with BSc in Ag Economics. He began his career with Louis Dreyfus in Winnipeg upon graduation and also spent 3 years with United Grain Growers Ltd. Brant returned to Louis Dreyfus in Winnipeg in 1986 as General Manager. He spent five years in Singapore as Commercial Manager and General Manager of Louis Dreyfus Asia from 1990 to1995 and another three and years in Johannesburg as Managing Director of Louis Dreyfus Africa from 1995 through 1998. Brant returned to Canada in 1998 as President of Louis Dreyfus Canada Ltd.

He has served as director of the (former) Winnipeg Commodity Exchange from 2002 – 2007; director of the Churchill Gateway Development Corporation from 2003 – 2006; and Chairman of LDM Foods Ltd. from 2007 – 2013.


Dr. Eric Sachs
Regulatory Lead
Science and Policy, Monsanto Company
St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Presentation Title: Innovation, Societal Benefits and Regulatory Decision -Making

This session provides an analysis of the broad scope of SECs and clear guidance on the impact of societal choices on SECs compared to those resulting directly from the adoption of agricultural technologies.

Profile: Dr. Sachs has a Ph.D. in Genetics from Texas A&M University. He has worked at Monsanto Company for 35 years and has played a key role in the development and application of agricultural biotechnology. He currently leads an Environmental, Social and Economic Impact Outreach Platform that supports science-based regulation of GM crops and Monsanto's sustainability initiatives. His group focuses on improving understanding of emerging biotechnologies, regulations and risk assessment; assessing the environmental, social and economic impacts of GM crops; and delivering sustainable approaches for pest and weed management. This includes issue management related to product durability, resistance management policies, and environmental impacts of pesticide use. As a leader and communicator within the private sector, he successfully uses his knowledge of science and biotechnology, experience and passion to communicate the safety and benefits of GM crops, to demystify the science of biotechnology, and to build confidence among the public.


Dr. Jack (John) N. Saddler
Professor
Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Presentation Title: The Biorefining Story: Progress in the Evolution of the Forest Products Industry to a Forest-Based Biorefining Sector

The "traditional" forest products sector has primarly produced commodity products such as structural lumber (2-by-fours), pulp and paper. However, for both sustainability and economic reasons, more of a biorefinery approach will be required in the future with traditional forest products being augmented and in some cases surplanted by fuels and chemicals derived from wood.

Profile: Dr. John (Jack) Saddler is the endowed Professor of Forest Products Biotechnology / Bioenergy (originally an NSERC Industry Chair) and also the former Dean, Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia.

As a senior and seasoned research scientist, Dr. Saddler has been involved, for more than 30 years, in various national and international organizations that have advanced the global understanding of how woody biomass can be converted to useful fuels and chemicals. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Canada's highest recognition for scientists, and he has received many other awards such as the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO's) Scientific Achievement Award, the Charles D. Scott award for contributions to the field of "Biotechnology for fuels and Chemicals", etc. Recently, Dr. Saddler received the prestigious 2009 Leadership award, presented from Life Sciences British Columbia for demonstrated leadership in the industry and given to individuals who have assisted in the creation and advancement of the broader life sciences communities over time.

Dr. Saddler has published more than 300 papers, several books, holds several patents and is a regular reviewer/advisor for agencies such as the US Dept of Energy, USDA, NSERC, World Bank, etc.

Outside of the research setting, Dr. Saddler has not only advised policy-makers at the highest levels provincially and nationally, but has been instrumental in the creation of long-standing initiatives to demonstrate, commercialize and transfer promising biorefining technologies, such as the creation of Ethanol BC and the BC Bioenergy Network. Nationally, his influence extends to such bodies as the Science Directorate of the Canadian Forest Service, the Canadian Council of Forests Ministers, and the National Roundtable on Economy and Environment. Internationally, he has contributed significantly to the work of the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the US DoE, USDA, the International Energy Agency (IEA) Paris, and he has acted as the Task Leader of the Liquid Biofuels network of IEA Bioenergy organization.


Guilherme Scheffer
Partner
Grupo Scheffer
Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil

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Presentation Title: How Biotechnology has made an impact on the growth of my farming operation

Guilherme will discuss the power of biotechnology on large scale farmers in Brazil. He will talk about how biotechnology has contributed to the growth of his group in the last 20 years. This will include a discussion on his thoughts of how biotechnology can be used to favor farmers over a long period of time.

Profile: Guilherme Scheffer is a partner of Grupo Scheffer, a family farm company located in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Guilherme graduated in economics, and has worked with agribusiness for 10 years in Brazil. Guilherme is a director of the Mato Grosso Cotton Farmers Association and Mato Grosso Soybean Farmers Association.


Sano Shimoda
President
BioScience Securities, Inc.
Venice, California, United States


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Presentation Title: It's Time to "Get Real" in Investing in AgBiotech and the BioEconomy – Facing the Realities of the Science, the Marketplace, and Transparency

The commercialization of agricultural biotechnology is less than 20 years old years old, and the scientific platform is less than 30+ years old. Despite the dramatic expansion in scientific knowledge, agbiotech's commercial potential (including its role in the development of the BioEconomy) is being limited by the complexity of scientific knowledge, the realities of the marketplace, and, very importantly, the lack of transparency. Successful broad investment in agbiotech/related technologies in the future will only occur if the industry faces the realities of the science (what we don't know, as well as what we do know), the bottom line realities of the marketplace, and the need for greater transparency.

Profile: Sano M. Shimoda is president and founder of BioScience Securities, Inc., a boutique strategic corporate advisory and investment banking firm that is located in Venice, California (Los Angeles area). BioScience Securities was founded in the San Francisco Bay area in 1993. Sano, whose background is based on his experience as a Wall Street analyst, has over 35 years of experience in the Wall Street community focused on agriculture, agricultural biotechnology/seed, and the agricultural chemical industries. The firm was founded based on a vision that the long-term development of agricultural biotechnology, tied to the creation of powerful new technologies centered on the biological sciences, would redefine the value creation potential of agriculture, as well as re-engineer and create new links between agriculture and the broader economy. The firm's focus on agricultural biotechnology builds on Sano's long-standing "on-the-ground" marketplace knowledge of the crop protection and seeds industries. Sano has made numerous presentations in the U.S. and worldwide to a broad array of companies and industry groups focused on the impact, changes, and opportunities that will be created by agricultural biotechnology, as well as the future of U.S. agriculture. Sano is well recognized for his independent, forward-looking views of the changing dynamics agricultural biotechnology will have on agriculture and the developing BioEconomy.


Prof. Idah Sithole-Niang
Professor Biochemistry
University of Zimbabwe and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation, AATF
Harare, Zimbabwe

Presentation Title: The role of the AATF in addressing Food Security Issues in sub-Saharan Africa

This presentation will cover the role of the AATF in Public Private Partnerships in various projects across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Profile: Idah Sithole-Niang is a molecualr biologist at the University of Zimbabwe’s Department of Biochemistry, which she joined in 1992. During her tenure she has been teaching molecular biology to both undergraduate and post graduate students. Her research work has been in the area of cowpea crop improvement. She maintains a keen interest in biotechnology and biosafety issues as they relate to Sub-Saharan Africa. She is the Chairperson of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) Board of Trustees, Chairperson of the Africa Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Steering Committee, Technical Advisor to the Program for Biosafety Systems for sub-Saharan Africa, member of the Oversight Committee of the Improved Maize for African Soils (IMAS), member of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Grant Review Committee, and fellow of the Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences.


Dr. Stuart Smyth
Research Scientist
Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics, University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Regulatory Session Chair

Profile: Dr. Stuart Smyth is part of a group of academics that received $5.4 million in funding in 2009 from Genome Canada to examine the genomic, economic, environmental, ethical, legal and social (GE³LS) issues pertaining to bioproducts and biofuels. His research focuses on innovation and agriculture and the resulting impacts. Part of this research was compiled in a 2010 book published by Edward Elgar titled, Innovation and Liability in Biotechnology: Transnational and Comparative Perspectives. He is currently involved in the production of three books: co-author of Plant Biotechnology: Principles & Practices, to be published by Wiley-Blackwell; co-editor of Handbook on Agriculture, Biotechnology and Development, to be published by Edward Elgar; and co-editor of Socio-Economic Considerations in Biotechnology Regulation, to be published by Springer.


Kiersten Stead
Burrill & Company
San Francisco, California, United States

Presentation Title: Water/Food Availability and Safety

Kiersten will be one of the panel speakers on this topic.

Profile: Burrill & Company is a diversified Life Science company consisting of a Merchant Bank, Media Group, and a large Venture Capital team.   The company operates globally and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. With ~1.5B of assets currently under management and 111 Life Science investments, Burrill & Company was one of the pioneers in the industry with its first Agricultural Biotechnology Fund active in 1999. Kiersten Stead has over 10 years of experience in the biotechnology space. Prior to joining Burrill & Company on the Venture team, Kiersten was a Management Consultant specialized in early stage company development in nanotechnology, clean-tech, agriculture, and materials engineering. Previously, she was a Scientist in Genetics & Molecular Biology at the University of Alberta and at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Saskatoon. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in Molecular Biology & Genetics, where she conducted research in Agricultural Biotechnology. In addition, she also holds an MBA with a specialization in Finance from the University of Alberta, where she attended as the AHFMR ForeFront Scholar. Her B.Sc. was obtained from the University of Calgary in Cellular, Molecular, and Microbial Biology.


Professor Randall Weselake
Professor and Canada Research Chair
Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Presentation Title: Engineering Bioactive Seed Oils

The presentation will introduce the Alberta Innovates Phytola Centre and describe the work of the Centre in producing seed oils enriched polyunsaturated fatty acids with anti-cancer properties. In addition, the presentation will discuss a directed evolution approach to increase the activity of a key enzyme involved in seed oil accumulation.

Profile: Randall Weselake is Professor and Tier I Canada Research Chair in Agricultural Lipid Biotechnology in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta. Dr. Weselake also serves as Scientific Director of the Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions Phytola Centre which uses metabolic engineering to develop specialty seed oils for both edible and industrial applications. Previously, he was the Leader of the Bioactive Oils Program funded by AVAC Ltd. Dr. Weselake was a Faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Lethbridge from 1989-2004 where he served as Chair from 1996-1999. He has been involved in plant oil biotechnology since 1987 when he was first introduced to this area as a Research Associate with the National Research Council of Canada in Saskatoon. Dr. Weselake received his Ph.D. in plant biochemistry from the University of Manitoba. His doctoral research was conducted at the Grain Research Laboratory of the Canadian Grain Commission in Winnipeg.


James Wheeler
Director and Deputy Chairman
Wakatu Incorporation
Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand

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Presentation Title: The 100 year dream

We inherited our land from our Tupuna (ancestors). We need to pass it on to our children in a better state than we received it, and our Tikanga way of taking our stories to the world has helped us build our Maori brand into 20+ Countries around the world.

Profile: James Wheeler is a Director and Deputy Chairman of Wakatū Incorporation. He is the Deputy Chairman of the Federation of Māori Authorities (FoMA) and served as the Acting Chief Executive of FoMA for 12 months (2011 – 2012). Wakatū is James' family company and is based in Nelson, New Zealand. From an $11 million asset base in 1977, Wakatū has grown to a current value of over $250 million. Land based assets make up 70% of the business. KONO, the vertically integrated Food and Beverage business, makes up the remaining 30%.


Dr. Dan Wicklum
Chief Executive
COSIA
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Presentation Title: Impact of Biological Solutions on the Petrochemical Industry

Dr. Dan Wicklum will be one of the panel speakers on this topic.

Profile: COSIA is led by a Chief Executive (CE), Dr. Dan Wicklum. Work in the EPAs within the Alliance is overseen by Steering Committees composed of shareholder company experts. The EPA Steering Committees create Joint Industry Projects (JIPs), which can draw on input not only from companies, but from government representatives, other innovation providers and stakeholders.

Collectively these groups work together to accelerate environmental performance in the EPAs. The EPAs report upward to the CE, and through the CE, outward to the shareholder companies. Our activities are supported by a small, dedicated group of employees.

Dan's initial career was as a linebacker in the CFL, playing with both the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1988) and the Calgary Stampeders (1989-91).

Dan completed a BSc. in Biology (University of Guelph, 1990) followed by a MSc. in Aquatic Ecology (University of Calgary, 1994). He then went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology (University of Montana, 1998). After completing his graduate education, Dan took a faculty position as a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Montana.

In 2000, he left academia to become a Senior Policy Advisor to the Canadian Federal Minister of Natural Resources and the Government House Leader, and was subsequently Director of Strategic Alliances for Natural Resources Canada's Canadian Forest Service.

Dan then launched and became Executive Director of The Canadian Forest Innovation Council before joining Environment Canada in various senior science management roles including Director General of Wildlife and Landscape Science and Director General of Water Science and Technology.


Jim Wispinski
President & CEO
Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Panel Moderator

Profile: Jim was appointed President and CEO of Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc. in November 2006.

Jim's passion for agriculture originated on the family farm near Two Hills, Alberta. In 1983 he received a B.Sc in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Alberta. After a few years of work in the farm machinery industry, he joined Elanco™ Ag Chem, a Division of Eli Lilly as a sales representative in 1985. Since then he has held positions in sales, Human Resources, and commercial management positions with predecessor organizations to Dow AgroSciences.

Jim enjoys the diversity of Dow AgroSciences Canada's business as it affords the opportunity to work in a diverse seeds, traits, and crop protection business across Canada as well as connecting production agriculture to international end use food and food service customers as Dow AgroSciences does in its healthy oils business.

Jim is actively engaged in the industry serving on CropLife Canada's Board of Directors and Executive committee as well as on the Board of Directors for BIOTECanada.


Dr. Susan Wood-Bohm
Executive Director
Biological GHG Management Program
Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Presentation Title: Managing Biological GHGs in Alberta

Emissions of biological source GHGs from agriculture, forestry and municipal wastes can be managed through innovative emission reduction and biological carbon sequestration strategies with economic and environmental benefits.

Profile: Dr. Susan Wood-Bohm is the Executive Director of the Biological GHG Management Program at Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, responsible for making funding recommendations to Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation that will result in the discovery, development and deployment of strategies to manage and optimize carbon in biological systems. Susan's interests in agricultural biotechnology span application to policy development. Before joining Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, she enhanced drought resistance in crops with Performance Plants Inc., developed phytoremediation strategies as an Adjunct Faculty member at Queen's University, helped advance the concept of the bioeconomy as the Associate Research Director for the BIOCAP Canada Foundation, and promoted innovation in her role as the Director of the Office of Research Services at Queen's University.


World renowned speakers will come together to focus on five streams:

  1. Impact of Biotechnology on Water and Nutrient Uptake by Plants
    With a growing global population and less arable land and water for production of crops, it is critical that both water and nutrient uptake efficiency be increased to maximize crop yields. Significant progress has been made with genetic alteration of corn but ABIC 2013 will focus on the potential for biotechnology to improve crop genetics in crops of importance to the Great Plains of North America and semi-arid agriculture in the world. Business leaders from multinational seed and fertilizer companies will discuss their plans to harness this technology.

  2. Impact of Biotechnology on the Global Energy Industry
    Alberta is one of the world’s leading producers of oil and gas and previous investment in chemical technology has allowed the successful commercialization of heavy oil from the oil sands. But all this progress has come from chemistry and the industry is just discovering the potential of biotechnology. This session will address the potential for 3rd generation biofuels, technology for biomass degradation, bio-derived petrochemicals, bio-remediation and bio sequestration. Discussing these issues will ensure that the traditional chemistry-based energy industry realizes the potential of biotechnology to develop oil and gas assets in a more environmental, economical and sustainable fashion.

  3. Ag Biotechnology in Bio-Derived Products
    This session will focus on today’s consumer’s demand for products that are more environmentally friendly and health specific.  Conversation will be on improving human and animal health through healthier food, everyday products and lifestyle choices. Not only will this be to the betterment of well-being but also to the use of everyday products that use today’s bio-derived biotechnology. The discussions will include bio fortification, specific molecules such as production of omega-3’s in plants, human health and animal health vaccines, and the importance of bio-derived products to create a greener environment.

  4. Feeding a Hungry World
    Prominent world leaders in the fight against global hunger and poverty will review the progress presented at ABIC 2013 with a view to ensuring the G8 Declaration on Food Security, the United Nation’s Millennium Goals, and Brazil’s “Zero Hunger” plans will achieve their objectives.

  5. Agricultural Biotechnology Investment
    This session provides an opportunity for the financial community to participate and learn about the investment opportunities that exist within the agritech sector.

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