26-Sep-17 Back

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Plenary Session: Smart Farms - The Link Between Biotechnology and Enhanced Nutrition


Dietary choices largely affect the health of our communities. When functional vegetables are affordable and readily available, these communities stand a better chance fighting against a number of chronic diseases.

In 2016, a smart farm was established on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation reserve (OCN in Opaskwayak, Manitoba), which grew vegetables using hydroponic technologies originally developed in South Korea. Considering Canada’s long and harsh winters, this hydroponic farm offered the perfect system to provide fresh and healthy vegetables year-round.

How can we implement similar systems to provide greater food security to northern communities across Canada and beyond? We’ll discuss this project’s history, and take a closer look at the benefits and future of smart farming technologies.

Main Plenary

Chu Won Nho

Chu earned her Ph.D. degree at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in nutritional toxicology.

Michael Robbie

Since 2012, Michael has been the Director of Marketing with Conviron - a world leading designer and manufacturer of

Miyoung Suh

Dr. Miyoung Suh is Associate Professor in the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba. She