March 19, 2019: Growing Momentum
In 2019, there are more mouths to feed than ever before. Agriculture needs to meet bigger and bigger demands without compromising on quality and safety. We must continue to build our growing momentum by building communities, growing new markets, educating the public, finding new end uses for crops, and fostering advocacy.
2019 is also a time of unprecedented access, and more consumers than ever are asking questions about their food and where it comes from. The values of modern agriculture are being challenged, and agriculture will need to push back.
This conference will showcase how Canada pushes boundaries, and attendees will hear from speakers who are growing momentum for Canada, its reputation, and their own businesses. The 2019 March Classic is a unique opportunity to learn what it takes for agriculture to thrive in a world of cynicism, bad information, and 5-second attention spans.
Agenda: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
|7:15am||Complimentary hot breakfast for March Classic attendees – sponsored by John Deere (first floor of London Convention Centre until 9:00 am)|
|8:00am||Registration and Exhibit Hall opens|
|9:00am||Opening remarks by Markus Haerle, Grain Farmers of Ontario Chair|
Rick Mercer (Keynote session hosted in partnership with Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of Dow DuPont)
|10:40am||Break – sponsored by Syngenta|
Speakers: Joachim Baur, Director of Product & Process Innovation and Jennifer Neate, Senior Director of Marketing
|12:00pm||Lunch – sponsored by Syngenta|
|1:30pm||Jennifer Moss (sponsored by Farm Credit Canada)
|2:30pm||Break – sponsored by Syngenta|
|3:00pm||The Honourable Peter MacKay
A Life in Office Putting Politics, Economics, and Foreign Policy into Perspective
|4:00pm||Reception in Exhibit Hall – sponsored by Bayer CropScience|
|6:00pm||Banquet (tickets required) – sponsored by SeCan|
|6:15pm||Welcome by Henry Van Ankum, March Classic Conference Chair|
|8:00pm||The Painchaud Family Show – sponsored by SeCan|
|9:00pm||End of conference|
Complimentary Parking and Bus Shuttle
The bus shuttle will begin at Western Fairgrounds and run between the London Convention Centre every half an hour until 9:30am. The first pick up will be at the Western Fairgrounds in the King/Rectory Rd corner packing lot at 7:00am (highlighted yellow).
At 10:00am, the bus will run every hour between the parking lot location and the conference center.
Starting at 4:00pm at the London Convention Centre, the bus will run every half an hour once again bringing conference attendees from the LCC to the Western Fairgrounds until 6:30pm.
This parking and conference shuttle are complimentary for March Classic conference attendees, and vehicles can only be parked here for the day – no overnight parking is allowed. Grain Farmers of Ontario, Western Fairgrounds are not responsible for any vehicle or their contents left parked here.
Keynote session hosted in partnership with Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
Rick Mercer will be the keynote speaker at the March Classic 2019.
Rick will offer attendees insight into Canada, connecting its past, present and future and highlighting its unique place in the world. From celebrating our unsung heroes, to taking a look at the wonderful and weird, to prodding at Canada’s institutions, Mercer will offer a must-see talk to March Classic 2019 attendees.
“Grain Farmers of Ontario is thrilled that Rick Mercer will be joining us as our lead keynote speaker at the 2019 March Classic,” said Victoria Berry, Manager, Communications at Grain Farmers of Ontario. “The March Classic continues to be one of the premier agriculture events for Ontario and we are pleased to present speakers, like Rick Mercer who make us look at the broader world and understand how thinking globally and nationally can help our Ontario farm businesses and agriculture in general.”
Sponsored by Farm Credit Canada
Jennifer Moss is the co-founder of Plasticity Labs and is an expert on workplace happiness and emotional intelligence. Plasticity Labs is a research and technology company that is on a mission to give one billion people the tools to live a happier, higher-performing life. Moss speaks publicly about happiness and its impact on innovation, individual and workplace performance, profitability, and overall organizational success. She teaches leadership teams how to measure their happiness initiatives as a means to define and defend the need for more emotionally intelligent organizations.
As Canada’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of National Defence, Minister of Justice, and Attorney General, the Hon. Peter MacKay has been at the forefront of some the most vital decisions affecting Canada over the past 20 years. He draws upon his extensive political and legal acumen to talk business, security, trade, and foreign policy with an international outlook and rare expertise. MacKay is a partner in the global law firm Baker & McKenzie in Toronto, litigating in the firm’s government enforcement and compliance practice, and offering strategic advice on international business and trade.
For food companies around the world, Griffith Foods is the caring, creative product development partner whose people help their customers meet the evolving needs and desires of consumers in ways that respect and sustain the planet. Headquartered in Alsip, Illinois, USA, Griffith Foods operates in over 30 countries in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
The Painchaud Family show has wowed thousands for more than 15 years now. The featured musicians are all multi instrumentalists who will delight March Classic guests with their creative versions of popular songs, the acrobatic Jet-Guitar™, the fired-up bow, amazing violin stunts, and much more.
This one-hour act features Patrice Painchaud, who was solo violinist with the Quebec Symphonic Orchestra at the age of 6. The group also features a Grammy Awards nominee, a Juno Awards nominee, and all of them have participated in numerous International Festivals.
AGCO, Your Agricultural Company
Advantage Farm Equipment Inc.
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
A&L Canada Laboratories Inc.
Allied Associates LLP, Chartered
Alpha Agri-Products / Carbon-Aided™
Axter AgroSciences Inc.
Belchim Crop Protection Canada
Bluewater Pipe Inc.
Broadgrain Commodities Inc.
Canadian Grain Commission
CanGrow Crop Solutions
CIBC Commercial Banking
Delta Power Equipment
Farm Credit Canada
Farm Life Financial
FMC Agricultural Solutions
G3 Canada Ltd.
Harco Ag/Harkness Equipment
Heartland Farm Mutual
Hensall District Co-operative, Inc.
Hyde Park Equipment
Earl Horst Systems Ltd.
Ingredion Canada Incorporated
John Deere Canada
Koch Fertilizer Canada ULC
Libro Credit Union
London Agricultural Commodities Inc.
Maizex Seeds Inc.
Nachurs Alpine Solutions
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association
Roberts Farm Equipment
Royal Bank of Canada
SGS Agriculture and Food
Shea Ag Limited
Syngenta Canada Inc.
TD Canada Trust
Wilcocks Brothers of Watford Ltd.