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March Classic 2018 Registration Now Open

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GUELPH, ON (January 17, 2017) – Registration is now open for the March Classic, Grain Farmers of Ontario’s annual conference for farmers and industry, being held Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Anyone who pre-registers by Wednesday, January 31, will be entered into an early bird draw.

The March Classic is the largest grain-focused conference in Eastern Canada, drawing upwards of 700 attendees from farms across Ontario, government and industry.

“Ontario farmers have always looked to the future to grow and prosper. The March Classic this year will focus on “Leadership for Tomorrow” as we discuss the importance of innovation and legacy in building strong agricultural leaders in Ontario,” said Crosby Devitt, Vice President, Strategic Development. “We are hosting sessions with speakers globally known for strong leadership and forward thinking. We are looking forward to learning and having the opportunity to connect with grain farmers.”

Speakers at this year’s March Classic include:

Darby Allen – Fire chief Darby Allen guided the 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray to safety with no loss of life during 2016’s catastrophic Alberta wildfires.

Dr. Laurence C. Smith – Dr. Laurence C. Smith is one of the world’s leading climate scientists, and he will outline the changes our world will face in both the distant and immediate future.

Gordon Campbell – As Canada’s High Commissioner to the UK from 2011 to 2016, Gordon Campbell holds a unique understanding of what Brexit means for our economy.

Kirstine Stewart – Kirstine Stewart, Chief Strategy Officer for Diply, has held leadership roles with the CBC, Alliance Atlantis, and Twitter and offers perspective on how modern workplaces need a new kind of leader – one who values partnership, collaboration, and empathy.

The March Classic features over 70 of exhibitors from across Ontario, including equipment, seed, and agriculture retail companies. This year, evening entertainment will be provided by Beatles Tribute band, The Caverners.

The 2018 conference will be held at the London Convention Centre, London, Ontario. Those that pre-register by Wednesday, January 31 will be entered to win an early bird draw for a Good in Every Grain prize. For more information and to register, please visit:

To skip lines at the conference, pre-registered attendees can pick up name tags and meal tickets on the 2nd floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton on Monday, March 19 from 7 to 9 pm during the SGS Agriculture and Food-sponsored reception.


Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.


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