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Virtual Summits
Canadian Fruit & Vegetable Summit
March 10, 2021 at 12:00pm EST

Seeding ideas for a growing industry

Introducing the Canadian Fruit & Vegetable Summit, an online event presenting the most up-to-date production tips and research in Canadian horticulture. Fruit & Vegetable’s first-ever Summit will provide industry updates from the leading voices in Canada’s fruit and vegetable sector, giving growers the information they need to start the season off right.

Through a mix of live panels and recorded sessions, the Summit will highlight the latest in production and processing. Live panels will tackle the most pressing issues, while pre-recorded sessions will allow attendees to dive deeper into specific regions and crops, which they can revisit at their leisure.

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12:00pm - 12:10pm
Opening remarks

Grower panel: Preparing for the coming season

This panel will feature discussion on how these growers handled the challenges of 2020, what they’ve learned, and how they’re approaching the coming season.
sponsored by:
Katie Keddy, Valley Harvest Sweet Potatoes
Annamarie Klippenstein, Klipper’s Organics
Brett Schuyler, Schuyler Farms
Craig Wismer, Glen Elgin Vineyard Management

Processing panel: Boosting Canada’s processing industry

Dr. Evan Fraser, Director of the Arrell Food Institute, University of Guelph
Pascal Forest, President, Fédération québécoise des producteurs de fruits et légumes de transformation; co-owner, Ferme Jean Forest et Fils, Inc.

1:40pm - 1:55pm

Deep-dive: Apple production in Canada

It’s all about apples! This panel will focus on the biggest challenges and opportunities in Canadian apple production, what recent PMRA re-evaluations mean for growers, and the continuing impact of the pandemic on this sector.
sponsored by:
Speakers: Michelle Cortens, Tree fruit specialist, Perennia (N.S.)
Brian Rideout, Vice-chair, Apple Growers of Ontario; apple producer

2:40pm - 2:45pm
Closing remarks

Specialty crop update – Evan Elford, OMAFRA

Speaker: Evan Elford, OMAFRA

Spotted wing drosophila – Jesse MacDonald, AAFC

Speaker: Jesse MacDonald, AAFC

Product Demos

Frequently Asked Questions About Canadian Fruit & Vegetable Summit

When, Where & How?

Canadian Fruit & Vegetable Summit will take place virtually via GoToWebinar on March 10, 2021 at 12:00pm EST.

We will email you your unique access link on the morning of March 10, 2021. If you don’t see an access link in your email inbox, please check your junk folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, contact Tara Jacobs, Event Manager.

Why Virtual?

The safety and wellbeing of our attendees, sponsors, community and employees is our number one priority. By making this event an online experience, it eliminates the need for attendees and sponsors to travel in-person, while enabling them to still benefit from the event content.

What’s Included?

Your registration provides you with access to watch the virtual keynote, all live sessions, and on-demand recorded content and product demonstrations.

Sponsor Now

To participate as a sponsor in this event, please contact for more information:
Nashelle Barsky, 905-431-8892
Sharon Kauk, 519-410-4854