WHO is speaking?
This informal collective of like-minded innovators has come together to amalgamate our knowledge, build on one another’s unique expertise, and to offer broad-based solutions around climate action in food systems.
Our Maritime Celebrity Chef and Joel Williams will present the latest research and trends that are emerging in agriculture around soil health and its linkage to climate action, nutrition and flavor.
Emma Weston is a leading global expert on the role that blockchain plays to digitize grain assets and how this opens new investment and supply chain finance opportunities.
Brenda Tjaden and Tamara McLellan, leveraging their many years working as professional women with one foot each in nature and agriculture, will deliver economic and emotional strategies for change, based on their unparalleled expertise in supporting farmers.
BRENDA TJADEN, FOUNDER & CEO, SUSTAINABLE GRAIN
Brenda Tjaden has spent her career helping western Canadian farms respond to emerging profit opportunities in growing and marketing their crops. In the process of founding Sustainable Grain, Brenda spent 3 years researching the organic value chain, its opportunities and vulnerabilities. She also pursued an education in soil health and regenerative agriculture, enthusiastically joined the movement, and continues to build out her network in this field.
Previously, Brenda worked as a professional grain marketing and policy analyst, educator and farm management expert in her work founding and leading FarmLink Marketing Solutions. Brenda has always been an active volunteer in her local community, a nature enthusiast and a keen follower of global economic trends. Brenda is currently working with a small number of farms, First Nations reserves and commercial organizations.
Emma Weston, CEO & Co Founder, AgriDigital
Emma is the CEO and a Co Founder of AgriDigital, one of Australia’s leading emerging agtech and fintech companies.
In December 2016, AgriDigital achieved the world’s first settlement of a physical agri-commodity on a blockchain between a farmer and a buyer in New South Wales, Australia and this was recognised by Fintech Australia presenting AgriDigital the Excellence in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology award for 2017 which was again awarded to AgriDigital in 2018. AgriDigital
continues to work with blockchain and other novel enabling technologies to bring efficiency and transparency to global supply chains. AgriDigital was awarded most innovative supply chain tech company series A+ at the 2018 global Agfunder awards in San Francisco and is named in the 2018 KPMG Top100Fintech List.
Joel Williams, WORLD RENOWNED PLANT & SOIL HEALTH EDUCATOR
Joel Williams is an independent plant and soil health educator and consultant based in Ontario. Joel integrates soil chemical & biological assessments, along with plant nutritional analyses as a joined-up strategy for managing crop production. He has a keen interest in managing plant diversity, soil microbial ecology and plant & soil nutrition to optimize soil function and crop immunity. He has a passion for teaching and sharing both scientific and practical information on soil health and agroecology and has lectured to farming audiences internationally.
TAMARA MCLELLAN, FOUNDER, WILD BREATH
Wild Breath’s mission is to protect, love, and nourish quiet and wild spaces starting with the most vital one: the space within. Recently she did a TEDx talk on feeling our way to freedom and for her, climate action means the ultimate freedom for all of us. It’s time for our food systems to change, and with knowing that change must start within, Tamara will lead interactive mindfulness sessions throughout the conference. Tamara is most comfortable outside and feels the call to protect her homeland - the expansive prairies - through community and celebration of the regenerative agriculture movement that is happening quietly in Canada right now as we speak.
Maritime Celebrity Chef
Canada’s best selling cookbook author will be here in Kelowna to partner with the local Executive Chef at the Delta Grand Okanagan.
WE ARE also THRILLED TO welcome SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS
Our guest speakers will include leading regenerative and organic Canadian farmers who will answer burning questions about the industry and describe the broad range of 'regenerative' , 'organic’ and ‘sustainable’ farming practices happening in our country. Hear directly from those on the ground what’s working and what’s not on commercial farms and food businesses.
Other key takeaways from this event will come from thought leaders in Indigenous cuisine and food philosophy, who will be asked to discuss differences between indigenous food philosophy and the modern food system, limitations to expanding aboriginal cuisine options in Canada, and to share stories through case studies of successful reconciliation efforts.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Anyone interested or involved in food production
Innovators and entrepreneurs
Farmers, golf courses, land owners interested in spraying less chemicals
Soil health advocates + activists
Conscious food consumers
Opening reception: Sunday, Oct. 20th 7 - 9 p.m.
Monday / Tuesday workshops: Oct. 21st-22nd from 9 a.m - 5 p.m.
Monday: Building Community reception Oct. 21st 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday: Gala Dinner by Celebrity Chef 7 - 10 p.m.