Plant Canada 2024


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Meet the 2024 speakers

Keynote speaker, July 7:

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is a Professor in food distribution and policy in the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He is also the Senior Director of the Agri-food Analytics Lab, also located at Dalhousie University.

Known as “The Food Professor”, his current research interest lies in the broad area of food distribution, security and safety. He is one of the world’s most cited scholars in food supply chain management, food value chains and traceability. He co-hosts The Food Professor podcast, discussing issues in the food, foodservice, grocery and restaurant industries and which is the most listened Canadian management podcast in Canada. Every year since 2012, he has published the now highly anticipated Canadian Food Price Report, which provides an overview of food price trends for the coming year. Furthermore, his research has been featured in several newspapers and media groups, nationally as well as internationally. He has testified on several occasions before parliamentary committees on food policy-related issues as an expert witness. He has been asked to act as an advisor on food and agricultural policies in many Canadian provinces and other countries.

July 8 Plenary Speakers

Louis-Philippe Hamel (Medicago Inc.)
Plant bio-factories for the production of protein pharmaceuticals
Nicola Patron (Earlham Institute)
Synthetic biology for metabolic pathway engineering in photosynthetic organisms
Dan Voytas (University of Minnesota)
Genome editing for crop improvement

July 9 Plenary Speakers

Dr. Matthew Reynolds (CIMMYT, Mexico)
Crop Physiology, Genomics and Cropping Systems
Eric Patterson
Dr. Eric Patterson (Michigan State)
Building weed genomics resources through international collaboration and exciting new discoveries from the genomics frontier
Dr. Sara Martin (AAFC, Ottawa)
Changing Environment, Changing Genes: Insights from Weed Genetics and Genomics

July 10 AM Plenary Speakers

Dr. Jan Leach (Colorado State University)
Intergenic spaces: A new frontier to improving plant health
Dr. Claude Caldwell (Dalhousie University)
Dr. McCallum
Dr. Brent McCallum (AAFC Morden)

July 10 PM Plenary Speakers


Dr. Lacey Samuels (University of British Columbia)
Building plant biomass: secondary cell wall biosynthesis”

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