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

Dr. Louis-Philippe Hamel
Dr. Louis-Philippe Hamel (Medicago Inc.)
Understanding plant molecular responses to the production of enveloped VLPs leads to the improvement of a molecular farming expression platform
Dr. Nicola Patron
Dr. Nicola Patron (University of Cambridge)
Synthetic biology for metabolic pathway engineering in photosynthetic organisms
Dr. Dan Voytas
Dr. Dan Voytas (University of Minnesota)
Overcoming Bottlenecks in Plant Gene Editing

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
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Dr. Martina Strömvik (McGill University)
The Petota super-pangenome and potato wild relatives
Dr. McCallum
Dr. Brent McCallum (AAFC Morden)
Combating a dynamic wheat rust population in Canada

July 10 PM Plenary Speakers

Dr. Lacey Samuels (University of British Columbia)
Building plant biomass: secondary cell wall biosynthesis.
Dr. Heather McFarlane
Dr. Heather McFarlane (University of Toronto)
Modifying the plant cell wall from the inside out.
Dr. Guanqun (Gavin) Chen
Dr. Guanqun (Gavin) Chen (University of Alberta)
Acids for sustainable growth in agriculture and fermentation
Dr. Mark Minow
Dr. Mark Minow (University of Georgia)
The heritability of chromatin accessibility in Zea mays.

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