2017 NEFP Summit Agenda

The 2nd Annual National Environmental Farm Plan Summit

November 1 – 2, 2017
Westin Hotel
11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa


Wednesday, November 1

Combine to Craft Reception 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Sample Craft Beers from Coast to Coast to Coast

6:45 PM

Welcome: Setting the Stage for the Summit
Ron Bonnett, President, Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Introduction to Combine to Craft
Jason Lenz, Chairman, Alberta Barley

Thursday, November 2

Summit 7:30AM – 4:45 PM

7:30 – 8:30 AM

Registration & Breakfast
Sponsor: McCain Foods

8:15 – 8:30 AM

Chair’s Welcome
Erin Gowriluk, Manager, Government Relations and Policy, Alberta Wheat Commission and Summit Chair

8:30 – 8:45 AM

Opening Remarks from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

8:45 – 9:00 AM

Toward a National EFP
Drew Black, Director of Environmental Policy, CFA and NEFP Co-Chair
Paul Watson, Director, Alberta EFP and NEFP Co-Chair

9:00 – 10:15 AM

Choosing a Standard and Charting a Pathway for Harmonization
Facilitator: Andrew Graham, Executive Director, Ont. Soil & Crop Improvement Assn.

  • Sustainable Farm and Food Initiative Update
    Bronwynne Wilton, Wilton Consulting Group
  • How to Leverage the Power of the SAI Platform to Elevate the EFP
    Nick Betts, Program Lead for SAI Platform
  • Benchmarking Results for the Ontario EFP
    Bronwynne Wilton

10:15 – 10:30 AM

Steward-of-the-Land Sponsor: Fertilizer Canada
4R & Alberta’s EFP, Exploring Opportunities for Integration: A pilot
Presenters: Paul Watson, Director, Alberta EFP
Clyde Graham, Fertilizer Canada, V.P., Strategy & Alliances
Dan Heaney, CCA and P.Ag, Random Cross Consulting

10:30 – 10:45 AM

Refreshment Break
Sponsor: Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association

10:45 – 12:00 PM

Quantifying Continuous Improvement
Facilitators: Karen Clark, On-Farm Program Manager, Dairy Farmers of Canada
John Russell, EFP Facilitator, Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick

  • The Value of Using EFP Data: The Nova Scotia Perspective
    Kathryn Bremner, EFP Coordinator and Information Specialist
  • What can be Done with Data: Bringing added value to the EFP
    Jacques Nault, Vice President, Agronomy, Logiag
  • Table Discussions and Reporting
    Facilitated by Doug Sell, Director Alberta Pulse Growers & John Russell, EFP Facilitator

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Sponsor: SaskCanola

12:30 – 1:00 PM

Surveying the Sustainability Landscape in Canada
Presenter: Jean-Michel Couture, Associate, Project Director, Group Ageco

1:00 – 2:15 PM

Demonstrating Continuous Improvement
Facilitators: Cheryl Schroeder, National On-Farm Program Manager, Dairy Farmers of Canada and Paul Watson, Director, Alberta EFP

  • Verification and the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform
    Nick Betts, Program Lead, SAI Platform
  • A Grain and Livestock Producer’s Perspectives on Verification
    Graeme Finn, Southern Cross Livestock

    Doug Sell, Canadian Grain Commission, Alberta Pulse

  • Roundtable Discussions

2:15 – 2:30 PM

Steward-of-the-Land Sponsor: Alberta Farm Sustainability Extension Working Group
Presenter: Jean-Michel Couture, Associate, Project Director, Group Ageco

2:30 – 2:45 PM

Refreshment Break
Sponsor: CropLife Canada

2:45 – 4:15 PM

Building Buy-In From Farmers and Ranchers: Positioning the NEFP as Canada’s environmental sustainability partner

Victoria Russell, Manager, Communications, Alberta Wheat Commission
Facilitator: Andrew Campbell, Dairy Farmer and Owner of Fresh Air Media
Jim Smolik, Head of Canada, Corporate Affairs, Cargill
Jason Lenz, Chair of Alberta Barley, Grain and Cattle Farmer
Jay Watson, Sustainability Engagement Manager, General Mills
Kevin Sich, Supply Chain Director, Rahr Malting Canada 


4:15 – 4:45 PM

The Path Forward
Ron Bonnett, President, Canadian Federation of Agriculture