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Conference 2018

Friday February 23 to Sunday February 25, 2018
Abbotsford, BC

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Program at a Glance

Friday, February 23, 2018

Room Mt. Baker Room
9am - 12pm Accreditation Board Meeting for all CC, CB Admins, VOs
12pm - 1:30pm Lunch
Room Mt. Baker Room
1:30pm - 3pm Presentation: Canada Organic Trade Association
  • Tia Loftsgard COTA
Presentation: Foodlands Cooperative of BC
  • Heather Pritchard
4pm - 6:30pm Time for Dinner (Appetizers Only at Reception) PACS AGM (meal included)
6:30pm Conference Reception Begins in Ballroom
6:30pm - 7pm Welcoming Remarks
COABC 25th Anniversary Welcome with Carmen Wakeling
Welcome Prayer with SUMAS NATION Elder
Wes Shoemaker Deputy Minister
7pm Keynote Presentation: Dawn Morrison
Sustainable Land and Food Systems - Indigenous Peoples, Social Justice, and Original Instructions
7:45pm Appetizers & Organic Ale & Cider Tasting hosted by Crannog Ales + Cash Bar

Saturday, February 24, 2018

7:30am Trade Show & Organic Seed Corner
In Mt Baker Room & Foyer
7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast (Ballroom)
8am Conference Welcome with MC Chris Bodnar
8:15am - 9:15am Keynote Presentation: Kent Mullinix
Food Systems in a changing environmental, economic, and
societal climate: our path to a sustainable food system future
Rooms Pinnacle 1 Pinnacle 2 Pinnacle 3
9:30am - 10:30am Guacamole: A Cooking Lesson for Justice
  • Migrant Workers Dignity Association
Understanding Pests and their Pathways
  • Tracy Hueppelsheuser
    Entomologist from BC Ministry of Agriculture
Record Keeping: Perspectives of a Distributor, an Inspector & a Producer
  • Rebecca Kneen
  • Heather Stretch
  • Daria Zovi
10:30am - 11am Coffee & Treats
BC Eco Seeds Mini-Presentation Mt. Baker Room
Rooms Pinnacle 1 Pinnacle 2 Pinnacle 3
11am - 12pm New Online Application System
  • Jen Gamble
  • Darcy Smith
Keeping Small Herds Healthy: On-Farm Nutrition, Vaccinations, and Herbals
  • Dr.Lauren
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Expanding cherry production in British Columbia under climate change
  • Louise M. Nelson, PhD
    Professor, Biology UBCO
12pm - 1pm Lunch in Ballroom
Rooms Pinnacle 1 Pinnacle 2 Pinnacle 3
1pm - 2pm Best Business & Marketing Tools for Farmers Selling at BC Farmers Markets
  • Heather O'Hara
    BC Association of Farmers Markets
Organic Grain Production Workshop
  • Fieldstone Organics:
    Tanja Gibson
    Willem Roell
Stories from the Vanguard of Organics
  • Host: Chris Bodnar
  • Panelist: Rod Reid
  • Panelist: Charlie Lasser
  • Panelist: Susan Davidson
2pm - 2:30pm Coffee & Treats
BC Eco Seeds Mini-Presentation Mt. Baker Room
Rooms Pinnacle 1 Pinnacle 2 Pinnacle 3
2:30pm - 3:30pm Becoming One with the Standards and their Review
  • Anne Macey, COABC
  • Rochelle Eisen, COABC
  • Nicole Boudreau, OFC
  • Ashley St Hilaire, COG
Management-Intensive Grazing for Your Bioregion
  • Tristan Banwell
    Spray Creek Ranch
A Radical Re-visioning to Sustainable Food Systems based on a Decolonizing Research and Relationships Approach
  • Dawn Morrison
  • Rebecca Kneen
4pm Silent Auction Open For Bidding
5pm - 6:45pm YA Mini-Mixer Mt. Baker Room & Silent Auction
7pm - 9pm Banquet & Awards in Ballroom
9pm - 9:30pm Final bidding on Silent Auction
9:30pm - 11pm Social with Music

Sunday, February 25, 2018

8am – 9am Breakfast (Ballroom)
Rooms Pinnacle 1 Pinnacle 2 Pinnacle 3
9am - 10am Canadian Conversations on Transitioning to Organic Production
  • Ashley St Hilaire
    Canadian Organic Growers
Climate Smart Organic Farming
  • Mike Bomford
    Dpt. of Sustainable Agriculture KPU
Tools to Understand the Economics of Seed Production
  • Shauna MacKinnon
  • Chris Thoreau
10am - 10:30am Coffee & Treats
10:30am - 11:30am AGM in Ballroom
11:30am Lunch in Ballroom
12pm - 1pm Board Meeting
12pm - 3pm COG Focus Group in Mt. Baker Room

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