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BC Certified Organic Conference 2020

Friday February 28 to Sunday March 1, 2020
Richmond, BC

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Register to attend the BC Organic Conference #COABC2020 at the Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport in Richmond while early bird tickets are still available! This year we are celebrating the 27th Anniversary of the COABC with an eye to discussing the future for our industry and community. Attending our conference provides educational and networking opportunities for new and established farmers, food processors, students, organic professionals, as well as for the general public. It is your chance to visit with the current and future leaders in BC Organic, exchange ideas, eat amazing meals, learn from experts, and return home inspired by our incredible community before the growing season kicks into high gear.

We really hope you can join us to learn and discuss the current realities and future possibilities for BC Organic. Our hope is that we can all look at some of the challenges and get inspired to work on all the exciting opportunities that the future holds.

Join us for our official kick-off to the weekend: Friday evening is our conference reception at 6:30 pm. This year the reception will be held at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Richmond campus (a 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk from the Hotel venue). We will receive welcoming remarks from the COABC executive, as well as from BC’s Agriculture Minister and Agriculture Co-Critic. We will enjoy organic hors d’oeuvres made from locally sourced ingredients donated by our amazing community of growers. We’ll be washing those down with organic wine and our annual Organic Ale Tasting hosted by Crannóg Ales. This is a great opportunity to mingle and exchange ideas with like-minded organic folk. Friday night kicks off a busy weekend that never seems to leave enough time for visiting, so we hope to see you there!

Saturday morning will start with Dag Falck presenting our keynote address, BC Organic: Challenges and Opportunities for the Future generously sponsored by Nature’s Path. Dag will examine some of the current threats and challenges to Organic Principles, particularly in light of what is happening South of the border to erode the organic standards there. He will outline some of the current responses and opportunities globally, such as IFOAM's Organic 3.0, and the emergence of additional certification labeling such as Regenerative Organic Certification. Most importantly, he will conclude by presenting his ideas of the best steps that can be taken to ensure a bright and growing future for BC Organic.

Gavin Wright
2020 BC Organic Conference Coordinator

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