Each year, the Forum is a converging point for the global ag tech elite. Industry giants, investors, accelerators, and innovators provide insight on the latest sector headwinds, technology milestones, and key challenges facing the future of ag tech. This is one program you don’t want to miss!

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Day 1 - Thursday, May 11, 2017

Registration, Coffee Breaks, and Reception: Grand Ballroom Foyer
Presentations, Sessions and Meals: Grand Ballroom Salon A/B + Crush.

07:00 - 08:00 - Registration & Networking Breakfast - Hosted by Calgary Economic Development

08:00 - 08:15 - Opening Remarks

08:15 - 09:30 - Panel Session: Meet the Investors

Put faces to names at the Meet the Investors panel session and hear straight from active Venture Capital and Private Equity investors as they lend insight into exactly what they are looking for, and what they are excited about, within the current opportunity landscape.

Matt Bell

Principal, Cultivian Ventures

Neil Cameron

Investment Director, Emerald Technology Ventures

Mark Carlson

Managing Director, Verdex Capital

Jason Ingle

Cofounder & Managing Partner, Closed Loop Capital

Mark Kahn

Founding Partner, Omnivore Ventures

Armand Lavoie

Managing Partner, Kirchner Group

Michael McGee

Managing Director, Avrio Capital

Andrée-Lise Methot

Founder & Managing Partner, Cycle Capital Management

Brian Mixer

Investment Director, Middleland Capital

Victor Scutaru

Director, Fund Investments, BDC

09:30 - 10:30 - Company Showcase Presentations

Leaders from competitively selected high growth potential emerging companies present their business models in concise 10 minute presentations.

10:30 - 11:00 - Networking Break - Sponsored by SRCTec

11:00 - 12:00 - Corporate Strategics Feature Panel:  Thrive, Survive, or Perish – Tech Scouting as a  Strategic Imperative 

Meet the corporate strategics and listen in as they discuss the importance of tech scouting as they look to bolster their market share and secure their place on the cutting edge of technology in the ag and food tech industry.

Bill Aimutis

Director Global Innovation, Cargill

John Chrosniak

Vice President, DuPont Pioneer

Zachary Ellis Jr.

Open Innovation & Alliance Management, PepsiCo

Jacob Grose

Investment Manager, BASF Venture Capital

Laura Lee

Research Associate, Lux Research

Chris Paterson

Digital Farming Lead, Bayer CropScience

Lorelei Graham

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

12:00 - 12:30 - Featured Speaker – "Ag Robotics – The Future Farm"

Steve Rhodes

Chairman & CEO

12:30 - 13:30 - Networking Lunch

13:30 - 14:00 - Featured Speaker – “Investing in Innovation – The Ag Tech Effect”

Arama Kukutai

Managing Partner

14:00 - 14:45 - Company Showcase Presentations

Leaders from competitively selected high growth potential emerging companies present their business models in concise 10 minute presentations.

14:45 - 15:15 - Featured Speaker - "The Story of Spitz Sunflower Seeds' sale to PepsiCo!"

Tom Droog

Founder,Spitz Sunflower Seeds (Acquired by PepsiCo, 2008)

15:15 - 15:45 - Networking Break - Sponsored by LSAM

15:45 - 16:30 - Tech Talks: Daring Innovators

Game changing ideas from thought leaders who found success in the industry by daring to think differently.

Krystine McInnes

Founder + CEO, Grown Here Farms

Caitlin Palmer

Sales & Marketing Manager, AeroFarms

Nicole Rycroft

Executive Director, Canopy

16:30 - 17:30 - Ag Tech Accelerators: Evolving Models Shaping the Ecosystem

2016 was a big leap forward for the new venture and early stage ecosystem. A host of powerful new accelerator and VC accelerators have emerged, ready to help launch the next wave of ag tech innovations. This is your chance to learn more about them and get direct answers about why one of these accelerators might be the perfect launch pad for your business.

Russel Girard

Senior Manager, Screening & Evaluations, SDTC

Kirk Haney

Founder & CEO, Radicle

Kevin Kimle

Director, IowaAg Startup Engine

Thad Simons

Managing Partner, The Yield Lab

Joseph Regan

VP Investments, Bioenterprise Corporation

Mike Manion

Executive in Residence, SRC Tec

David Woolford

Partner, Miller Thomson

17:30 – 20:00 - Fully Catered Gourmet Networking Reception

Day 2 - Friday May 12th 2017

Registration, Coffee Breaks, and Reception: Grand Ballroom Foyer
Presentations, Sessions and Meals: Grand Ballroom Salon A/B + Crush.

08:00 - 09:00 - Networking Breakfast

09:00 - 11:30 - Investor Deal Room

Five outstanding companies will be selected to present their business case for Series A or Series B investment in front of an elite group of the most active Ag Tech investors.