Agritech venture forum

2020 Program Announced!

Each year, the forum is a converging point for global ag/food tech thought leaders. Industry giants, investors, accelerators, and innovators provide insight on the latest sector headwinds, technology milestones, and key challenges facing the future of ag tech.

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Registration, Coffee Breaks, and Reception: Dominion Foyer

Presentations, Sessions and Meals: Dominion Ballroom

07:00 - 08:00

Registration & Networking Breakfast: Presented by Calgary Economic Development

08:00 - 08:15

Opening Remarks

08:15 - 09:00

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.

David Gauthier


Vice President, Investment

Mary Dimou

Director, Business Development

Rob Trice

Founder & Partner

Ingrid Fung


Pat Morand


Kyle Welborn

Managing Director

Martin Vetter

Senior Investment Manager

Wes Mills

Chief Investment Officer

09:00 - 09:15

AVAC Address

09:15 - 10:00

Company Showcase Presentations

Leaders from competitively selected high growth potential emerging companies present their business models in concise 10 minute presentations. Our company announcement is just around the corner.

10:00 - 11:00

Networking Break

11:00 - 11:45

Keynote Speaker

John Hill

VP of Network

Power of the Network

John is the VP of Network for Techstars, a mentorship-driven seed stage investment program that dreams big and accelerates the growth of tech companies. To date, hundreds of companies have gone through the Techstars accelerator, and John is charged with supporting and growing a global network of tech entrepreneurs, mentors and investors who surround them.

Once an Evangelist at LinkedIn, now the VP of Network at Techstars, John is a huge proponent of “the hustle” and believes “changing the world” can be more than hyperbole. A firm believer that a network needs love and attention, John’s presentation will outline how you can build a diverse network that can actually help forge your career forward. Whether you’re focused on online or offline connections, his speech highlights valuable tips and tricks that every entrepreneur needs to know when it comes to networking effectively!

11:45 - 12:45

Networking Lunch

12:45 - 13:45

Panel Session: Engaging the Corporate Strategics

Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) is playing an ever increasing role in the venture funding ecosystem. Companies are turning to CVC as an alternative to the traditional venture funding model, and internally, CVC is stepping in to ensure that there is a viable, healthy emerging ag tech ecosystem to feed their corporate parents’ long term needs. Listen in as our panel of key players discuss the current opportunity landscape and how to successfully engage with the broader CVC community.

Derek Norman

Vice President, Venture Investments

Colin Steen

Managing Director

Claudia Rössler

Director Agriculture Strategic Partnerships

Chris Paterson

Xarvio Lead – North America

Paul Miller

Head of Science and Analytics

13:45 - 14:30

Company Showcase Presentations

Leaders from competitively selected high growth potential emerging companies present their business models in concise 10 minute presentations. Our company announcement is just around the corner.

14:30 - 14:45

Tech Talk

Allison Kopf

Founder & CEO

Allison Kopf is the Founder and CEO of Artemis, the market-leading Cultivation Management Platform serving the fruit, vegetable, floriculture, cannabis, and hemp industries. At its core, Artemis is a data-driven company that believes in people and is using technology to create a world that sustains itself.

Artemis won the highly coveted Disrupt Cup at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco. Kopf was recently named one of Forbes 2019 30 Under 30 as well as one of New York Business Journal’s 2019 “Women of Influence.” Allison is an Investment Partner at XFactor Ventures and serves on the boards of Cornell University’s Controlled Environment Agriculture program and Santa Clara University’s College of Arts and Sciences. She is a Techstars Farm to Fork mentor and holds a BS in Physics from Santa Clara University.

14:45 - 15:30

Networking Break

15:30 - 15:50

Alumni Company Showcase Presentations

Past AGRI Forum Presenting Companies are welcomed back to join the alumni showcase. Alumni companies are selected based on demonstrated growth and hitting key milestones since their first presentation at the AGRI Tech Venture Forum. Listen is as they share the progress they have made and what opportunities still lie ahead. Companies will be announced soon!

15:50 - 16:35

Founders Panel: Scaling Your Company - Got Money... Now What?

Hear from entrepreneurs who have raised capital and learn more about what growing a company looks like in the days after funding is secured.

Diane Wu


Ryan Raguse


Andrey Zarur

Co-Founder & CEO

16:35 - 19:00

Official Networking Reception