BC Agrifood & Seafood Conference 2016: Growing the Future Together
Thank you for participating in the successful BC Agrifood and Seafood Conference 2016: Growing the Future Together.
The B.C. Government appreciates your commitment to be a part of the important discussions on food supply security for the B.C. agrifood and seafood sector.
Post Conference Report and Speaker Biographies
A post-conference report that summarizes the key components of the conference and provides more detail on what was discussed for each of the session topics is now available:
Post-Conference Report 2016 (PDF, 4.7MB)
Conference Speaker Bios 2016 (PDF, 1.6MB)
Additional information on the 2016 Conference is available below:
Aerobotika Aerial Intelligence
Aerobotika Aerial Intelligence is a professional services organization that integrates leading edge unmanned aviation technology to solve business problems in a variety of commercial applications. Aerobotika works to enable clients with the knowledge, skills, and hardware to create solutions to complement their businesses operations with the collection and processing of valuable aerial data. In agriculture, Aerobotika is focused on providing farmers with professional imagery, mapping, and crop analytics. Aerobotika also offers businesses and individuals training in theory, regulation, business processes, and flight training with options in video and photo, agriculture, geomatics, and more.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s National Agroclimate Information Service (NAIS) is an authoritative source for agroclimate information in Canada. NAIS provides timely and proactive data, information and tools to support the monitoring, assessment and reporting of weather and climate related risks to agricultural production and to assess opportunities. NAIS works with data from weather stations, satellites, models and from people-networks and also conducts applied research and development in agroclimate risk areas including drought and excess moisture. Much of the work is done in partnership with others, and most of the information and products are made available online on Drought Watch www.agr.gc.ca/drought. Farmers can use this website to find current and historic weather and climate conditions, view climate impacts on agriculture, and learn about ways to help manage their farms during extreme weather conditions and inform their decision making.
Agriculture Land Use Inventories - B.C. Ministry of Agriculture
Much of the farming activity in British Columbia takes place in close proximity to urban areas. Comprehensive planning for agriculture is becoming increasingly important to ensure a sustainable future for food production and to reduce, or avoid, land use conflict. The B.C. Ministry of Agriculture produces Agricultural Land Use Inventories which assist local governments with planning, provide data for resource management strategies such as the Agricultural Water Demand Model, and support emergency response.
Big Mountain Foods
Big Mountain Foods manufactures quality whole food products that are both flavorful and nutritious. All products are non-gmo, gluten free, soy free, vegan, high in protein, low in fat and easy to prepare. Big Mountain Foods primary focus is product innovation using the entire ingredient with minimal processing.
Big Mountain Foods has recently launched the Cauli Crumble, a meatless veggie ground unlike anything on the market. The Cauli Crumble is protein packed with four simple ingredients including; fresh cauliflower, red peppers, sunflower seeds and yellow peas. This product is a true plant based product creating a high standard for the meat alternative market.
BW Global Structures Inc. specializes in controlled environment agriculture. BW Global is Western Canada's largest polyethylene and polycarbonate Greenhouse Manufacturer, serving many countries around the world. Using innovative design, materials and systems, BW Global is considered by many in the industry and around the world to be a leader in greenhouse design and manufacturing. BW Global recently completed the construction of North America's tallest multi-peak greenhouse which looks to bring innovative, practical, cost-effective solutions to the toughest commercial growing problems.
Choices Markets is a Vancouver-based supermarket chain that is focused on natural and organic food. The chain has eleven stores: ten in metro Vancouver, and one in Kelowna. Choices has been a strong supporter of not only the farmers and food makers, but also local organizations that work toward building healthy, sustainable communities, whether through food, education, health or environmental initiatives. The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers also inducted the Choices Markets White Rock store (South Surrey, B.C.) into their Hall of Fame in 2015.
Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc.
Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc. (EIS) is a platform and application development firm that develops wireless applications, dynamic websites and Machine to Machine solutions. EIS’s goal is to create balance and provide organic implementation of new technologies. EIS has developed technology that rapidly and precisely measures plants’ responses to internal and external stressors using a mobile wireless sensory system that allows data collection at the individual plant level. The EIS system provides rapid and accurate detection and reporting of minute changes in crop health related to pests and diseases as well as nutrient and water deficiencies.
Golden Eagle Sablefish
Founded in 2003, Golden Eagle SableFish is the only international provider of cultured sablefish. They are an “egg to plate “supplier and market their premium product under the exclusive Kyuquot Sound Sablefish brand in North America and Europe and the Kirari brand in Japan. Originally only available in Japan, recently their elite sablefish was been featured in menus of leading Michelin restaurants in Europe, North America and Hong Kong. With locations on Salt Spring Island, Kyuqout sound and Agassiz, Golden Eagle is a B.C. based company owned by the Aquilini Investment Group. The Agassiz location is a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) Coho site that is leading the way in B.C. in large scale on land rearing technology for Coho salmon.
Gordon Food Service
Gordon Food Service's mission is to ensure that each product meets defined standards of food safety and product quality. They achieve this through industry-leading, repeatable processes that engage all aspects from farm to fork.
As part of their Best of BC philosophy, Gordon Food Service is proud to support B.C.’s communities and promote B.C. food supply security through distributing and promoting local vendors and products. See their From Farm to Fork Guide to learn more about their local commitment and the farmers the company promotes and supports.
Gordon Food Service wants to help their customers use local products whenever possible. Seasonal, storage crop, and year round charts and lists are provided to inform when B.C. products are available or at peak season, and in many cases they exclusively stock B.C. products over imported equivalents. Their customer-facing ordering system, GFS Connect, is set up for searching for local products by menu and alerts customers upon placing an order that they've chosen B.C. grown produce and B.C. raised protein and dairy.
Kin’s Farm Market
Kin’s Farm Market is a Canadian owned specialty produce retailer that comprises corporate and franchise stores with 29 locations in British Columbia. Their mission is to be a leader in specialty produce through a family-team environment by delivering freshness, offering unique customer service, promoting healthy lifestyles, and providing rewarding careers. Kin's Farm Market and its employees organize and participate in a number of community events to promote healthy living and environmental awareness, including the Green Fighter program, the Dirty Apron Team, and the B.C. Blueberry Festival. The company also contributes to environmental causes and medical research. In 2013, Straight magazine named Kin's Farm Market the best produce store in the British Columbia lower mainland area and were awarded the Best of Vancouver Readers' Choice Award” in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
My Green Space
MyGreenSpace started out with a mission to empower and educate as many people as possible to take food supply security into their own hands by participating in growing their own food. MyGreenSpace allows urban farmers to manage their farm from planting to selling using a user-friendly mobile application. The mobile app helps people grow food with confidence and accelerate the transition to a sustainable food system by helping millions of people experience the benefits of growing their own food. The application allows users to visually plan their garden space; pick and purchase the seeds, soil and equipment they need based on the season and location; and, plant and maintain their garden with daily reminders and tutorials, including when best to plant, water, thin and harvest.
Nutriva Group consists of seven grassroots companies developing, producing and bringing healthy foods to the world with their “first to market” innovations in the dairy and egg category. Their goal is to manage the value chain – Feed, Farm, Freight and Food. They are driven by their commitment to a healthy planet, key partnerships, their customer relationships and strategic brand development.
Spa Hills Compost
Spa Hills Compost aims to create the final link in the chain to a full-circle green solution for our local economy and the local North Okanagan/Shuswap community. They achieve this by collecting food waste and other organic material that would otherwise go to a landfill and convert it to chemical-free fertilizer which can be used for farmlands that grow wheat, straw and other crops to feed to their livestock. Spa Hills Farm also sells the finished compost, which helps the soil to retain water, which is very important in dry areas. This also helps cut down on the use of non-organic fertilizer and soil amendments while helping companies and communities lower their greenhouse gas emissions.
Sunshine Coast Aquaponics
Sunshine Coast Aquaponics engages in the cultivation of fish and plants together in a constructed, recirculating ecosystem utilizing natural bacterial cycles to convert fish waste to plant nutrients. This is an environmentally friendly, natural food-growing method that harnesses the best attributes of aquaculture and hydroponics without the need to discard or filtrate any water or add chemical fertilizers.
With a mission to market and deliver great products to their customers with exceptional service, Sysco is a global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its scope of products includes food, equipment, supplies and technology to help operators meet the growing needs of the foodservice marketplace.
Vitalus is the leading supplier of specialized, customized dairy ingredients for the world’s food, beverage and nutraceutical industries. Through advanced facilities and a FSSC 22000 certified processing plant, they fractionate, purify and customize the high-value, high-function components of milk, allowing food product formulators to capitalize on the many functional and nutritional benefits that milk has to offer. Their products are used in dairy products, infant formula, protein drinks, nutrition bars, as well as bakery, confectionary, and snack foods.