Leadership for Tomorrow

On March 20, 2018, Grain Farmers of Ontario presents the 2018 edition of the March Classic

The March Classic is the largest grain-focused conference in Eastern Canada drawing upwards of 700 attendees from farms across Ontario, government, and industry.

Conference attendees will receive presentations from four world-class speakers, as well as updates from Grain Farmers of Ontario.

Throughout the day, the exhibit hall hosts over 60 exhibits, including large machinery, as well as special benefits like book signings and meet-and-greets with celebrities.

Those who stay for the evening banquet will enjoy continued conversations while dining and being entertained by a top-notch performer.


Darby Allen

Fire chief Darby Allen shot to global acclaim when he guided the 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray to safety with no loss of life during 2016’s catastrophic Alberta wildfires – the largest evacuation in Canadian history. As a firefighter, Allen is an exemplar of selfless courage and level-headedness under pressure; as a speaker, he shows us how to overcome emergencies and crises in our own lives.

Dr. Laurence C. Smith

Dr. Laurence C. Smith is one of the world’s leading climate scientists, and his award-winning debut book The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization’s Northern Future, based on his ground-breaking research, has been translated into 14 languages since it was published in 2012. In sweeping talks covering demographics, climate science, and economics, Smith outlines the changes our world will face in both the distant and immediate future.

Gordon Campbell

As Canada’s High Commissioner to the UK from 2011 to 2016, Gordon Campbell holds a unique understanding of what Brexit means for our economy. Previously, Campbell was mayor of Vancouver during its ascent to one of the world’s most livable cities, and was the highly regarded Premier of BC for 10 years. In keynotes, he reminds us that we live in “one of the most open, democratic, striving countries in the world.”

Kirstine Stewart

One of Canada’s most high-profile women in business, Kirstine Stewart has held leadership roles with the CBC, Alliance Atlantis, and Twitter. She is currently the President and Chief Revenue Officer for digital strategy firm TribalScale. Stewart is also a bestselling author and a powerful speaker; she talks about how modern workplaces need a new kind of leader – one who values partnership, collaboration, and empathy.


The Caverners Beatles Tribute

The Caverners debuted in 1994 and have since been exciting audiences with their note for note perfect portrayal of The Beatles in concert. With authentic instruments, costumes and stellar vocals this all Canadian cast recreates an incredible performance night after night leaving audience screaming, stamping their feet and shouting for more. All the great songs are there too, everything from She Loves You to Day Tripper, from Yesterday, Help, and A Hard Days Night to Get Back and Hey Jude.


March 19, 2018

A reception for pre-registered attendees, sponsored by SGS Agriculture and Food, will be held from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on the second floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton. Anyone who has pre-registered for the conference is welcome to attend this reception and pick up their name tag and tickets ahead of the conference.

March 20, 2018

7:30 am Recently Added Breakfast in Salons G/H/J on lower level (until 9:00 am)
8:00 am Registration and Exhibit Hall opens
9:00am Opening remarks
9:30am Darby Allen Fort McMurray Fire Chief (Retired): "It Takes a Team: Developing Unity in Crisis"
10:30am Break
11:00am Dr. Laurence C Smith Climate Scientist: "Canada 2020: Climate Change and the Impact to Canada"
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Gordon Campbell Canada’s Former High Commissioner: "Brexit: Changes, Challenges, and Shaping the New Canadian Opportunity"
2:30 Break
3:00pm Kirstine Stewart Former Head of Twitter Canada: "Modern Leaders: Partnership, Collaboration, and Empathy"
4:00pm Reception in Exhibit Hall
6:00pm Banquet (tickets required)
8:00pm The Caverners Beatles Tribute
10:00pm End of Conference


Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors


A&L Canada Laboratories Inc.

AGCO, Your Agricultural Company


Agri-Food Management Institute

Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

Allied Associates LLP, Chartered

Alltech Crop Science

Alpha Agri-Products / Carbon-Aided™

Axter AgroSciences Inc.

BASF Canada

Bayer CropScience

Bluewater Pipe Inc.

Bramhill Seeds

Broadgrain Commodities Inc.

C&M Seeds

Canadian Grain Commission

CanGrow Crop Solutions

Cargill Ltd

Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative

CIBC Commercial Banking

DEKALB/Climate FieldView

Delta Power Equipment

Delegate/Dow Seeds

DuPont Pioneer

Earl Horst Systems Inc.

Engage Agro

Farm Credit Canada

Farm Life Financial

FMC Agricultural Solutions

FS Co-operatives

G3 Canada Ltd.

Gowan Canada Inc.

Grower Direct Exports

Harco Ag/Harkness Equipment/McQuipment

Heartland Farm Mutual

Hensall District Co-operative, Inc.

Ingredion Canada Corporation

John Deere Canada

Koch Fertilizer Canada ULC

London Agricultural Commodities Inc.

Libro Credit Union

Maizex Seeds Inc.


Monsanto BioAg

Nachurs Alpine Solutions

Nutri- Pel

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association


Robert’s Farm Equipment

Royal Bank of Canada



SGS Agriculture and Food

Shea Ag Limited

Spirits Canada

Syngenta Canada Inc.

TD Canada Trust Agriculture Services

Thompsons Limited

UAP Canada


The Westland Corporation

Wilcocks Brothers of Waterford Ltd.

Winfield United