Grains in Action 2017


January 30, 2017

2:30pm Registration open Arrive and check in to hotel, Delta Guelph Hotel & Conference Centre
3:15pm Program starts Welcome and objectives:
  • Steve McCabe, Manager, Member Relations (Grain Farmers of Ontario)
  • Maegan MacKimmie, Communications Coordinator (Grain Farmers of Ontario)
  • Participant introductions
4:00pm Opening remarks
  • Barry Senft, CEO (Grain Farmers of Ontario)
  • Mark Brock, Chair (Grain Farmers of Ontario)
4:40pm Industry partner presentations:
  • Agricorp
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Rural Affairs
  • Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission
6:00pm Meet and Greet Mixer with Spirits Canada – Jan Westcott
7:00pm Dinner

January 31, 2017

7:00am Breakfast at Delta Guelph Hotel
8:00am Market Development:
  • Nicole Mackellar, Manager of Market Development (Grain Farmers of Ontario)
  • Paolo Santangelo, Grains Innovation Laboratory (SGS Canada)
8:45am Check out of Delta Guelph Hotel and board bus
9:00am Travel to IGPC, Aylmer ON
10:30am Tour of IGPC facilities
12:00pm Travel to Sarnia Grain Terminal, Sarnia ON
  • Lunch on bus
1:30pm Tour of Sarnia Grain Terminal, Sarnia ON
3:00pm Travel to Windsor ON
5:00pm Check in to hotel, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Windsor (Ambassador Bridge)
6:00pm Dinner at hotel

February 1, 2017

7:00am Breakfast at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
8:30am Brendan Byrne, Director District 1: Involvement with Grain Farmers of Ontario
9:00am Check out of hotel and board bus
9:15am Travel to ADM, Windsor ON
9:30am Tour of ADM, Windsor ON
10:45am Board bus and travel to Hiram Walker, Windsor ON
  • Lunch on the bus
11:30am Tasting and tour of Hiram Walker
1:30pm Board bus and travel to Ridgetown ON
3:00pm Ridgetown: meet and greet with researchers at University of Guelph
4:30pm Board bus and travel to London ON
5:30pm Dinner at Tony Roma's, London ON Discussion: Dave McEachren, past participant and Dupont Young Leader Program
7:00pm Board bus and travel to Cambridge ON
8:15pm Check into Sheraton 4 Points, Cambridge Hespeler-Galt

February 2, 2017

7:00am Breakfast at Sheraton 4 Points, Cambridge Hespeler-Galt
8:00am Check out of hotel and board bus
8:15am Travel to Wallenstein Feed Mill
8:30am Tour of Wallenstein Feed Mill
10:00am Board bus and travel to Springfield Golf and Country Club, Guelph ON
10:30am Research and Wheat Marketing:
  • Natalie DiMeo, Research Coordinator (Grain Farmers of Ontario)
Government Relations and Communications:
  • Debra Conlon, Manager Government Relations (Grain Farmers of Ontario)
  • Meghan Burke, Manager Communications (Grain Farmers of Ontario)
12:00pm Lunch (Pines room)
1:00pm Guest speaker
1:45pm Closing remarks:
  • Awards
  • Valedictorian speech
2:30pm Board bus and travel to Delta Guelph Hotel & Conference Centre, Guelph ON
2:45pm Program end: pick up vehicle at hotel.

Want to learn more?

Do you want to learn more about Grains in Action? Do you want to participate in a future offering of the course? For more details, contact:

Maegan MacKimmie

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