Morning Plenary Session

Please stay tuned for more speaker biographies and abstracts as we receive them

Green Paper Presentation - Dr. Anne Naeth PAg, University of Alberta

2015 AIA Green Paper Abstract

Dr. Terry LeBlanc
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Abstract: Greenhouse Gas Policy that Works for Alberta 
This presentation will summarize the work of the climate change leadership panel which recommended many of the policies proposed by the Alberta government in November, 2015. It will examine these policies in the national, international and provincial context and speak to the advantages and remaining challenges of the proposed approach.

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Abstract: The Impact of the Rise of Native Empowerment in Alberta  


Afternoon Breakout Session

There will be three themes to the breakout sessions:
Technology and Markets

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Dr. Andrew Hammermeister
Mr. Paul Watson
Abstract: Alberta's Environmental Farm Plan and Sustainable Sourcing 
The Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) is a voluntary, whole farm, self-assessment tool that helps producers identify their environmental risks and develop plans to mitigate identified risks.  Historically, EFP uptake has been driven by agri-environmental funding provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Government of Alberta through the Agriculture Policy Framework.   Read More   


Abstract: The Rise of Urban Agriculture 
Alberta municipalities like many cities across North America are increasingly concerned about their food. Where it comes from, how it’s produced and what can be done at the local level to increase access to locally grown food. This engaging presentation will look at the growth of urban agricultural, where it may be heading, and what role we as Agrologists can play in this emerging area of food production.

Speakers  - Environmental  

Sheila Leggett - Northern Gateway Pipeline Approval
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Abstract: Why kill the messenger? The demise of CEMA (Cumulative Environment Management Association)  
CEMA was formed by industry and government in 2000 as a multi-stakeholder group to deal with the cumulative effects of development of the oilsands in Northeastern Alberta. Read More

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Speakers - Technology and Markets  

Abstract: LAND AND PEOPLE….People die but land does NOT!! 
Prairie Agriculture in the 21 st century needs to revisit the traditional business models of land ownership and access.  With ever increasing acreages needed to farm, fracturing land ownership between siblings, may be the Achilles heel of the next generation. Recapitalizing equity may be an estate objective but defiantly not a business or succession objective.
Attend this session to help craft possibly a brand new concept…Land Partnerships.  Perhaps family and land can live for a very long time together. 

Abstract: How to Use New Media to Tell Your Story  
In the past a person applying for a position would send a résumé and three references, and then wait patiently for a response. People expanded their networks solely through personal and business contacts, and they learned about new developments in their area and other areas by reading articles in journals and magazines. Read more