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Tuesday, November 10th

10:00 AM

Life on the Front Burner: a conversation with Derek Vella

Join the University of Guelph for a fireside chat with Derek Vella, Director of the Guelph Food Innovation Centre. As a Red Seal chef with his master’s degree in food science, Derek Vella’s work has taken him to the world’s most interesting culinary destinations.

When he sits down on Tuesday, November 10th with food innovation specialist Dana McCauley, you’ll hear about the unique career Vella has created by spending time in both chef’s whites and a lab coat. This online event is ideal for anyone considering a career in the food business or for those who are curious about how the food in their pantry was created and brought to market. Bring your questions and join in on the conversation.

Derek Vella, Director, Guelph Food Innovation Centre
Dana McCauley, Associate Director, New Venture Creation, Research Innovation Office

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11:00 AM

Food & Nutrition Forum

The three Farm & Food Care organizations across Canada (Saskatchewan, Ontario and Prince Edward Island) are partnering to host the virtual Royal Food & Nutrition Forum.

Join the nation-wide discussion with Professional Home Economists, Registered Dietitians, dietetic instructors, nutritionists, chefs and culinary instructors. Keynote presentations from Dr. Sara Place, Chief Sustainability Officer for Elanco Animal Health, Inc. Chicago-based, award winning Registered Dietitian Melissa Joy Dobbin and John Jamieson, President and CEO, Canadian Centre for Food Integrity. Including a cross-Canada farmer panel answering delegates' questions about food and farming in their part of the country.

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11:15 AM

The Real Impact of Livestock Farming on the Environment

This presentation will highlight how grazing animals fit within a sustainable food system, covering sustainability, feed vs. food competition and climate change.

Dr. Place is a recognized expert in livestock sustainability; her expertise comes, in part, from her work as the senior director for Sustainable Beef Production Research for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, where she led research-driven sustainability benchmarking projects and conducted lifecycle assessments of the beef supply chain to identify areas for improvement. Prior to this, she was an assistant professor for Sustainable Beef Production Systems in the Department of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Sara Place - Chief Sustainability Officer for Elanco Animal Health

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12:15 PM

From Science to Soundbites - Connecting the Dots and Communicating the Facts
Presented by Egg Farmers of Ontario

Melissa Joy Dobbins MS, RDN, CDE is an award winning, nationally recognized registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator. She is known as The Guilt-Free RD® –With more than 25 years’ experience, Melissa helps people digest nutrition information so they can make their own well-informed food decisions based on facts , not fear.

Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE The Guilt-Free RD®. Host of Sound Bites® Inc Podcast.

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3:00 PM

Farmer Panel - Moderated by Clinton Monchuk

You Ask; They Answer
A panel of farmers from coast to coast answer your questions about food and farming in their parts of the country.

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4:00 PM

CCFI 2020 Public Trust Research Launch

How has public opinion been impacted by COVID-19? What new and emerging food trends should the food system be preparing for. CCFI’s 5+ years of tracking data provides context on changes in public trust in Canada’s food system and results from new research areas such as sustainability plant-based food, food packaging, and food security.

John Jamieson – President and CEO, Canadian Centre for Food Integrity

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7:00 PM


Amber Marshall

A fan-favorite guest at The Royal and star of CBC’s long running series Heartland, Amber represents true Canadiana in a humble and approachable way.  Known for her love of animals and her fans, we look forward to speaking one on one with Amber.  Tune in to this intimate discussion and find out what Amber is up to as well as her plans for the future.

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Wednesday, November 11th

2:00 PM


RBC Learning Sessions: Your Brand Matters

Your Brand Matters is a workshop to help you uncover your skills and interests and learn how to use your brand effectively throughout your career. You will learn the essentials of what makes a great personal brand, first impression, professional presence, and elevator pitch.

  • The basics of a brand – What is it and what makes a good one?
  • First impressions, how you show up professionally and how social media can make or break your personal brand
  • How to build a personal brand that’s meaningful to you 
  • Give you tips to help you build an effective elevator pitch

Speakers:

Grace Mullen, Agriculture Account Manager, RBC
Caleigh Van Kampen, Agriculture Account Manager, RBC

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6:00 PM


A Royal Evening of Conservation and Cows

Did you know that Canada’s temperate grasslands are one of the most endangered ecosystems in the entire world? Largely preserving the less than 20% that remains intact is a surprising hero – the cow. Sometimes what you thought was the problem, is actually the solution.

This exclusive presentation will begin with a screening of the award-winning short documentary, Guardians of the Grasslands. Following the film, Jill Harvie, a beef producer, judge and industry advocate, will be joined by Steve Lee, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship, to discuss how climate action and cows work together.

Speaker Info:

Originally from Ontario, Jill Harvie has been involved in raising Canadian cattle in some way, shape or form from an early age and has also worked in animal nutrition, on national policy and programs and most recently, shifted her focus to full-time ranching with her family in southern Alberta.

Steve Lee is a climate change activist, a policy advocate to the United Nations, and a global speaker. Through the 3% Project, which has mobilized 1,000,000 Canadian youth - that's 3% of Canada - through 4 national tours across 500 schools. Lee has represented the Canadian youth on the issues of Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Youth Empowerment at over a dozen international forums including G8 Summit, NATO, Facebook, UNEP, UNESCO, UNICEF, and World Bank.

Film Info: Guardians of the Grasslands (2019) is an award-winning short documentary that explores the relationship between farmers and the conservation of Canada’s temperate native grasslands.

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7:00 PM


Fireside Chats Presented by Henry Equestrian: Ian Millar

Join us for an intimate discussion on horse sport with ten-time Olympian and Canadian Hall of Fame athlete, Ian Millar.  Hear about Ian’s most memorable international competitions as well as his appearances at The Royal Horse Show.  We will also open the floor to questions from his many fans from around the world so mark your calendars for this live event.

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Thursday, November 12th

10:00 AM


The Royal Education Symposium Presented by University of Guelph: Your Pathway to a Future in Food

Find Your Pathway to a Future in Food. Discover the multitude of careers in the innovative food sector while engaging with recent grads and industry professionals. Welcome from Dr. Rene Van Acker, Dean of the Ontario Agriculture College at the University of Guelph and Professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture.

10:20 a.m. The Future of Food: In COVID and Beyond
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mike von Massow, Associate Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural, & Resource Economics, University of Guelph.

Followed by Career Showcase with alumni experts in:

  • Animal Nutrition: Nikki Campbell, Ruminant Nutritionist at Floradale.
  • Agricultural Business: Grace Mullen, Agricultural Account Manager at RBC.
  • Food Science: Joelle Wong, Procurement Specialist at Mondelez International.
  • Agriculture: Riley Bruce, Orchard Manager at Chudleigh’s Apple Farm and Bakery.
  • Environmental Science and Policy: Rav Singh, Urban Agriculture Coordinator at Ecosource.

10:50 a.m. Live Q&A Session

Continues at 1:00 p.m. with a presentation from RBC.

New Skills Agenda: Preparing for the next decade in agriculture.

**Every registration qualifies for a Teacher Resource Package complete with Student Learning Kits. A confirmation email will follow shortly after registration requesting mailing information.

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11:15 AM

Can reducing food waste improve your dietary intake?

In this session, we will identify the key economic, environmental, and nutritional impacts of household food waste using results from a waste audit of families in Guelph. We will explore how various aspects of food literacy may influence level of food waste and provide some helpful tools to help reduce household food waste. Our session will end with an engaging food demonstration that will show how you can make delicious dishes that will use up foods before they spoil.

Nicholas Carroll, MSc Student, Human Health & Nutritional Sciences
Dr. Maude Perreault, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Guelph will lead the cooking demo.

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1:00 PM


A New Skills Agenda: Preparing for the next decade in agriculture. Presented by RBC

Moderator: Gwen Paddock, Vice President Agriculture, RBC.

Discussion Panel:

  • Rene Van Acker, Dean and Professor, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph
  • Ian Potter, President and CEO, Vineland Research & Innovation Centre
  • Cox Wensink, Manager of Hoenhorst Farms

Additional panelists TBD.

**Every registration qualifies for a Teacher Resource Package complete with Student Learning Kits. A confirmation email will follow shortly after registration requesting mailing information.

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2:00 PM


RBC Learning Sessions: It All Adds Up to Making Cents of Savings

It All Adds Up to Making Cents of Savings is a workshop designed to help you understand the core concepts of saving money, why it can be hard to save, how choices we make today give us options tomorrow, different ways to earn at this life stage and life hacks to make saving easier.

  • Importance of saving
  • Sources of income – where you get your money from
  • Life Hacks: A strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one's time and daily activities in a more efficient way.
    • Pay yourself first
    • Using the right tools
    • Setting goals

Speakers:

Melissa Miller, Associate Account Manager, Agriculture, RBC
Carson Burtwistle, Agriculture Account Manager, RBC

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7:00 PM


Fireside Chats Presented by Henry Equestrian: Beth Underhill

As the reigning Canadian Show Jumping Champion, Beth is also renowned for her passion about equestrian sports for young athletes.  She has been an integral part of the improvements and success of many national programs. Join us as we discuss what it takes to be a top international athlete and competitor at The Royal.  Need advice?  Ask your question live!

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Friday, November 13th

11:00 AM


ITO Presents: Indigenous Culinary Philosophies

Anishinaabe artist and activist Sarain Fox will host a live chat with four prominent Indigenous chefs from Ontario. The discussion will cover everything from pre-colonial cooking methods to the specific cultural and familial traditions that have informed the work these Chefs do today. The chefs will tackle questions around what constitutes Canadian cuisine and the particular challenges of bringing Indigenous culinary traditions into the mainstream, followed by a live Q&A. .

With Chefs Joseph Shawana, Tawnya Brant, Billy Alexander, and Trudy Metcalfe-Coe

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2:00 PM


RBC Learning Sessions: A fourth agricultural revolution is underway, and this one isn't powered by seeds or diesel. It's all about data.

As Canadian farmers leave traditional tasks to smart machines, and focus on strategy and systems, they’ll be better positioned than ever to feed a fast-growing global population. But to do that, they’ll need a wide range of new skills, as well as enhanced old skills, that Canada isn’t developing anywhere near fast enough.

Join our presentation of Farmer 4.0 , the result of a four-month study by researchers and economists on the changing skills demands in agriculture, which combines data analysis with interviews with people on the front lines of the farming revolution.

Speaker:

Lorna McKercher, Vice President Agriculture, RBC

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7:00 PM


Fireside Chats Presented by Henry Equestrian: Beezie Madden

Don’t miss our discussion with role model to equestrians world-wide, Beezie Madden. She has represented USA many times in team competition, including four Olympic Games. With three team and one individual medal to her credit, she knows what it takes to get to the top of equestrian sport. A great session for our young equestrians!

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Saturday, November 14th

1:00 PM


4-H Ontario Celebration

The live event will highlight the amazing youth involved in the 4-H Ontario program that are graduating the program after their involvement as a participant. We will hear one youth’s perspective on what being involved in 4-H has impacted them and what they are taking with them as they head into their next adventure.

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3:00 PM


Wild About Bees: Pollinator Gardening Workshop

This free webinar, Wild About Bees, by native plant author and expert Lorraine Johnson, celebrates the important role of pollinators to food security and ecosystem health. Along with exploring the differences between honeybees and native bees, and the threats that pollinators face, this presentation offers plenty of practical information on creating pollinator gardens: how to get started, useful plants to choose for beauty and low-maintenance in a broad range of conditions, and tips on maintaining your pollinator garden.

Speaker:

Native Plant Author and Expert:  Lorraine Johnson

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4:00 PM


Q&A with Amber Marshall

Tune in to hear all about Amber’s experiences on set as she begins shooting the next season of CBC’s Heartland or maybe you’ve got a question about Amber’s life on her beautiful Alberta ranch. Watch The Royal’s social media channels to learn how you can submit your questions for Amber.

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7:00 PM


Fireside Chats Presented by Henry Equestrian: McLain Ward

Join us for an intimate, live discussion with World Champion Equestrian McLain Ward.  Winner of almost every major equestrian championship including multiple wins of the Longines FEI World CupTM at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, McLain will share what he’s been doing during COVID and what his plans are going forward to the Olympic Games in 2021.

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