APRIL 16-18, 2024.

TORONTO, CANADA

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About the Event.

Plant Forward is the premier plant-based food and ingredient conference for decision-makers in the global plant protein sector.

Join industry leaders as we accelerate the innovation and adoption of plant-based foods to support the global food system shift.

  • Hear from leading experts on agri-food innovation and sustainability
  • Learn more about Canada’s integrated value chain
  • Gain valuable perspectives on what’s needed to meet the needs of an increasingly discerning and growing population
  • Connect with key industry stakeholders with added networking opportunities

Plant Forward will once again be one of the premier events to make meaningful connections and gain tangible insights as we move forward toward a plant-centred future.

Enhance your networking experience with the Plant Forward app. View the agenda, engage in Q&A during sessions, and schedule meetings with attendees.
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Speakers.

Perspectives on the future of food from global leaders and Canadian innovators.

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Agenda.

Innovation, sustainability and consumer trends through a plant-forward lens

9:00 AM

One-on-One Meetings: Engage with Canadian & international delegates via the event app. Connect with brands, start-ups, researchers and many more in the global plant-based sector.

1:00 PM

Opening Ceremony & Land Acknowledgement

Speakers:
Master of Ceremonies
Executive Director
Plant-Based Foods of Canada
1:30 PM

Opening Keynote: Why Canada? Your Global Plant-Based Food Partner

Speakers:
President & Chief Executive Officer
AGT Food and Ingredients
2:15 PM

Fireside Chat: Cultivating Change - Strategies for Nudging Consumers to Embrace Plant-Based Foods

Moderated by:
President & Chief Executive Officer
SimplyProtein
Speakers:
National Merchandising Director for Meat
Sobeys
3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:20 PM

Presentation: Navigating the Plant Forward Landscape - Insights for the Future of Plant-Based Foods

Speakers:
Client Success Manager
Innova Market Insights

3:50 PM

Presentation: Consumer Expectations for Plant-Based

Speakers:
OAC Chair in Food System Leadership & Professor, Food Agriculture and Resource Economics
University of Guelph

4:20 PM

Panel: Showcasing Canadian Innovation Across the Value Chain

Moderated by:
Chief Executive Officer
Protein Industries Canada
Speakers:
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Plant Up
Chief Technology Officer & Vice President, Plant Proteins
Louis Dreyfus Company
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Three Farmers Foods
5:05 PM

Day One Wrap

Speakers:
Master of Ceremonies
President & Chief Executive Officer
SimplyProtein
6:00 PM

Networking Reception: Hockey Hall of Fame

7:30 AM

Breakfast

8:30 AM

Opening Remarks

Speakers:
Master of Ceremonies
Chief Executive Officer
Protein Industries Canada
8:40 AM

Keynote: Re-imagining the Approach to Sustainability

Speakers:
Chief Operating Officer
The Future Hunters
9:25 AM

Fireside Chat: Collaborating to Leverage Canadian Crops for Sustainable Innovation

Moderated by:
Executive Director
Plant-Based Foods of Canada
Speakers:
Head of CTS Food & Proteins, Americas
Roquette
Vice President, Research & Innovation
Danone Canada
10:10 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM

Panel: Ecosystem Development - Aligning Innovation with Industry Needs

Moderated by:
Director, Centre for Regulatory Research and Innovation
Protein Industries Canada
Speakers:
Associate Professor of Food Processing, Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
University of Manitoba
Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto
Associate Professor, Food Science & Arrell Food Institute Chair in Food Quality
University of Guelph
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Research Chair & Professor, Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences
University of Saskatchewan

11:15 AM

Panel: Leveraging International Collaboration

Moderated by:
Senior Dean, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Alberta
Speakers:
President
Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre
East Netherlands Development Agency (Invest in Holland)
Team Manager, Health & Food International
Deputy Challenge Director, Transforming Food Production programme
Innovate UK
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Panel: Beyond ChatGPT - How AI is Shaping the Future of Food

Moderated by:
Master of Ceremonies
Speakers:
Vice President, Category Leadership, North America Sales
McCain Foods
Regional Innovation Director – Ontario
Canadian Food Innovation Network
Founder & Executive Director
Future Ocean Foods

1:45 PM

Panel: Outgrowing Silicon Valley - Cultivating a Fresh Finance Model for Food & Agriculture

Moderated by:
CEO
CNSRV-X Inc.
Speakers:
Founder & Managing Partner
Waterpoint Lane
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner
Longhouse Capital Partners
Founding & Managing Partner
Sandpiper Ventures
2:30 PM

Networking Break

2:50 PM

Presentation: Navigating the Future - An Economic Outlook of the Plant-Based Protein Market

Speakers:
Vice President, Economic Advisory
Ernst and Young
Partner & National Economics Leader
Ernst and Young

3:25 PM

Presentation: UK: Boom to Pivot and Grow - Pioneering Insights for Global Markets

Speakers:
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Plant Futures
4:10 PM

Day Two Wrap

Speakers:
Deputy Minister
Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
Director, Grains and Oils
Corteva Agriscience, North America
5:00 PM

Networking Reception: The Westin Harbour Castle

7:30 AM

Breakfast

8:30 AM

Opening Remarks

Speakers:
Master of Ceremonies
President
Pulse Canada

8:40 AM

Presentation: Advancing Processing for Sustainable Plant-Based Innovations

Speakers:
Line Solution Manager
Tetra Pak

9:25 AM

Presentation: Complexity on Measuring Sustainability

Speakers:
Associate Professor
University of British Columbia
10:05 AM

Networking Break

10:25 AM

Panel: Leveraging Sustainability Along the Value Chain

Moderated by:
Director, Sustainability
Pulse Canada
Speakers:
Program Manager
Warburtons
Chair
Pulse Canada
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Avena Foods
Vice Chair
Pulse Canada
11:10 AM

Closing Keynote: How We Eat Has Changed - Understanding Post-Pandemic Consumers

Speakers:
Founder
Envirosell Inc.
12:00 PM

Closing Ceremony & Conference Wrap

Speakers:
Master of Ceremonies
Chief Operating Officer
Botaneco

Venue.


The Westin Harbour Castle

Join us for Plant Forward at The Westin Harbour Castle—a harbourfront hotel in Toronto's revived waterfront district. The Westin offers direct access to some of Toronto's most noteworthy sites, high-end shopping and delicious restaurants.

The hotel block closed on April 1, 2024 at 5 PM Eastern.

Don’t Miss Out.

Plant Forward has gathered one of the most concentrated groups of leading decision-makers in one room. With increased networking opportunities, Plant Forward will again be one of the best places to build relationships with key industry stakeholders.

Rates:

General Admission

Access to all Plant Forward sessions in-person, including networking opportunities and breakout rooms. Seats are limited.

Important Registration Information:

  • Members of Protein Industries Canada, Pulse Canada, Plant-Based Foods of Canada and Canadian Pulse and Special Crops Trade Association receive an exclusive rate. Host member rate is applied at checkout.
  • Students and delegations can contact us to request applicable rates. Exclusive rates cannot be guaranteed.
  • Admission purchases are subject to applicable HST.
  • There will be no on-site registrations for Plant Forward. Attendees must be registered prior to coming on-site.
  • View the cancellation policy here
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April 16-18, 2024