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.

Curious about last year’s Plant Forward?

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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


1:00 PM

Opening Ceremony & Land Acknowledgement

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

Opening Keynote: Collaboration in Canada

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

Panel

3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:20 PM

Presentation: Consumer Drivers for Plant-Based

Speakers:
Client Success Manager
Innova Market Insights

3:50 PM

Presentation: Consumer Expectations for Plant-Based


4:20 PM

Panel: Showcasing Canadian Innovation Across the Value Chain

Moderated by:
Chief Executive Officer
Protein Industries Canada
Speakers:
Regional Innovation Director – Ontario
Canadian Food Innovation Network
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

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:
Professor and Tier I Canada Research Chair, Food, Health and Aging, Dept. of Food Science
University of Guelph
Associate Professor of Food Processing, Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
University of Manitoba
Manitoba Strategic Research Chair & Professor, Sustainable Protein, Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences
University of Manitoba
Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto

11:15 AM

Panel: Importance of Collaboration - An International Lens

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: AI Trends

Moderated by:
Master of Ceremonies
Speakers:
Vice-President, Category Leadership, North America Sales
McCain Foods

1:45 PM

Presentation

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 and Panel: Investor Perspectives

Speakers:
Founder & CEO
Plant Futures
4:10 PM

Day Two Wrap

Speakers:
Master of Ceremonies
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


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:
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 and 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.

Hotel block rates are available upon registration. Attendees will be sent a link in their registration confirmation email.

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.

To see all that Plant Forward has to offer, check out the highlights from Plant Forward 2022!

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 and Plant-Based Foods of Canada 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