February 27, 2020 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Western Fair District - Carousel Room
316 Rectory St. London ON N5W 3V9
Janie Rother
Changing Faces of Agriculture (Western Fair) @ Western Fair District - Carousel Room

Agriculture has come a long way from the family farm.

Canada’s agri-food sector was highlighted by the federal government’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth Report as one of Canada’s high-potential sectors for growth with exports alone generating more than $55 billion per year. In fact, roughly one in nine Canadian jobs depend on the agriculture system. Here in Ontario, where we have just over half of Canada’s best (Class 1) farmland, the agriculture sector is a significant driver of the local economy.

That’s why, whether you work directly with agriculture or not, it’s important to have a handle on some of the key factors that are impacting this vital industry.

Join us on February 27th for a hot breakfast buffet and panel discussion at Western Fair District with some of the area’s leading agriculture experts including:

$ 26.55 + HST per attendee
$ 212.40 + HST for 1 table of 8 attendees
$ 424.79 + HST for 2 tables of 8 attendees each (16 seats) Sorry no refunds to cancellations made after 14 days prior to event date.

Keynote Speakers

Joe Dales

President, Agri & Food innovation at RH Accelerator

RH Accelerator thrives on helping business owners, founders and teams in the early stages to achieve their dreams. They are committed to investing in the next generation of companies. They want to help companies in the early stages to achieve the next level.

Joe Dales is a co-founder of Farms.com Ltd., a company that provides innovative products to the global agriculture and food industry.

Keith Merker 


WeedMD is a Health Canada Licensed Producer under the Cannabis Act. They are dedicated to helping physicians and clients get the resources and guidance need to customize the best treatment plans. The company operates a 158-acre state-of-the-art greenhouse and outdoor facility located in Strathroy, ON.

Keith has been instrumental in guiding the company from the start-up phase through to today’s successful operation

Local Panel of Innovators

Murray Good 

Owner of Whitecrest Mushrooms

Whitecrest Mushrooms is a farm located just outside of Dorchester, ON. They grow year round Portobello and Crimini mushrooms, in a controlled environment. Whitecrest goes beyond industry standards to provide their customers with quality, gourmet mushrooms.

Susan (Judd) Heeman

Heeman’s Farm and Greenhouses.

A family owned and operated business for all your gardening and berry needs, Heeman’s provides the best quality product at the best value for your dollar. Susan is also the mastermind behinds Heeman’s delicious new hard apple cider

Andrew Campbell 

The Fresh Air Farmer (social media influencer)

When it comes to the food we buy, most of us don’t think a lot about where it came from. There is more to food than simply checking off a grocery list or testing a recipe from Pinterest. The Fresh Air Farmer takes you on a journey of where your food comes from before it hits the grocery store or dinner table.

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Event Sponsors:
  • Ontario Federation of Agriculture
  • WeedMD Inc.
Registration & Hot Buffet Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
Contact Information:
Janie Rother
Changing Faces of Agriculture (Western Fair)