2016 Conference Sponsors


University of Guelph

Located in Guelph, Ont., the University of Guelph was established in 1964 and is considered one of Canada’s top universities. Its three founding members – Macdonald Institute, the Ontario Agricultural College and the Ontario Veterinary College – are older than the University itself. Established in Toronto in 1862, the Ontario Veterinary College is the oldest veterinary school in Canada. The University now consists of seven colleges: the College of Arts, the College of Biological Science, the College of Business and Economics, the College of Physical and Engineering Science, the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, the Ontario Agricultural College and the Ontario Veterinary College. The University also has a regional campus in Ridgetown, Ont., and several research stations.

International Development Research Centre

Part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, IDRC invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve lives and livelihoods in the developing world. Bringing together the right partners around opportunities for impact, IDRC builds leaders for today and tomorrow and helps drive large-scale positive change. IDRC was established by an act of Canada’s parliament in 1970 to help developing countries find solutions to their challenges. The International Development Research Centre Act describes the Centre’s mandate: “to initiate, encourage, support, and conduct research into the problems of the developing regions of the world and into the means for applying and adapting scientific, technical, and other knowledge to the economic and social advancement of those regions.”

Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada

NSERC invests over $1 billion each year in natural sciences and engineering research in Canada. Our investments deliver discoveries - valuable world-firsts in knowledge claimed by a brain trust of over 11,000 professors. Our investments enable partnerships and collaborations that connect industry with discoveries and the people behind them. Researcher-industry partnerships established by NSERC help inform R&D, solve scale-up challenges, and reduce the risks of developing high-potential technology. NSERC also provides scholarships and hands-on training experience for more than 30,000 post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows. These young researchers will be the next generation of science and engineering leaders in Canada.

Canola farmers of Canada

Canada’s 43,000 canola farmers grew over 17 million tonnes of canola in 2015. The uniquely Canadian crop is the single largest planted field crop in Canada and the foundation of a $19.3 billion Canadian industry. Canola farmers work responsibly to nourish consumers at home and abroad. Over 90% of farm production is exported as seed and processed products including canola oil and meal. Canola oil is the healthiest commodity oil available today, with the least amount of saturated fat of any common edible oil. Canada’s canola farmers are represented by provincial and national groups, including:

Farm & Food Care Canada

Farm & Food Care Canada is a national charity created with the vision to build public trust and confidence in food and farming in Canada in 2011.   We are a unique coalition that works together with many partners from coast to coast connecting farm gates to our dinner plates.  In a world with so much information, it’s tough to cut through the noise to find the best answers.  Canadians deserve credible information to make informed decisions about their food.  www.FarmFoodCare.org

CropLife Canada

CropLife Canada is the trade association representing the manufacturers, developers and distributors of plant science technologies, including pest control products and plant biotechnology, for use in agriculture, urban and public health settings.


Canada Excellence Research Chairs

Launched in 2008, the Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) Program supports Canadian universities in their efforts to build on Canada's growing reputation as a global leader in research and innovation. The program awards world-renowned researchers and their teams up to $10 million over seven years to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities. These awards are among the most prestigious and generous that are available globally. 

Canadian Museum of Nature

The Canadian Museum of Nature is Canada's national museum of natural history and natural sciences. The museum provides evidence-based insights, inspiring experiences and meaningful engagement with nature's past, present and future. It achieves this through scientific research, access to a 10.5 million specimen collection, education programs, signature and travelling exhibitions, and a dynamic web site, nature.ca. 


Canada Foundation for Innovation

Created by the Government of Canada in 1997, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) strives to build our nation’s capacity to undertake world-class research and technology development to benefit Canadians.