Ag 4.0: The Next Big Thing - Summit + Innovation Tour
$25 – $200
Ag 4.0: The Next Big Thing - Summit + Innovation Tour

Ag 4.0: The Next Big Thing - Summit + Innovation Tour

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Meaford Hall

12 Nelson St E

Meaford, Ontario, Canada

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Only 15 Summit + Innovation Tour package tickets left! Register today to avoid disappointment!

The 'Apps for Ag' Tech Competition is now open! $1000 in cash prizes for ag-tech innovators. Register today!

Summit Scholarships are available to young leaders aged 16-25 - apply and attend the Summit as a scholarship recipient.

Grey County is home to exceptional innovation in agriculture, food, and rural entrepreneurship. Join us as we shine a spotlight on creative technological innovation in agriculture and food this November 2-3 2016 with a new event that you won't want to miss: Ag 4.0: The Next Big Thing.

This two-day Summit and Innovation Tour will provide opportunities for producers to learn from fellow agricultural innovators, as well as create an environment where agricultural and food producers can connect and problem-solve with professionals from the creative and technological fields.

Leading up to the the Summit, we are hosting an 'Apps for Ag' tech competition - and you could win $1000 in cash prizes for your ag-tech innovation. Click here to learn more about 'Apps for Ag' and how you can participate.

To learn more about the Connected County Initiative and stay up to date on the latest information about Ag 4.0, please visit - and make sure to register early to guarantee your seat at the Summit and Innovation Tour!

Scholarship opportunities to attend the Summit are available for young leaders aged 16-25. Click here to learn more about how to apply to attend the Summit as a scholarship recipient.


November 2, 2016: Ag 4.0: The Next Big Thing - Summit

This engaging and inspiring event will be jam-packed with high-value, interactive workshops, lectures and opportunities to network with producers, innovators, and technological entrepreneurs and creatives. 

With a full day of engaging workshops, networking, and professional development, make sure you're part of the converation! At a glance, this packed day features the following sessions:


Speakers include: 

Peter Gredig: Farmer; technology thought leader; co-founder and partner at AgNition, a mobile apps company that focuses on solutions for the agricultural industry; President of Kettle Creek Communications; tech reviewer for Farm Credit Canada.

Jennifer Christie: Dealer Development Manager at John Deere Canada, 4-H Canada National Director, and full-time advocate for youth and women in agriculture, named Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada - Telus Future Leader, 2013.

Dr. Helen Hambly & Geoff Hogan: Leading researchers and rural broadband evangelists behind critical projects such as the SWIFT Initiative and the Regional and Rural Broadband Project.

Peter Smith from blueRover: Leading Internet of Things developer working with producers like Hayter's Turkeys.

Marcia Woods: FreshSpoke: Serial entrepreneur leading an innovative start-up to digitally disrupt local food logistics.

John Pickard: Executive Director of the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre at Georgian College.

Barb Shopland and Thorsten Arnold: Industry experts in food entrepreneurship and local food hub development.

James Palmer & Incubator North: Leading experts in creative innovative technology and software development.

And many more! Additional speakers include the Ag Women's Network, local economic development officers, advisors from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, plus exciting producers from across Ontario and many others. 

The day will also include hands-on workshops with tech-tools (like RaspberryPi, Arduino, GIS tools and Weather Underground) and "speed dating" sessions, where you'll have the opportunity to meet and connect with people and businesses you might not ordinarily cross paths with - but who might have great ideas for how you can work together to improve your existing operations. Maybe you'll meet the perfect collaborator who will help you come up with "the next big thing!"

Early-bird pricing for the the SUMMIT ONLY is $85.00. Early-bird pricing will run until Septeber 15 - but register today to avoid disappointment, as only a limited number of tickets are available at this price!

November 3, 2016: Ag 4.0 Innovation Tour

On November 3rd, 2016, we'll give you the opportunity to tour some exciting Grey County farms and businesses to learn more about their innovative practices and how they have leveraged ICT and digital tools to "grow where they are planted" and build sucessful agriculture and food businesses here in Grey County.

Tours and speakers include:

  • Lomarr Lea Farms - See how robotic milkers and feeders support this Owen Sound dairy operation achieve its goals.

  • T&K Ferri Orchards - Learn from world leaders in super-spindle apple production based in the Town of the Blue Mountains.

  • Valleykirk Farms - Learn how ongoing technological upgrades have helped this Owen Sound farm look at innovation as succession planning.

  • Kilannan Brewing Co. - See how specialized water quality control software helps this Meaford-based brewery dial in on specific taste profiles.

  • And many more! Additional featured speakers include the Bay Growers Inc., Andy van Niekerk the AGRI-TREND Coach, and Garrett Froese from Froese & Co.

A very limited number of seats are available for the Innovation Tour - once the bus is full, we're full! Early-bird pricing for a combined registration for the Summit AND Innovation Tour is $150 and runs until September 15 - but register today to avoid disappointment. 

(Please note, the Innovation Tour will only be available to registrants who attend the Summit on November 3rd - you can choose to attend just the Summit or the Summit and the Tour, but mustregister/attend the Summit to register for the Innovation Tour.)




I want to get involved! Where do I find out more about partnering in this event?

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Where do I learn more about what Grey County is doing to support innovation through the Connected County initiative? How do I learn more about what the County is doing to support local agriculture and food producers?

  • To learn more about the Connected County initiative, please visit or or contact Ashleigh Weeden at or 519.372.0219 ext. 1255.

  • To learn more about our work supporting Local Food, please contact Philly Markowitz, Economic Development Officer - Local Food, at or  (519) 376-3365 ext. 6125



Where can I connect with other attendees before/after the Summit?

  • We want to make it as easy as possible for attendees to connect with each other before, during and after the Summit - so we've created a Facebook page! Please "like" the page here (or find us on Facebook at and you'll be able to find other attendees, stay up to date on relevant information, and learn more about the event.

  • Do you tweet? We'd love it if you connected with us by following @GreyCounty and tweeted with the hashtags "#ag4_0 and #connectedcounty - your tweets will help us grow our community and connect you to other participants and leaders working at the intersection of agriculture and the digital economy.

I have questions about the Ag 4.0: Summit Conference Program...

I have questions about the on-farm Innovation Tour...

  • Please contact Philly Markowitz, Economic Development Officer - Local Food, at or  (519) 376-3365 ext. 6125

I have questions about the facility (Meaford Hall)...

Can I update my registration information?

  • Absolutely. We recommend that you create an Eventbrite account, which will store your information, and will let you easily update your registration should your contact information change. 

  • You can register for the Summit alone or in a package with the farm Innovation Tour. Please note that in order to attend the Innovation Tour, you must register/attend the Summit. Seating will be limited for the tour, so make sure to register early to avoid disappointment.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

  • Yes, please bring a copy of your ticket to the event, just in case.

  • If you registered for the Ag 4.0 Innovation Tour, please bring a printed copy of your ticket. The tour is limited capacity with reserved seating only and we will be following a strict ticketing/badge policy on the day of the tour.

I want to sponsor a student to attend the Summit, how can I do that?

  • We've added the option for anyone to become a supporter of emerging leaders in Grey County by contributing directly toward a ticket for a student or someone for whom cost is a barrier to attending. To provide a donation to support ticket scholarships, simply select the Scholarship ticket option in addition to your desired ticket. The minimum donation is $20 - but you can donate a full ticket ($75) or more. All scholarship supporters will be honoured at the Summit on November 2nd.

My company/organization would like to sponsor part of the Summit and Innovation Tour, who can we talk to?

  • We have a number of sponsorship opportunities available and would be thrilled to involve your organization in our event. If you're interested in sponsoring a specific aspect of the Summit and Innovation Tour or would like to know more about the sponsorship opportunities available, please contact Ashleigh Weeden at or 519.372.0219 ext. 1255.

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