Organic Summit 2019: Organic is part of the Solution

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Get your tickets early! The Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) welcomes you to Canada’s capital once again for an opportunity to learn what’s going on in Canada’s organic sector, network with your fellow industry members and make change on Parliament Hill. Early bird pricing ends on Friday, October 18th at midnight!


With the election occuring in October, we felt it was important to work on an agenda for this year's Organic Summit that is non-partisan and of importance to whichever political party becomes the next government. Canada is commited to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; a plan of action based on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are becoming increasingly important in determining the sustainability agenda of the planet.

In a combined forum of presentations, roundtable discussions and regulatory forums, the theme throughout this year's conference will delve into "Organic is part of the Solution". COTA has partnered with the Dutch organic specialist Eosta to delve further into the new report Organic Agriculture and the Sustainable Development Goals. At the conference, we will delve into examples of how our food systems can have a direct impact on our chances of achieving these goals. The report is based upon more than 50 scientific publications, the meta-analysis concludes that organic agriculture can play an important role in achieving at least eight of the 17 SDGs. These include: Zero Hunger (SDG 2), Good Health and Wellbeing (SDG 3), Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8), Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12), Climate Action (SDG 13), Life Below Water (SDG 14) and Life on Land (SDG 15). To learn in detail how organic agriculture scores better than its conventional counterpart on saving biodiversity, our water and health and brings resilience to farming, register now for this year's Organic Summit! Several representatives from Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Agriculture Canada have confirmed attendance for robust roundtable discussions with our sector.


Monday, November 18, 2019

2019 Annual General Meeting - Voting Trade Member Exclusive*

8:00am-9:00am @ the Lord Elgin Hotel

Complimentary breakfast will be provided starting at 7:30am. COTA trade voting members can register here:

The password to register is cota

Organic Summit

ORGANIC SUMMIT 2019 - LORD ELGIN HOTEL, 100 Elgin Street, Ottawa

Monday November 18

7:00-8:00 - Buffet breakfast for COTA members attending Annual General Meeting

8:00-9:00 - COTA's Annual General Meeting

8:30-9:30 - Registration for conference

9:30-9:40 - Welcome to 2019 Organic Summit - Dag Falck, COTA President

9:40-10:20 - Organic Agriculture and Sustainable Development Goals: A True Cost Accounting Perspective - Tobias Bandel from Soil and More

10:20-10:50 - SDG 15 - Life on Land: Regenerative Agriculture - Dag Falck from Nature's Path

10:50-11:00 - Networking Break

11:00-11:30 - Workshop on Regenerative Agriculture and Organics 3.0 - Rochelle Eisen

11:00-11:30 - Organic and GE/GMO Messaging Workshop - Lucy Sharratt from CBAN

11:30-12:00 - Consumer Demand for Organics in Canada - Tia Loftsgard

12:00-12:30 - Collaborating in the Organic Sector

12:30-12:45 - Updates on Organics from the West Coast - Jen Gamble from COABC

1:00-1:30 - Genetic Engineering (GMO) Contamination and the Policy Response - Lucy Sharratt from CBAN

1:30-2:00 - The economic impact of Glyphosate on the Organic Sector - Marla Carlson from SaskOrganics

2:00-2:30 - Roundtable Discussion on Contamination - Darren Mahaffy

2:00-2:30 - Organic Inputs Project Update - Carolyn Young from Organic Council of Ontario

2:20-2:30 - Networking Break

2:30-3:00 - SDG 8 - Health and Wellbeing - Marise May from Cha's Organics

3:00-3:45 - SDG 13 - Climate Action - Gillian Flies of New Farm

3:45-4:15 - Organic Integrity: A perspective from the Certifiers - Roxanne Beavers fro QAI

4:15-4:30 - Wind up remarks - Tia Loftsgard

5:00-7:00 - Organic Summit Reception at Jackson, 10 Daly Avenue

7:00-9:00 - Organic Summit Dinner at Jackson, 10 Daly Avenue

Tuesday, November 19

8:30-9:30 - Group Photo on Parliament Hill

9:30-9:35 - Welcome back to the Organic Summit

9:35-10:20 - SDG 6 - Clean Water - Smart Organic Agriculture - Andrew Hammermeister from Organic Agriculture Center of Canada (OACC)

10:20-10:50 - Fruits and Vegetables: Fully Certified Organic Data - Serge Desroches from Statistics Canada

10:50-11:00 - Networking Break

11:00-11:30 - Encouraging Organics: Transitioning the farm to organic production - Eric Payseur from Canadian Organic Growers

11:00-11:30 - Organic Cannabis - Dan Demers from Canadian Health Food Association

11:30-12:00 - SDG Government Commitments: Working towards our collective Goals

12:00-12:30 - Lunch

12:30-12:45 - Lunch Speaker

12:45-1:15 - SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth: Why should organic be limited to food in Canada? An Organic textiles perspective - Lori Wyman from Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

1:15-1:45 - Update on the Organic Standards Review - Nicole Boudreau from Organic Federation of Canada (OFC)

1:50-2:20 SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production - Giselle Yasmeen of Food Secure Canada

1:50-2:20 - Roundtable Discussion on Fairness Principle in Organic Standards - Martin Vandenborre of CITIES

2:20-2:30 - Networking Break

2:30-3:00 - Organic Labour Overview - Alexandre Perras-White from Statistics Canada

3:00-3:45 - Update on organic equivalency arrangements - CFIA

3:45-4:00 - Next Steps for Canadian Organics


For out of town visitors, we have reserved a block of rooms at the following hotel:

Carleton Suite Hotel

161 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON K1P 5J2

Toll-free 877 478 4838

Please reserve by calling 613-231-2020 by Friday, October 18, 2019 to qualify for the group rate of $179.00 (plus HST) for a single or a double room. Use the code 14867 to get the group rate.

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