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    A view of the Canadiana-inspired Chip Company

    Kirk Homenick , President, Hardbite Chips

    From farmer’s markets to grocery stores all over the world, Hardbite Chips has spent 20 years finding creative ways to stand out in the densely packed salty snacks category. Kirk Homenick, President of Hardbite Chips has focused the business on the value of ‘clean labels,’ the importance of customer-first innovation, and what it looks like to source ingredients and inspiration locally. As a proudly Canadian company, it’s no wonder that their Canadiana-inspired chip collection is a finalist in the Retail Council of Canada’s Grand Prix New Product Awards.

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    Connecting and Report Fertilizer, Emissions, and Regenerative Agriculture

    Marc Fawcett- Atkinson , Canada's National Observer - Reporter and Writer

    Phil brings over 20 years of experience driving growth in rapidly changing industries. Phil has run all facets of an organization, most recently as CEO of Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC). Under his leadership, MEC underwent a significant transformation program focused on e-commerce, store experience, supply chain, merchandising, and continuous improvement.

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    Career Paths and the Road to MEC

    Philippe Arrata , Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) - CEO

    Phil brings over 20 years of experience driving growth in rapidly changing industries. Phil has run all facets of an organization, most recently as CEO of Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC). Under his leadership, MEC underwent a significant transformation program focused on e-commerce, store experience, supply chain, merchandising, and continuous improvement.

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    Fighting Plastic Pollution and Poverty

    Rachael Sawer , Plastic Bank

    Fighting Plastic Pollution and Poverty Rachael Sawer Plastic Bank April 8, 2022 - 3:30 to 5 pm

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    Land and Resource Access in the Era of Indigenous Rights

    Mark Podlasly , Cook’s Ferry Indian Band, Nlaka’pamux Nation

    Land and Resource Access in the Era of Indigenous Rights Mark Podlasly Cook’s Ferry Indian Band, Nlaka’pamux Nation.

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    Natural Resources, and Blue Economy Global Practice

    David Kazcan , World Bank

    David Kazcan, Environmental Economist, Environment, Natural Resources, and Blue Economy Global Practice, World Bank.    

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    Canadian Canola Growers Association

    Dr. Peter Slade , University of Saskatchewan

    Dr. Peter Slade, Associate Professor and Canadian Canola Growers Association Agricultural Policy Chair, University of Saskatchewan

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    Canada Climate Law Initiative (CCLI)

    Juvarya Veltkamp , UBC Allard School of Law

    Juvarya Veltkamp- Director, Canada Climate Law Initiative (CCLI), UBC Allard School of Law

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    Kindred Cultures & Owner Lita's Mexican Food

    Lyndsay Scott & Jackie Thomas , Kindred Cultures / Lita's Mexican Food

    Lyndsay Scott, Owner, Kindred Cultures & Jackie Thomas, Owner Lita's Mexican Food

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    Semios

    Stuart Shiell , Data Insights

    Semios

Explore the complexities of food and resource economics issues.

Open to the general public. Come join us!

The MFRE speaker series is part of the MFRE professional development program and is designed to show a glimpse into these complexities and ‘real world’ food and resource economics issues. Join us to learn more about how exciting technological progress, global environmental pressures and unprecedented demographic changes are rapidly reshaping the world’s food and natural resources systems.

 

The speakers series aims to cover two main topics:

 

 

 

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Food & Agribusiness

Provides students with the opportunity to interact with key industry experts from the food and agribusiness sector and learn about industry opportunities & trends, or the challenges in running an Agri-Food entrepreneurial business.

 

 

 

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Resource & Environment

Provides an opportunity to interact with a range of people either influencing environmental policy, or shaping the natural environment through their activities. Guests are typically government officials, industry leaders, pioneers in resource management, academics or NGO representatives.

 

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