Wednesday, May 2

8:00 - 11:30 a.m.  Plant biotechnology government interface meeting
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  Lunch
Public Trust in Crisis: 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer
Fake news. Tweet wars. Journalism under fire. Today’s volatile information landscape is now a headline of its own and is raising challenging questions for business and for society. What makes the media and other information sources trustworthy—or not? What steps can CEOs and other communicators take to earn trust? The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer, which is launched at Davos every year, explores the shifting expectations for the media, business leaders and institutions. Edelman Canada’s CEO Lisa Kimmel will provide an overview of the 2018 Trust Barometer findings and introduce new opportunities for building trust.
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Senior Government Meeting
Trade discussion:
  • Chris Forbes, Deputy minister, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • France Pégeot, Executive vice-president, Canadian Food Inspection Agency 
  • Christine Donoghue, Associate deputy minister, Health Canada
Update from economic strategy agri-food table:
  • Murad Al-Katib, chair, economic strategy agri-food table
5:45 – 9:00 p.m. Spring Dinner (Reception begins at 5:45pm, dinner at 6:30pm)
Celebration of Canadian agriculture

Thursday, May 3

7:15 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Learning Session
Political panel
  • Mary Anne Carter, senior consultant, Earnscliffe
  • Kathleen Monk, principal, Earnscliffe
  • Tim Powers, vice-chairman, Summa Strategies
We live in a time of rapid change, particularly in Canada’s political arena. In the last two years we have had a new federal government, two new opposition leaders, and many new challenges for Canada’s economy both at home and around the world.
To help us analyze Canada’s political landscape, and offer some clues for the future, we have assembled a panel of Ottawa-based experts who are regular guests on CBC’s Power and Politics and CTV’s Power Play. Mary Anne Carter, Kathleen Monk and Tim Powers will address a variety of questions such as what the hot and emerging issues are in federal politics, rising stars to watch, and how the 2019 election might play out. They will also offer analysis on issues important to our industry such as international trade, the climate for innovation, and the role that modern agriculture plays in Canadian political life.
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CSRC/PMRA interface meeting