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Astronaut Chris Hadfield Speaks at GrowCanada Conference 2013

It was a thrill to listen to Chris Hadfield at GrowCanada. The astronaut is a global hero who has traveled to space three times. He cited an astronaut mantra “There is no problem so big that you can’t make it worse.” Careful preparation to run scenarios and do realistic simulations is the foundation of addressing this. Decades of preparation are invested in learning how not to make problems worse. As a result, the teams fly prepared and ready for challenges. For Hadfield, it is a way of life: “I prefer to be calm and optimistic to terrified and concerned.”

Robynne Anderson

Robynne has extensive experience in the agriculture and food sector, working throughout the value chain – from basic inputs to farmers in the field to the grocery store shelf. She works internationally in the sector, including speaking at the United Nations on agriculture and food issues, and representing the International Agri-Food Network at the UN.Throughout her career she has worked with farm organisations like the Prairie Oat Growers Association, the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi and the Himalayan Farmers Association, as well as global groups, to further the voice of agriculture in the food debate. She has also worked with Fortune 500 companies growing worldwide businesses to assist them with issues management and strategy decisions.

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