For two very cold and icy days in April, a delegation of eight people representing the Prairie Oat Growers Association went to Ottawa to meet with several key Government agencies, members of Parliament, and industry to share the success story of Canadian Oats and discuss the current challenges being faced by the oats sector.
You know what they say about first impressions …well I was certainly impressed! This was my first CFS and High Level Dinner and I found both to be amazing experiences.
The 2016 edition of the High Level Dinner held on October 18th at the Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria saw 190 attendees from businesses, governments, NGOs, and academia gather to discuss, debate and collaborate on what “Delivering the SDGs through Innovation” means.
The interactive format of the event allowed many ideas, thoughts and perspectives to be shared amongst the group. Some of the main conclusions were in order to achieve the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals innovation is a cornerstone and it is imperative that significant investments are made in technologies and infrastructure. These investments can then foster the sharing of knowledge empowerment and innovation advancements globally. Click the following link to view the full High Level Dinner report.
On a personal note I would like to say it was both personally and professionally rewarding to be responsible for the coordination of this year’s High Level Dinner. I was able to add several new learnings to my event planning knowledge, met some truly wonderful people and had a great time in the process.
On behalf of the whole IAFN team I would like to extend a big thank you to everybody that made the evening so special.
Plans are already underway for next year’s High Level Dinner and we hope to see you all there!
Please visit the IAFN website for more information on CFS 44 and all of the other events happening throughout the year.
Well as the old adage goes “times flies when you are having fun”. It is hard to believe that it has already been over a month since I joined the amazing team here at Emerging ag inc.
My Emerging ag journey has been a constant learning experience on a multitude of levels. Working with a virtual team that is positioned around the globe is new for me, I am discovering a whole new side to the agriculture industry than I have previously been exposed to and at times I feel like I am learning a new language as I decode all of the acronyms that are used on a daily basis.
July was an incredible blending of old and new professional experiences as I began my Emerging ag career I also participated in the event coordination of some grassroots livestock events during the annual Westerner Days Exposition, blending the two very different aspects of the agriculture industry was a unique experience. One minute my focus was on sire and dam information of purebred cattle and the next minute I was reviewing an RSVP list that includes high level dignitaries from around the global. From Red Deer to Rome in the blink of an eye, how exciting!
I am truly enjoying being surrounded by such a supportive, passionate and driven group of people who are truly invested in making a positive difference around the world. I am excited to have the opportunity to meet the team members in person in the coming weeks as we congregate for our team meeting sessions being held here in Calgary.
Looking to the future I am excited to continue my journey of learning and I look forward to being able to contribute to the continued success of the Emerging ag upcoming events and projects.