Organics in a Changing Climate: Cross-Country Perspectives

We are thrilled to share that the 2024 Guelph Organic Conference’s keynote panel, “Organics in a Changing Climate: Cross-Country Perspectives,” will bring together four expert speakers from across Canada to share their unique perspectives on our conference theme, “Bring Organic Home.”

Join us on Thursday, January 25th  to be part of an inspiring discussion on vital topics impacting the organic sector and its future, including economic resilience, the fight against greenwashing, the state of imports, building the sector while preserving its roots, and the effects of the standardization of “regenerative agriculture.”

The keynote panel will take place during the Organic Reception event at the Guelph Delta Hotel’s ballroom, where you’ll have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and discuss the organic sector’s future. The reception will begin at 5:00 PM, followed by the keynote at 6:30 PM, and a Q&A session, concluding at 8:00 PM. We hope to see you there!

Our Keynote Panelists

Dr. Av Singh is one of Canada’s leading authorities on organic agriculture. Dr. Singh has authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers, chapters, and extension articles and has been an invited speaker to over 500 workshops, conferences, and symposia as well as guest-lecturing at over 30 universities in Canada, the US, the UK, and India. Emphasizing a union of traditional knowledge with science, Av works with growers to cultivate an appreciation of plant:soil interrelationships.

Jean-Martin Fortier is a farmer, educator, and advocate for regenerative agriculture. He is author of the international bestseller The Market Gardener, founder of Growers & Co., and co-founder of the Market Gardener Institute. In 2015 he established the research farm la Ferme des Quatre-Temps. He lives and farms in Quebec, Canada.

Allison J. Squires is a researcher interested in promoting the organic industry, especially through on-farm research. She and her husband, Cody, have implemented several on-farm research projects at Upland Organics. She is also the President of the Canadian Organic Growers (COG) and in 2020 was also elected to the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) North America board of Directors. 

Ran Goel is the CEO and founder of Fresh City, a Toronto urban farm and organic retailer. Some of his formative childhood experiences include his grandmother’s stories about growing up on a Kibbutz, feeling democracy awakened in his childhood home of South Africa, and his mom’s stuffed peppers. Ran has spoken on food issues before hundreds of audiences. He proudly leads a team of over 250 staff as they collectively create a better life through food.

You can learn more about the 2024 Guelph Organic Conference on the official website,

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