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November 16 - 16th, 2008
Speaker list from 2008 conference, watch here for the speaker line up for 2010.   You may also want to check out presentation delivered by these speakers.  Visit the homepage to find these.
PLATINUM SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Joel Salatin
Av Singh
Dag Falk
Richard Heinberg
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SUSTAINABILITY SESSIONS
Mohyuddin Mirza
Angie Ortlepp
Will Oddie
Don Rusicka
Michel Saumur
Hélène Bouvie
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Joel Salatin
Paulette Millis
Janis Cousyn
Keith Neu
Dan Wiens

Rusty Penno
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FARMING SESSIONS
Joel Salatin
Martin Enz
Jill Thomson
Eric Johnson
Steve Shirtliffe
Neil Harker
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TRANSITION
Ian Cushon
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Xingji Xiao was the first organic inspector in China. He has a Masters Degree in Soil Science from the University of Saskatchewan and has studied and worked in numerous countries, including recent work on an organic project in Paris. He is active in IFOAM and is a frequent presenter at Bio Fach in Germany and other organic conferences around the world. He is the number one expert on organics in China and will discuss global markets and trends, including crucial information on the state of production and sales in China.
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RICHARD HEINBERG
Richard Heinberg is the author of eight books including The Oil Depletion Protocol (New Society, 2006) and Peak Everything (New Society, 2007). He is a Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators. He has authored scores of essays and articles, and has appeared in numerous video documentaries, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s 11th hour. Richard will lead participants in discovering how they can contribute to a future where Peak oil is a reality. PERSONAL WEBSITE >>
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JOEL SALATIN
Joel Salatin is a full-time third generation alternative farmer in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Polyface Farm serves more than 1,000 families, 4 retail outlets and 30 restaurants through ongoing farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs with salad bar beef, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, pigaerator pork, forage-based rabbits, pastured turkey and forestry products, all through 'relationship marketing'. The Farm has been featured on National Geographic, and countless other radio, television and print media. He will discuss how, “You Can Farm” and how “Everything I Want to Do is Illegal” on the farming front.

Profiled on the Lives of the 21st Century series with Peter Jennings on ABC World News, Joel has authored five books, four of them how-to types:
• PASTURED POULTRY PROFITS: Net $25,000 in 6 months on 20 Acres.
• SALAD BAR BEEF, YOU CAN FARM: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start and Succeed in a Farming Enterprise.
• FAMILY FRIENDLY FARMING: A Multi-Generational Home-Based Business Testament.
• HOLY COWS AND HOG HEAVEN: The Food Buyer’s Guide to Farm Friendly Food, is an attempt to bring producers and patrons together in mutual understanding and appreciation.
• EVERYTHING I WANT TO DO IS ILLEGAL: War stories from the local food front.
• YOU CAN FARM: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start and Succeed in a Farming Business.

Organic Connections is pleased to announce that Joel will be available for a special book signing session immediately following his presentation.  His books will be available for purchase during the signing with profits going to support future Organic Connection events. PERSONAL WEBSITE >>
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AV SINGH
Av serves as the Organic & Rural Infrastructure Specialist with AgraPoint in Nova Scotia, working predominantly with organic and small-scale farmers on issues of production, processing, and marketing of agricultural goods with special interest on the local economy and rural sustainability.
Av’s graduate and post-doctoral work focused on pasture-based livestock production, providing the foundation for his continued work on extending holistic, system-based solutions for farm management with emphasis on soil health. Av has authored over 75 extension articles (frequent contributor to The Canadian Organic Grower) and has been an invited speaker to over 200 workshops, conferences, or symposia. PERSONAL WEBSITE>>
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PLATINUM SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Dr. Mohyuddin Mirza is a graduate of the University of Alberta and greenhouse industry development specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. He has over 30 years of experience with the greenhouse industry and is involved with all aspects of business development and sustainability. He also has a doctorate in Homeopathic Therapeutics and claims that his working with plants and people has enabled him to learn about Homeopathic.He recently completed a greenhouse vegetable organic study in which barriers to developing
this sector was identified.
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DR. MARTIN ENTZ
Dr. Martin Entz is a highly regarded researcher at the University of Manitoba who actively studies organic cropping systems, including crop rotational benefits, green manure termination methods and timing, intercropping and long term organic versus conventional production systems. Find out the latest information on organic agronomy in Western Canada during Martin's presentation. -PERSONAL WEBSITE >>
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PAULETTE MILLIS
Paulette Millis speaks, trains, and writes about good nutrition. She has 20 years experience helping people through life issuesand healing challenges. She is the author of 3 books and numerous articles and columns. She is a Registered Nutritional Consultant and a Registered Social Worker. Paulette’s books Eat Away Illness and Cook Your Way to Health are available at book and health food stores, or through her PERSONAL WEBSITE. >>
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JILL THOMSON
Jill Thomson is a plant pathologist who has studied diseases in a range of crops: cereals, oilseeds, pulses, forages, spices, fruit and vegetables. She has been a research associate in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan for over ten years and has recently been involved in writing the disease management section in the production manual Organic Farming on the Prairies 2nd edition.
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Janice Cousyn
Janis grew up in Saskatoon but left home at an early age to train in the professional divisions of the National Ballet School and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. On a tour to Europe, she met French chef Rémi, on a train and the rest is history! The couple first settled in Montreal where Janis completed a commerce degree. After a few other short stops across the country, Janis soon brought Rémi back home to Saskatoon to raise their two beautiful girls, Gabrielle and Camille. Janis has a love for Saskatoon that runs deep. She is active in the community in the areas of food, tourism and heritage. As adirector for the Canadian Restaurant and Food Service Association, Janis provides a voice for independent restaurants across the country and has a particular passion for promotingsustainable hospitality practices. "We want to remember that the food we eat and where it comes from is an integral part of who we are and what we will become, individually and as a community." On her time off, Janis loves to read, garden (she pretends to at least with the help of hermaster gardener mother), renovate/decorate her old house.She is always the last to leave a good party especially one with lots of laughter, dancing, wine and old friends...
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Michel has been a proud public servant for 26 years.   Since November 2004,   Michel has been leading the Organic Project and is now the National Manager for the Canada Organic Office.  Before that and for 14  years,  Michel has been Chief of Imports for Processed and Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Programs for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.   Prior to this position he was the Agriculture Canada National Program Auditor for Processed Products Establishment Inspection Program and before that a District Program Officer in Hamilton, Ontario. 
 He has a B. Sc. in Agronomy from Laval University and a .Sc. in Animal Physiology from Ottawa University.   Michel  has also ISO 10011 and HACCP Certification.

On a personal side, Michel is the father of two wonderful kids, a boy of 25 and a girl of 22 which still keep him busy.    He is owner of a hobby farm where he raises and tends to sheep in his spare time.    And finally,   he enjoys playing, coaching and watching hockey;    especially when his kids play or when the Ottawa Senators play. 
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Janice Cousyn
Ian Cushon has farmed organically for over 20 years producing a wide variety of field crops. Ian is Past President of the Saskatchewan Organic Development Council (now called SOD) and also wrote a column called “All Things Organic” for the Western Producer from 1998 - 2004. Ian has taught organic farming classes for The Saskatchewan Institute of AppliedScience and Technology ( SIAST) and has given manypresentations on organic farming for The Agriculture Institute for Management in Saskatchewan (AIMS) Consultant Workshop Program. He is currently chair of the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada Advisory Board. Ian and wife Jo-Anne, operate Moose Creek Organic Farm near Oxbow, in Southeast Saskatchewan. They have two children Liam 8 and Anna 6.
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Janice Cousyn
Dan Wiens has been a farmer and food activist for more than 25 years. Dan and his wife, Wilma, pioneered Community Shared Agriculture on their farm just south of Winnipeg in 1992.  Since then “Wiens Shared Farm” has been a place of constant social and agronomic experimentation.  Dan and Wilma have also spent many years living and working overseas. During the winter months Dan keeps busy managing agriculture projects for Mennonite Central Committee. This work puts Dan in direct contact with farmers all over the world. Dan and Wilma continue to live on their farm with two of their four children, an assortment of food activists, two dogs, a cat and a few feathered farm animals.
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In this Workshop Dan will briefly tell the story of Wiens Shared Farm. This will include a description of "The Good Food Club", a program that builds community health by bringing folks from inner-city Winnipeg to the farm.  Dan will also talk frankly about some of the joys and pitfalls of CSA farming as he has experienced them over the last 17 growing seasons.  
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Janice Cousyn
Don and his wife, Marie, are third generation farmers near Killam, in east central Alberta. They raise certified organic beef and custom graze conventional yearling grass cattle. They also raise certified organic chickens, laying hens, turkeys and pheasants and free-range hogs, all on pasture.
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helene bouvier
Hélène Bouvier specializes in exporting beef, chicken and turkey; both live and processed, into USA.
She is an International Organic Inspector (IOIA), ISO 9001:2000 Lead Auditor, Certified Humane Raised & HandledInspector and Livestock Dealer.
Hélène is a Board of Director for the Organic Trade Association in North America.
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Will Oddie

Will Oddie is the Operations Manager for Kelln Solar in Lumsden SK – Saskatchewan’s oldest solar company and one which specializes in solar and wind-powered livestock watering systems. Will oversees the Solar Pool Heating and Hot Water Programs. He is a life-long advocate for energy conservation, alternate energy, and sustainable building practices; has his degree in Landscape Architecture; and has been a practicing organic farmer in the Regina area for almost twenty years. He will discuss the ways in which solar and wind energy products and systems can serve the farm business.
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Eric Johnson
Eric Johnson is a Weed Biologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at Scott, SK. Eric received both his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and his Masters of Science in Weed Science from the University of Saskatchewan. Eric began his career in 1982 working in agriculture extension with Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food. He worked both as an Extension Agrologist in district offices and as a crop specialist in the North Battleford regional office. In 1996, he took a secondment to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at Scott, working as a biologist. In 2001, he took over the Weed Biologist position at Scott. Eric’s main research regarding organic production is physical or mechanical weed control. He has conducted research on both pre- and post-emergencetillage and has also investigated the impact of clipping weeds above a crop canopy. He has evaluated a number of organic acids as potential herbicides for use in organic crop production. In addition to his mechanical weed control studies, his field research includes chemical and cultural weed control. He is also the Site Manager for thePesticide Minor Use Program at the Scott Research Farm.
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Steve Shirtliffe

Steve Shirtliffe was raised on a grain and oilseed in Manitoba. After completing his B.Sc. in Agronomy, he returned home to farm for the next five years. In 1992 he returned to the U of M where he received my PhD in 1999. Currently,he is an associate professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. His position involves teaching, research and extension. His research program has projects in the areas of weed ecology and agronomy. Past and current projects have focused on dry bean agronomy, the control of volunteer canola, oat agronomy and weed control in organic agriculture. In 2007 Steve was awarded a 5 year research chair for organic crop production from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture.
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Eric Johnson

Angie Ortlepp is the owner and founder of Suncatcher Solar, and she literally lives what she sells. Her home, an off-grid wind and solar powered living lab, was designed by Angie and built by her family in 2004. In 2007, she used her home to satisfy the requirements of her Masters degree in electrical engineering. Suncatcher Solar has completed an extensive list of wind and solar projects ranging from custom solar home design to renewable energy system retrofits. Major projects include Saskatchewan’s largest solar hot water system, installed on the Confederation Inn in Saskatoon. The company’s newest project is Saskatchewan’s first grid-tied solar development – a small eco-friendly community of sevenacreages that includes a solar power system with every lot. Homes will feature passive solar design and solar hot water and heating options.

Find out what it’s like living in a solar home and how you can use solar energy in your own home or business.
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Rusty Penno

Hello, my name is Rusty Penno and I am the Executive Chef at a research park in Saskatoon called Innovation Place. I have been on a culinary journey in Saskatoon for almost 18 years, not all of it in the actual foodservice industry. I have been many things in those years, a brewer, an ice cream maker and a forklift operator to name a few, but I always come back to cooking and creating. I am passionate about where I live and what we can produce right here in our own backyard (well not my backyard) that is Saskatchewan. We have so much here and I am only just beginning to realize just how diverse our province is agriculturally and culturally in the foods that are naturally produced here. I was raised here and I don’t think I will ever leave. And I hope I can teach my children, Jordan and Jaxson, about what a great place we live in and make them equally proud of everything that is Saskatchewan.

I have appeared in several guest chef television demonstrations for CTV, cooking everything that I can get locally or at least Canadian like venison, bison, pheasant and using pulse products and oils from here and Alberta. I Mentor, along with colleagues of the Canola Information Council, a group of food professionals (chefs, writers, television personalities from Canada, United States. We have even had people from Japan and Mexico). We spend a week in Saskatchewan really showing them the beauty and the wealth of things we can grow and produce. Most of them think just a flatland with wheat all over it but we change that in a hurry and show them what our great province can do on a global scale. I also have been featured in magazines like the Edible Prairie Journal, Western Producer, Western Hospitality, Calgary Sun and others.

I also work with the Saskatchewan Turkey Marketing Board and the Saskatchewan Pork Growers to develop recipes, do live demonstrations at local food fairs such as Premiere and Top of the Hops. I have been invited to do guest chef appearances at our local cooking college and have been nominated to serve on the Trade Curriculum Board, as well as a position with the Trade Advisory Board. I have taken my second year of a three year diploma Sommelier Programoffered by the International Sommelier Guild.
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Neil Harker
Neil Harker was born and raised in Magrath, Alberta.
He received his B.Sc. in Agronomy at the University of Alberta,
o his Masters in Weed Science at the University of Minnesota
o and his Ph.D. in Weed Science and the University of Guelph.
Since 1985 he has been employed as a Weed Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada located at Lacombe, Alberta.
Neil’s research is in integrated crop management with a focus on crop health and sustainable systems in cereals, oilseeds, and pulses.
His specific research interests include weed management in direct-seeding systems, general weed-crop interactions, weed ecology, and weed interactions with insects.
Neil has published 120 scientific journal papers and 10 book chapters.
In 2007, Neil received the Weed Science Society of America Fellow Award for meritorious service.
In 2007, Neil was appointed editor-in-chief for the Weed Science Society of America journal
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Keith Neu
Keith was born in Star City, then the household moved to Hudson Bay when he was 5. Keith counts his farming career from age 14, when he was first paid to drive tractor all summer long. His father, Arnold, farmed and decided to ‘go organic’ in the 80’s. Keith left to work in the Alberta oil patch for three years, then returned with a wife and a nest-egg and so was in a position to take over the homestead when his father retired. Although Keith met her in Edmonton, Monica came from a cattle ranch near Preeceville, just 95 km away, and had qualifications as a partner in farm operations that few city girls could match. Cattle has long been the focus for their thousand-acre ranch. In 2007, Keith and some city friends started a Community Shred Agriculture Project – a partnership between his farm and a community of supports – that provides a direct link between the production and consumption of food. ECOFarm currently has about 50 members, and produces beef, chickens, eggs, flour, flax, and fresh, frozen and canned produce.
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