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Agricultural Excellence Conference

Farming for our Future: Canada’s 150th
November 21-23, 2017
Brookstreet Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario

Farm Management Canada (FMC) will host the Agricultural Excellence Conference (AgEx) in Ottawa, Ontario November 21-23, 2017.

The Agricultural Excellence Conference is a one-of-a-kind event in Canada, focusing on bringing diverse industry experts and stakeholders together from across disciplines, regions and commodity sectors to share and explore beneficial farm management practices, advice, and insight with leading farm business thinkers.

Farmers, advisors, academics, organizations, corporations and government will join together in Ottawa to discuss today’s hot topics related to managing Canada’s farms for success. Innovative aspects of the agenda include: The Great Debate, the National Farm Business Innovation Roundtable, Farm Management Initiatives Showcase, and the concluding discussion panel.

Over the 2 days, delegates will have plenty of time before and after the conference to host and take part in additional stakeholder meetings.

For inquiries, please contact:

Heather Oakley
Conference Manager
Farm Management Canada
250 City Centre Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 6K7



The Agenda focuses on having diverse learning experiences for participants. In addition to plenary sessions, the Conference hosts a National Debate, the National Farm Business Management Innovation Roundtable, Farm Business Management Resource Showcase, a panel discussion and Concurrent Workshop sessions.

Welcome – November 21

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Welcome Cocktail Reception

Day One – November 22

7:30 a.m. Registration / Full Hot Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks*
8:50 a.m. Benchmarking Management Performance: How Do You Measure Up?, Heather Watson, Farm Management Canada & Terry Betker, Backswath Management Inc.*
9:10 a.m. Plenary Session: Resilience and Agility: How to Create a Best in Class Farm Business!
Michael Boehlje, Purdue University
10:00 a.m. Health Break & Networking Opportunity
10:20 a.m. Farm Management Resource Showcase*
11:30 a.m. Farm Management Initiatives Showcase** Presented by FMC and partners
1:00p.m. Plenary Session – To be determined
The Great Debate: Two industry experts debate a current agricultural topic
2:40 p.m. Health Break & Networking Opportunity
3:00p.m. Bridging the Gap Sessions:

Young At Heart Forum

Young Farmers’ Bear Pit

4:30 p.m. Bridging the Gap – Conclusion
5:00p.m. Rejuvination
6:00 p.m. Banquet Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:00 p.m. Hospitality Suite / Connections Lounge

*Agenda is subject to change.

Day Two – November 23

8: 00 a.m. Full Hot Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks*
9:05 a.m. Panel Discussion*
Moderator: TBD
Producer Perspective
Industry Perspective
Policy Perspective
10:30 a.m. Health Break & Networking Opportunity
11:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions/Workshops – Period 1
Delegates choose 3 of 6 business management topics to attend, each offered three times.
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions/Workshops – Period 2
1:40 p.m. Concurrent Sessions/Workshops – Period 3
2:20 p.m. Health Break & Networking Opportunity
2:50 p.m. Plenary Session*
3:40 p.m. Closing Remarks from Title Sponsor
3:55 p.m. Wrap Up
 4:00 p.m.  Adjournment

*Available via webinar. See Registration Page for more details.
Concurrent Sessions

Workshop 1 – Backswath Management Inc
Workshop 2 – BMO
Workshop 3 – Open to Workshop Sponsor
Workshop 4 – Open to Workshop Sponsor
Workshop 5 – Open to Workshop Sponsor
Workshop 6 – Open to Workshop Sponsor

**The Resource Showcase

The Farm Management Showcase provides an opportunity for industry stakeholders and especially farmers to learn about farm business management projects, programs, resources and tools available to them. Tables are hosted by industry groups including non-profits, private companies, government and academia, rotating every 15-20 minutes so that participants are exposed to a maximum number of offerings.

FMC is pleased to be working with a number of industry groups to coordinate Ag Ex with other industry event and learning opportunities:

Nuffield Canada Annual Conference and Farm Tour


Canadian Association of Farm Advisors

Agri-Food Management Institute

Graphic Recording of the 2015 Innovation Roundtable


Coming Soon!

Registration Fees

Registration Fees Early Bird Regular
Regular BOGO 50% off $575
FMC Member BOGO 50% off $550
FMC Farmer Member BOGO 50% off $525
Student —- $175
Webinar – Regular —- $175
Webinar – FMC Member —- $150

Please Note: Only certain portions of the AgEx Conference will be available via webinar.

Daily Fees Regular (plus tax)
November 22 (Wednesday) $300
November 23 (Thursday) $300
Banquet – November 23 $85

Membership will be verified upon completion of registration. Students are asked to bring Student Identification with them to the conference registration table or risk being charged the full registration rate.

Conference Registrations are non-refundable, however you may transfer your registration to another person up to one week prior to the conference (November 15).

Unfortunately, we can offer no assistance  of any kind to international delegates.
Farmers, consult your Provincial/Territorial Agricultural Ministries for cost-share funding.

Accommodations & Venue

 All event functions will take place at:

The Brookstreet Hotel
525 Legget Drive
Ottawa, Ontario

Preferred Group Rates- Available until October 21

Traditional- Single or Double

Monday-Thursday (November 20-23)


Traditional – Single or Double

Friday-Sunday (November 24-26)


Group Booking: Farm Management Canada


Telephone: 1-888-826-2220

Ottawa 2017

The Ottawa 2017 Bureau is planning a year-long calendar of all-new events and celebrations that will make Canada’s 150th in Ottawa an unforgettable experience for all! Check out Ottawa 2017 for a list of upcoming events.

Sponsorship Opportunities

As a valued contributor to Canada’s agricultural success we are offering a number of ways to participate and offer your support. Our delegates are your business. We hope you’ll see the value in putting your message front and centre during the event, showing your clients and/or potential business partners just how important they are to you in appreciation of their ongoing contribution to this country’s economic health.

2017 Agricultural Excellence Conference Sponsorship



Welcome Reception




Kick Start

Media Partners

Supporting Partners

For information regarding sponsorship, please contact :

Chris Penton
Business Development Lead
Farm Management Canada
250 City Centre Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 6K7
Telephone: 613-237-9060 ext.23
Cell: 613-883-1012


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Past Conference Coverage


For inquiries, please contact:

Heather Oakley
Conference Manager
Farm Management Canada
250 City Centre Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 6K7

Our Vision:
That FMC is the trusted source and primary resource centre for farm business management knowledge and skills development in Canada.

Our Mission:
To cultivate excellent Canadian farm business management, through awareness and adoption of beneficial management practices.