EVENTS

The Agtech Community organizes several networking events, innovation paths and targeted training courses, in order to support companies in their development, financing and marketing. These activities, some of which are reserved for members, are designed to promote and facilitate both the development and implementation of innovations in the agtech and plant bioproducts sector.

Stay tuned, new events and activities will be announced every month !

Grand colloque agtech du Québec 2021 | Innovative technologies for the future of agriculture

Grand colloque agtech du Québec 2021 | Innovative technologies for the future of agriculture

Grand Colloque Agtech du Québec 2021

Innovative technologies for the future of agriculture 

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The Zone Agtech is pleased to announce the 2nd edition of the Grand Colloque Agtech du Québec, intended to showcase Quebec’s expertise and know-how in technological innovation in the agriculture and agri-food sector. Presented by the pan-Canadian research center INO, in partnership with the Quebec company Vooban, the event, which will be held from October 26 to 28 in virtual mode, will welcome more than 40 experts from the agricultural industry and innovative agricultural technologies in order to accelerate the development and integration of new Quebec technologies in the sector.

Simultaneously translated, the 2021 edition of the GCAQ will welcome experts, panelists, and participants from Quebec and abroad to discuss three major themes: the issues and challenges facing the agricultural sector in Quebec, the expertise and technological advances offered by Quebec in agtech and plant bioproducts and the best practices for financing and marketing agtech in Quebec and internationally.

Also providing for a virtual networking platform, this is an annual event not to be missed for those who wish to develop their network of contacts in the ecosystem.

Join us!

Preliminary program


October 26 : The challenges, needs and trends in tomorrow's agriculture

October 27 : Quebec's innovative agricultural solutions and technologies to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow's agriculture

October 28 : The financing and marketing of agtechs in Quebec : best practices


 

Day 1 - October 26, 2021

The challenges, needs and trends in tomorrow's agricuture

 

8:30 | Opening of the day and words from the partners

Presented INO, in partnership with Vooban

  • Sébastien Nadeau, mayor of the city of L'Assomption and bearer of the vision of the Zone Agtech to the Council of mayors of L'Assomption RCM
  • Marilou Cyr, director of Zone Agtech
  • Mario Simard, director, Advanced manufacturing business unit at INO
  • Hugues Foltz, executive vice-president at Vooban
  • Francis Bérubé, director of marketing and category management, fruits and vegetables, Sobeys

8:50 | Opening word
Mrs MarieChantal Chassé, deputy of Châteauguay and parliamentary assistant to the Minister of the Economy and Innovation (Innovation and Entrepreneuship components)

9:00 | Opening word
Mr. André Lamontagne, minister of Quebec Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

9:20 |The agrifood Quebec of tomorrow : resilient, green and innovative (conference)
Speaker: Yvon Forest, director of agri-food sector development, Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

10:00 | Horticulture in Quebec : understanding the issues and trends to better respond to them (panel)

Presented by : Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Panelists: 
  • Catherine Lessard, Association des producteurs maraichers du Québec
  • Jennifer Crawford, Association des producteurs de fraises et framboises du Québec
  • Josiane Cormier, Fermes Cormier
  • Vincent Gauthier, Fermes Belvache (Carottes Croc Bio)
  • Pierre Lafontaine, Carrefour industriel et expérimental de Lanaudière (CIEL)

11:00 | The challenges and opportunities of Quebec's indoor culture industry (panel)

Presented by : Sollum Technologies

Panelists: 
  • Claude Laniel, general director, Les Producteurs en serre du Québec
  • Vincent Paradis, business development director, HRVST limited
  • Caroline Provost, Ph.D.,  Director, CRAM researcher / Associate Professor INRS-Institut-Armand-Frappier
  • Richard Dorval, President and Chief Operating Officer, Savoura
  • Yourianne Plante, Director Of Communications, Ferme Lufa

11:45 : Lunch and free networking

13:00 : The major agtech innovation projects in Quebec (panel)
Presented by : Desjardins
Panelists: 
  • Marilou Cyr, director, Zone Agtech
  • Denis Leclerc, CEO, Ecotech Québec
  • Stéphane Guidoin, Innovation director, InnovHQ - Subsidiary of Hydro-Québec 
  • Vincent Lafrenaye Lamontagne, Open Innovation Program Manager, Cycle Momentum
  • Olivier Demers-Dubé, Project Director, Innovation Programs, Zone Agtech
  • Louise Tremblay, Réseau québécois de recherche en agriculture durable (RQRAD)

14:00 : Innovation as tool for competition and growth (conference)
Presented by : Novago
 
Speaker: Olivier Demers-Dubé, Project director  | Open innovation program

 

Day 2 - October 27, 2021

Quebec's innovative agricultural solutions and technologies to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow's agriculture

 

8:30 | Opening of the day and words from the partners

Presented by INO, in partnership with Vooban

  • Marilou Cyr, director of the Zone Agtech
  • Mario Simard, director, advanced manufacturing business unit at INO
  • Hugues Foltz, executive vice-president at Vooban
  • Francis Bérubé, director of marketing and category management, fruits and vegetables, Sobeys

9:00 | The agtech ecosystem of Quebec and Canada (conference)
Speakers :
  • Dave Smardon, general director at Bioenterprise Corporation
  • Olivier Demers-Dubé, project director | Open innovation program

9:45 | Agriculture solutions in a controlled environment for the autonomy and resilience of the agricultural sector (panel)

Presented by : Les Industries Harnois

Panelists: 
  • Yves Daoust, founder, Ferme d'Hiver
  • Patrick Ménard, vice-president of product, Sollum Technologies
  • Julien Loiseau, vice-president of production and R&D, LBM-Agtech
  • Audrey Renaud, general director, Messis Economie Circulaire
  • Steven Sicard, Damatex

10:40 | Robotization and automation technologies as as solution to alleviate the labor shortage and reduce inputs consumption (panel)

Presented by : Gobeil Dion et associés

Panelists: 
  • Luc Labbé, president, Nexus Robotique
  • Yann Périard, Ph.D. Soil Physics, agr., Ag science researcher, Hortau
  • Daniel Mondor, Sales & Marketing Director, AIR Program
  • David Arsenault / Alain Lemieux, Noovelia

11:15 | Artificial intelligence and data science to optimize productivity and environmental footprint (panel)

Presented by : IVADO

Panelists:
  • Evan Henry, co-founder, Nectar
  • Samuel Fournier, Co-founder & CEO, Chrysalabs
  • Yvan Ouellet, Co-founder & CEO, Horoma AI
  • Philippe La Roche-Audette, Business Development Manager, Agri-Fusion
  • Other panelists to come, stay tuned !

12:00 : Lunch and free networking

13:00 | Optics at the service of agriculture (conference)

Presented by : INO

Panelists: 
  • Mario Simard, Business Unit Manager - Advanced Manufacturing, INO
  • François Chateauneuf, Business Unit Manager - Sustainable Resources, Agriculture and Infrastructure, INO
  • Éric Lapalme, President, Lapalme Conception Mécanique and Lapalme Agtech
  • Charles Nault, President and CEO, LOGIAG
  • Xavier Hébert-Couturier, President and CEO and co-founder, Picketa Systems.
  • Dominic Levesque, Technical Director and co-founder, Picketa Systems

13:50 | Clean energy in agriculture (panel)

Presented by : Ecotech Québec

Panelists: The panelists will be announced shortly !

14:30 | Advances in Quebec's smart traceability and foodteh (panel)
Panelists: 
  • Vanessa Grondin, vice-presidente, global sales and strategy, Groupe Optel
  • Réjeau Drouin, vice-president R&D, CINTECH
  • Other panelists to come, stay tuned !

15:10 | Bioinputs and regenerative agriculture in Quebec to reduce the environmental footprint and crop enemies (panel)

Presented by : Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Panelists: 
  • Samira Chbouki, teacher-researcher, coordinator, Bio.Enviro.In.
  • Pierre Migner, agr., M.Sc., MBA, Director, product development and agronomic training, Agro-100
  • Pierre L'Heureux, president, Myllennium Technologies
  • Thomas Gradek, RHST Industries
  • Other panelists to come, stay tuned !

16:00 | Closing word and free networking

 

Day 3 - October 28, 2021

Best practices to accelerate the financing and commercialization of innovative agricultural technologies

 

8:30 | Opening of the day and words from the parnters

Presented by INO, in partnership with Vooban

  • Sébastien Nadeau, mayor of the city of L'Assomption and bearer of Zone Agtech's vision to the Council of mayors of L'Assompton RCM
  • Marilou Cyr, director of Zone Agtech
  • Mario Simard, director, Advanced manufacturing business unit at INO
  • Hugues Foltz, executive vice-president at Vooban
  • Francis Bérubé, director of marketing and category management, fruits and vegetables, Sobeys

9:00 | The Zone Agtech and its partners : what potential for my entreprise? (conference)

Presented by : Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Panelists: 
  • Marilou Cyr, director of the Zone Agtech
  • Patrick Gagné, Cycle Momentum (Th Partner Funds' Circle)
  • Morgan Guitton, Cycle Momentum (Agtech Acceleration Program)
  • Olivier Demers-Dubé, project director |Open innovation program, Zone Agtech
  • Dominique Lynch-Gauthier, Blanc de Gris
  • David Poisson, Alliance Solutions

10:00 | Marketing agtech in Quebec and internationally : potential (panel)

Presented by : HRVST Limited

Panelists: 
  • Dave Smardon, Bioenterprise Corporation (Canada)
  • Émilie Dyan, Business France (France)
  • John Cassidy, Thrive | SVG Ventures (Silicon Valley)
  • Alain Olivier, Bureau du Québec à Rabat (Maroc)
  • Saadia Lakehal, Global Summit Women in AgritTech 2021
  • Other panelists to come, stay tuned !

11:10 | Technology transfer to the farm : best practices in artificial intelligence (conference)
Speaker: Hugues Voltz, executive vice-president, Vooban 

12:00 | Lunch and free networking

13:00 | Financing agtechs in Quebec : aid available for development and establishment (panel)

Presented by : Leyton

Panelists: 
  • Lydia Paré, Investissement Québec
  • Agence du Revenu du Canada (crédits d'impôts RS&DE)
  • France Martel, Technologies Développement Durable Canada
  • Pierre-Olivier Quesnel, ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec 
  • Emilie Vanier, Ecoleader
  • Other panelists to come, stay tuned !

14:00 | Flash presentation by startups to the Partner Funds' Circle of Cycle Momemtum (on selection, call for application to come) (workshop)
Moderator: Patrick Gagné

15:00 | Closing word and free networking