Business Conference

Industry Thought Leadership.

Preliminary Schedule. Conference program subject to change without notice. 

October 18, 2022

7:30 am

8:00 am

8:30 am

10:00 am

10:30 am

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

1:30 PM

2:00 pm

3:15 pm

3:45 pm

Registration and Coffee

Opening Keynote Address

Living the Alberta Advantage in Rocky View


Fireside Chat


Rocky View County has become a center for logistics in Western Canada. In the Balzac area, north of Calgary, has also become a world-class destination for retail, entertainment and regional tourism.


Join us for a fireside chat with two of the mostly influential and successful business leaders in Rocky View County. Learn about how Rocky View County implemented critical elements for attracting investment.  And learn how landowners, developers and brokers became the driving force for growth in Rocky View and the Calgary Region. Rediscover the Alberta Advantage in our Province’s fastest growing commercial and industrial hot-bed: Rocky View County.

Networking Break in Expo Hall

Alberta Food Supply Chain Working Group

Fireside Chat


A fundamental need and expectation of Albertans is a safe, accessible, and affordable food supply. The food supply chain is a large, complex system; therefore, disruption at any point including consumer actions, impacts the food supply.  One of the top priorities of the provincial government throughout the COVID-19 pandemic response is maintaining our food supply and export markets.  In the face of extraordinary circumstances collaborative and coordinated efforts were needed in responding to pandemic impacts, providing food security, and ensuring farmers, agri-businesses and food processors could continue to operate safely, distribute food products, and survive these most challenging economic times. Agriculture and Forestry initiated and led a Food Supply Chain Working Group to ensure alignment of policy, programs and response activities in Alberta through information sharing, resource sharing, issues management, and coordinated stakeholder engagement.


Networking on the Expo floor

Economic Drivers for Warehouse Automation and Micro-fulfillment Solutions


As we look ahead to predictions of continued disruption across a slowly recovering labor market, businesses are embracing automation at points across their operation to not just remain competitive but to keep their doors open. We’ve all witnessed the acceleration of e-commerce growth, while the companies who have thrived have innovated, automated, and integrated new technology into the ecosystem of their supply chain & retail operations. Micro-Fulfillment technology empowers businesses with high throughput requirements to maximize space and achieve profitability with e-commerce orders. Thus advancing their omnichannel distribution strategy to give customers what they want, when they want it, where they want it. Join this session to learn how economic trends in retail and manufacturing have pushed the need for Micro-Fulfillment solutions across industries. 

Social Procurement

Networking Break

ESG is Becoming an Essential Element in Supply Change. Are You Ready?


The emphasis on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) metrics is continuing to increase across all industries and geographical regions. With the increasing pressure from investors, employees, governments, and society to provide disclosure and public commitments covering all aspects of ESG, companies will need to work collaboratively with their Supply Chain. At the same time, companies must prepare for and comply with changing regulations in response to ESG and demonstrate delivery against stated targets to minimize their impact on the environment while making positive contributions to diversity and inclusion. Supply chain leaders have both a great challenge and opportunity to make a difference. There is an increased need for companies to embed ESG as part of their supplier risk management and vendor risk assessment processes. The expert panel comprising of industry, supply chain and consulting will discuss the challenges ahead and share their background and experiences on how to move the needle on this very critical component of their business.

David Kalinchuk

Economic Development Manager

Rocky View County

Adrian Munro


Highfield Investment Group Inc.

James Moller

General Manager, Alberta & Manitoba Region, Retail, CrossIron Mills

Ivanhoe Cambridge

Valerie Bohaychuk, PhD

Acting Executive Director, Food Safety Branch

Agriculture and Forestry, Government of Alberta

Brad Andres

Director – Emergency Management Services

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Tyler Martin

HSSE Manager

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. Edmonton Poultry

Alex Dale

Global Solution Consultant


Amit Bhargava



Marie Jurcevic

Sustainability Lead

ARC Resources

Kait Dinunzio

Senior Partner and Chief Change Officer

Helios Consulting


Kellie Johnston

Vice President Sustainability and General Counsel

Certarus Ltd.

Curtis Friesen

Plant Manager


October 19, 2022

7:30 am

8:00 am

Registration and Coffee

Keynote Address

James Cairns

Senior Vice-President, Rail Centric Supply Chain

Canadian National Railway