Tuesday, February 1st
Link to Youtube Video: https://youtu.be/ynyX3Jz_24A
7:00 pm. (10 min)
Words of Welcome and Introduction: Frank Heerkens
7:10 pm. (10 min)
Presentation and Announcement by the Honourable Randy Pettapiece Parlimentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (see below for bio.)
7:25 pm. (25 min)
Update on OMSPA Strategic Plan and the Ontario Maple Products Sector Development Strategy: Randal Goodfellow
7:50 pm. (20 min)
“OMAFRA Maple Specialist Update” –Jenny Liu
8:10 pm. (20 min)
"Climate Change and the Ontario Maple Products Sector": Paul Renaud on behalf of the Climate Change Working Group
Wednesday, February 2nd
Link to Youtube Video: https://youtu.be/fY2_oyVCtkY
7:00 pm. (5 min)
Words of Welcome and Introduction of speakers: Randal Goodfellow
7:05 pm. (Presentation and Q & A) (45 min)
“An Industry in Transition” (Business Relations: Tap Rentals, Sap and / or Concentrate Purchase” Mark Cannella, University of Vermont Extension - see below for bio.
This presentation will discuss the different business practices of modern maple producers as they seek to improve viability. We will look at the financial situation for maple producers across a variety of business models and scale of operation. We will also discuss several business to business relationships (tap rental, leases, partnerships, etc…) and review UVM legal planning resources that can help you establish agreements between businesses or landowners.
7:50 pm. (Presentation and Q & A) (45 min)
“Business Succession Planning and other Business Insights from Farm Credit Canada”, Perry Wilson, VP Operations Ontario. See below for bio.