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Annual Dairy Policy Conference

About the Event

The Annual Dairy Policy Conference (APC) has been bringing together the industry’s leaders from coast to coast to discuss the issues that impact their everyday lives and livelihoods. This year more than ever you need to join us to make your voice heard and to network.

This year’s theme is “Together for a healthy future”. At DFC we see our industry as being an important part of Canada economic health as well as an important part of our fellow Canadians healthy and balanced diet. The dairy industry has been part of Canada landscape since day one and we intend to continue to contribute positively to our country for the many years to come.

The legendary Dairy Reception will take place on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.  The 2017 event was a huge success and we know the 2018 version will be equally, if not more, successful.  The open session on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 will feature an update on DFC’s activities during 2017, World Dairy Outlook information and a keynote speaker.  There will also be a presentation of global marketing and nutrition trends. A government representative should also address the delegates’ during the conference.

We very much look forward to crossing paths with you at the Fairmount Château Laurier in the nation capital, from February 7 to 8. We sincerely hope you will attend in great numbers. After all, it is by working together that we will be successful in make a healthier future for Canada.

The full conference rate for DFC Members and Associate Members includes: business meeting, documentation, all health breaks, lunch on Feb. 7 and 8th, and attendance at the President’s reception February 6, 2018.   

The full conference rate for Non-DFC Members and government includes: business meeting, documentation, all health breaks, lunch on Feb. 7th, and attendance at the President’s reception February 6, 2018.

Please take advantage of your stay by signing up for the Research Symposium. Registration is free.

Full Registration for DFC Members and Associate Members

(includes Dairy Showcase Reception, all Nutrition Breaks and Lunch on Feb. 7, 2018)


Full Registration for Non DFC Members

(includes Dairy Showcase Reception, all Nutrition Breaks and meeting materials)


Dairy Showcase Reception only

(Tuesday, February 6, 2018)



February 5, 2018

02/05/2018 - 08:30 to 19:00

Board of Directors Meeting

02/05/2018 - 18:30 to 19:30

Lobby Day Producer Briefing

February 6, 2018

02/06/2018 - 08:00 to 17:00

Meetings with Members of Parliament by Delegates

02/06/2018 - 18:00 to 21:00

Dairy Showcase Reception

February 7, 2018

02/07/2018 - 08:30 to 09:30

Welcome Remarks from Master of Ceremonies

  • Call to Order
  • Singing of O Canada
  • Notice of Meeting
  • Roll Call
  • Review of Agenda
  • Approval of July 18, 2017 Minutes
  • President’s Address
  • Chief Executive Officer’s Address
  • Introduction of Board Members
  • Report of the Board


02/07/2018 - 09:30 to 10:00

World Dairy Outlook

Question Period

02/07/2018 - 10:00 to 10:30

Health Break

02/07/2018 - 10:30 to 12:00

DFC Departmental Updates

  • Policy and Trade; GR and Communications; Business Stakeholder Relations; Marketing; Nutrition
  • Question Period
02/07/2018 - 12:00 to 13:30


02/07/2018 - 13:30 to 14:00

Presentation of 2018 Budget

02/07/2018 - 14:00 to 14:30

Presentation on Digital Application

Question Period

02/07/2018 - 14:30 to 15:00

Health Break

02/07/2018 - 15:00 to 16:30

Results of Promotional Campaigns

  • Presentation by Don Mayo, Managing Partner, IMI
  • Question Period
02/07/2018 - 16:30


February 8, 2018

02/08/2018 - 08:30 to 09:30

2018 DFC Policy Statement

  • Discussion
02/08/2018 - 09:30 to 10:30

Review of Trade Matters

  • Presentation by Peter Clark, Grey, Clark, Shih and Associates Limited
02/08/2018 - 10:30 to 11:00

Health Break

02/08/2018 - 11:00 to 12:00

Keynote Speaker

  • Bruce Sargent, Dairy Farmer and Farm Boy Productions
  • Question Period
02/08/2018 - 12:00 to 13:00


02/08/2018 - 13:00 to 16:00

Closed Session for Dairy Farmers Only

02/08/2018 - 16:00 to 16:30


02/08/2018 - 16:30 to 17:00

Board of Directors Meeting


Fairmont Chateau Laurier

1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7

Things to do

Daughter at the NAC

February 9th and 10th at 7pm.

The most talked-about performance of the 2016 Toronto SummerWorks festival, master clown Adam Lazarus explodes the taboos of fatherhood in Daughter, a provocative performance that asks where dads are supposed to file the wilder ideas and experiences of their earlier lives.

Ottawa Tourism

This is Ottawa, Canada’s capital. Come experience it for yourself.


For more information about the event, please contact Pamela Harrod,, 613-236-9997.