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Annual Dairy Policy Conference

About the Event

Over 200 delegates including dairy farmers, dairy processors, Members of Parliament, senior government officials, and other agricultural and dairy sector stakeholders will gather to discuss and hear from experts and engaging speakers on the opportunities and challenges facing Canada’s dairy sector, and the place of the dairy industry in a robust economy of the future in Canada.

Hear from political commentators, industry experts, government, and dairy producers on a range of topics including:

  • The Current Political Environment and Federal Election Readiness: Effectively Positioning Dairy and the Dairy Sector
  • The Evolving Dairy Sector: A Market Outlook
  • Canada’s Dairy Brand: Effectively Positioning Dairy, Dairy Products and Dairy Farmers
  • DFC 2.0: Delivering Value to Dairy Farmers
  • And More!

Join us also for the annual Dairy Reception taking place on Tuesday, February 5, 2019!

Stay tuned for speaker and program updates


Attendance at the Dairy Reception on February 5, 2019 to begin at 6:00pm. 

The full conference rate includes: Dairy Reception, business meeting, all health breaks and lunch on Feb. 6th.
To begin at 8:30 a.m. and end around noon on February 7, 2019. 

No refunds after January 14th, 2019.

Full Registration for DFC Members and Associate Members

(includes Dairy Reception Business Meeting, all health Breaks and Lunch on Feb. 6, 2019)


Full Registration for Non DFC Members and Government

(includes Dairy Reception Business Meeting, all health Breaks and meeting materials)


Dairy Reception only

  • (Tuesday, February 5, 2019)


February 4, 2019

02/04/2019 - 08:30 to 16:00

DFC Board of Directors Meeting (Adam Room)

(For board members only)

02/04/2019 - 19:00 to 21:30

Lobby Day Producer Briefing (Adam Room)

(For producers only)
Presentation: The Honorable Don Boudria, P.C.

February 5, 2019

02/05/2019 - 00:00 to 23:55

Meetings with Members of Parliament by Delegates

All day

02/05/2019 - 18:00 to 21:00

Dairy Reception (Ballroom)

February 6, 2019

02/06/2019 - 07:00 to 08:15

Breakfast/Roundtable with Dairy Farmers of Canada Board & Young Farmers’ Delegates (by invitation only) (Adam Room)

Theme: Engaging Millennials Presentation: David Coletto, CEO, Abacus Data Inc.

02/06/2019 - 07:00 to 08:15

Delegate Breakfast/Networking/Registration (Adam Room Corridor)

02/06/2019 - 08:15 to 08:40

Opening of Conference: Call to Order/Welcoming Remarks

(Adam Room) Singing of O Canada Notice of Meeting/Roll Call Approval of Agenda Approval of July 17-18, 2018 Minutes

02/06/2019 - 08:40 to 09:10

Keynote Addres

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, PC, MP,
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food; and

The Honourable James (Jim) Carr, PC, MP
Minister of International Trade Diversification

02/06/2019 - 09:10 to 09:30

World Market Overview & 2019 Outlook

A presentation on the state of the global dairy market and implications for Canada.
Rahul Kitchlu, Analyst, Policy & International, Dairy Farmers of Canada

02/06/2019 - 09:30 to 10:45

Dairy in Canada: 2030 and Beyond

A series of speakers will offer their perspectives on the opportunities, threats and other factors that will influence the future of the dairy industry in Canada. Hear a processor’s perspective, a young farmer’s perspective, and thoughts on how innovation and leadership will play a key role in preparing the industry for the future.

A Processor’s Perspective:
Lino Saputo, Jr., Chairman of the Board and CEO, Saputo Inc.

Innovation as a Building Dairy Block to the Future:
Phil Vanderpol, President & CEO, Vitalus Nutrition Inc. (Invited)

The Future of Dairy: Leadership and Rural Development
Jennifer Hayes, Commissioner, Canadian Dairy Commission

A Producer’s Perspective: Preparing for the Future:
Greg Debbink, Board Member, Alberta Milk

02/06/2019 - 10:45 to 11:15

Health Break

02/06/2019 - 11:15 to 12:00

Leveraging the Brand for Success

Experts will talk about developing, leveraging, and managing a brand promise to consumers. Hear what Canadians from across the country think today about the dairy brand, dairy farmers, the system we operate in, and the future Canadian dairy customer.

The Dairy Brand
Robert Coallier, CEO, Agropur Dairy Cooperative

Connecting with Canadians
David Coletto, CEO, Abacus Data Inc.

Arm Chair Discussion:
David Coletto, Moderator
David Hudson, Director, IMI International
Marsh Thornley, VP Client Services, STC

02/06/2019 - 12:30 to 13:30

Lunch (Ballroom)

02/06/2019 - 13:30 to 14:30

Keynote Speaker (Adam Room)

Chantal Hebert
Moderator: Jacques Lefebvre, CEO, Dairy Farmers of Canada

Chantal Hébert is a national affairs writer with The Toronto Star, a guest columnist for L’Actualité, and a weekly participant on the political panel At Issue on CBC TV’s The National. Chantal will speak about the Canadian political environment in the lead up to the 2019 federal election and offer her thoughts on what it means for dairy and dairy farmers.

02/06/2019 - 14:30 to 15:00

Health Break

02/06/2019 - 15:00 to 15:10

Remarks from Farm Credit Canada

Faith Matchett Vice President, Operations and Eastern Ontario

02/06/2019 - 15:10 to 16:10

The Improved Environmental Impact and Efficiency of Canadian Milk Production

Learn about the very latest findings on the Canadian dairy sector’s environmental footprint performance.
Jean-Michel Couture, Associate, Senior Consultant Corporate Responsibility, Groupe Agéco Inc.

02/06/2019 - 16:10 to 16:30

Wrap-up for the day

Pierre Lampron, President, Dairy Farmers of Canada

February 7, 2019

02/07/2019 - 07:00 to 08:00

Delegate Breakfast/Networking (Adam Room Corridor)

02/07/2019 - 08:00 to 08:15

Opening Remarks (Adam Room)

02/07/2019 - 08:15 to 09:00

Dairy Farmers of Canada’s Governance

A strong national organization needs effective governance to deliver value and meet the expectations of dairy farmers. The Institute on Governance will present recommendations to improve DFC governance.
Laura Edgar, Institute on Governance
Gert Schrijver, Chair, Dairy Farmers of Canada Sub-Committee on Governance

02/07/2019 - 09:00 to 09:40


Andrew Scheer, PC, MP, Leader of the Official Opposition

02/07/2019 - 09:40 to 10:40

Interactive Session: Dairy Farmers of Canada

An interactive session to hear from dairy farmers on positioning for the 2019 Federal election; our dairy brand; and DFC governance.

02/07/2019 - 10:40 to 11:10

Health Break

02/07/2019 - 11:10 to 11:40

Interactive Session: Dairy Farmers of Canada (Continued)

02/07/2019 - 11:40 to 12:15

Question and Answer Session

02/07/2019 - 12:15 to 12:30

Closing Remarks

Pierre Lampron, President, Dairy Farmers of Canada

02/07/2019 - 12:30 to 13:30

Board of Directors Meeting

(DFC Board Members Only)


Fairmont Chateau Laurier

1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7

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