Meet and Greets

What is a Meet & Greet?  

Meet & Greets are gatherings for 1 hour or longer hosted by groups or companies.

Typically the format of these sessions is less structured.  A short presentation may be made, or a question & answer period may be offered.  Often there is ample time to drop by and mingle with others interested in the same topic.

What is the cost?

Almost all Meet & Greets are free.  See descriptions for each Meet & Greet.

Who can attend?

Unless otherwise specified, anyone is welcome to attend.

Do I need to register?

This depends on the Meet & Greet.  If the particular meeting requires registration, it will be noted in each description below.  

These metings are hosted by groups, not by the Conference.  You can not register for Meet & Greets through this website.  If required, contact the individual meeting host.

What if my business or organization wants to host a Meet & Greet?

Please scroll to the bottom of this page for booking terms and reporting requirements.

Meet & Greet Schedule for 2018

last updated Dec 19, 2017 


Saturday January 27th Meet & Greets

About the OMRI Canada Review Program
Hosted by OMRI – Organic Materials Review Institute

Saturday, January 27, 2018    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

  • Join OMRI for our annual interactive session and complimentary lunch of organic soup, breadsticks, cookies and coffee!
  • This session will be lead by OMRI’s Technical Director – Jo Mirenda.
  • An overview and update on the OMRI Canada Review Program will be presented.
  • Interact with OMRI staff in an open Q & A
  • Cost to attend:  FREE
  • Registration Required?:  YES, you must register directly with the organizers for this event.  Please RSVP to – preferably by January 8th.
  • Location – UC 335  (3rd Floor of the University Centre)


Getting To Know Your Canadian Organic Market
Hosted by COTA (Canada Organic Trade Association) 
Saturday, January 27th, 2018    10:30 am -11:30 am

  • Deepen your understanding of the Canadian organic market by taking a look at our new consumer data:
    • New organic statistics
    • Industry trends
    • Regulatory updates
  • No registration required.
  • Location – UC 334 (3rd Floor of the University Centre)


Field Crop Growers Meeting
Hosted by Thompsons Limited
Saturday, January 27th  12:00 pm to 1:15 pm  

  • Join us for a light lunch and a discussion of the latest developments in Ontario’s organic field crop sector including:
    • Organic grain market trends and opportunities
    • Soil and crop management strategies
    • EcoTea products for seed, soils and plants
  • Cost to attend:  FREE
  • Registration Required?:  Yes, please RSVP by January 15th to Rob Wallbridge, Thompsons Limited Organic Specialist at or 613-724-9287
  • Location:  UC 441 (4th Floor of the University Centre)


A farmer-driven, co-operative local food system for Southwestern Ontario: Visions and next steps
Hosted by Grey-Bruce Centre for Agro-Ecology & Group Facilitators Brenda Hsueh & Thorsten Arnold
Saturday, January 27th, 2018    12:00pm to 1:15pm

  • Focus – A food system that promotes ecological farming requires that our sector shifts from an individualistic, competition-oriented approach among farmers toward a collaboration to re-build essential rural infrastructure and connect with cities.
  • Building on recent initiatives in Grey Bruce, we identify limitations and barriers and present strategies to overcome these and present a vision of a networks of collaborating but independent co-operatives.
  • Cost to attend:  FREE
  • Location:  UC333 (3rd Floor – Guelph University Centre)


Vegetable Farmer & Seed Grower Consultation:  Variety Needs Assessment and Consultation
Hosted by USC Canada/The Bauta Family Seed Initiative
Saturday, January 27th   12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

  • Every year more and more vegetable farmers are integrating seeds onto their farms. The next step towards building a resilient regional seed system is to create new varieties that are adapted to local farming conditions. The Bauta Family Seed Initiative is planning to launch Canada’s first participatory plant breeding program on vegetables in 2018. The first step towards creating new vegetable varieties is to talk to farmers about the varieties they would like to see!
  • This session is a consultation that is open to all vegetable farmers – whether you grow seed or not – to discuss the qualities of your favourite varieties, the characteristics you would like to see for new vegetable varieties, and how you would like to save seed from them, or improve them to create new varieties on your farm.
  • Cost to attend:  FREE
  • Location:  McNaughton 118


Will You Be Out of Business? 
Bill 153 and Small Scale Supports:  Give us your input!
Hosted by the Organic Council of Ontario (OCO)
Saturday, January 27th  1:00 pm to 2:30 pm  

  • Are you a small-scale or direct market farmer?  
  • Are you a retailer who deals with uncertified organic products?
  • Come and learn more about Bill 153, the proposed Organic Products Act and what it means for your business.
  • We are seeking feedback on the bill and ways to make certifying under an Ontario regulation more accessible and rewarding for more businesses.
  • Light refreshments available.
  • Cost to attend:  FREE but please RSVP to
  • Location:  University Club (5th Floor)


Grow Ontario Organic Report and Directory Unveiling
Hosted by the Organic Council of Ontario (OCO)
Saturday, January 27th  3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

  • OCO is pleased to share the results of two key projects from 2017!
  • The first project is the Ontario Organic Business-to-Business directory that includes all certified organic operators and OCO members as well as organic services and classifieds.
  • The second project is OCO’s Grow Ontario Organic Consultation 2016-2017 Final Report.  After over 500 surveys, 10 focus groups and 42 interviews, the report details the sectors opportunities, challenges and priorities for the next 5 to 10 years.
  • Come find out what OCO plans to achieve, and be part of the future of Ontario organics.
  • Light refreshments available.  Cash bar open at 4:30pm
  • Cost to attend:  FREE but please RSVP to *Spaces are limited
  • Location:  University Club (5th Floor)



Sunday January 28th Meet & Greets

International Soil Fertility & Compost
Hosted by the Society for Biodynamic Farming and Gardening in Ontario & Demeter Canada
Sunday, January 28th   10:30 am to 12:00 pm

  • Speaker – Uli Johannes Koenig
  • Uli Johannes Koenig has specialized in soil fertility, compost, and the biodynamic preparation making since 1989.
  • He is based at the Research Center for International Bio-Dynamic Economics (Forschungsring für Biologisch-Dynamische Wirtschaftsweise e.V.)
  • A presenter at the conference, he will be available for questions and discussion at this time.
  • Location:  UC335 (3rd Floor – Guelph University Centre)


Demeter (Biodynamic) Certification
Hosted by the Society for Biodynamic Farming and Gardening in Ontario & Demeter Canada
Sunday, January 28th   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

    • Speakers
      • Uli Hack – Demeter Canada Board Member
      • Laurie McGregor – Demeter Canada Administrator
    • Uli & Laurie of Demeter Canada – the certifier for biodynamic farms in Canada – will be available to provide one-on-one information, answer questions, and discuss requirements for a farmer or producer to be able to term their product “biodynamic” in the marketplace.
    • Location:  UC335 (3rd Floor – Guelph University Centre)


Switchgrass – A Superior Bedding and Mulch Choice for Organic Farmers?
Ontario BioMass Producers Cooperative & REAP Canada

Sunday, January 28th  12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

      • Join farmers and scientists for a discussion of the latest applications of switchgrass in organic applications including:
        • Why switchgrass is a more hygenic bedding option for organic farmers than cereal straws.
        • Improving weed control through mulch applications for small fruits, vegetables and ornamental gardens.
        • New switchgrass cultivars that were bred for organic farming – an update from Roger Samson
        • A briefing of the latest switchgrass publications and videos, created in a joing KTT effort by OBPC, REAP-Canada, OMAFRA, and the University of Guelph.
        • Website for Ontario Biomass Producers –
      • Cost to attend:  FREE
      • Registration:  Yes.  RSVP by January 24th appreciated.  RSVP by email or by phone to Grey Ag Services 1-844-986-7545
      • Location:  UC 334 (3rd Floor – Guelph University Centre)


Unique Agricultural Project
Project Harvest – Guatemala

Sunday, January 28th  12:00pm to 1:30pm

      • The purpose of Project Harvest is to empower rural subsistence farmers through the creation of organic gardens and promoting the right to food.
      • Cost to attend:  FREE
      • Location:  UC 333 (3rd Floor – Guelph University Centre)


Being the Change
Hosted by Pachamama Alliance Earthcare – Waterloo Wellington Community
Sunday, January 28th   – Cancelled –


Hosting a Meet & Greet

If your business or organization would like to host a Meet & Greet contact the Conference Manager, Tomas Nimmo .   
Email:    Phone:  705-444-0923

All rooms are booked for 2018.  The deadline for 2019 Meet & Greet room requests will be May 1st, 2018.

Preference is given to companies & groups with an existing link to the Conference such as sponsors, exhibitors & speakers.  

New for 2018…
*All Meet & Greet organizers are asked to provide a short informal report via email to Tomas  by February 15, 2018.

Please include information on the following…

      • # of attendees (asking attendees to sign an attendance list should be considered)
      • Background/experience of attendees
      • Did your attendees also stay for other conference activities like the trade show and/or workshops?
      • Would you want to do it again?
      • General observations
      • Would you pay an administrative charge of $50-$100 for this room to cover some of the related costs?  The conference incurs several charges such as room rental fees, staff time to co-ordinate and promote – which have previously been absorbed to encourage these incubator rooms.  We are determining if the conference can continue to cover these costs.