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

updated August 29, 2017 – Please note that many details still need to be confirmed.  Final topic & description details should be available October/November.

Saturday January 27th Meet & Greets

Topic – ** to be confirmed
Hosted by OMRI 

Saturday, January 27, 2018    (exact times to be determined)

  • all details to be confirmed**
  • Cost to attend:  FREE
  • Registration Required?:  YES, you must register directly with the organizers for this event.  Please RSVP to marketing@omri.org – preferably by January 8th.
  • Location – UC 335  (3rd Floor of the University Centre)

 

Topic – ** to be confirmed
Hosted by COTA (Canada Organic Trade Association) and OCO (Organic Council of Ontario)
Saturday, January 27th, 2018  (time to be confirmed)

  • all details to be confirmed**
  • Location – UC 334 (3rd Floor of the University Centre)

 

Field Crop Growers Meeting
Hosted by Thompsons Limited
Saturday, January 27th  12:00 pm to 1:30 pm  **date & time to be confirmed

  • all details to be confirmed**
  • Cost to attend:  FREE
  • Registration Required?: ** details to be confirmed / following is info from 2017 – Yes, please RSVP by January 14th to Rob Wallbridge, Thompsons Limited Organic Specialist at RWallbridge@ThompsonsLimited.com 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)

 

Permaculture Design Meeting  
Hosted by Brad Peterson
Saturday, January 27th  12:00 pm to 1:30 pm  **date & time to be confirmed

  • all details to be confirmed**
  • Cost to attend:  FREE
  • Location:  UC332 (3rd Floor – Guelph University Centre)
 

Topic – Organic Transition
Hosted by COG – Canadian Organic Growers
Saturday, January 27th   *time to be confirmed

  • **all details to be confirmed
  • Cost to attend:  FREE
  • Contact 
  • Location:  McNaughton 118

 

Sunday January 28th Meet & Greets

Topic – ** to be confirmed
Hosted by the Biodynamic Society
date / time to be confirmed / tentatively 9:00am to 2:00pm

  • *all details to be confirmed
  • Location:  UC335 (3rd Floor – Guelph University Centre)

 

Topic – ** to be confirmed
Hosted by EFAO – Ecological Farmers of Ontario
date / time to be confirmed

  • *all details to be confirmed
  • Location:  UC332 (3rd Floor – Guelph University Centre)

 

Being the Change
Hosted by Pachamama Alliance Earthcare – Waterloo Wellington Community

Sunday, January 28th   12pm – 1pm

  • Become engaged in innovative game changing solutions.
  • This local Pachamama chapter is for anyone interested in caring for the earth – through farming and beyond.
  • Information will be provided on this organization and their 7 week online intensive course.
  • More information on the international parent organization at the Pachamama website by clicking here.
  • Cost to attend:  FREE
  • Registration Required:  No
  • Location:  UC 441 (4th Floor – Guelph University Centre)

 

Topic – ** to be confirmed
Ontario BioMass Producers Co-operative 

Sunday, January 28th  *time to be confirmed

  • *all details to be confirmed
  • Location:  UC 334 (3rd Floor – Guelph University Centre)

 

Topic – ** to be confirmed
Project Harvest 

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

  • *all details to be confirmed
  • Location:  UC 333 (3rd Floor – Guelph University Centre)

 

Hosting a Meet & Greet

If your business or organization would like to host a Meet & Greet contact the Conference Manager, Tomas Nimmo .   
Email:  organix@auracom.om    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 organix@auracom.com  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.