December 1-3 2020
















About the Event 

Canola Week is a merger of Keith Downey’s Canola Industry Meeting (est. 1970), Wilf Keller’s Canola Innovation Day (est. 2003), and the Canola Council of Canada’s Canola Discovery Forum (est. 2013). This three-day series of virtual sessions will focus on updating all players in the canola industry on:

• State of the industry, trade, end-use products & markets
• Research and innovation
• Cutting edge technologies
• Agronomic issues and the 2020 crop
• Canola fertility is the particular focus for the second day (Canola Discovery Forum) sessions.

Please join us in an engaging, interactive, and informative series of sessions and participate at networking tables to get all your canola questions answered.

“I would like to welcome you to the 50th anniversary of the Canola Industry Meeting, which happens to be part of Canola Week this year. Back in 1970, I created the Canola Industry Meeting as a way for researchers and end-users to work together to drive the rapeseed and later the canola crop forward. Today, having the canola industry working together and sharing ideas is as important now as it was then.”

The Canola Council of Canada would like to thank their core funders for their support, which allows us to host Canola Week and other industry meetings. For a listing of our core funders, please follow this link:

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Featured Speakers

Committee Members List:

  • Co-Chair- Dr. Sally Vail, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Co-Chair – Clinton Jurke, Canola Council of Canada
  • Andrew Sharpe, Global Institute for Food Security
  • Bev Strangeland, Ag-West Bio
  • Curtis Rempel, Canola Council of Canada
  • Doug Heath, SaskCanola
  • Erynn Blythe, Cargill
  • Hieronim Polewicz, BASF
  • Isobel Parkin, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Jamie MacFadden, Canola Council of Canada
  • Jay Whetter, Canola Council of Canada
  • Jitao Zou, National Research Council
  • Katy Navabi, Global Institute for Food Security
  • Keith Downey, emeritus
  • Mark Smith, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Raymond Gadoua, Canola Council of Canada
  • Rex Newkirk, University of Saskatchewan
  • Van Ripley, Nuseed
  • Warren Ward, Canola Council of Canada

Canola Schedule

December 1, 2020

Day One Agenda

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All sessions listed below are in CST


09:30 – 09:35
Clint Jurke
Canola Council of Canada

09:35 – 09:50
“Canola 101”Larry Sernyk
Larry Sernyk

Industry Updates 

09:50 – 10:05
Canadian Canola Industry Update
Jim Everson
Canola Council of Canada

10:05 – 10:20
EU Industry & Regulations / GCIRC Update
Stephan Arens, Managing Director of UFOP
Union Zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP)

10:20 – 10:40
Worldwide Oil Markets
Thomas Mielke (ISTA Mielke GmbH)
ISTA Mielke GmbH

10:40 – 10:55
Market Access and Trade with China

Kathleen Donohue (interviewed by Brian Innes)
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Market Access Secretariat and Canola Council of Canada

10:55 – 11:05
Meal Update
Brittany Dyck
Canola Council of Canada

11:05 – 11:15
Processing Update
Chris Vervaet (COPA)
Canadian Oilseed Processors Association

1115 – 1130
Live Q&A Panel

11:30 – 13:30 Break
Networking break
virtual tables in the Networking Lounge are open


Crop updates and reports

13:30 -13:45
Prairie Provincial Crop Report
Cory Jacob
SK Ministry of Agriculture

13:45 – 13:52
Kelly Turkington
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

13:52 – 13:59
James Tansey
SK Ministry of Agriculture

13:59 – 14:06
Raymond Gadoua
Canola Council of Canada

14:06 – 14:13
Canadian Grain Commission
Véronique Barthet
Canadian Grain Commission


Research updates

14:13 – 14:19
Manitoba Canola Growers and Provincially Funded Research
Delaney Ross Burtnack
Manitoba Canola Growers Association

14:19 – 14:25
SaskCanola and Agriculture Development Fund Research
Doug Heath

14:25 – 14:31
Alberta Canola Producer Commission and Provincially Funded Research
Ward Toma
Alberta Canola

14:31 – 14:41
Canola Cluster update
Curtis Rempel
Canola Council of Canada

14:41 – 14:47
WGRF update
Pat Flaten
Western Grains Research Foundation


Challenges and opportunities for Canola


14:47 – 14:57
 Farmers’ Business Network Canola R&D
Larisa Morier
Farmers Business Network

14:57 – 15:12
Neonic and other PMRA issues
Frédéric Bissonnette
Pest Management Regulatory Agency

15:12 – 15:27
Future of canola research

David Dzisiak

1527 – 1530
Live Q&A Panel
Larry, Frederic, David, and Nick

1530 – 1545
Live Q&A Panel
Cory, Kelly, James, Raymond, Véronique, Delaney, Doug, Curtis, Pat, Larisa, Frédéric, David, and Larry

15:45 – 16:30
Networking Break
Virtual tables in the Networking Lounge are open

December 2, 2020

Day Two Agenda

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All sessions listed below are in CST

Canola Council of Canada Messaging

09:30 – 09:35

Warren Ward
Canola Council of Canada

09:30 – 09:35
2021 Key messages & 2020 Yield robbers
Justine Cornelsen
Canola Council of Canada

Fertility 4R

09:55 – 10:20
Fertilizer Canada on Fertility Survey
Mackenzie Smith
Fertilizer Canada

10:20 – 10:25
Live Q&A Panel
Justine and Mackenzie

10:25 – 10:55
4R Program Panel Discussion
Mario Tenuta, Lyle Cowell, Dean Nelson and Adam Gurr
University of Manitoba, Nutrien, farmer, Agri-Truth

Fertility nationally and internationally

10:55 – 11:10
Canadian Environmental Code of Practice
Ted Menzies
Voluntary Code of Practice for Grain Farmers

11:10 – 11:25
Overview of global novel fertility research
Tom Bruulsema
International Plant Nutrition Institute

1125 – 1135
Live Q&A Panel
Ted, Susie, Tom, and Taryn

11:30 – 13:30 CST

Networking break
virtual tables in the Networking Lounge are open


CARP and CAP fertility projects

11:30 – 13:40
Review/Overview CARP and CAP fertility projects, review canola fertility research

Nate Ort
Canola Council of Canada

13:40 – 13:55
Canola Cluster Agronomy NUE Project

Dr. Bao-Luo Ma
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

13:55 – 14:10
Canola Cluster Breeding/Genetics NUE project
Dr. Sally Vail
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

14:10 – 14:15
Live Q&A Panel
Nate, Bao-Luo, and Sally

Fertility workshop

14:15 – 14:45
Increasing 4R adoption exercise
Jay Whetter
Canola Council of Canada

Soil health and novel research

14:45 – 15:00
Climate change & soil microbiome
Benjamin Ellert, AAFC
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

15:00 – 15:15
Canola spectral remote sensing
John Sulik
University of Guelph

15:15 – 15:25
Live Q&A Panel
Benjamin and John

15:25 – 15:30
Concluding remarks

1530 – 1630
Networking break
virtual tables in the Networking Lounge are open

December 3, 2020

Day Three Agenda

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All sessions listed below are in CST


09:30 – 09:35
Rex Newkirk
University of Saskatchewan

Brassica seeds: Oils, fatty acids and meal

09:35 – 09:50
Christoph Hald
Technical University of Munich

09:50 – 10:05
Soon Soon Group
Neo Soon Bin
Soon Soon Group

10:05 – 10:20
Production of Punicic acid in canola
Guanqun(Gavin) Chen
University of Alberta

10:20 – 10:35
Breeding Carinata for Biofuels
Rick Bennett

1035 – 1050
Live Q&A Panel
Gavin and Rick



10:50 – 11:05
Venture Capitol perspective
Scott Day
Fall Line Capital

11:05 – 11:25
NSF Centre for Sustainable Polymers
Marc Hillmyer
University of Minnesota

1125 – 1130
Live Q&A Panel
Scott and Marc


11:30 – 13:30 Break
Networking break
Virtual tables in the Networking Lounge are open


New breeding strategies and methods

13:30 – 13:45
Plant Ditech – use of platform to study and manipulate water use efficiency
Menachem Moshelion
Hebrew U/Plant Ditech

13:45 – 14:00
Genomic selection in DHs for Blackleg resistance
Hans D. Daetwyler
Agriculture Victoria

14:00 – 14:20
Increasing yield by manipulating methylation profiles
Sally Mackenzie
EpiCrop Technologies

14:20 – 14:35
RADARSAT mission launches — remote sensing and potential applications in precision agriculture and phenotyping
Heather McNairn
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

14:35 – 14:53
Live Q&A Panel
Menachem, Hans, Sally MacKensie, and Francis

Canola Down Under

14:53 – 15:08
Australian Industry
Nick Goddard
Australian Oilseed Federation

15:08 – 15:20
Australian Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) funding program
Francis C. Ogbonnaya
Grains Research Development Corporation

15:20 – 15:25
Live Q&A Panel
Nick and Francis

15:25 – 15:30
Concluding Remarks
Sally Vail
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

15:30 – 16:30
Networking break
virtual tables in the Networking Lounge are open

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