Registration & Breakfast 7:45-8:45 AM
Opening Remarks 8:45-9:00 AM
Master of Ceremony - Jennifer Crosby, Global News
Jennifer Crosby is a veteran communicator and journalist, bringing heart and humour to the anchor desk. Her extensive interviewing and live news experience drive the conversation around the day’s biggest stories during Global News at Noon, a new style of broadcast that digs deeper into the issues that define us. Jennifer is the recipient of a Visionaries Under 40 award for media and publishing. She holds a diploma in Broadcast Journalism from BCIT and a Bachelors of Anthropology from the University of Victoria. A lapsed novelist and extremely amateur chef, Jennifer is also a frequent emcee for beloved local events like Ballet Edmonton’s Art & Sole, and the 1000 Women annual fundraising luncheon.
opening Keynote 9:00-9:45 AM
Peter van Stolk, CEO, SPUD.ca
Peter van Stolk is the CEO of Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery or SPUD.ca TM, and Food-X Urban Delivery Inc. SPUD Inc. has expanded into one of the largest online grocery companies in Canada, employing over 700 people across all its markets delivering fresh, local, organic produce and groceries. With a mission of changing the world one bite at a time and a passion for a sustainable food system, SPUD’s goal is to use its connection to local and organic food to help improve the places where we live and work. From this vision, Be Fresh Local Market was proudly cultivated by SPUD, with the first store opening in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood in 2015. Be Fresh currently serves six local communities in Vancouver. In 2017, Blush Lane Organic Market joined the SPUD family supporting Edmonton and Calgary across five locations. van Stolk believes: “Food will have the greatest impact on our generation. How we think about food, how we buy food, and how we consume food will change, and we are excited to be a part of this transformation.”
van Stolk has been recognized for his business savvy and innovative branding strategies in various publications such as The New York Times®, CNN®, Wall Street Journal®, Fast CompanyTM, Inc.MagazineTM and People Magazine®. Peter has received numerous business awards including Price, Waterhouse, Coopers’ 40 under 40, Brand Week’s Top 100 Marketer, and was chosen as one of Canada’s Top One Hundred Canadians by MacLean’s Magazine®.
opening panel discussion 9:45-10:30 AM
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