Join us in-person or attend virtually November 24-25, 2021

The 2021 BC Dairy Industry Conference is a two-day event organized by BC Dairy and the BC Milk Marketing Board. The highly anticipated annual event will bring dairy producers, industry affiliates, and stakeholders together to discuss emerging and critical issues in the dairy business. Through networking, presentations by experts, and participation in our organizations’ annual meetings, attendees will gain new industry knowledge and most importantly, renewed connections with peers and business partners.

The BC Dairy Industry Conference has grown consistently over the years, with over 500 in attendance in 2019, including representation from over 100 dairy farms from across the province.

The 2021 program will include the Annual General Meetings of the BC Milk Marketing Board, BC Dairy Association and Dairy Industry Development Council. It will also include the BC Milk Marketing Board’s Fall Industry Meeting, and updates on national dairy issues from the Dairy Farmers of Canada.

This year, the conference will be held in-person in Vancouver, but all presentations and meeting portions of the agenda will also be available to attend virtually.

Currently, British Columbia is in stage three of the COVID-19 restart plan. During stage three, the BC Dairy Industry Conference is restricted to a maximum of 300 in-person capacity.  By order of the BC Provincial Health Officer (PHO), proof of vaccination will be required to attend.

Register for the 2021 BC Dairy Industry Conference

Conference Venue

JW Marriot Parq

Located along the active False Creek waterfront of downtown Vancouver, the exquisite JW Marriot Parq Vancouver will be the conference venue for the 2021 BC Dairy Conference.

BC Dairy Conference venue JW Marriot Parq

Preliminary Program

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

12:00 – 1:00 PM Conference Registration 

1:00 – 1:30 PM BC Milk Marketing Board AGM 

1:30 – 2:00 PM BC Dairy Association AGM 

2:00 – 2:30 PM Dairy Industry Development Council AGM 

2:30 – 3:15 PM Nutrition Break 

3:15 – 4:45 PM Fall Industry Meeting 

4:45 – 5:45 PM Innovation Dairy BC Report 

8:00 – 10:00 PM Welcome Reception 

Thursday, November 25, 2021

8:00 – 8:45 AM Breakfast 

9:00 – 9:30 AM Welcome Address & Minister’s Remarks 

9:30 – 10:20 AM The Sustainable Dairy Partnership
Oscar Meuffels, Director Dutch Dairy Association 

10:20 – 10:35 AM Dairy Historical Award 

10:35 – 11:10 AM Nutrition Break & Sponsor Exhibition 

11:10 AM – 12:00 PM Innovation, Advancements & Opportunities in Dairy Processing
Mark Taylor, CEO Lactalis Canada

12:00 – 12:30 PM Processor Update
Dairy Processors Association of Canada & Western Dairy Council 

12:30 – 2:00 PM Lunch, Networking & Sponsor Exhibition 

2:00 – 2:50 AM Global Dairy Business Trends
Christophe Lafougère, Managing Director of Gira 

2:50 – 3:10 PM BC Dairy Program Update
BC Dairy Chair Holger Schwichtenberg & GM Jeremy Dunn 

3:10 – 3:40 PM DFC Update
Pierre Lampron, President & Jacques Lefebvre, Chief Executive Officer 

3:40 – 4:00 PM Conference Wrap up 

6:00 – 7:00 PM Gala Reception 

7:00 – 10:00 PM Gala Dinner 

10:00 PM – 1:00 AM Après-Gala Lounge

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors.

A special thanks to our sponsors, who support the BC Dairy Industry Conference each year.

Contributing Partners

Thank you to our partners for supporting the BC Dairy Industry Conferenece each year.

Interested in Sponsorship? Email us at sponsorships@bcdairyconference.ca for more information.