2022 Conference Theme

Dairy’s changing landscape—achieving sustainable growth in BC’s dairy sector.

As we gather together as an industry for the first time since November 2019, this year’s conference will centre around the most critical issues facing the BC Dairy industry. You’ll hear from top experts and industry leaders on worldwide dairy economics, the local processing and retail landscape, the future of the Western Milk Pool, and more.  The conference brings dairy producers, industry affiliates, and stakeholders together to learn from each other and discuss how we can face the challenges ahead together. 

Through networking, presentations by experts, and participation in our organizations’ meetings, attendees will gain new industry knowledge and most importantly, renewed connections with peers and business partners.

Registration is now closed. For last-minute registration inquiries, please email Carla Soutar at csoutar@bcdairy.ca

Our featured speakers.

Christophe Lafougere, Gira Consultancy & Research

An expert in worldwide dairy markets and research, Christophe will be share insights on current levels of production worldwide compared to global demand, imports, exports, whether prices will rise or fall, and what we can project for the next 5-10 years.

Dan Wong, Western Dairy Council

President of the Western Dairy Council, Dan has been heavily involved in dairy processing in Western Canada for over 25 years. We will hear updates to the processing side of the industry from across the Western Milk Pool, and what to expect going forward in the post-Covid era.

Michael Graydon, CEO of Food, Health, and Consumer Products of Canada

Michael will share his expertise on the value of a national Grocery Code of Conduct, and how it will help solve some of our sales challenges.

Featured speakers continued below.

You’ll also hear from…

Ned Bell, BuyBC

Executive Chef Ned Bell is the new ambassador for BuyBC, a program that promotes awareness and support for food and beverages produced in BC. Ned is a long-time champion of shopping, sourcing and eating sustainably, and will further advocate for the best local foods, farmers and fishers while increasing relationships with chefs and restauranteurs. 

Fawn Jackson, Dairy Farmers of Canada

As DFC’s  Chief Sustainability Officer Fawn Jackson, who is still involved in her family’s farm, will be further explaining DFC’s NetZero 2050 campaign, including highlighting the great work BC’s dairy farms are already doing towards meeting these goals.

Minister Lana Popham

Agriculture Minister Lana Popham is passionate about sustainable farming, and supporting producers in all commodities across BC. 

Henry Holtmann, Western Milk Pool

The Chair of the Western Milk Pool, Henry Holtmann is also on the Board of Directors for Dairy Farmers of Manitoba. Henry will be sharing updates on the future of the Western Milk Pool, and how the comprehensive partnership will benefit producers.

Together again.

BC Dairy and the BC Milk Marketing Board are pleased to host the return of the BC Dairy Industry Conference this fall. The event will take place on November 23 & 24th. 2022 at the JW Marriott Parq Hotel in Vancouver.

The highly anticipated annual event brings dairy producers, industry affiliates, and stakeholders together to discuss emerging and critical issues in the dairy business. Following two years of cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are looking forward to gathering together again. Full conference agenda will be available soon.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event or have any other questions, please contact us!

Thank you to our 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.