Virtual event series explores the Future of Food

Posted: Mar 23, 2021

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Bioenterprise, EMILI join as title sponsors

Guelph ON | March 23, 2021 – Bioenterprise, Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, and the Enterprise Machine Intelligence & Learning Initiative (EMILI) in Manitoba are partnering with CityAge as title sponsors to deliver a three-part virtual event series called the Future of Food.

This is part of Bioenterprise’s ongoing collaboration with CityAge, an organization based in Vancouver and Las Vegas that specializes in promoting thought leadership through impactful events featuring high profile speakers.

“By working together with CityAge we are working to foster North American connections across the food and agri-tech ecosystems and drawing attention to the big issues facing our world,” says Bioenterprise CEO Dave Smardon. “We strongly believe our sector has a leading role to play in providing innovative solutions to many of those issues, from food security and food waste to sustainability and climate change.”

These new sessions build on the inaugural three-part Future of Food series hosted by CityAge last fall that was very well received. EMILI was also involved as a sponsor of that program.

“We are delighted Bioenterprise and EMILI are supporting our CityAge series on The Future of Food, an important forum where we bring together the ideas and leaders who are shaping the agri-food industry,” said Marc Andrew, CEO of CityAge. 

The first session will be held April 8, with the theme of “Building food security amid a changing climate”, featuring Clélia Cothier as the keynote speaker. Cothier is Project Manager for the Deep Space Food Challenge and Challenge Prize Fellow with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and Impact Canada. The Deep Space Food Challenge is a joint prize competition run in parallel by the CSA and NASA. The goal of the Challenge is to advance food production technologies to support long-duration space missions, and which have potential to benefit people on Earth.

“EMILI is pleased to once again sponsor the Future of Food series in collaboration with CityAge and Bioenterprise,” says EMILI’s Managing Director Jacqueline Keena. “In the first series, over 1,000 people from across Canada tuned in to learn more about intelligent technologies transforming the agri-food industry. We are looking forward to discussing the ways agri-food data is accelerating the growth of digital agriculture in the Canadian Prairies and around the world.”

Session two, on the topic of “Data to drive better food outcomes” will take place May 6 and will focus on how to build a more integrated and transparent agriculture ecosystem. The final event in the series, “Accelerating start-ups and SMEs”, will look at models of enterprise incubation and acceleration that work and how the agri-tech sector can use these resources to drive innovation.

All three events are free to attend. You can find out more information on each event and register here:

Bioenterprise is Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, bringing more than 15 years of industry experience and a national and international network of research institutions, academia, mentors and experts, government, and industry to help small and medium-sized businesses in the sector nationwide Connect, Innovate, and Grow. Through its experienced service partner network, Bioenterprise offers a wide range of expertise and support to its clients, and partnerships with other industries help open doors to new technologies and platforms to help food and agri-tech businesses innovate and grow. Visit to learn more.

EMILI is an Agriculture-AI accelerator based in Manitoba. Founded in 2016 by an industry-led board, EMILI works to grow the digital agriculture ecosystem in Manitoba and ensure that people have the skills required to embrace digital agriculture opportunities. EMILI’s four pillars of activity include intelligent technology integration, innovation and research, skills, training and talent development and capital enablement. Visit to learn more.

For more than a decade, CityAge has brought together thought leaders and innovators to share knowledge and connect. Find out more about CityAge and join the network of more than 10,000 leaders at


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