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Scientific Organic Conference 2016

Organic researchers networking with the canadian sector

Everyone is invited!


Two days of conference presentations
(in English)

and a field day of visits to Quebec organic farms

September 19-21 2016
At the Sandman Hotel

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World renowned international and Canadian scientists
will present their research in all aspects of organic agriculture,
including crop and livestock production, soil science, and value chain development.



Martin Entz

Professor of Cropping Systems and Natural Systems Agriculture at the University of Manitoba. He leads the Glenlea study – Canada’s oldest organic vs conventional farming systems experiment now in its 25th year.   This study has become a beacon for several exciting international collaborations. Together with his students, staff and collaborators, Martin has published 104 peer-reviewed scientific papers and 8 book chapters


Urs Niggli

Director of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland (since 1990). Dr. Niggli teaches organic farming policy and research strategy in the EU at the University of Kassel in Germany. He is president of the Technology and Innovation Platform of IFOAM (TIPI) and of the Sustainable Organic Agriculture Action Network of IFOAM (SOAAN). He has published 240 papers.


Nadia El-Hage Scialabba

Senior Officer, Organic Agriculture Programme
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Ms. Scialabba is responsible for the cross-sectoral programme on organic agriculture, in addition to other “green” tasks, where the challenge is to address the dual need to conserve natural resources while providing for an ever more demanding global population. Work


Monique Bestman

Scientific researcher for the Louis Bolk Institute ( in the Department of Animal Husbandry. Since 1999, Monique has been responsible for research and demonstration projects in animal health and welfare, especially in organic and free range poultry farming. Monique also has experience in writing handbooks and journal articles for farmers.


Ralph Martin

Ph.D. in Plant Science from McGill University, Professor and Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production at the Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph.
Ralph C. Martin  founded the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada ( in 2001 to coordinate university research and education pertaining to organic systems, across Canada


Derek Lynch

Associate Professor in the Department of Plant and Animal Sciences at Dalhousie University. Much of his research (organic field crop, dairying, and blueberry production) is conducted in partnership with commercial organic farms and producer groups and typically combines an assessment of the productivity and environmental or ecological impact of the production system.


Martine Dorais

Greenhouse crop physiologist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Dr. Dorais works on the development of sustainable production systems, including greenhouse crops, and leads or is participating in six research activities in the Organic Science Cluster II. Her ambition is “to have all agricultural systems organic or integrated. In greenhouses, we can create closed systems, with minimal inputs, where even wastes are anaerobically digested and recycled. I dream about having those systems everywhere!”


Steve Shirtliffe

Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Shirtliffe’s  responsibilities include teaching, research and extension in the area of crop agronomy. The central theme of his research is using agronomy to control weeds. Past and current projects have focused on the control of volunteer canola, oat agronomy, pulse crops, controlling herbicide resistant weeds and weed control in organic agriculture.

Loïc Dewavrin
Organic producer
Le Moulin des Cèdres
Daniel Brisebois
Organic producer
Ferme coopérative Tourne-Sol
Helen Jensen
Regional Coordinator
Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security.

To register, visit the Conference webpage

Early registration, with a preferential rate, is now open!

A tentative program is now available, and the final program will be completed soon

There will be a Banquet with good wine and a lots of interesting people to meet!
The Sandman Hotel is one metro station from downtown Montreal
and two stations from Old Montreal

Come discuss organic agriculture with us!


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