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The GREAT Institute and Network

Greenhouse Research Education And Training Institute
 
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Presented With Our Friends at the Greenhouse Technology Network (GTN)

THE ROLE OF VEGETABLE GREENHOUSES
IN CANADIAN FOOD SECURITY AND SOVEREIGNTY


THU.MAR.24 1000HRS-1130HRS

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Featuring Canada's "Food Professor"
Sylvain Charlebois

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Now, perhaps more than ever, people are better understanding the importance of supply chains and food supply to national security.  Greenhouses offer resilient, controlled growing environments capable of producing efficient, targeted, high quality yields.  The Greenhouse Sector has a significant and expanding role to play in the Canadian economy.  Ontario Greenhouse vegetable production alone is a billion dollar industry that has plans to grow at unprecedented rates over the next five years.  The sector is rich with innovation and development. Growers, government agencies, NGOs, consultants, and academia have each contributed to moving Canada's Greenhouse Sector forward.  While there are examples of inter-agency cooperation, no one agency exists that can act as a central hub for the research, dissemination, and knowledge translation - to put innovation into wide practice.  A prospective GREAT Institute and Network would provide links for the coordination of Greenhouse research opportunities and activities, but also the wider education of all Greenhouse stakeholders (including the public).  Such an Institute would leverage the expertise of grower, government, NGO, retailer, consumer, and academic members to train the next generation of Greenhouse professionals for Canadian and wider global employment.

Overarching Objectives of the GREAT Institute.

  • Enable the GREAT potential of Canada's Greenhouse Sector.

  • Radically improve Greenhouse Project Team Building through a redundantly connected GREAT Network.

  • Create opportunities for Multi-institutionally Integrated Greenhouse Training for domestic and international students.

  • Capture the interest and passion of the Next Generation of Amplified Agriculturalists to drive foundational future growth of Canadian Greenhouse Horticulture.

  • Educate the Canadian public on the critical value of Greenhouse to National Food Security.

  • Build the best brand for Exporting Unique Canadian Greenhouse Expertise to the rest of the world.

Who Should Participate?

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GROWERS

Weigh-in with what's important to you.  Could a central institute for research, education, and training be useful/helpful to the sector?  Do you see a different or better way forward?

This is your sector - participate and shape subsequent efforts in this theme.

GOVERNMENT

Hear what growers are saying.  Contribute your own experiences with similar efforts.  Provide inputs on how such an institute may help to reach stakeholders of government research.

NGOs

Could a central institute be a helpful conduit to deliver your members' research, education, and training mandates?

ACADEMICS

Offer your take on what education and training services could be offered by academic institutions.

How could this institute help connect researchers with other experts in the sector with shared interests?

The next GREAT Network webinar.

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The Next
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Network Webinars/Events

 

A GREAT AND GTN FIRESIDE CHAT!

The Role of Vegetable Greenhouses

in Canadian Food Security and Sovereignty

THU.MAR.24.2022

1000HRS-1130HRS

Greenhouses are flexible and dynamic assets in Canada's food industry.  Can it be deployed more and/or differently to improve Canadian Food Security and Sovereignty?

Recent GREAT Webinars

Outcomes of Webinar 4: Grand Challenges and Opportunities in CEA.

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Outcomes from the GREAT Network Webinar:

"Grand Challenges and Opportunities in CEA"

THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2021.

1030 HRS - 1200 HRS

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Outcomes of Webinar 3: Education and Training in CEA.

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Outcomes from the GREAT Network Webinar:

"Education and Training in Controlled Environment Agriculture"

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2021.

1030 HRS - 1200 HRS

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Outcomes of Webinar 2: GREAT Network - Who Does What and Where?

Outcomes of Exploratory Webinar 1

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Outcomes from the GREAT Network Webinar:

"Who Does What and Where?"

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2020.

1030 HRS - 1200 HRS

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Outcomes of Webinar 1: Institute Concept Exploration.

Outcomes from the GREAT Institute Exploratory

 Webinar 1

THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2020.

1030 HRS - 1200 HRS

Expert Commentary Was Provided By:

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Dr. Justine Taylor

Manager

Science and Government Relations

Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG)

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Mr. Lucas Semple

General Manager

Under Sun Acres Inc.

Rising Sun Acres Inc.

Mr. Gene Ingratta

President and CEO

Allegro Acres Inc.

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Mr. Peter Quiring

President and CEO

South Essex Fabricating Inc.

and Nature Fresh Farms Inc.

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