November 30 to December 2 2021

Canola Week registration closes 2:00pmCST Mon 29-Nov
Blackleg workshop – noon CST on Thurs 2-Dec

About the Event 

Canola Week is an online conference which combines three important canola industry meetings.

The Canola Industry Meeting, which was started by Dr. Keith Downey at Agriculture Canada fifty-one years ago in 1970, focusses on to sharing the latest updates of what’s happening in the canola industry in Canada. The first of these meetings were small, attracted around a dozen canola breeders and others, but it has grown as the canola industry has grown to be one of the largest canola meetings. In 2021, the Canola Industry Meeting on Day 1 (Tuesday 30-Nov) will focus on canola industry issues and how the crop preformed in one of the most severe droughts in Canadian history.

The Canola Discovery Forum, which is Day 2 of this conference, will focus more deeply into the latest research and understandings of how to improve our ability to harvest and store the canola crop. The Discovery Forum, which started as a research-review meeting by the Canola Council of Canada in 2013, has focussed over the years on setting canola research priorities for the industry in Canada and highlighting innovations that the industry can adopt to improve canola production.

The Canola Innovation Day on the third day of Canola Week will offer concurrent session highlighting research and innovation in molecular biology, breeding, and oil, protein and end-use products in canola. This technical meeting, started in 2003 by Dr. Wilf Keller at the National Research Council, has been essential at keeping the industry abreast of fast- evolving research fields. Expect to be impressed.

On Friday 3-Dec, after the close of the official conference, a half day workshop on Blackleg of Canola is being offered in conjunction with the Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS). This workshop will dig deep into the pathogen population, cultivar resistance, and disease management. Registration for this workshop is separate from the Canola Week registration process, but a link to the workshop form on the CPS website can be found on the Canola Week registration page.

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Canola Week Schedule

November 30, 2021

Canola Industry Meeting

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9:30-11:30 CST
Challenges and Opportunities for Canola

Dr. Steven Webb, Global Institute for Food Security

Canadian and International Industry Overview and Updates


Canola industry & innovation overviews; Processing, fertilizer, gene editing, seed registration and research funding policy updates; Invitation to the 2023 International Rapeseed Congress

Jim Everson, Canola Council of Canada
Chris Vervaet, Canadian Oilseed Processors Association
Cassandra Cotton, Fertilizer Canada
Dr. Neil Strand, Health Canada
Marco Valicenti, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Wendy Jahn, Registrar, National Manager, Seed Section, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Robert Wilson, GCIRC (Global Council for Innovation in Rapeseed & Canola)

11:30 – 13:30 CST Break

13:30-15:30 CST
2021 Crop updates and reports


2021 environmental, seed quality, production, pest and registration trials reports

Aston Chipanshi, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’
Dr. Véronique Barthet, Canadian Grain Commission
Dane Froese, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development
David Kaminski, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development
Raymond Gadoua, Canola Council of Canada
Dr. Meghan Vankosky, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Heat and Drought Tolerance: Where are we at and how far have we come the past 3-4 decades?


Heat stress, climate change and canola

Dr. Malcolm Morrison (co authored by Nathaniel Ort), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Research Updates


Provincial grower-funded canola research reports and Canadian Agricultural Partnership funded research updates

Amy Mangin, Manitoba Canola Growers
Brittany Hennig, Alberta Canola Producers Commission
Doug Heath, SaskCanola
Dr. Michael J. Emes, University of Guelph
Dr. David M. Mutch, University of Guelph

December 1, 2021

Canola Discovery Forum

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09:30 – 10:00 CST
CCC Innovation Strategy

Dr. Curtis Rempel, Canola Council of Canada
Jay Whetter, Canola Council of Canada

10:00 – 11:00 CST
Canola Harvest Management Panel

Jay Whetter (host), Canola Council of Canada
Chadrick Carley, Syngenta
Bruce Mackinnon, BASF
Lorne Grieger, PAMI
Shawn Senko, Canola Council of Canada

11:00 – 11:30 CST
CCC Agronomic Priorities

Jay Whetter (host), Canola Council of Canada
Clint Jurke, Canola Council of Canada

11:00 – 13:00 CST Break

13:00 – 13:45 CST
Research Summaries from the Canola Agronomic Research Program and the Canadian Agricultural Partnership

Taryn Dickson (host), Canola Council of Canada
Dr. Bao-luo Ma,  Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Dr. Tim Dumonceaux, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Dr. Brian Beres,  Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

13:45 – 14:45 CST
Canola Grain Storage Panel

Jay Whetter (host), Canola Council of Canada
Chandra Singh, Lethbridge College
Clayton Harder, Manitoba Canola Growers farmer director
Charley Sprenger, PAMI

14:45 – 15:30 CST
Shattering in Canola

Nicolea Dow, Manitoba Canola Growers farmer director from eastern Manitoba
Taryn Dickson, Canola Council of Canada
Dr. Lars Ostergaard, John Innes Centre

December 2, 2021

Canola Innovation Day

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09:30 – 11:30 (Concurrent) CST
Curtis’ Corner: Healthy Planet, Healthy You


Plant proteins and starches for biopolymers
Dr. Nandika Bandara, University of Manitoba
Dr. Qiang Liu, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Oils and Brain Health
Dr Richard Bazinet, University of Toronto
Dr Scott Harding, Kings College London and Memorial University

09:30 – 11:30 (Concurrent) CST

Digital Phenotyping


Maize and canola phenotyping
Dr. Seth Murray, Texas A&M University
Dr. Mik Cieslak, University of Calgary
Dr. Keshav Singh, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

10:30 – 11:30 (Concurrent) CST

Cutting Edge Molecular Technologies


Genome editing and quantitative proteomics for Brassica crop improvement

Dr. John C. Sedbrook, Illinois State University
Dr. Kristi Snell, Yield10 Bioscience
Dr. R. Glen Uhrig, University of Alberta


11:30 – 13:30 CST Break

13:30 – 14:30 CST

Protein, Processing and Seed Innovations


Canola protein and improved seed quality
Dan Kraft, Merit Foods
Asiyah Suchak, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Marcus Samuel, University of Calgary

14:30 – 15:30 CST

New Breeding Strategies and Methods


Canola pan-genome, genomic visualization tools for breeders and speed breeding
Dr. Isobel Parkin, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Venkat Bandi, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Lee Hickey, University of Queensland

Canola Week Committee Members:


–          Sally Vail, AAFC, Saskatoon

–          Clinton Jurke, CCC, Lloydminster


–          Keith Downey, Okotoks (Founder, Canola Industry Meeting)

–          Wilf Keller, Calgary (Founder, Canola Innovation Day)

–          Larry Sernyk, Indianapolis

Public Institutions:

–          Mark Smith, AAFC, Saskatoon

–          Isobel Parkin, AAFC, Saskatoon

–          Jitao Zou, NRC, Saskatoon

–          Rex Newkirk, U Sask, Saskatoon

Corporate Institutions:

–          Hieronim Polewicz, BASF, Saskatoon

–          Van Ripley, NuSeed, Saskatoon

–          Katy Navabi, NuSeed, Saskatoon

–          Erynn Blythe, Cargill, Aberdeen

Non-Profit Institutions:

–          Kent Gulash , AWB, Saskatoon

–          Curtis Rempel, CCC, Winnipeg

–          Jay Whetter, CCC Kenora

–          Raymond Gadoua, CCC, Saskatoon

–          Nathaniel Ort, CCC, Winnipeg

–          Shawn Senko, CCC, Saskatoon

–          Andrew Sharpe, GIFS, Saskatoon

–          Doug Heath, SaskCanola, Saskatoon

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