Visions 2018

About this Event

The Alberta Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) and the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology (REES) are glad to co-host Visions 2018 – Agri-food Superclusters: Industry Game Changer? This year, we have the pleasure of hosting a delegation of eighteen Ukrainian Agri-Food business managers and executives, that will be doing a tour in Western Canada to learn from our local industry. This delegation will be attending the conference and joining some of the sessions as speakers and panel experts.

Date: July 4th-5th, 2018.
Venue: Faculty Club, Harriet Winspear Dinning Room, University of Alberta. 11435 Saskatchewan Dr NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G9.

On the evening of July 4th, we will have a wine and cheese reception, a research poster competition and our Keynote Speaker. Jean-Philippe Gervais will be sharing his thoughts of the Canadian financial markets and how these affect the Agri-food sector.

On July 5th we will have a full-day conference. See below the topics to be addressed in the sessions during the full-day conference.

See Conference Poster  here. Please feel free to share the conference poster with your colleagues! The poster size is 11 x 18 inches.

See Conference Program  here.



Some of the topics that will be addressed in this year's conference include:

  • History of Agri-food Chains in Canada
  • Agri-food Industries Superclusters in Canada, Ukraine and the Netheralands
  • Trade agreements with the EU and Ukraine
  • Diversifying Agri-food Exports
  • Marketing and Transportation issues in Western Canada



Some of the speakers joining us for Visions 2018 are:

  • Jean-Philippe Gervais – Farm Credit Canada
  • Jerry Bouma – Toma & Buma Management Consultants
  • Sandra Marocco - Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta
  • Natalia Gordiichuk - Ukrainian Food Valley
  • Nata Maevska – Horseradish Cluster
  • Kate Zverieva – FAO
  • Derek Brewin – University of Manitoba


Conference Fees and Registration

  • Early full registration: $150 (by June 26th, 2018)
  • Full registration: $180 (after June 26th, 2018)
  • Student Registration: $100
  • Registration for Reception (July 4th): $60
  • Registration for Conference Sessions (July 5th): $120

Complete your online registration at following the link:


Faculty Club Parking

Parking is available in the V-lot and the Windsor Car Park enter off of 116 Street. Parking can be paid in the lot or at the parking kiosk outside the front door of the Faculty Club.


The University of Alberta campus has a convenient number of options for accommodations on and off-campus. These are some of our suggestions:



We are pleased to invite Companies and Organizationsto become a sponsoring partner with the AAEA and REES and supporter of this dynamic conference that will appeal to all aspects of the Agri-food industry, and its sustainable future.  Your support of this conference will convey a strong message about your involvement and commitment to agriculture, agri-food processing, the related support industries, and consumers.   Contact either: Reg Norby, Visions 2018 Sponsorship Chair (; or, Mike Vorona, Visions 2018 Program Chair (


Graduate Student Poster Presentation and Competition

To participate in the poster competition, students need to email the title of their posters to Dr. Mohammad Torshizi ( by June 30, 2018. Recommended poster size is 36x48 (Standard). Best posters will be voted by conference participants. There will cash prices awarded to authors of the posters that win first ($300),  second ($200) and third ($100) place in the competition.

Questions regarding the poster competition can be directed to Dr. Mohammad Torshizi.

For more Information

For more information contact us at Or contact Catalina Solano at (780)427-8820.


Scholarships for UofA Students

Profits from this event will go in support of the AAEA Scholarship for graduate and undergraduate students.

University of Alberta Map

Find a printable map of the University of Alberta North Campus here.