What a wonderful event to be part of!

Innovation in Waterloo Region goes beyond mobile application development in corporate offices; in fact, today’s farmer can rival a tech geek! Innovation in agriculture is happening in Waterloo Region and this event is intended to showcase our farmers and agriculture industry leaders. The theme of the event is “Innovation for Agriculture” and is designed to highlight the unique ways our farming community has applied technology to diversify, expand and grow their businesses. The focus of this event is to encourage stakeholders and entrepreneurs to spark discussions on the inclusivity of innovative technology in the agriculture industry, and identify areas of collaboration.

Event includes transportation from Elmira to University of Guelph and includes transportation throughout the day as well as lunch and snacks throughout the day.

New to this year’s event will be a live robotic demonstration by the Elmira District Secondary School Robotics Team at Alex and Glen Smyth’s Crab Apple Farm located in Wellesley Township.



7:30 a.m. – 7:40 a.m. Arrival and Welcome
7:40 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Speaker: Rene Van Acker, Dean of OAC
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Speaker: Gerry Horst, OMAFRA
9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Breakout Tours: Attendees select which tour they would like to attend:
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Travel to bus and board
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Tour Vanessa Dirksen’s Dairy Farm
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. LUNCH at Apple Flats Foods, Wellesley
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tour Apple Flats Foods, Wellesley
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. EDSS Robotics Presentation of Robot for Use on Apple Flats Foods
4:30 p.m. Busses back to Elmira and University of Guelph