2012 Workshop on Recent Municipal and Provincial Initiatives Towards Planning Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems in Alberta, Canada

Post date: Sep 30, 2012 3:33:50 AM

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 – Rocky View County Municipal Office

(Refer to the Notes at end of email for information regarding the possibility of a webinar)


1. (8:45 to 9:00) Welcome and Overview of Purpose of Workshop

Co‐Chairs: Tim Dietzler, Rocky View County and Candace Vanin, Agriculture and Agri‐Food Canada

2. (9:15 to 10:15) Keynote Address ‐ A National Scan and Evaluation of Local Comprehensive and Sustainability Plans throughout the United States of America

Speaker: Kimberley Hodgson, Founder / Principal Consultant ‐ Cultivating Healthy Places and former Manager, American Planning Association’s Planning and Community Health Research Centre

3. (10:30 to 11:15) The City of Calgary’s New Food Systems Assessment and Action Plan: Recent accomplishments and the way forward

Speaker: Carolyn Bowen, Manager ‐ Office of Sustainability, City of Calgary

4. (11:30 to 12:15) Rocky View County’s New Agriculture Master Plan: Providing a framework to help agriculture and food systems thrive in a complex peri‐urban situation

Speaker: Rick Michalenko, Senior Planner, Planning Department, Rocky View County

(12:30 to 1:00) Catered Lunch

5. (1:15 to 2:00) The City of Edmonton’s City‐wide Food and Agriculture Strategy ‐ A process to incorporate diverse views into a comprehensive planning strategy for sustainable agriculture and food systems

Speaker: Hani Quan, Principal Planner, Food and Agriculture Project, City of Edmonton

6. (2:15 to 3:00) Province of Alberta’s Explore Local Initiative – Projects to more effectively leverage the contributions of the local agriculture and food systems towards sustainable development

Speakers: Carmen Andrew, Manager – Explore Local and Bill Reynolds, Manager, Local Food Policy and Planning, Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

7. (3:15 to 4:00) Feedback – Participants’ Evaluation on Current Workshop and Future Topical Workshops

Contributors: Audience participation in facilitated session with Co‐Chairs



1. There is no charge for the Workshop however seating is restricted.

2. The possibility of a webinar is being considered from 8:45 AM to 12:15 PM, Mountain Standard Time (UTC‐07),

free of charge. Please email Tim Dietzler (TDietzler@rockyview.ca) prior to November 3, 2012 to express your

interest in this option. Responses are welcomed from other regions of Canada as well as internationally.


Jim Hiley, P.Ag.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada | Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada

945-7000 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB., T5J 4C3

Email | Courriel Jim.Hiley@agr.gc.ca

Telephone | Téléphone 780-495-6120

Facsimile | Télécopieur 780-495-4504

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