The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Education Symposium | Ontario Agricultural College

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Education Symposium

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Date and Time


The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Exhibition Place

100 Princes' Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3


The OAC Liaison Program is hosting the Education Symposium at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Perfect for teachers, guidance counselors, and high school students, the Symposium will demonstrate how scientific innovations and emerging technologies in STEM fields impact society and careers and are applied to solving real-world problems in food and farming. Enjoy all The Royal has to offer and join in the 100th-anniversary celebration. The first 500 registrants will receive a goodie bag and special agenda of the educational events happening at The Fair. Information about where to check in will be emailed to you closer to the event date.

Time Topic
10:30 am


Dr. John Cranfield

Associate Dean, External Relations | Ontario Agricultural College
10:45 am

Designing & Building Longer Lasting Food

Louis Colaruotolo, PhD Candidate

Department of Food Science | University of Guelph

Good food goes bad. Food scientists are using new tools to explore what causes food to deteriorate and using that knowledge to “build” foods with extended shelf lives. Between new materials made from foods, and technologies like 3D- printing, the future of longer lasting food is near.

11:30 am

Exploring Agriculture & Food Education in the Classroom

Mercedes Unwin

Program and Resource Manager | Agscape

Climate Change, food security, and technology are growing topics of interest for Kindergarten to Grade 12 Youth. Explore how to discuss these and more when learning how to bring agriculture and food education into the classroom with AgScape.

12:15 pm

The Power of Online Learning: Foundations in Ag Management

Facilitated by Mairin Scannell

Project Manager | Ontario Agricultural College

Attendees at this talk will hear from different youth about how an online course has impacted their pursuit of a career in agriculture. Students from different backgrounds will be sharing their experience taking the free University of Guelph course called Foundations in Agricultural Management.

Attendees will also get the chance to ask the speakers questions, register for the course, and win U of G swag!

1:00 pm

How Technology and Consumers are Changing the Food System 

Dr. Michael Von Massow

Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics | University of Guelph

We are seeing significant changes in technology and demand that are reshaping the food system dramatically. Innovation from farm to fork is changing what we can do. As consumers, our changing appetites and knowledge is changing what the food system should do. These two forces will drive significant change in the structure and performance of food value changes. There are huge opportunities but food producers and sellers need to think strategically to be well-positioned to thrive.

1:45 pm

Common Ground: How Soil Connects Us

Jordan Grigg, MSc Student

Sustainability Programme Coordinator | County of Wellington
School of Environmental Sciences | University of Guelph

Most of the food we eat begins in the soil. Most of our furniture and clothing also do. We are intrinsically linked to soil, but how often do we consider our role in maintaining and promoting soil health? Explore why you should care about soil and its role in the agri-food system.

2:30 pm


Carleigh, MSc, MBA

Liaison Manager | Ontario Agricultural College

Please note, that you are required to purchase tickets for yourself and your students to gain admission to The Fair. Visit The Royal's Education webpage for school group tickets. 

Reach out to if you have any questions about ticket sales and all educational activities available at The Royal.

Formal registration is now closed. If you would like to attend any of the speaker sessions listed above feel free to join us at the Growth Hub stage on the show floor. 

See you at The Fair!


Registration for the Education Symposium is FREE, however tickets for access to The Fair must be purchased through Royal's education webpage

Contact Information

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Carleigh, Liaison Manager

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