Panel: Carbon Countdown

Learn more about carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions during this dynamic panel. Some of the topics that will be discussed will include: realistic strategies for carbon capture, regulated carbon markets, emissions accounting and reduction, natural climate solutions, necessity for projects and actions today, importance of water and biodiversity, and climate resilience benefits.

Speaker Profiles:

Dave Bray, Environmental Specialist, OMAFRA. Dave Bray is an Environmental Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs. Dave has over 33 years of natural resource and environmental management experience working with agricultural landowners. Dave is a member of the OMAFRA Soil Team and participates in delivering soil health education and extension events to landowners in Ontario. He also contributes to policy and program development for nature-based solutions and for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Dave and his wife Connie farm grains and oilseed crops in Perth County.

Chris Wooding, Owner, Ironwood Organics. Christopher Wooding grows organic landrace cereals in eastern Ontario. Ironwood Organics now consists of 170 acres, and includes wheats (winter and spring), oats, rye and barley. He is the miller at the Old Stone Mill, a 200 year old grist mill in Delta Ontario, as well as having on-farm milling capacity. Recent areas of focus include heritage soybeans, dried beans, heritage potatoes and dent corns. They are working towards climate ready agriculture. A primary focus is to understand and educate about the interconnectedness of the environment, food, health and diversity and sustainability and resiliency.

Bryan Gilvesy, C.E.O, ALUS. Bryan was the third participant to join the ALUS program and has been raising grass-fed beef with ALUS’ support since 2006. Bryan is a champion for progressive, sustainable farming and ranching, having embraced these methods on his own farm, Y U Ranch. The Y U Ranch has received numerous awards for its contributions to the environment and sustainability, including: (2016) Beef Farmers of Ontario, Environmental Stewardship Award; (2013) Premier’s Leadership Award for Agricultural Innovation; and (2009) International Texas Longhorn Breeder of the Year. Bryan holds a degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University, where he is Executive in Residence for Agriculture and Sustainability. Bryan is based in Tillsonburg, Ontario.

Brent Preston, Director, Farmers for Climate Solutions. Brent Preston and his wife Gillian Flies own and operate The New Farm, an organic vegetable operation near Creemore, Ontario. They specialize in cut salads for the wholesale and foodservice market, and provide produce to some of the best restaurants in Canada. Brent is the President of the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario and the Director of Farmers for Climate Solutions, a pan-Canadian coalition of farm organizations that advocates for better climate policy in agriculture.. He is the author of The New Farm: Our Ten Years on the Front Lines of the Good Food Revolution, a national bestseller. Prior to launching his farming career, Brent worked as a human rights investigator, election observer and journalist on four continents.

Facilitated by: Andrew Barrie, Environmental Specialist, OMAFRA. Andrew Barrie is an Environmental Specialist with OMAFRA (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) based in Walkerton. Andrew maintains his CCA designation (Certified Crop Advisor) and is a Past Chair of the provincial Soil Team. He has worked with OMAFRA for 24 years in positions including Soil & Crop Advisor, Rural Water Quality Program Coordinator and Nutrient Management Specialist. Andrew grew up on a Beef Feedlot farm in Waterloo County and for 12 years operated a seasonal Fruit and Vegetable farm near Hanover (Grey County) with value-added products sold across Ontario. Andrew and his wife Jennifer reside in Kincardine where they are renovating an 1880 heritage home.

January 10, 2022, 5:20:00 p.m.

CEU Credits Available:

One Sustainability CEU will be available for this presentation.