Panel: Sustainability of the Dairy Industry

This panel will discuss the 3 pillars of sustainability - environment, economic and social, with a Dairy Industry lens. The panelists will discuss what is coming down the pipeline in terms of risks and opportunities for dairy farmers. The panel will also ponder, how we collaborate with other organizations, government and companies to blend together what we are already doing right, along with what we know we need to improve on, and use a whole farm approach as we step forward.

Speaker Profile:

Nick Betts, Director for the Americas, SAI Platform. Nick is founder and director of Blue Orenda Inc., a Guelph, Ontario-based firm specializing in implementing sustainability into supply chain collaborations and business strategy. Nick acts as Americas Director for the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform; directing strategy and activities in the Americas. He leads the facilitation of agricultural sustainability project alignment globally. His previous experience includes project management, strategy & policy development and farmer engagement through a commodity organization, government and grassroots agricultural associations. Nick holds an MBA (Leadership & Sustainability) from University of Cumbria and a B.Sc. (Ecology) from University of Guelph, as well as designations as a Change Management Specialist, Six Sigma Lean Professional, Sustainability Reporting, and Farm Transition Coordination.

Guy Seguin, Systems Engineer, Dairy Farmers of Ontario. Guy Séguin is a Professional Engineer and has worked for Dairy Farmers of Ontario and Dairy Farmers of Canada for the last 18 years. Current projects include the research file and milk quality expertise. During five years of that period, he worked for Dairy Farmers of Canada developing the proAction Initiative and the Environment program. Guy also worked with DeLaval Canada for nine years as a Product Manager for VMS, milking, feeding and manure handling equipment systems. Guy is passionate about dairy farming. He lives in Casselman Ontario with his wife Kathleen.

Dr. Bronwynne Wilton, Principal & Lead Consultant, Wilton Consulting Group. Bronwynne Wilton is the Principal and Lead Consultant at Wilton Consulting Group in Fergus, Ontario where she and her team take a systems approach to solving problems and finding innovative solutions for the agri-food sector. As part of this work, she brings a passion for, and a deep knowledge of, the social, economic, and environmental aspects of the Canadian agri-food system. Bronwynne holds a PhD in Rural Studies and is experienced in managing comprehensive, full value-chain research and stakeholder engagement processes related to sustainability, innovation, strategic planning, and regional agriculture and food strategies. She is trusted for her comprehensive knowledge of, and commitment to, a vibrant agri-food sector as well as innovative, prosperous, and sustainable rural communities. Bronwynne is currently the project lead for the development of the Canadian Agri-Food Sustainability Initiative (CASI). This project is building leadership and co-operation for supply chain sustainability data, programs, tools, and collaboration opportunities.

Facilitator: Andrew Campbell, Fresh Air Media. Andrew Campbell is a farmer, award winning communicator & passionate farm advocate. With the farm, he and his family milk cows as well as grow corn, soybeans, wheat & hay in Southern Ontario’s Middlesex County. On top of farming, Andrew has become a familiar voice for farmers and agriculture issues in the mainstream media, conference halls & online, pushing the positive stories that farmers across Canada have to share with their non-farming neighbours. He’s received awards that have named in a Leader in Innovation, Champion, Game-Changer & Top Agriculture Influencer for his work through written word, photographs, videos and podcasts.

January 6, 2022, 4:30:00 p.m.

CEU Credits Available:

No CEU Credits are available for this presentation.