Agenda – Scotia Horticultural Congress 2015 2016-05-25T20:32:29+00:00

Congress Agenda



8:00-9:00 a.m.


Registration desk open – Morning coffee in Trade Show area sponsored by Veseys Seeds Ltd.


General sessions         Topics of interest to all producers   Moderator: Henry Vissers




Welcomes from Mark Sawler, HNS President / Diana Brothers, Kings County Warden / Dennis Boudreau, NSFA President





Opening Keynote (sponsored by Farm Credit Canada): Dr. Larry Martin, Principal, Dr. Larry Martin & Associates, and Agri-Food Management Excellence, Inc.



News from CHC: Keith Kuhl, President, Canadian Horticultural Council

11:30-12:00 noon


Networking session – visit the Trade Show            


Horticulture Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting

Note: Lunch served during the meeting is only for attending HNS members.

Other congress attendees are welcome to attend, space permitting, and may pick up lunch in the Trade Show area.


12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch in Trade Show area (sponsored by Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture Alumni)

Break-out sessions


Production Sessions – Salon ABC

Moderator: John Lewis – Berries


Marketing for Business Success– Blomidon Room

Moderator: Patricia Bishop and/or Caroline Bishop



AAFC Strawberry Virus Research – Deb Moreau? 1:00-1:45 Introduction: Patricia Bishop and/or sister Caroline Bishop-Cameron


NS Strawberry Virus Crisis & Recovery Update – John Lewis


Developing a Marketing Plan – Debi Hartlen MacDonald – New Life Business Solutions
2:00-2:30 Blueberry Stunt Identification & Management – Paul Hildebrand?
2:30-2:55 Nutrition break in Trade Show area (sponsored by Bayer CropScience)
Berries con’t & Vegetables


Another Virus Issue – Raspberry Viruses! – John Lewis? 3:00-3:45 Social Media Marketing: Nancy Beth Guptill, Sweet Spot Marketing


Berry & Vegetable Research Update – Kim Best


Consumer Trends – CPMA (either Ron Lemaire or Sue Lewis)


Vegetable Disease Update – Paul Hildebrand


Free time
5:00-6:30 Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) Reception – Trade Show Area



Banquet (sponsored by Syngenta Canada Inc.) – Acadia Room

MC: Karen Corey   Grace: Bruce Rand?   Guest Speaker: Mark Black, CEO, Adversus Communications Inc.