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Tuesday, November 23 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
371: Growing through Crisis – Canada’s Cellular Agriculture Opportunity

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Organized by: Ontario Genomics
​The global population is projected to reach 9.7B by 2050. Novel and sustainable food systems are essential to meet this growing global food demand. The alternative protein industry, including cellular agriculture, uses ground-breaking techniques, to create foods and new products, such as meat, dairy, eggs, and ingredients. This industry is expected to reach $290B in global revenues by 2035. As a rapidly emerging and innovative industry, cellular agriculture is poised to revolutionize and augment Canada’s strong agriculture and food industries. With expertise from across industry, venture capital investment, government, and not-for-profits, this diverse panel will discuss Canada’s advantage, key recommendations, and necessary next steps to compete in the global cellular agriculture market.
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Speakers
avatar for Lavanya Anandan, PhD

Lavanya Anandan, PhD

Director of Innovation Field Cultured Meat, Merck KGaA
Lavanya Anandan is the Director of Innovation Field Cultured Meat, within the corporate innovation arm of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, operating across healthcare, life science and electronics. Based at the company’s Innovation Hub in the San Francisco Bay Area, she and her team are building a new... Read More →
avatar for John Kelly, PhD

John Kelly, PhD

Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), Ministry of Agriculture
John Kelly was appointed Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) in August 2020. John brings more than 25 years of leadership in the agricultural, food and life sciences industries, spanning private, public and not-for-profit sectors... Read More →
avatar for Giuliano Tolusso

Giuliano Tolusso

Deputy Director within the Innovation and Growth Policy Division, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Giuliano Tolusso is a Deputy Director within the Innovation and Growth Policy Division of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Strategic Policy Branch in Ottawa. He leads a small team of policy analysts who focus on the socio-economic impacts of new and emerging technologies like... Read More →
avatar for Bettina Hamelin

Bettina Hamelin

Président & CEO, Ontario Genomics
Bettina Hamelin, PharmD, EMBA is the President and CEO of Ontario Genomics, an Ontario-based not-for profit organization dedicated to catalyze and support the development of genomics-based technologies across multiple economic sectors for a genomics-driven bioeconomy.Dr. Hamelin has... Read More →
avatar for Alison Sunstrum

Alison Sunstrum

CEO, Founder, CNSRV-X Inc.
Alison is a Venture Partner at Builders VC, a San Francisco/Calgary based venture capital fund investing in founders re-imagining large underinvested, antiquated industries. She is an investment committee member of The51.  The51 is creating a critical mass of female-powered c... Read More →


Tuesday November 23, 2021 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
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