2015 Meet & Greets

July 24/14 – see 2014 info now at the bottom of the page (summary only).  We’re already booking the Meet N Greet rooms for late January, 2015.  The very few available rooms can prove valuable for your marketing.  So if you’re thinking about one for a special/specific type of gathering, contact the manager right away – organix@auracom.com

Manager’s comment: people say there’s too much Web Site info and too much scrolling.

We agree………….. but that’s organics for you ! – growing faster than we can keep track of.  We’ll try to streamline the 2015 info so you can quickly sort through it.  Organics puts out some detailed data on individual events, so sometimes you have to just read through it.


Conference Manager comment: we could almost run a Conference only made up of Meet N Greets.  This is getting crazy.  Scroll way down to the bottom of the page to see what these meetings are about and which groups they serve.





THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2014 – Natural Building Symposium – 6.00  pm – UC442 – [a $30 fee - filled up !]

Natural Building Symposium


Thursday, January 30 [2014]

ARTISINALE/Four-course Dinner
$40/ person
(plus hst and gratuities)
~ Call to reserve (519) 821-3359 ~



Margaret Scoles - Executive Director – International Organic Inspectors Association  -  mscoles@rangeweb.net


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2014 – Meet & Greets

SATURDAY – Organic Labour Issues  - UC335 - 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm

HOST/ORGANIZER: Jenn Pfenning, marketer at Pfennings Organic – contact prior to this meeting: jenn@pfenningsfarms.ca

SATURDAY – FarmStart Networking Room & Introduction  - UC441 - 12.00 pm – 3.00 pm

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm  FarmLINK Meet & Greet 

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm   Farmer-Intern Meet & Greet 

SATURDAY – Fibreshed – What is a Fibreshed and why is it important to organic agriculture?  - UC332 - 12.00 pm – 1:30 pm

HOST/ORGANIZER: St. Lawrence Fibreshed & Upper Canada Fibreshed

SATURDAY – OMRI Public Meeting – UC334 – 12.00 pm – 1.30 pm

Meet and Greet: OMRI Canada

SATURDAY – Film Showing by John Peterson – McNaughton/Science Complex 1511 – 12.00 pm – 1.30 pm

FILM TITLE: The Real Dirt On Farmer John

SATURDAY – Organic Council of Ontario – Organic Awards Evening – River Run Theatre/Downtown Guelph

*Nominations closed: visit our website at http://www.organiccouncil.ca/initiatives/awards/nomination to


You Are Cordially Invited  - To The 2nd Biodynamic Wine & Cheese Event (Soirée du grand vin) – Best Western

Saturday, February 1, 2014 – between 5.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Cost: $20 for BD Members, $25 Non-members, in order to help cover costs and make the event sustainable.



SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2014 – Meet & Greets

Sunday – REAP-Canada AGM – UC335 - 11.00 am – 1.00 pm

REAP – Resource Efficient Agricultural Production stages their annual meeting which is held each year at the Guelph Conference.  Details:  Check us out at www.reap-canada.com or contact us at info@reap-canada.com

Sunday – Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada ‘Research Needs Consultation’ – UC332 - 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm

Sunday – Ted Zettel – Canada Organic Standards – UC334, 12.30-1.30 pm

Come out and join in the discussion.  For more information call Ted Zettel, 519-881-8773.

Sunday – Bauta Seed Initiative – Grain Growers Room – now at UC333, 12.30-1.30 pm

If you have any questions about this session, please contact Aabir Dey at aabir.dey@everdale.org or at 519-855-4859 Ext. 103.”

What is a Meet & Greet?”— It’s a free 25-seat room where groups like FarmStart or the Fibreshed folks or OMRI will announce a 1-hour (or longer) open gathering.  Conference guests arriving at the start time will be greeted by the organizers.  Anyone can attend for an hour while the main Conference noon lunch break is going on – whether you paid for the Conference workshop admission or not (what a great deal).  So, with organic coffee in hand, you just walk in the door to see if you can learn something brand new.The concept behind our 21st century Guelph Conference is the NEW MODEL for conferences – make it as free and open as possible and don’t penalize people at every entry door – people will eventually recognize the huge investment to make this happen and will become willing financial donors for the Guelph Sustaining Fund to allow this event to run well into the future.

Certain Meet & Greets are only for specific organic sector activists.  For others, farm consulting specialists will attend.  Some programs are paid: e.g. the Organic Council Awards.  Or with programs like the past International Organic Inspectors trainings – these trainings are geared to those in the organic regulatory sector choosing to pay the registration fee.  But in most cases, all the Meet & Greets listed here are set up to be free, open interest gatherings – which means YOU.


EVENT LOCATION: 50 Stone Rd. East, Guelph University Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1G 2W1