Plant Proteins – Building and strengthening relationships between The Netherlands and Canada

What Goes Around… Comes Around. 10 years ago the first steps towards collaboration between the Canadian agri-food industry and Europe. The amazing Diederik Buitener of the Canadian Embassy on The Hague connected with Gerard Klein Essink of Bridge2Food, and together they organised a Pulses & Health Summit in Amsterdam. The first Plant-Based Foods Summit in Saskatoon and Calgary in Canada, was a great opportunity for several producers and companies in both Canada and the Netherlands to to reconnect and discuss about further cooperation as the train of plant based foods and ingredients has just departed.

This week, a Protein Talks seminar designed to build long term international collaboration between Canada and The Netherlands will take place in Vancouver.

Bridge2Food Founder and CEO, Gerard Klein Essink, feels privileged to co-chair the seminar and address the attendees. Gerard Klein Essink will speak about the collaboration between government and the industry and he will address the following questions: What are the challenges of the Dutch industry? Which role do they see for the government? What are their experiences with the government(s)? What does the industry specifically need from the government(s)?

Since several industry and government collaborations have been set up in the Netherlands and Western Canada, a network on Global Plant Based Food Systems has been initiated on a larger scale.

Among the other speakers confirmed from The Netherlands are Guido Landheer, Deputy Director-General for Agriculture at the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands, Dr. Stacy Pyett, Program Manager Proteins for Life, WUR & Research, Ben van der Deen, Business Development Manager, NIZO Research Institute, Marianna Vaes, Agricultural Counselor of the Netherlands Embassy, Jerry Bouma, Honoraire Consul van Nederland in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Speakers from Canada are David Burdek, Assistant Deputy Minister of Alberta of Intergovernmental Relations, Trade and Environment, Chris Anderson, Chief Technology Officer, Protein Industries Cluster,  Frank Hart, Board Chair of Protein Industries Cluster, Stan Blade, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta and Karra-Lee Gerrits, Vice President, Trade & Investment at Edmonton Global Global Edmonton.

The 15th Plant-Based Foods Summit North America, to be held in Toronto 7-8 May 2020, will provide a unique platform to network and develop new opportunities.


About the 15th Plant-Based Foods Summit North America

Fantastic Annual Protein Industry Networking Summit in North America
Target audience: Retail, Food Service, Food Brands, Ingredients, VC
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> I: New Consumer Insights
> II: Retail & Food Service Trends
> III: Category & Brand Opportunities
Participation: 300+ experts. Exhibition: 50 places.
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