Genomics and Agriculture Regional Partnership Conference

Farmers and agri-food producers must adapt continuously to changing consumer demands, technological advances, climate change and globalization. Genomics can help – by improving food quality, boosting production, and contributing to more sustainable agricultural practices.

Genome Atlantic, in partnership with Genome Canada, is hosting a Genomics and Agriculture Regional Partnership Conference with a focus on the challenges and opportunities facing the Maritime agriculture and agri-food sector, as well as potential genomics solutions.

The conference is aimed at those in the agriculture and agri-food sector, genomics researchers, and government partners.

Conference themes are horticulture and soil health.

Date & Location

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Mount Allison University
Tweedie Hall, Wallace McCain Student Centre,
62 York Street
Sackville, New Brunswick

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Conference Agenda The conference takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Welcome and Introduction

Andrew Stone, Director of Business Development,  Genome Atlantic

Updates on Genome Canada large-scale research projects

 Karen Dewar, Director, Genomics Programs,  Genome Canada

Horticulture – Industry Challenges/Opportunities

Greg Adams, Research and Development Manager, JDI Woodlands, J.D. Irving, Limited

Joan Hebb, Tree Fruit Coordinator, Scotian Gold

Horticulture – Genomics Solutions

Sean Myles, University Research Chair in Agriculture Genetic Diversity, Dalhousie University

Helen Tai, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Jeff Norrie, Agricultural Research Manager, Acadian Seaplants Limited

Soil Health/Precision Agriculture

Claudia Goyer, Molecular Bacteriologist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Martin Filion, Associate Professor, Biology, Université de Moncton

Lunch keynote speaker

Kelci Miclaus, JMP Genomics Statistical Geneticist, SAS

Kelci Miclaus, PhD, is a Research Statistician Developer for JMP Genomics software from SAS. She researches and implements new statistical methods for analyzing genomic data that are incorporated in software releases of JMP Genomics.

Miclaus graduated summa cum laude from University of Missouri-Columbia with a major in statistics and a minor in psychology. She earned her PhD in statistics from North Carolina State University with a research emphasis on statistical genetics. While obtaining her degree, she worked part-time for SAS as a technical student testing JMP and JMP Genomics products.

She lives with her husband and two dogs in Cary, NC, and enjoys reading, travelling and the outdoors.

Partnering Meetings Program

The Genomics and Agriculture Regional Partnership Conference will feature a dedicated Partnering Program where delegates can pre-schedule meetings with each other. Partnering meetings will be 20 minutes each and will take place between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. Once you have registered for the conference, we will add you to the Partnering Program. You will then receive a welcome letter that will include your log-in details and instructions on how to make the most of the partnering program. If you have any questions, please contact our Conference Partnering Manager, Vivian Beer, (

Opportunities for industry input and discussion

An important goal of the conference is to hear from participants! There will be opportunities for discussion following the speakers as well as a facilitated discussion led by Genome Canada as part of their Agricultural Sector Strategic Planning.

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The conference is free of charge and by invitation only. Lunch and refreshments will be served.