June 24 – 26, 2019

Join us in beautiful Richmond, BC, Canada for the 2019 IBO Summit.
Through continuous research and innovation, we are setting standards and winning fans among consumers and industry alike. From food safety to sustainable practices, ours is an industry that is building strength on strength.

Today, the blueberry industry holds endless opportunities for growth. The Future is Bright Blue.


8:00AM to 6:30PMRegistration Check-InBritannia Ballroom Foyer
8:00 AM to 9:00 AMBlueberry Farm to Table Bus TourSupported by the BC Ministry of Agriculture*Check in at the Vancouver Sheraton Airport Hotel
9:00 AM to 11:45 AM*Tour to Save On Foods and Valley Select Farms
11:45 AM to 1:45 PM*Lunch and Exhibits at Valley Select Farms
1:45 PM to 3:30 PM*Tour back to Vancouver Sheraton Airport Hotel
5:00 PM to 7:00 PMWelcome ReceptionSponsored by RBC Royal BankElmbridge Room
5:00 to 9:00PMExhibitor Check-Inn/aBritannia Ballroom A
Exhibitor Move-In
8:00 AM to 6:30 PMRegistration Check-Inn/aBritannia Ballroom Foyer
8:30 AM to 9:00 AMCoffee and Tea in the ExhibitsSponsored by WECOBritannia Ballroom Foyer
9:00 AM to 5:00 PMExhibits Hall openn/aBritannia Ballroom A
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Sponsored by Fall Creek NurseryBritannia Ballroom B&C
10:00 AM to 10:30 AMOverview of The BC Blueberry Industry, Powered by Nature with Carolyn Teasdale, BC Ministry of AgricultureSponsored by Fall Creek NurseryBritannia Ballroom B&C
10:30 AM to 11:15 AMBreak in the ExhibitsSponsored by TerralinkBritannia Ballroom A
11:15 AM to 12:15 PMGlobal Blueberry Report with Cort Brazelton & Colin FainSponsored by Fall Creek NurseryBritannia Ballroom B&C
12:15 PM to 12:45 PMCountry Panel: Top  Blueberry Producing Countries, moderated by Cort BrazeltonSponsored by Fall Creek NurseryBritannia Ballroom B&C
12:45 PM to 2:15 PMLunch BreakSponsored by UnitecBritannia Ballroom B&C
2:15 PM to 2:45 PMBlueberries as a Superfood: Health Research Updates with Leslie WadaSponsored by BMOBritannia Ballroom B&C
2:45 PM to 3:45 PMPanel: Blueberries From Farm to Plate: Understanding the Value Chain Today with Brad Olsen, Tom Richardson & Steve Taylor; moderated by Mario StettaSponsored by FPS CorporationBritannia Ballroom B&C
3:45 PM to 4:45 PMBreak in the ExhibitsSponsored by Professional Ag DistributionBritannia Ballroom A
6:00 PM to 7:00 PMPre Gala ReceptionSponsored by Oregon Blueberry Farms & NurseryElmbridge Room
7:00 PM to 9:00 PMGalaSponsored by Oregon Blueberry Farms & NurseryBritannia Ballroom B&C
8:30 AM to 9:00 AMCoffee and Tea in the ExhibitsSponsored by the CooperatorsBritannia Ballroom Foyer
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Global Trends in Technology, ​Politics and Consumer Behaviour
Sponsored by BBC TechnologiesBritannia Ballroom B&C
10:00 AM to 10:45 AMBreak in the ExhibitsSponsored by Nutrien SolutionsBritannia Ballroom A
10:45 AM to 11:45 AMFruit Quality and Flavour: It Starts With You with Peter Toivonen & Charles ForneySponsored by Farm Credit CanadaBritannia Ballroom B&C
10:45 AM to 11:45 AMAdvanced Technologies for an Innovative Blueberry Industry with Rod CookSponsored by CIBCElmbridge Room
11:45 AM to 1:15 PMLunch Breakn/aBritannia Ballroom B&C
1:15 PM to 2:15 PMAccessing Global Markets In An Increasingly Regulated Climate with Bill Bryant & David SmithSponsored by UBCBritannia Ballroom B&C
1:15 PM to 2:15 PMSubstrate Production: The Way of the Future? with Bart VerheijenSponsored by Fraser Valley RefrigerationElmbridge Room
2:15 PM to 2:30 PMBreakn/aBritannia Ballroom A
2:30 PM to 4:00 PMMarketing and Promotions: Innovative Campaigns to Reach the Modern Consumer with Tara Clark, Rob Schlyecher & Vicki De BruinSponsored by UFVBritannia Ballroom B&C
2:30 PM to 4:00 PMBreeding and Genetics: Ensuring the Future Is Bright Blue with Ridley Bell, Jim Hancock & Eric GerbrandSponsored by Oxbo International CorpElmbridge Room
4:00 PM to 4:30 PMBreak in ExhibitsSponsored by ScotiabankBritannia Ballroom A
4:30 PM to 5:00 PMClosing Commentsn/aBritannia Ballroom B&C


Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
7551 Westminster Hwy
Richmond, BC V6X 1A3, Canada

The Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel provides a complimentary shuttle 24/7. Pick up is every half an hour; from the airport at approximately 10 minutes past the hour and 20 minutes to the hour. For international arrivals, visitors can exit to the right and the pickup location is under the green canopy. Domestic pickup is on Level 1, one floor below baggage claim.









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