Poultry Innovations Conference

     PIC’s Innovations Conference

was held on November 21-22, 2019 at the

DoubleTree by Hilton London Ontario 

The Innovations Conference is a biennial event that takes a unique approach to discussing innovations and their impact on poultry welfare, feed, sanitation and more. We had attendees representing all aspects of the poultry industry from across Canada.  The first day included talks on agriculture innovations, gene editing, enhancing bio-security with technology, Chickenboy the smart broiler robot, and much more.  The day was followed by a social hour and banquet with gala speaker Crag Klemmer of FCC. Day two started with a breakfast at 8:00 am followed by a panel discussion and concluded with sessions split into commodity-specific groups to address pertinent topics in each sector. Below are a few pictures highlighting some of our speakers, including the Honourable Senator Rob Black.

Thank you to Event Executive Sponsor:     

and Event Level Sponsor 


9:30 – 10:30 am Registration November 21st
Opening Remarks Poultry Industry Council
Agriculture is Innovation The Honourable Senator Rob Black
The Agricultural Innovation System Serge Buy, Chief Executive Officer of Agri Food Innovation Council
Agricultural Innovation Impact Sandra Schillo, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa
12:00 Lunch Networking
Future Proofing Strategies Dana McCauley, Food Trends & Innovation
Enhancing bio-security by technology Dr. Manon Racicot, University of Montreal
Gene editing to improve disease resistance Dr. Rachel Hawken, COBB Genetics
2:40 pm Break
Technology where to from here Kate Stiefelmeyer, Kynetecs
Poultry Science Cluster 3 Overview Bruce Roberts, Executive Director of Canadian Poultry Research Council (CPRC)
Chickenboy The Smart Broiler Robot. Heiner Lehr, Chief Executive Officer of Faromatics,
Show me the money (where it is and how to get it). Margaret May, Regional Coordinator, Ontario Soil and Crop Association, OSCIA
4 pm Closing Comments Al Dam, Poultry Specialist from OMAFRA
4:15 pm Hospitality area for Social Hour
6:30 -9:30 pm Dinner and Gala Speaker. Craig Klemmer, Principal Agricultural Economist of Farm Credit Canada
9:00 am Opening Remarks & Explanation of Breakout Sessions November 22nd
The New World of Antibiotic Control – Industry panel – Dr. Mike Petrik, McKinley Hatchery, Lisa Hodgins, New Life Mills
Hyperspectral Sexing of Eggs Harry Pelissero – Egg Farmers of Ontario

2019 Break Out Sessions

Time Broiler Turkey Layer Broiler Breeder
10:00 – 10:35 am PCR technology to identify and quantify cocci species – Ryan Snyder PhD Candidate, University of Guelph Poultry Health Research Network Welfare – Emily Leishman, University of Guelph Feed Outlook Situation 2020 and Beyond – David Trott, Wallenstein Feed Resolving Odor, Dust, Noise Problems and Neighbour Disputes using Trees – Todd Leuty, OMAFRA
10:45 – 11:15 am Feed Outlook Situation 2020 and Beyond – David Trott, Wallenstein Feed Feed outlook situation – Lisa Hodgins Chickenboy The Smart Broiler Robot – Faromatics, Heiner Lehr Low density diets for Breeders – Blake Wang, Wallenstein Feeds
11:25 – 11:55 am Chickenboy The Smart Broiler Robot – Faromatics, Heiner Lehr Health Update – Dr. Ben Schlegel Potential Health Effects of the Animal Welfare Changes in the Layer Industry, Dr. Mike Petrik Spectrum Lighting, does it works in broiler breeders? – Dr. Grégoy Bédécarrats University of Guelph
12:10 – 12:45 pm Stray Voltage Solutions Agrivolt Marc Thibodeau, Agrivolt Do Ontario wild turkeys pose a threat at the wildlife-livestock interface? – Amanda MacDonald Ph.D., University of Guelph

Visiting Researcher, Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative – Department of Pathobiology 

Improve the performance of hatcheries Ozone Partner – Dr. Keith Warriner & Mahdiyeh Hasani Ammonia levels in our barns – Dan Ward, OMAFRA