Please find summaries and presentations from past stakeholder engagement events, past reports, additional resources, media releases, and videos related to this project.
SFFI Final Report December 2017 - Bronwynne Wilton and David Smith
SFFI Interim Progress Report June 2017 – Bronwynne Wilton and David Smith
SFFI 5-Page Summary June 2017 – Bronwynne Wilton and David Smith
Sustainable Farm and Food Initiative – Stakeholder Consultation Update – David Smith and Bronwynne Wilton
Past Events & Presentations
Food Sector Workshop – June 2017
SFFI Main Presentation – David Smith
Groupe Agéco – Jean-Michel Couture & Edouard Clément
Potato Sustainability Initiative – Eric Ritchie
Loblaw Companies Limited – Jennifer Lambert
Farm Sector Open House / Webinar – April 2017
View the webinar here: Farm Sector Open House / Webinar
Whole Value Chain Stakeholder Workshop – October 2016
Canadian Agri-food Sustainability Initiative update presentation
This presentation provides an update of CASI (previously SFFI) as the project gears up for national engagement.
Proof of Concept Projects in the Dairy Goat Sector
As an emerging commodity with high growth and export potential, it was decided that there would be considerable value in working with the dairy goat sector in Ontario for a proof-of-concept project.
Videos describing our work and this project, in both French and English, are presented here.
*A special thanks to Tivoli Films Inc. for their work in producing these videos.
This project was completed in February 2018 and was well-received by industry stakeholders
An SFFI branded, self-assessment sustainable tool was developed and tested by the emerging dairy goat commodity sector through a value chain approach
In-depth stakeholder consultation and analysis concluded that a concept like CASI (SFFI) would be beneficial to the dairy goat industry, and would allow them to proactively communicate on-farm sustainability practices; strengthening existing markets and potentially expanding into new markets
Stakeholders suggested that the program begin as voluntary, eventually evolving into a mandatory program either as a result of market demand or government regulation
Launch of Farm, Food & Beyond
The beginning of CASI (then known as Farm, Food & Beyond) at the 2015 Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ontario. Please watch this playlist on Youtube to view remarks from the Launch.
Dr. Gord Surgeoner makes his introductory remarks at the launch of Farm, Food & Beyond at the 2015 Canada's Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ontario.
January 2018 – As sustainability becomes a key ingredient in the production and processing of Ontario grown and raised products, a new coalition has formed to understand the needs of value chain stakeholders and streamline verification.
May 4, 2016 – The coalition recently hired Synthesis Agri-Food Network as project manager for the initiative. President Rob Hannam and Consulting Project Lead, Bronwynne Wilton, will facilitate the stakeholder discussions in collaboration with food industry veteran David Smith of Orion Global Business Sustainability Consultants.
February 3, 2016 – The next step in the project will be to hire a project manager using recently secured GF2 funding. This manager will be tasked to begin discussions with all levels of the supply chain (producers, processors, retailers, food service, NGOs and consumer groups) to obtain support and commitment for the program. A draft framework will then be designed based on the feedback received.
September 15, 2015 – The Farm, Food & Beyond: Our Commitment to Sustainability initiative, was launched by farm and food industry leaders today in a special presentation on the opening day at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock.
September 8, 2015 – The Farm, Food & Beyond: Our Commitment to Sustainability initiative, a collaborative project of Ontario’s farmers and food and beverage manufacturers, will be unveiled at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show on Tuesday, September 15. The initiative will be unveiled at 11 a.m. in the Special Events tent. All media are welcome.
August 4, 2015 – The Sustainable Farm & Food Plan initiative, a collaborative project of Ontario’s farmers and food and beverage manufacturers, has received a significant boost in the form of almost $50,000 in funds from the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS).