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The first Canada-led international conference on plant-based food: Plant Forward

capacity building priority

Global Brand and International Engagement

Project timeline
March 2022 to present
Project Status
Fund I: In Progress
TOTAL INVESTMENT
$407,500

Consortia Contribution
$200,000

Cluster Contribution
$207,500

Partners

Protein Industries Canada

Pulse Canada

Plant-Based Foods of Canada

Goal

To help Canadian companies to make connections with international customers and collaborators, the finance community and leading researchers.

Project Summary

This project consists of planning and executing an international conference focused on plant-based foods and ingredients. The event positioned Canada as the global leader in innovation and supply of plant-based ingredients and food, and the preferred place to do business, showcasing Canada’s strength in innovation and providing a stage for Canada’s researchers and trailblazing companies.

Results and Impact

  • Plant Forward helped Canada secure its position as a global player.
  • 250+ attendees, including prominent thought leaders in the plant-based food and ingredient ecosystem, from 10 different countries engaged in conversations surrounding key industry topics.
  • Increased opportunities for collaboration and stronger relationships with international players in the United States, India, Germany, Japan and Dubai; with new ecosystem partnerships and key cemented relationships with The Netherlands and the UK.
  • Canada has grown in awareness of its innovations and agricultural advantages among international players.
  • Based on the success of its 2022 debut and excitement for future conferences, plans are set to continue Plant Forward events over the next five years, with its second edition happening in April 2024.