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Saskatchewan looks into northern greenhouse tech

October 23, 2012  By Treena Hein

Saskatoon is the site of an upcoming northern greenhouse technology conference.

Registration is sold out for the ‘Northern Food Security: The Greenhouse Solution’ conference being held November 7th and 8th in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

“The University of Saskatchewan International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, in collaboration with the University of the Arctic, is hosting this conference that will focus on northern food security,” notes 360 Energy’s Lisa Brodeur. “The focus is on greenhouses, new technologies and making them economically viable in the North.”

“Some of the key topics that will be addressed at this conference will be on emerging technologies for food production in northern regions, lighting and its challenges in the North, energy options for greenhouse heating as well as design implications that need to be considered. Experts from across the country will be there to discuss these issues, exploring the social, economic and technical issues involved in developing sustainable greenhouses in northern communities.”


‘Northern Food Security: The Greenhouse Solution’ – THE AGENDA:


Socio-Economic Aspects of Sustainable Northern Greenhouses

Session 1: Outlining the Challenges

  -Karen Tanino, U of S, UArctic

  -Brian Hunt, Gov’t of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB

Northern Greenhouse Technologies and Outcomes: Lessons from Leaf Rapids, Manitoba

  -Glen Sweetman, Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

What You Need to Know Before You Build a Greenhouse

Session 2: Community Perspectives

  -Doug Eddy, Buffalo Narrows EDC, SK

  -Dawn Charlie, Carmacks Greenhouse, YK

An Adventure in First Nation Gardening and Greenhouse in the Far North

  -Sara Holzman, U of Guelph


Technical Aspects of Northern Greenhouse Design

Session 5: Greenhouse Design

  -Tang Lee, University of Calgary

Aquaculture in Greenhouses for Synergetic Use with Vegetable Production

  -Stephen Mooney, Yukon Research Centre

Four Season Greenhouse- Designing for a Cold Climate

  -Huiqing Guo, U of S

  -Murray Guy, Integrated Designs, Saskatoon SK

Is there a Business Case for a Passive Solar Greenhouse Industry in the North?

Session 6: Growing Crops

  -Xiuming Hao, Agri-Food Canada, Harrow, ONPotential Technologies for Northern Greenhouses

  -Nick Savidov, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Edmonton, AB (tentative)

  -Joey Villeneuve, ULaval, QC

Northern Greenhouse Technology and Complete Growing Systems

  -Mike Dixon, U Guelph

Emerging Technologies for Food Production in Challenging Environments

  -Meriam Karlsson, UAF

Light and Lighting Options for Northern Greenhouses

Session 7: Alternative Energy Options for Greenhouse Heating and Lighting

  -Charlie Seeberg, Precix Advanced Cutting Technologies

Extending the Growing Season of the Iqaluit Seasonal Greenhouse

  -Fernando Preto, NRCan, Ottawa, ON

  -Rep from SaskPower

  -David Arkell, 360Energy, ON

The Journey to Energy Excellence for Northern Greenhouses

Session 8: Moving Forward: Developing Guidelines for Establishing a Northern Greenhouse

Project (Group Discussion)

  -Moderated by Ken Coates, ICNGD Co-Director of Research, U of S

To find out more about the conference, check out this link, or visit here for speaker bios.

Lisa Brodeur is a Quality Assurance Supervisor with 360 Energy.

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