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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Keeping food available and affordable: a twenty-first century challenge


Jean Caron, Université Laval

Agriculture today faces increasing challenges ranging from extreme weather and soil and water depletion to the relentless conversion of food land to other uses. Professor Jean Caron of Université Laval is a leader in soil science and precision agriculture technologies. From his own research, he will present examples of how real time soil sensing technologies and big data science can be used to improve crop productivity and water use. He will discuss potential routes for adopting these new technologies as well as the opportunities they will bring to Canadian farmers.

A professor of soil physics and hydrodynamics, Dr. Caron holds an NSERC Industrial Research Chair at Laval and leads a team of researchers that brings together strawberry and cranberry producers with technology partners. He has won numerous major awards, including the Prix Joseph-Armand-Bombardier and the NSERC Synergy Prize for Innovation. He is also a co-founder of Hortau Inc. and Hortau Corp., two rapidly-growing North American leaders in precision irrigation technology, with about 60 employees at locations in Canada and California.

Presentation will be bilingual.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE).
Supported by: CANARIE inc. and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

The Speaker of the Senate
The Speaker of the House of Commons

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016, 7:30 am - 8:30 am (Hot breakfast is ready by 7am)
Location: Parliamentary Dining Room, Centre Block
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25. Payment must be made in advance by credit card. No refunds for cancellations after May 9, 2016

Registration Deadline: Monday May 9, 2016


Contact information: Donna Boag,, 613-991-6369