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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.

Harvesting Innovation: Conquering challenges facing the Canadian grape and wine industry


Debra Inglis, Brock University

With an annual economic impact reaching almost $7 billion, Canada’s grape and wine industry has grown phenomenally to involve more than 31,000 Canadians in a wide range of jobs from agriculture, restaurants and retail, to tourism and beyond. Nevertheless, Canadian wines account for only 30 percent of national wine sales, and the global wine market is highly competitive. Consumers are driving demand for higher quality grapes and premium products, and science technology is playing a growing role in meeting that demand. Debra Inglis is at the centre of Canadian research to help the industry take advantage of a changing climate and counter the challenges of erratic weather, pests, disease and production. New findings in the vineyard and lab are creating innovative, game-changing opportunities that will strengthen the industry and our national economy.

Dr. Debra Inglis is the Director of Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute and a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. Debbie is an award-winning leader of multi-partner and multi-institutional research initiatives funded through the industry, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada to address industry priorities and identify proactive control strategies.

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

Sponsored by:
--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons

Date: Thursday Oct 24, 2013, 7:30 am - 8:45 am
Location: Government Conference Centre, Colonel By entrance
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Monday Oct 21, 2013