We’re hosting a simultaneous screening in Winnipeg and in Brandon.
Food Evolution is directed by academy award-nominated Scott Hamilton Kennedy and narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Watch the trailer:
6:00PM – Doors open
7:00PM – Movie starts
8:30PM – Panel discussion
Cost: $12 – Includes movie screening, beverage (non-alcoholic) & popcorn
Simon Ellis is a pedigreed seed grower at Wawanesa, MB. He graduated with a diploma in Agri-Business from ACC in 2013 and continues lifelong learning at events across the country. Simon and his wife Amanda operate both the pedigree seed farm and a seed retail. They sell conventional crops like wheat, barley, oats and flax, as well as Genetically modified crops like canola, soybeans and corn. Simon has a passion for agriculture and sharing his farm’s story.
Byron Irvine works in Research and Development and Technology Transfer at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s. He currently manages several research locations including Brandon, Carberry, Portage and Winnipeg. Growing up on the family farm in Melfort SK, Byron went on to received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from University of Saskatoon.
Jessica Brady is the Manager, Industry Relations and Education for Okanagan Specialty Fruits, this company behind nonbrowning Arctic® apples. She grew up in Emerson, MB where working with large animals lead her to pursue a degree in Agriculture. Upon completing a Masters degree in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba, Jessica went on to work in agriculture education for several years. Jessica started with Okanagan Specialty Fruits in early 2016 and lives on a grain and beef farm near Minnedosa with her significant other and their dog. arcticapples.com okspecialtyfruits.com
Kaitlyn completed her degree at the University of Manitoba and is a Registered Dietitian from Killarney, Manitoba. She splits her time between working for Agriculture & AgriFood Canada as a Research Dietitian, researching various Canadian commodities and their health promoting attributes as well as running a private practice in her hometown at the Mary Ann Moore Wellness Centre. One of her favourite aspects of her roles as a Dietitian is working on the forefront of Canadian agricultural research, and being able to directly incorporate this knowledge into real usable advice for her clients. Kaitlyn is passionate about talking to people about the foods they love and trying to connect consumer with producer in the food conversation. Connect with Kaitlyn at on her Facebook page, ‘Kaitlyn Cuvelier, Registered Dietitian’ for more information.
Dr. Mark F Belmonte
Dr. Mark Belmonte is an Associate Professor and Associate Head of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Mark received his BSc and MSc from the University of Calgary before moving to Winnipeg where he obtained his PhD in plant science in 2008. After a brief postdoctoral fellowship at UC Davis, Mark moved back to Winnipeg to start his own lab in the Faculty of Science. His work holds the promise of solving world food shortages while significantly bolstering Manitoba’s agricultural economy. Dr. Belmonte’s group uses cutting edge next generation molecular and plant laser microdissection techniques to improve crop production and protect some of Canada’s most important agricultural crops like canola. His admirable publication record in the scientific literature includes 50 publications in top academic journals, two patents and numerous invitations to present his research findings around the world, and millions of dollars in research funding supporting Dr. Belmonte’s work. Mark was recently recognized as one of Manitoba’s young leaders as part of CBC’s Future 40 campaign and has been the recipient of numerous academic, merit, and mentorship awards. Mark is devoted to promoting science education and research at outreach events across Canada and takes pride in training the next generation of your scientists in Manitoba.
Paul Orsak and his family farm at Binscarth in western Manitoba. After graduating with a degree in Agriculture, Paul went on to serve with countless organizations as a spokesperson, chair, founding member and director. In 2012 he was honored with the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal, in recognition for his leadership in the Canadian grains industry.
He currently serves as director and second vice chair of Vanguard Credit Union, as well as a board member and vice president of the Russell Flying Club. Over the years he’s been involved with 4H as a leader, chairman of the Advisory Committee for School Leadership, and the St. Joseph’s Parish Building Committee. Together with his family, Paul is no stranger to local musical events where they tallied up many hours volunteering and performing at local and provincial performing arts festivals.
Even with his busy schedule of running Orsak Farms Ltd, volunteer commitments, organizational functions and a family that includes five grown children, Paul is always ready to share his story—and help people gain a better understanding of the link between farm and food—with unbridled enthusiasm.
Gina Sunderland is a prominent consulting and media dietitian based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. With a flair for creative recipe development, television food displays and demos she is regularly called upon by the media to comment on a wide range of nutrition topics to promote healthy eating messages to the public. Gina became a dietitian to combine her love of cooking, science and desire to help others lead healthier lives. She has had the privilege of participating in farm to table tours to gain a first-hand understanding of agricultural practices. With the philosophy of making nutrition and healthy eating fun and easy, Gina shares credible information about agriculture and sustainable food practices with her audiences. As a key influencer in the marketplace, she believes it is important to bridge the gap between the public’s understanding of where nutritious food comes from, how it is grown, who grows it and how it gets onto family tables.