December 14, 2023 9:00 am

The 28th Annual Fields on Wheels Conference

HOST: University of Manitoba Transport Institute


Sustainability, Transportation

Post-pandemic Supply Chain Adjustments

Join the 28th Fields on Wheels Conference, once again being held as a free webinar themed “Post-pandemic Supply Chain Adjustments”

The 28th Annual Fields on Wheels conference brings together experts to consider the current situation and the longer-term environment that is developing. The morning begins with a discussion of food price inflation. Its causes and magnitude are explored by experts in the field. How climate change could impact food prices is examined with respect to the yields of field crops which form the base of the food system.

Efforts to reduce carbon emissions impact agriculture directly and indirectly. The need for alternative fuels is spurring the use of oilseed crops for industrial use. At the same time, agriculture is being asked to greatly reduce its consumption of fossil fuels, and in particular regarding fertilizer use.

In the afternoon, the webinar turns to modal issues. Agricultural trucking is highlighted and a new means for reducing the costs of freight transactions is presented. Subsequently, attention is turned to the eastern grain corridor. The importance of the Great Lakes- St. Lawrence River came to national attention with the recent labour dispute. Like many aspects of transportation, the significance of the Seaway is visible when it stops working. This panel explores its role as an important export corridor for the grain industry.




Thursday, December 14, 2023
9:00 am – 4:30 pm CST



 Welcome from the University of Manitoba
Dr. Bruno Silvestre, Dean, I.H., Asper School of Business
9:05 Food Inflation and Climate Change ImplicationsSession Chair: Barry E. Prentice, Director, Transport Institute”The Drivers of Food Inflation and Implications for Supply Chain Resilience.
Michael Von Massow, Professor, University of Guelph“Where’s my lettuce?”
TBA“Climate Change and U.S. Agricultural Exports: How Future Weather Patterns Will Impact U.S. Competitiveness”
Thibault Denamiel, Research Associate, Scholl Chair in International Business
11:00 Sustainable Aviation FuelsSession Chair: Hedley Auld, CN Rail (retired)“Canadian Clean Fuels Policy: Current Status and Future Developments”
Fred Ghatala, Director, Carbon and Sustainability of Advanced Biofuels Canada“Oilseed Processing Overview”
Chris Vervaet, Executive Director, Canadian Oilseed Processors Association
12:00 Stretch and bend break
12:20 Noon-hour Talk Session Chair: TBA”A farmer’s view of Canada’s climate change policy.”
Gunter Jochum, President, Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association
 Agriculture and Food TruckingSession Chair: TBA“Animal Transport Advancement”
Bill Rempel, CEO, Steve’s Livestock Transport“Reducing the transaction costs of booking truck freight”
Daniel Santos, CEO, Evotrux
2:00 Eastern Grain Corridor PanelSession Chair: Derek Brewin, Head, Dept. Ag. Business and Ag. EconomicsBruce Hodgson, Director, Market Development, Highway H2OChris Heikkinen, CEO, Port of Thunder BayMark Hemmes, Quorum Corporation
4:00 Concluding comments