The Royal Education Week


Join us November 1 – 5th for The Royal Education Week

You’re invited to take part in our week long celebration of education! We will be sharing and inspiring you with exciting educational programming from some of our incredible partners.

November 1 – Virtual Field Trips to an Ontario Pig and Egg Farm
November 2 – The Royal Food & Nutrition Forum
November 3 – Ag & Food Virtual Career Fair
November 4 – The Royal Education Symposium
November 5 – Virtual Field Trips to an Ontario Turkey and Dairy Farm

Access the full schedule of daily programming below and be sure to sign up for each event.

Monday, November 1st

Teachers and their students will be able to explore 2 farms in Ontario through a Virtual Field Trip! Take a tour of a Pork Farm and an Egg Farm followed by live Q&A sessions with the farmers themselves.

10:00am: Virtual Farm Pig Farm Tour with John and Cassandra Van Engelen

Register for this tour here

11:00am: Virtual Egg Farm Tour with Janelle Caldwell

Register for this tour here

Tuesday, November 2nd

11:00am: Be a part of this year’s Food & Nutrition Forum and participate in four engaging sessions revolving around sustainability, food waste, the role of seasonal agricultural workers in Canada, nutrition for healthy aging, food literacy and more!

Keynote Speaker: Bob Blumer
 Zero Food Waste (Keep calm and cook on!)

Marianne Smith Edge
Exploring the Complexities of Sustainability From Farm to Fork

Lucia Weiler & Sue Mah
Nutrition for Healthy Aging

The role of Seasonal Agricultural Workers in Canada

Wednesday, November 3rd

11:00am: Join and for the Feed Your Future Royal Education Week Virtual Career Fair.

The food and agriculture industry are looking for talented people like YOU! There are many career opportunities within food and crop production, logistics, processing, biotechnology, finance, marketing, you name it! There are openings on the farm, in the field, lab, and office, all for you to discover.

This is a FREE event and is a great opportunity to connect and seek out prospective careers and employers in the Food and Ag industry.

Sign up for the event here

10:00am: Food Science
What is it and where can a degree take you?

Attendees to this session will learn about food science, what it is and the types of careers you can have with a food science degree.

This is a live session that will start with a brief talk by Dr Lisa Duizer, Chair of the Food Science Department to give attendees an overview of food science and what a food scientist does. This will be followed by a discussion between Dr Duizer and a panel of students and graduates of the food science program to talk about their experiences with food science and what their degree has allowed them to do.

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1:00pm: Finding a Place
in the Future of Food

When many people think about food and agriculture they see a farmer standing in a field.  The truth, however, is that today’s food system is diverse, complex, and dynamic with many different roles from field through processing to retail and food service.  Studying food and agribusiness provides the training to understand the whole system while taking a role in a specific link in the supply chain. Mike will talk about how the food system is changing and what it means for the types of jobs that will be available.

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Thursday, November 4th

10:00am: High school students and educators are invited to join us virtually at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair’s Annual Education Symposium, hosted by the OAC Student Liaison Program. This two-part event includes a keynote talk and panel discussion about sustainability in the agri-food sector from multiple perspectives, including indigenous and western points of view. 


Braiding Knowledge: Growing a Healthier Food System from Our Roots

Multiple Perspectives in Agri-food Sustainability

Friday, November 5th

Join the Royal and our partners for a series of virtual farm tours as we explore the grass roots of agriculture in Canada. Take a look behind the scenes of a Turkey farm and connect with local dairy producers as they share their experience and passion.

10:00am: Virtual Turkey Farm Tour with Damon and Erin Pogue

Register for this tour here

1:00pm: Virtual Dairy Farm Tour with Ashley Brown

Register for this tour here

The Royal Education Week is proudly supported by the Government of Ontario.

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