The Egg Farmers of Canada Conference is currently underway in Yellowknife this week with a jam packed schedule of experiences. With boat tours, golf, art walks, aurora viewing and fish fries there are many opportunities for the delegates to get a taste of the North.
Minister Wally Schumann was there to welcome delegates to the capital and to congratulate them on another banner year. “I understand this is the 12th straight year of growth in egg production and consumption across Canada. I would like to commend you all for delivering the fresh, healthy food Canadians need for all these years — and for designing a system where businesses producing food for our country can thrive,” Minister Schumann remarked.
Minister Schumann also took this opportunity to talk about the NWT’s budding agriculture industry – referring to the path defined through the Agriculture Strategy.
”It sets a path forward for addressing the regulatory, capacity, and policy issues which will allow us to take the next step and grow a viable industry here. Choice Farms’ Polar Egg product is the first of what we hope are many success stories in our industry.”
Kevin Wallington of Polar Eggs will be the MC of the event. Polar Egg is the NWT’s largest commercial egg operation and has plans to further expand their distribution across the territory.
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Minister Schumann also urged conference attendees to participate in some of the add-on experiences offered by the conference partners –tourism and art businesses offering world-class products.
During their welcome reception NWT Arts was on hand with a pop-up market where those in attendance can buy local art and meet some registered NWT Artists.
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Dene Elder, Doug Lamalice took attendees through an illuminating discussion on Northern traditions and cultures.
Minister Schumann finished by saying, “I would encourage you to get out and explore – our art galleries are home to one-of-a-kind work, our museum has been nominated for awards, and there are incredible sights to be seen and activities to experience around this city.”
Bringing conferences such as this to the NWT help to not only encourage tourism and diversify our economy, but offer the opportunity to bring expertise from across the country together to share ideas and foster growth here in the NWT.