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Powering the Research to Transform Agriculture – RDAR launching its Strategic Framework


RDAR set to unveil its 5-year Strategic Framework at virtual AGM, and hold a Discussion with Industry Thought Leader Ted Bilyea

Edmonton, Alberta (Jan 17, 2022) – RDAR was founded on thinking and doing things differently. On the heels of a successful 2021, the organization will start 2022 off by hosting its first AGM to present its bold 5-Year Strategic Framework. This Framework details will detail how RDAR will deliver on the outcomes that matter to Alberta producers. 

  • Increased farm cash receipts 
  • Increased export revenues 
  • Increased agri-sector employment 

Taking place on January 18, 2022 at 1pm, the fully virtual event is set to inform, enlighten, and take attendees on RDAR’s journey into the future of agriculture research.  At 2 pm, Agri-food and policy expert Ted Bilyea will deliver a dynamic fireside chat detailing key considerations for the future of our agriculture sector.  

From its conception in 2020, RDAR has hosted 4 original funding competitions which have seen over $30 Million dollars invested into new outcome-focused agriculture research projects that will power the profitability, competitiveness, productivity, and sustainability of Albertas principal sector. 

This AGM will showcase RDAR’s Strategic Framework for the first time. This 5-year plan will guide RDAR through to 2027. The Framework outlines what RDAR will do to anticipate and respond to the global trends which are shaping a new reality for agriculture, food, and agri-businesses. 

This AGM will also give attendees a window into RDAR’s Corporate Update, including a review of RDAR’s current investment portfolio, which shows where RDAR’s research funding is focused.  

Mark your calendars and register today for this unforgettable event. 


1:00 – Call to Order – Chair Dr. David Chalack 

  • Presentations: 
  • 2:00 2022-2027 RDAR Strategic Framework 
  • 2:30 Fireside Chat – Ted Bilyea 

3:30: Meeting Adjourned 

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About Ted Bilyea 
Distinguished Fellow, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) 

Ted Bilyea is an agri-food expert specializing in innovation with clients in both private and public sector. He most recently served as Chair and Chief Strategy Officer of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI). He currently acts as a Special Advisor to CAPI. Mr. Bilyea retired in 2005 as Executive Vice-President, Maple Leaf Foods Inc., having spent a very successful 35 years with the company.  

About RDAR 
RDAR is a not-for-profit organization that will continually consult with Alberta’s crop and livestock producers to set research priorities and distribute funds. Its mandate is: to support results driven agriculture research priorities and programs that will increase the competitiveness and profitability of Alberta’s agriculture industry. Arm’s length from the provincial government, RDAR is funded by two sources: The Government of Alberta, the Government of Canada, and Alberta’s Government through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership 

RDAR Media Inquiries: 
Janada Hawthorne 
Communications Lead 
Results Driven Agriculture Research