Join thought leaders, innovators and producers that are transforming Alberta agriculture at Spruce Meadows, Calgary, June 1, 2022.
You won’t want to miss this premiere in-person research and innovation event. Admission is free. Space is limited.


In a fast-paced day, we will explore today’s challenges ranging from the rippling effects of war on the economy, food production, supply chains, and food security and affordability; to the issues presented by environmental change and climate legislation; to the effects of energy cost to agriculture and food affordability; and the risks to health through disease.

We will engage in developing solutions and putting those solutions into practice on our farms, ranches, and grasslands, by collaborating with those outside of the direct agriculture industry – cultivating unexpected collisions.


Hal Kvisle is a proud Albertan and has worked for Canadian and international energy companies for more than 40 years, in the oil and gas, utilities and power generation industries. 

Get ready! Hal will lead an insightful discussion on ‘global issues and how different industries can leverage each other’s wisdom to overcome and come up with even better solutions’.

Mr. Kvisle is board chair of ARC Resources and Finning International, and a director of Cenovus Energy.  He previously served as a director of the Bank of Montreal, TransCanada Corporation, Talisman Energy, Methanex Corporation, Fletcher Challenge Energy, Norske Skog Canada and PrimeWest Energy. 

Mr. Kvisle was CEO of Talisman Energy from 2012 to 2015 and CEO of TransCanada Corporation from 2001 to 2010, where he was recognized as Canada’s Outstanding CEO in 2008.  

Hal holds a B.Sc.Eng. from the University of Alberta, an MBA from the Haskayne School, University of Calgary, and honorary degrees from Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary.  He served for many years as a board member and national board chair of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and served as the founding chair of the Business Council of Alberta until January 2022. 


  • 0700: Registration & Coffee
  • 0730: Round-Up Pancake Breakfast
  • 0830: Round-Up Kick Off
  • 0900: Keynote: Harold (Hal) Kvisle: Canada’s CEO of the Year (2008, TC Energy). Mr. Kvisle will discuss global issues and how different industries can leverage each other’s wisdom to overcome and come up with even better solutions.
  • 1030: Speed World Café Discussion: Making Big Issues Relevant to Producers and Consumers
  • 1230: Lunch
  • 13:15: Idea “Mash-Up” Producers will “pitch” a problem / challenge they face. Attendees will “mash up ideas” to brainstorm potential solutions that may be achieved by considering multiple points of view.
  • 15:30: Round-Up Wrap Up
  • 16:00: Round-Up Closed


Location: Spruce Meadows, Calgary South

With more than 400 acres of property, Spruce Meadows combines imagination, sophistication and a unique atmosphere to any event. Only a 20-minute drive from downtown Calgary, Spruce Meadows is a place where our guests can connect, create, produce and relax.


Spruce Meadows is located in Calgary’s southwest. Nearby Hotels include:


RDAR’s targets strategic investments in producer-led, results-driven agriculture research to power the competitiveness, profitability, productivity and sustainability of Agriculture in Alberta.

RDAR considers your health and safety to be paramount.

Masking is optional. If you are exhibiting any symptoms, please follow all current public health guidelines.

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