Preliminary program

Date: November 9, 2023
Venue: St. Hyacinthe Convention Centre, 1325 rue Daniel-Johnson O suite 119, St. Hyacinthe, QC J2S 8S4


Forum objectives :

  1. Demystifying milk proteins
  2. Strengthen market opportunities for dairy proteins and dairy by-products
  3. Propose potential solutions for promoting non-fat solids (including proteins) to stimulate private and public investment



8:30 a.m.—allotted time (10 minutes)

  1. Forum opening

Section 1—Understanding dairy protein markets, supply and demand

8:40 a.m.

  1. Portrait and trends of world markets for dairy proteins and by-products—speaker: Christophe Lafougère, GIRA

Objective: Present market opportunities, global supply and demand, and prospects for protein markets.

9:20 a.m.

  1. Overview and outlook for supply and demand of proteins and by-products in Canada—speaker: Benoit Basillais, CCL

Objective : Provide an up-to-date Canadian portrait

10:00 a.m. —Networking break

10:20 a.m.

Summary – financial programs – (further details will be provided shortly)

Objective: Present financial support programs for businesses

10:40 a.m.

  1. Testimonies from international buyers on medium-term prospects and trends in demand for proteins and dairy by-products—panellists to be confirmed

Objective: Outline product demand, desired specifications, advantages and disadvantages of dairy proteins and by-products, and challenges (e.g. ESG) in obtaining desired products for three categories: nutrition and pharmaceuticals for infants and nutritional formulas for adults (Abbott), chocolate (Ferrero, Barry Callebaut) and animal nutrition/feed (Serval).

11:40 a.m.

Questions and discussion on the morning’s presentations


Section 2—Debunking the myths surrounding dairy proteins

1:00 p.m.

  1. Dairy proteins, by-products and R&D innovationsspeaker: Marie-Claude Gentès (AAFC)

Objective: Define the qualities, functionalities, nutritional value and innovations in proteins.

1:40 p.m.

  1. Where do dairy proteins stand? How do dairy and plant proteins compare? —speaker: to be determined—speaker: Lamia L’Hocine, AAFC

Objective : To present a comparative analysis of the positioning of dairy proteins on the food protein market, including the acquisition costs of dairy and vegetable proteins as well as an environmental impact analysis.

2:20 p.m.

  1. The Strong Inside—the facts about dairy proteins, an American experience – speaker: Mr. Blake Anderson from ADPI

Objective: Present the initiatives of a group of American dairy processors to promote milk proteins.

2:50 p.m.

Questions and discussion on Section 2 presentations

3:00 p.m. —Networking break

3:30 p.m.

Summary – financial programs – (further details will be provided shortly)

Objective: Present financial support programs for businesses

3:50 p.m.

Section 3—R&D activities aimed at adding value to SNF and co-products

  1. R&D activities aimed at adding value to SNF and co-products—speaker: Élise Gosselin, Novalait, to be determined

Objective: To present an overview of researchers’ work on solutions for adding value to SNF and co-products.

4:30 p.m.

Questions and discussion on Section 3 presentations

4:50 p.m.

  1. Closing remarks

5:00 p.m.

  1. End of conference