ECFWA will be hosting the 2020 CFWF conference!

We are looking for input from our membership on where to host the conference. Below are 3 proposals: Guelph, Hamilton, and Windsor. Please read the proposals and then complete a short survey to let us know your thoughts!




Proposal: GUELPH

Pros:
research focus with UofG. Close enough to Toronto to make that a reasonable option for flights.

Cons: ECFWA members are familiar with the region and have been on other tours to the area or have done assignments on the more prominent ag operations/businesses that would be featured (many use CFWF tours for story ideas).

Hotel/Conference venue:
Delta Guelph
Hotel $160/night posted rate.

Hotel is across from the University, close to shops and restaurants. 45 minutes from Pearson airport (assuming no traffic). Trip advisor rating 4.5/5

Transportation to venue for attendees:
Flight options in and out of Toronto Pearson. Cab or airport shuttle easily arranged.
Driving distance for many ECFWA members in central Ontario.

Thursday pre-tours:
In-depth tour of UofG, Arboretum
Niagara wineries tour – via bus or bus/bike.
Toronto day tour ‘on-your-own’ via bus drop off
Toronto Zoo
Guelph Donkey sanctuary
University of Guelph observatory telescope (evening activity)

Friday tours:
Times noted are travel time from hotel, locations listed are just a sampling from preliminary research conducted
University of Guelph (:02 minutes) – research
Hamilton Port Authority (:45) – boat tour of harbour detailing ag at the port
Richardson/ G3 / P&H (:45) – grain facilities at the Hamilton Port
Holland Marsh (1:15) – vegetable growing
Elora research station (:25) – grain research
Palmerston Grain (1:00) – grain elevator
Merry Farms (:35) – Christmas tree farm
Norfolk County (1:25) -  Farm tours – grain and/or livestock (chicken, dairy), winery

Friday dinner:
Hotel conference venue
Guelph Arboretum

 

 

Proposal: WINDSOR

Pros: Southwestern Ontario is a rich agricultural area with a wide variety of tour opportunities, including greenhouses, research facilities, wineries, and farms.
It’s an area that hasn’t been highlighted before and doesn’t get a lot of attention.
Hotel and conference venue affordable and close to other amenities.

Cons: Travel might be a bit difficult as there are no direct flights.
Does not have the immediate ‘wow’ factor of some more recognizable cities/regions which may affect attendance.

Hotel/Conference venue: Best Western Waterfront
$134/night posted rate.
Hotel is downtown, along the waterfront, close to shops, restaurants, and the Caesars Windsor casino. It is 17 minutes from the Windsor airport. Trip advisor rating 4/5
The Casino hotel is another option for a meeting hotel and conference venue.

Transportation to venue for attendees:
Air Canada – most flights involve stop in Toronto before flight to Windsor airport.
Fly to Detroit – drive to Windsor = 30 minute drive to hotel
Fly to Toronto – drive to Windsor = 3.5 hours drive to hotel

Thursday pre-tours:
Rum Runners Tour - history of prohibition and bootlegging, costumed guides.
Pelee Island Tour  - winery, farms
JP Wisers Experience
Windsor River Cruise
Windsor Eats walking tour

Friday tours:
Times noted are travel time from hotel, locations listed are just a sampling from preliminary research conducted
University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus (1:17) – research facility
Leamington (:50) – numerous greenhouses
Greenfield Chatham (1:00) – ethanol plant, Truly Green Farms, tomato greenhouse across road uses CO2 and waste heat from Greenfield.
Southwestern Ontario Gleaners (Leamington :50) – creates free dehydrated vegetable mix and fruit snacks from unmarketable fruit and veg for distribution to needy communities
Colasanti’s Tropical Garden / Greenhouse (:45) – agritourism, lunch stop
Harrow (:45) – numerous wineries
Harrow Research & Development Centre (:40) – AAFC research facility
J.P. Wiser’s (:05) - distillery
Leamington cannabis farm  - Aphria (:52)
Farm tours – grain and/or livestock

Friday dinner:
Hotel conference venue
Caesar’s Windsor – restaurant or buffet – possible group booking to see a show
Willistead Manor – historic house, former home of Hiram Walker’s son. Banquet facility

 

Proposal: Hamilton

Pros: Central point for distinct tour destinations. Close enough to Toronto to make that a reasonable option for flights. Proximity to Niagara gives it draw for extending stays and more pre and post tour options.

Cons: The region was toured by IFAJ in 2011. ECFWA members are familiar with the region and have been on other tours to the area or have done assignments on the more prominent ag operations/businesses that would be featured (many use CFWF tours for story ideas). Traffic could extend travel times for tours.

Hotel/Conference venue:
Sheraton Hamilton
Hotel $149/night posted rate.
Hotel is downtown, close to shops and restaurants. 40 minutes from Pearson airport. 17 minutes from Hamilton airport. Trip advisor rating 4/5

Transportation to venue for attendees:
Flight options in and out of Toronto Pearson are more realistic/frequent than Hamilton. Cab or airport shuttle easily arranged.
Driving distance for many ECFWA members in central Ontario.

Thursday pre-tours:
Bus drop off at Niagara Falls for ‘on-your-own’ tourist sightseeing.
Pre-arranged Niagara wineries tour – via bus or bus/bike.
Toronto day tour ‘on-your-own’ via bus drop off
Toronto Zoo

Friday tours:
Times noted are travel time from hotel, locations listed are just a sampling from preliminary research conducted
University of Guelph (:40 minutes) – research
Niagara-on-the-lake (1:00) – wineries, greenhouses, fruit orchards, flowers
Hamilton Port Authority (:05) – boat tour of harbour detailing ag at the port
Richardson/ G3 / P&H (:05) – grain facilities at the Hamilton Port
Holland Marsh (1:10) – vegetable growing
Atlantic Biodiesel Welland (1:13) – biofuel producer
White Meadows Farms (1:00) - Maple syrup
Upper Canada Cheese Company (:35) – local artisanal cheese  
Farm tours – grain and/or livestock

Friday dinner:
Hotel conference venue
Dundurn Castle – historic venue, event space

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