Health Innovation Economic Forum - Food is Medicine (Date is Tentative)

  • Mar 24th, 2022 at 01:30 pm
  • Remai Riverside Terrace, 102 Spadina Cres East, Saskatoon, SK
  • Presented by: Office of Health Innovation

Health Innovation Economic Forum-Fall Edition

Food is Medicine - Saskatchewan Could Lead the Way

This forum will focus on Saskatchewan’s burgeoning and leading healthy food and ingredients cluster featuring leaders in the food sector from research to production to marketing. This forum is designed to highlight and identify opportunities, for leverage our leading global cluster into more economic and investment spin-offs for Saskatchewan.  Food as medicine is one way to tackle chronic disease problems and also raise a healthier next generation.

NEW DATE:  1:30PM Thursday March 24, 2022 (TENTATIVE DATE)

Join the Office of Health Innovation and Economic Development in our fall edition of our Health Innovation Economic Forums oat the Remai Modern Art Gallery, Riverside Terrace, Saskatoon SK.

Target Audience:

Successful and aspiring business people with interest in health and technology, financiers, industry participants, academics-Universities and Technical Institutes, lawyers and accountants interested in intellectual property and securities law, board members at health and technology based organizations, health businesses, technology businesses, engineers (electrical and software/computer engineers), non-profit foundations and organizations.

Location: Remai Gallery, Riverside Terrace, 102 Spadina Cres East, Saskatoon

Cost:  $35.00

Watch for updated program - registration is now open.

Tentative Agenda:

1:30 PM - Welcome and Opening Remarks

Event MC - Sanj Singh, CEO of Health Innovation and Economic Development Inc. (OHI), and CEO of Temple Therapeutics BV., Board Member of BioteCanada and Vice-Chair of the Emerging Companies Advisory Board-BioteCanada.

1:45 – 2:35 PM - Panel 1 - Food is Medicine Pioneers

Moderator and Speaker: Sanj Singh, CEO of Health Innovation and Economic Development Inc. (OHI), and CEO of Temple Therapeutics BV; Board Member of BioteCanada and Vice-Chair of the Emerging Companies Advisory Board-BioteCanada.


  • Carrie Verishagen, RD - Coordinator of Eat Well Saskatchewan, a new service offered through the University of Saskatchewan that connects registered dietitians with people anywhere in the province to provide current nutrition information supported by the latest research.
  • Sandra Purdy - President, Prairie Berries Inc., developer, processor and retailer of healthy functional food products from Saskatoon Berries. Sandra is also co-founder of Prairie Berries Europe GmbH, establishing Saskatoon berries as a new superfood sensation in the European market.
  • Melanie Boldt, PAg - Co-Owner of Pine View Farms All Natural Meats, a successful pioneer in the marketing of local raised meats and one of the only vertically integrated meat producer, processor and marketers in Western Canada. Melanie and her husband Kevin are passionate about Saskatchewan, its people and capabilities, particularly in agri-food and agri-business.
  • Elizabeth Klodas MD - Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Step One Foods based in Minneapolis, utilizing human trial services of the Richardson Centre (Winnipeg).  Dr. Klodas has dedicated her career to preventive cardiology. Trained at Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins, she also serves as medical editor for webMD.  Step One develops clinically proven foods as medications for addressing cardiometabolic conditions.

2:45PM - 3:35 PM - Panel 2 - The Regulatory, Marketing and Funding Framework, and Ideas for Change

Moderator and Speaker: Michael Nickerson, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Strategic Research Program Chair in Protein Quality and Utilization: Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences University of Saskatchewan, and Past President of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST).


  • Najla Guthrie - President and CEO at KGK Science, a leading contract research organization specializing in human clinical trials for the health and nutrition industry; integrates scientific, clinical research, commercial, and regulatory expertise to deliver well designed solutions for propelling health and wellness products to market.
  • Prof. Allison Cammer - Profesor of Human Nutrition, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan.  Dr. Cammer's research program centers on nutrition care decision-making practices.
  • Patrick Odnokon - CEO of Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), striving to ensure research will contribute to the improved health of Saskatchewan citizens through a high-performing health system with a robust culture of health research and innovation. SHRF is currently engaged in a strategic refresh of its funding programs through consultations with researcher stakeholders.

3:40 – 3:45 PM – Wrap up.

3:45 – 5:00 PM Reception with Cash Bar and top of the line hors d’oeuvres provided.





Presented by: Office of Health Innovation Health Innovation and Economic Development Inc.