Join SIP in Banff for an afternoon of learning, networking and discussion

This is an in-person only event taking place at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta on Tuesday January 10, 2023 from 1:30pm-4:00pm.

Let's talk about new ideas in pork innovation ahead of the Banff Pork Seminar. Join us to learn,  explore and meet with colleagues in the pork research community.

We're bringing together leading experts to discuss rapid advancements in gene editing while exploring possible future applications and considerations for the pork sector. For example, could gene editing ever be used to support invasive wild boar control, how would it work, and what should be considered at the outset from a social and regulatory perspective? How is gene editing already being used in other industries and is the pork sector willing, ready and able to use this technology?

Panelists include:


Dr. Ray Lu

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph

Topic: Gene Editing 101

What is CRISPR gene editing, and could there be intriguing applications in the pork sector?


Dr. Vilceu Bordignon

Department of Animal Science, University of McGill

Topic: Successes and Opportunities   with Gene Editing

How has gene editing been used to advance solutions in other industries, and what have the outcomes been?


Dr. Stuart Smyth

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Saskatchewan

Topic: Ethics, Regulators and the Public

What does the future hold for the adoption of gene editing, and how should we navigate the landscape?