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Welcome Speakers for the 2023 ONTARIO Agricultural CONFERENCE!

The Ontario Agricultural Conference (OAgC) is a combined effort of The Southwest Agricultural Conference, Midwestern Ontario Agricultural Conference and Eastern Ontario Crop Conference. This team is committed to keeping the Ontario agricultural community updated with current and timely information.

The combined team is excited to bring you an incredible line up of speakers, presenting 50 sessions both ONLINE and IN-PERSON, providing attendees with interactive sessions full of the tremendous knowledge and experience they have come to expect from all three conferences.  Follow us on Twitter @OAgC23!

Important Dates for Speakers

Date Activity
Dec. 2, 2022 LIVE/IN-PERSON Speaker Accommodation Deadline
Dec. 8, 2022 Conference Workbook Summaries Due
Jan. 4 & 5, 2023 OAgC CONFERENCE DATES
Jan 27, 2022 Speaker Expenses Due
On Tuesdays -
Jan 10th-Feb 21st, 2023
Post Conference
"TEC Talk Tuesdays"
Open forum discussion on specialized topics including Q & A learning opportunities

Important Notes for Speakers

Guidelines for Your ON DEMAND Presentation

Technical Checklist

  • Ensure you have a wired connection (access to ethernet hardwire)
  • Plugging your computer directly into your modem will create a solid Internet connection to avoid problems associated with a Wi-Fi (wireless) connection. WiFi is highly susceptible to video/audio degradation and could even cause your connection to shut down completely.  Plug an Ethernet cable from your modem or router to your laptop or desktop computer.  If you must use wireless (ie. if your modem/router is too far away from your computer and you are forced to use wireless), then make sure of the following:
    • Microwave appliances are turned off (they can interfere with WiFi)
    • Others in the home are not watching movies, gaming or using a lot of bandwidth
    • Consider going to a wired location such as an office or another residence
    • Consider appointing a back-up person who can fill-in for you in the event your signal drops and does not come back on

Your camera and microphone

  • If you are using a laptop, the webcam and microphone built into your laptop should suffice in terms of acceptable video and audio quality. However, in some cases, the tiny microphone on your laptop will pick up room noise making it more difficult for people to hear you.

Solution: Purchase (or borrow from OAgC) an inexpensive USB computer clip-on microphone.  This will replace the built-in mic on your webcam and provide superior audio quality.

Solution for Desktop Users:  If you are using a desktop computer, you will need to purchase (or borrow from OAgC) a USB external webcam. Please make sure your webcam is set to the full resolution. To borrow an OAgC USB webcam or clip-on microphone for your presentation, please contact Quinn Harder at 647-822-5109 or via email at

Keep your smartphone away from computer speakers

  • Cell phones that are placed within 3 or 4 feet of computer speakers can cause static bursts each time you receive a text or someone is calling you. Move your phone to the other side of the room or turn your phone off.

Tips for positioning and lighting

  • Ensure you are in a quiet area with no distractions
  • Lighting should be in front of you, not behind you. If your room is dark, place a lamp diagonally in front of you. Avoid strong lighting beside you, which will darken one side of your face.
  • Be sure to center yourself on the screen. You can practice on your own by opening up a camera app on your computer to see yourself.  On the day of the presentation, make certain that your camera is not being used by any other software program. Your camera can only be used by one software program at a time.
  • Do not point your camera towards the ceiling. Your camera should be at eye level and be sure to leave room for hand gestures.
  • Be aware of your background set-up (ie. uncluttered; remove any offensive items; not in front of a window; etc.). If possible, make sure your clothes don’t match the background.

Finally, make certain that on the day of the webcast, you are using the exact same computer, internet set-up in the same room that you tested on in advance.

Check the Speaker Package for more details

Reviewed 10/25/2022

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