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Monday 7 March 

**Please note that all agenda timings are provisional and subject to change**

10:00 Registration opens

10:30 - 13:00 Technical showcase presentations


13:50 Welcome address by Conference Chair: Chris Lawson, Head of Fertilizers, CRU


14:00 Global phosphate market outlook: overview, major issues, and the future

  • Overview of major phosphate markets
  • Overview of significant issues facing the phosphate industry
  • Where might future opportunities lie?

Glen Kurokawa, Senior Analyst, Phosphate, Fertilizers, CRU


14:30 Keynote Presentation: North American market outlook

Understand the outlook for this major supply and demand market from one of the major global players.

Bruce Bodine, Senior Vice President – North America, The Mosaic Company


15:00 Panel discussion: Investment in the Canadian agricultural industry and its impact on the phosphates market

The Canadian market is premium fertilizer mark which has shown strong demand growth in recent years. Our panel will discuss the market, including demand, logistics and supply chain considerations.


Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, Professor, Director, Agri-Food Analytics Lab and Former Dean of the Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University

Dr. Tom Bruulsema, Chief Scientist, Plant Nutrition Canada

Todd Lewis, President, The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan

15:45 Coffee and Networking Break


16:15 Fireside chat: Assessing the impact of the countervailing duty on imports of phosphate fertilizers in the U.S.

Presenters to be confirmed


16:45  Adopting sustainable ESG practices in the phosphate industry

  • Our responsibility – program overview; how ESG performance helps manage uncertainty and maximize value creation
  • Environment – managing the impact of fertilizer production
  • Our people – overcoming industry challenges to achieve diversity
  • Downstream initiatives – 4Rs and work to bring agricultural solutions to market
  • Focused on performance: our short-, mid- and long-term ambitions

Ben Pratt, Senior Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, The Mosaic Company


17:15 Chairman’s remarks and close of day one 


17:15 – 19:00          Welcome reception 


Tuesday 8 March 


08:50    Opening remarks by Conference Chair: Chris Lawson, Head of Fertilizers, CRU


09:00    China phosphate fertilizer industry review and outlook

  • China phosphate fertilizer industry review - focus on the policies, production, Import and Export, as well as the marketing and consumption trends
  • The phosphate specialty fertilizer innovation and development trend in China
  • The outlook and future trend for China phosphate fertilizers - Policies, production, marketing and consumption

Zhai Jidong, Vice President – International, Kingenta Ecological Engineering


09:30    Dynamics of growing consumer demand from Brazil and India

  • Understand the demand dynamics from these crucial demand regions.

Priscila Richetti, Senior Market Intelligence Manager, Direct Procurement, Yara Brazil 

Benton Kirk, Managing Director, CampoRico

Koyel Choudhury, India Analyst, CRU


10:15    Coffee and Networking Break


10:45 Fertilizer potential and limiting factors in Africa

  • Opportunities in the Sub-Saharan Africa fertilizer market
  • Increasing soil organic matter for soil health, and soil and plant nutrition
  • Carbon sequestration potential in Africa

Albin Hubscher, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Fertilizer Development Center


11:15    Panel discussion: Are super high fertilizer prices driving the industry towards demand destruction?

  • Analysing the cause of imbalance between supply and demand
  • Are consumers dialling back their phosphate fertilizer applications?
  • What will be the long-term effect of high prices on the phosphate industry?

Sanjeev Kanwar, Country Manager, Yara Fertilizers India Private Limited

Jake Niederer, Director of Sales and Marketing, Archer Daniels Midland Company

Assaf Naveh, Former Chief Executive Officer, Yunnan Phosphate Haikou


12:00 Global sulphur market update – When will the sulphur price reach its peak and what happens next?

  • Will sulphur availability improve into 2022? How will supply growth affect sulphur prices?
  • Can demand maintain its rate of growth into 2022? Which sectors and regions will drive demand to 2026?
  • How big a threat is decarbonisation to sulphur supply in the medium and long term?
  • Peter Harrison, Senior Consultant, Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid, CRU


    12:30 Lunch

    13:40 – 18:00          Technical Programme: Advances in the sustainable production of Phosphates

    13:45 Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from NPK production
    Rob Louwe, Yara

    14:10 Pathway to a carbon free fertilizer complex using the CORE-SO2™ Sulfuric Acid Process
    Rene Dijkstra, Chemetics

    14:35 Road to Sustainability” – Preparing for energy transformation in sulphuric acid industry
    Hannes Storch, Metso Outotec

    15:00 Advances in environmentally sustainable operations, including water management, energy efficiency and reclamation
    Igor Makarenko, Solex

    15:25 Networking and refreshment break

    15:55 Getting more circular
    Presenter to be confirmed, Novaphos

    16:20 P-recycling of sewage sludges : past, present and future developments
    Catherine Thise, Marktrack

    16:45 Altering Phosphate Fertilizer Solubility via De novo Struvite Production & Granulation
    Ahren Britton, Ostara Nutrient Solutions

    17:10 Combined Effects of RhizoSorb® and Fertilizer Placement for Improved Efficiency of Phosphorus Fertilizers in Corn
    Aaron Waltz, Phospholutions

    17:35 Phosphorus recovery from hydrothermally treated sewage sludge. Closing the phosphorus cycle
    Rachel Zambrano, TreaTech

    Wednesday 9 March 


    08:50 Opening remarks by Conference Chairman


    09:00    Could the use of inorganic feed phosphate be over by 2050?

    • Why phosphate is an issue for the feed industry : the limits of modern animal husbandry in intensive production systems.
    • Does the feed industry still require IFP :  can phosphorus needs be met without IFP supplementation?
    • Possible future use of IFP in animal nutrition : are IFP going to become niche products?

    Guillaume Milochau, Praxed


    09:30    Developments in the specialty and complex fertilizer markets 

    Complex and specialty fertilizers continue to develop, enabling more sophisticated approaches to advanced crop nutrition and furthering sustainable agriculture.  

    Eli Amon, Chief Commercial Officer, ICL

    10:00 Supplier views on commercial and logistics challenges

    Supply chain and logistics challenges continue to test the industry. Hear from a major global producer on their views.

    Chris Reynolds, Senior Vice President, Nutrien


    10:30 Networking and Coffee Break


    11:00 Examining supply change challenges in engineering and construction

    A combination of covid and global supply chain issues have impacted routine maintenance and turnaround schedules across the industry. This presentation will provide insights into the causes of these challenges and how the engineering, procurement and construction industry is responding.

    Jaafar Kabbaj, Head of Growth, JESA


    11:30 Financing junior phosphates projects: What is the investment appetite?

    • IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest multinational financial institute focusing on supporting private sectors in global emerging markets
    • IFC provides debt and/or equity instruments and services to companies/projects in developing countries, with fertilizers industry as a part of IFC’s strategic investment focuses
    • IFC prioritizes sustainable finance to help companies/projects achieving better results from financial, environmental and social perspectives

    Lilian Tu, Senior Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation


    12:00 Rock market dynamics and project updates


    Arianne – the “Green” rock alternative

    • Powered by hydro power
    • Uses for LFP battery manufacturing
    • Direct applications

    Jeff Beck, Chief Executive Officer, Arianne Phosphate


    Project update: Avenira

    • Wonarah – unlimited opportunity
    • Developing a remote project
    • Balancing fertilizer and battery demand

    Brett Clark, Chairman, Avenira Limited


    12:30 – 13:30    Lunch 


    13:40 – 18:00          Technical Programme


    13:30 Product developments for phosphate flotation: the use of new synthetic reagents
    Presenter to be confirmed, BASF

    13:55 Reducing costs and environmental impacts of phosphate beneficiation using sensor-based sorting
    Presenter to be confirmed, TOMRA

    Phosphoric acid operations

    14:20 Control of gypsum scaling and deposition in harsh environments by phosphonate chemical additives: Profound effects of inhibitor structure
    Presenter to be confirmed, SUEZ

    14:45 Prayon reinvents the Phosphoric Acid production using DCP “super-rock” as a raw material
    Hadrien Leruth, Prayon

    15:10 Phosphoric Acid: exploiting more with an integrated approach
    Svetoslav Valkov, Desmet Ballestra

    15:35 Networking and refreshment break

    Granulation and finishing

    16:00 Granulation Plant Modeling and Design Using SysCAD
    Presenter to be confirmed, Hatch

    16:25 Granulation plant revamps – Drivers, methodology and case studies
    David Ivell, Chris Dennis, JESA Technologies

    16:50 A Coating Solution for Difficult Fertilizer Blends
    Lucas Moore, Arkema-ArrMaz

    17:15 Controlled Release Phosphatic Fertilizers
    Mithlesh Kumar Mathur, Director, Neelam Aqua & Speciality Chem

    17:40 Ensuring efficient, seamless, dust free & sustainable operation
    Presenter to be confirmed, Bedeschi

    18:00 Close of conference