Educational Sessions



All educational sessions, presented during show hours, are free of charge for all attendees and exhibitors.



You will find below the presentations offered by our speakers during the Show.


Digital Transformation & Growth Perspective
Retail Meal Solutions & Food on the Go
By Technomic
Trends from the US
By Technomic
Direct Marketing for your Business
By Canada Post
Maintening Food Product Integrity during Transportation
By NSF International
New Generation of Food Processing Technologies
Trends in Food Packaging
GFSI Guidelines for Packaging
The Ethnic Shopper
By Balmoral Marketing
Big Data for All!
By GS1
A Perspective on the Canadian Grocery Industry
Grow your Business beyond Canada

A Portrait of the global food innovations

By XTC North America











Stéphane Ricoul, eBusiness Director, Sid Lee


Theme: Growth perspective trough digital transformation in the food industry.


NEW SCHEDULE: April 28, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Presentation Room.

In French-Live translation


By sharing some current uses cases of digital transformation in the Canadian food industry, Stephane will highlight growth opportunities. He will also share some recent innovations and how they can be adapted to our market.








Erik Thoresen, pincipal, Technomic



       Retail Meal Solutions and Food on the Go. April 29, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Presentation Room

Understand the latest trends and opportunities for Retail Meal Solutions. How are retailers competing with traditional restaurants, what occasions, needstates are driving this growing foodservice category.


Trends from the US. April 29, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Presentation Room

What’s happening South of the border? Understand some of the latest menu and consumer trends from the States. Which trends have potential to migrate into Canada? How is the US Foodservice industry performing? What are some unique and emerging concepts on the horizon?  This session will provide you with an overall State of the US Industry.









Diana Lucaci, Founder, True Impact Marketing


Conference: Direct Mail and the Brain: New Insights from Neuroscience. April 29, 12 p.m to 1 p.m, Room 108


Knowing your audience makes a big difference when you're looking to stand out from the rest. Using brain imaging technology, it is possible to measure the all-important, instant reaction that people have to a print communication. 


Following this session, you will learn:

  • How new technologies (neuroscience, biometrics) help you get the full story on the customer.
  • The fact and fiction behind the wide-array of tools, and how to apply the relevant and proven tools.
  • How to complement existing research with neuroscience, and drive more innovative customer intelligence.
  • What are some of the gains experienced by brands that implemented neuroscience, and what are the key lessons to apply right away.











Andy Sampogna, Sr Advisor, Direct Marketing, Canada Post


Conference: Grow your Business with Direct Marketing? April 30, 12 p.m to 1 p.m, Room 108

Like you, Small Business owner, operator and now Senior Marketing Advisor for Canada Post, Andy Sampogna knows how difficult it can be to communicate and build strong customer relationships and experiences in today’s highly intensive, challenging and competitive marketplace. With nearly 20 years of marketing, product and data-analytics experience across multiple industry verticals, Andy appreciates, and shares with entrepreneurs how to leverage and benefit from mail marketing strategies to increase business performance and ROI.  Learn how Canada Post is working with the food service industry to delivery better results!















Serban Teodoresco, Global Managing Director, Consulting and Technical Group, Food Division, NSF International


Conference: Maintaining Food Product Integrity During Transportation

April 30, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Room #108

Managing a food supply chain has inherent challenges that require all contributors in the supply chain to adhere to stringent operational practices in order to ensure the product is safe for consumption once it reaches the end consumer. It can affect your customers, your brand and your business. When fresh or frozen foods are being transported, especially in a global supply chain, the procedures and equipment needed to maintain integrity are elevated to a more critical role. Areas of concern to be discussed include: asset management, environmental impact; product integrity and product theft. Don’t let transportation be the ‘weak link’ in your food safety systems.










Tatiana Koutchma, Research Scientist in Novel Food Processing at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)


Conference: Future Food Processing Technologies as INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS to IMPROVE SAFETY, QUALITY AND FUNCTIONALITY. This lecture will review novel processing technologies commercially available in food production and technologies-in-development in terms of their benefits, applications for different groups of products, level of technologies readiness and analysis of research gaps and process economics. Future trends, analysis of microbiological and chemical safety issues will be presented.

April 28, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Room #108









Carol Zweep, Manager, Packaging and Food Labelling Services, GFTC


Conference: Trends in Packaging

Consumers are demanding fresher, minimally processed, more convenient foods with prolonged shelf life.  Combined with stricter requirements regarding consumer health and safety and concerns for food security, traceability and brand protection makes food packaging a challenging area.  There has been widespread introduction of active and intelligent packaging and the demand is expected to grow. Learn about the latest developments in active and intelligent packaging and how these technologies are being implemented in the food industry.

April 29, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Room #108












Karen Leacock-Bingham, Sr. Project Manager, Food Safety Consulting & Technical Services, GFTC


Conference: Packaging Audit Options

The new package auditing standards apply to all facilities that manufacture packaging for direct or indirect food contact (secondary packaging). Each standard has requirements for senior management commitment, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), site standards, and personnel. This presentation will explore the elements and benefits of the GFSI benchmarked standards.

April 28, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Room #108










Conference: Organic leaders: showcase of best practices in the organic sector

April 29, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Presentation Room


Organic has developed from a niche market to a social trend and one of the biggest international growth markets.  In Canada the organic market has tripled since 2006 and is now worth $4 billion annually. Join us for a discussion with organic pioneers; companies that make the Canadian market thrive. Participating panellists will talk about their vision of leadership in the organic value chain and on what makes an organic business successful.




Kevin Greenwood, VP Marketing Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods


Kevin has nearly 30 years of experience in the food and consumer packaged goods industry, holding various management positions in Marketing, Operations, and Finance. 

Since joining Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods in 2010, Kevin has helped the company grow over 300%. Previous to Manitoba Harvest, Kevin was with Nature’s Path where he was part of the group that took the DEA to court over the temporary ban of hemp foods to the United States.

Kevin holds a Masters of Business Administration from University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. He currently sits on the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance Board of Directors. In his spare time, Kevin is an avid rock climber and enjoys various outdoor activities.



Mathew Holmes, Executive Director, Canada Organic Trade Association

Matthew Holmes is the Executive Director of the Canada Organic Trade Association, with a background in government policy development and strategic relations. He was elected to the World Board of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) in 2011, and is a regular writer and speaker on regulatory, trade and market issues. He lives with his family south of Ottawa.
















Steven E. Diakowsk, President and Chief Executive Officer, Taste of Nature Foods


BIO: Steven E. Diakowsky is President and Chief Executive Officer of Taste of Nature Foods Inc., and a member of Taste of Nature’s Board of Directors.  Mr. Diakowsky joined Taste of Nature Foods Inc. in July 2012.

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Lynne Brenegan, President UNFI Canada

She works with COTA and Canada’s Supplier and Broker communities to bring Organic, Natural, and Specialty items to Canadian retailers and to international audiences.

Lynne has worked in strategy, organizational design, people and business development for over 25 years.  She looks to her work with UNFI as a way to integrate her business experience with her passion for ecological food production.

















Conference: The Ethnic Shopper, Understanding the ethnic consumer and their grocery shopping behavior

April 30, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Presentation room

Sharifa Khan, President and CEO, Balmoral Multicultural Marketing



Gautam Nath, Vice President , Balmoral Multicultural Marketing




In this very engaging and exciting presentation, Balmoral shall bring before you, a glimpse into Canada’s changing ethnic landscape and the unique similarities and differences of their grocery shopping behavior. China and South Asia are the two biggest contributors to Canada’s newcomer population and this presentation will focus on these cohorts.

People arriving from different parts of the world are accustomed to varied shopping environments and distinct grocery buying behaviors. This special hour will transport you to a different world and give you insights into this new consumer segment – The ethnic consumer.



Conference: Canada and U.S. organic markets: statistics and emerging trends, Organic Trade Association

April 28, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Room #108



Matthew Holmes, Executive Director, Canada Organic Trade Association




Respectively the 1stand 4thlargest organic market, the United-States and Canada are key players in the international organic scene. This conference will give attendees insights on both markets and on the factors driving the growth of this sector. It will also showcase emerging trends and describe the role of consumers in moving the sector forward. A panel discussion on the differences, similarities and complementarity of the two markets will follow.





Monique Marez, Foreign Markets Manager, COTA














Conference: Big Data for All! Enabling e-Commerce, Satisfying Consumers

April 30, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Presentation Room


How do you create online business? How do you get your brand’s product information out there? GS1 Canada’s Gary J. Morris moderates a panel of expert retailers and vendors who share their experiences using Item Certification,  the GS1 Canada online solution for exchanging brand owner certified product information with trading partners of all sizes, all around the globe.

Topics addressed:

  • Enabling all retail channels (OMNI) and trading partners to sell your products
  • How your company can control ingredient deck information effectively and efficiently, and make it readily available to clients
  • The importance and uses of high quality Nutritional Decks for product promotion
  • Brand reputation management



Gary Morris, Director, Industry Relations, GS1 Canada





Independent Grocer:

Mr. Francois Bouchard, President, Country Grocer, Quebec. BIO


Large Scale Retailer:

Mr. Iyyad Jariri, Sr. Manager, GS1 and Data Process Improvement, Loblaw Companies Ltd.


Large Scale Manufacturer:

Mr. Sean Byrne, Globe Data Manager, Nestle Company










Robert Levy, representative of XTC World Innovation North America. He will showcase worldwide food innovations with highlighting specialties from Ontario!


Conference: Food hot topic, innovation is a central point for all food industries to maintain their leadership or reach new heights in a severe, competitive environment.

April 29 and 30, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Presentation Room









Paula Cooper, Founder & CEO, Dine Aware


Conference: Food Allergy Strategy: Don’t miss the boat on revenue & consumer relevance. April 30, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Room 108


How big is the food allergy/intolerance issue, really? What are food allergy/intolerant customers really looking for?
Why it is serious mistake to assume that food allergy customers only expect accommodation of their dietary restriction. An insider perspective on what this intangible is, why it is important and how it changes the guest experience. How to make meaningful operational changes to create this experience. Strategies for preparing necessary information required by the customer.










Pierre Cléroux, Vice-President, Research and Economist, Business Development Bank of Canada


Conference: Staying ahead of the pack: The essentials of good business management. April 28, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m, Room #108


Join Pierre Cléroux, BDC's Chief Economist as he presents research findings that look at how Canada’s industry leaders stay at the top of their game by having  mastered the fundamentals of good business management. He will also discuss some of the most common pitfalls that plague less successful companies.






Adele Douglass, Executive Director, Humane Farm Animal Care


Dana McCauley, food trend forecaster, will moderate this interactive presentation, followed by a public discussion.


Conference: Animal Welfare for Farm Animals – Why is it important for you?

Presented by duBreton

April 29, 10 a.m., Room 101


Adele Douglass, the founder and CEO of Humane Farm Animal Care, has worked on animal welfare issues, including farm animal issues, for more than 25 years. Twelve years ago, she launched Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) to introduce a certification program  to improve the lives of farm animals through the marketplace. Today, more than 96.7 million farm animals live under HFAC’s Certified Humane standards in 4 countries. During this interactive session, Douglass will share how the Certified Humane certification program and more responsible farm animal practices can help you harness consumer demand to maximize your profit and deliver a higher quality product. As consumers ourselves, we all want what’s best for our families and the animals we raise. Douglass explains how this can be achieved through the humane care of farm animals.








Conference Export Development Canada – Grow your business beyond Canada: Seminar & networking session

April 30, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Presentation Room


It Takes Money to Make Money

So you got a purchase order from a foreign customer.  Now what?  Come learn how EDC can help support 10 common financing needs for food and beverage exporters, from helping you close a deal, to buying a new production line, to getting that order out the door.



Trade Protect: To Insure or Not To Insure?

Credit insurance protects you if you don’t get paid for your foreign receivables. It’s a great way to manage risk but it comes at a price. So when exporters are looking to buy this insurance, the first question they often ask is:  Do the benefits outweigh the cost? Find out and learn about our new one-of-a-kind online solution.




Host - Barbara Grinfeld joined Export Development Canada in 1990 and is currently Sector Advisor, Food and Beverages. During her career at EDC, Barbara has held a variety of positions in the delivery of financial services, including accounts receivable insurance, political risk insurance, and project finance.  She has also held roles in corporate business analysis and was most recently Team Leader, Country Risk Assessment, Asia.  Fluent in English, French and Spanish, Barbara holds both a BA and an MBA from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.





Shannon McLuhan, Senior Account Manager, Export Development Canada

Shannon McLuhan has been working for the Small Business Solutions Ontario Team at Export Development Canada (EDC) since 2011. She advises and collaborates with Presidents, CFOs and Controllers of small and medium sized companies on financial products to assist in their market expansions globally. In addition, she advises on current worldwide market intelligence. Shannon has her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Laurentian University, a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Business Management from Georgian College and holds a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation from the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT).


Anna Piekarska has been at Export Development Canada for about five years. She is an Account Manager on the Business Development team working with Canadian exporters to help them facilitate their global trade as well as access risk mitigation and financing solutions so they can take advantage of international opportunities and grow their business abroad. Anna studied and worked in Canada and abroad in places such as the European Union, the Austrian Consulate in Toronto and Immigration and Refugee Board. She has a master degree in International Relations and Global Economics, enjoys working with entrepreneurs and is passionate about helping them grow to the international markets.







David Wilkes, Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Grocery Division, Retail Council of Canada


Conference: A Perspective on the Canadian Grocery Industry. April 29, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Room 108



BIO: David Wilkes is the Senior Vice President Government Relations and Grocery Division, with direct responsibility for supply chain issues. David is responsible for leading both RCC’s Government Relations activities, as well as the Council’s Grocery Division. As the Voice of Retail, RCC is engaged with municipal provincial and federal governments across the country on several issues including Food Safety, Health & Wellness, Sustainability, Payments and Labour. David also has responsibility for leading RCC’s Secretariat work for the Grocer Manufacturers Collaborative, a group of ten CEOs comprised of leading Canadian grocery and consumer packaged goods suppliers and retailers.


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Saskatchewan Business Matching Event

April 28th, 2015. From 8:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. Salon A2


Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership is planning this event at SIAL 2015 to showcase Saskatchewan’s Agriculture and Agri‐Food industry. You will have the opportunity to meet Saskatchewan exhibitors and exporters from both the Agriculture Commodity and Retail‐Ready Food Sectors. If you are interested in sourcing from Saskatchewan and partnering with our member companies, you are welcome to join this important event.

The following products will be showcased:

  • Canola and Flax Oil
  • Quinoa and Flax and their products
  • Honey
  • Pulses and Grains
  • Other Health and Functional Foods
  • Organic Foods


Please complete the attached Buyer Information Form to confirm your participation at this important event.




Conference: Collaboration + integrated supply chain solutions = perfect recipe for efficiency and optimization.


Presented by Groupe Robert. April 29, 3 p.m to 4 p.m, Room 108


Supply chain and collaboration for next generation solutions. Founded in 1946, Groupe Robert proudly upholds a tradition of excellence that has made us a North American leader in supply chain management. We owe our success to our 3,300 dedicated employees and our expertise in delivering integrated logistics, distribution, warehousing and transportation solutions. Every day, this highly skilled and motivated team of professionals strives to provide top-quality service, using state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technologies, in order to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations.



Senior Advisor,
Distribution Centres Business
Groupe Robert



Senior Director of Sales, Ontario,
Groupe Robert




Magalie Moreau
Events and special projects manager
Tel: +1 514 289 9669, ext 2222


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