All educational sessions, presented during show hours, are free of charge for all attendees and exhibitors.
3 days of inspiring presentations!
- Innovation: Can't survive without it? Our experts will let you know why.
- Locally: A necessity.
- Internationally: Conquer new markets and import new concepts!
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.
Stéphane Ricoul, eBusiness Director, Sid Lee
Theme: Growth perspective trough digital transformation in the food industry. April 28, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Presentation Room
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.
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.
Mike Fata, CEO & Co-founder, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods
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.
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.
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.
- 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
Moderator and Panelists:
Gary Morris, Director, Industry Relations, GS1 Canada
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 a head 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
Conference: Animal Welfare for Farm Animals – What does it really mean? 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.
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