SIAL Innovation

The world's trends and innovations observatory



Discover best international and national innovations, selected in Canada by a jury of experts.



Visit SIAL Innovation booth  and spot worlwide selected products, from shows where SIAL Innovation is present (see SIAL Group network), including Europe, Middle East and Asia. Learn more about new products and international market trends coming from those innovative products!


Products Showcases on show-floor, expertise, guided tours and educational session on innovation form all around the world await you!





2015 Presidents of jury

Xavier Terlet, President and Founder of XTC World Innovation

Robert Levy, Representative of XTC World Innovation North America



Jury Members

Marie-France Gibson, Vice-President, Private Brands, Metro


BIO: Ms. Gibson joined Metro in April 2010 and is currently Vice-President, Private Brands. She is a senior executive experienced in different areas of marketing, including strategic planning, brand management, retail, launching new concepts, marketing and purchasing.

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Michael Bonacini, Chef, Partner, Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants


BIO: Michael was born in South Wales. He trained classically under Chef Anton Mosimann at London’s Dorchester Hotel before immigrating to Canada in 1985, and partnering with Peter Oliver in 1993 to create Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants.

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Chef John Placko




Culinary Director, Modern Culinary Academy


John recently opened North America's only molecular cuisine inspired restaurant in an airport, Bar 120; Cuisine Transformed at Pearson International, Terminal 1.


John has represented Australia at the Culinary Olympics in Germany and also the prestigious Bocuse d’Or competition in France. 


Modern Culinary Academy is aimed at promoting the awareness and education of molecular cuisine and has been featured on numerous shows including Canada AM, The Space Channel, The Steven and Chris show and Global TV’s 16 x 9 program. 


John's line of modernist ingredients for the modern-minded chef is Powder for Texture













Sandra Martin, Multiplatform Editorial Director, Canadian Living


BIO: With an established reputation as a credible and articulate expert source, Sandra has appeared regularly on television news, lifestyle and current events programs.   Sandra moved to TC Media following the highly successful launch of Walmart Live Better/ Vivre mieux Walmart, a multiplatform custom magazine published by Rogers Media which garnered multiple marketing and custom publishing awards, as well as surpassed metrics for audience acceptance and satisfaction.


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Simon Tousignant is a professor of Food, Nutrition and Risk Management at the University of Guelph-Campus d'Alfred.


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Leslie Beck, Leslie Beck Nutrition Consulting Inc.


BIO: As one of Canada’s leading nutritionists, Leslie operates a thriving private practice in the heart of downtown Toronto, helping thousands of individuals achieve their nutrition and dietary goals, offering clients expert advice, personalized meal plans and one-on-one coaching.


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Stephen Dean, Packaging Specialist,










Cindy Stevens, Vice President Customer Relationship Marketing, Sobeys


BIO: She has 30+ years experience in the retail grocery industry.  She started her career directly out of Acadia University, working in a local Sobeys store as a part-time deli clerk.  Over the next 30 years she took on increasing responsibilities in a wide assortment of functional areas within the Sobeys organization, although the bulk of her career was fairly evenly split between merchandising, category management and marketing.


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Food hot topic, innovation is a central point for all food industries to maintain leir leadership or reach new hights in a severe, competitve environment.




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












2015 SIAL Innovation Awards gallery






SIAL Innovation is the only international contest with a presence in the four corners of the world. Made up of food-industry experts, and held in partnership with XTC World Innovation, the jury rewards 10 finalists and hands out one Grand Prize.  All the finalists, as well as the big winner, will benefit from the unique opportunity of travelling the world by visiting all of the SIAL Group's shows, which take place in Canada, China, Brazil, the Philippines, Indonesia, Paris and Abu Dhabi.






Watch SIAL Innovation 2014 video








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Phone : +1-514-289-9669 # 2222
Fax : +1-514-289-1034


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