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Tom Graham is the Director of the National Inspection Division in Operations Branch for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and has worked for the Federal government for over 30 years.
Tom is one of Canada’s leading experts in Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), Food Safety Enhancement Program (FSEP), and is responsible for the development of the Regulations for Mandatory HACCP and the Compliance Verification System (CVS) policies for Canada.
In his current role, Tom leads three teams established in Imports, Inspection and Business Analysis and Planning that are responsible for and support the operational delivery of CFIA Inspection activities for food, animal health and plant health.
Dr. Rebecca Buckner works for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, where she is a policy advisor on the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to the FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine. Prior to her current role, Dr. Buckner was a Food Technologist with FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) for 10 years. Her areas of expertise at CFSAN included policy development on product/pathogen pairs such as shell eggs and Salmonella Enteritidis, ready-to-eat foods and Listeria monocytogenes, and foods and agents causing transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and chronic wasting disease (CWD).
Always lively and engaging, Ms. Maxwell turns conventional wisdom on its ear using comprehensive data that offers a compelling look at new regulatory trends. Her insights are drawn in part from Washington DC colleagues, as well as her global network “cabinet” of industry professionals and the occasional bureaucrat.
Ms. Maxwell’s address comes during a remarkable time in the global food industry’s history. New science underscores the important role food labelling and nutrition initiatives will have on consumer buying habits as well as down-stream legislation. Meanwhile, negative media reports about serious food labelling “shortfalls” have flooded consumers with information while companies and government bodies wrestle with solutions.
Ms. Maxwell is Senior Principal Regulatory Scientist at Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. where she leads the global regulatory affairs and compliance function. In this role and in conjunction with corporate and partner regulatory colleagues, she leads development of mid- and long-range plan for integration of corporate food safety and regulatory systems with the goal to speak with a single voice throughout the global network of Ocean Spray. Miriam describes her role as managing, motivating, coordinating and influencing multi-disciplinary functions to accomplish the strategic business goals including anticipating regulatory obstacles/emerging issues throughout product lifecycle and developing solutions with others technical/commercial teams across global geographies.
Prior to joining Ocean Spray, Miriam was Manager-Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for Nestle USA with regulatory management responsibility for Nestle Prepared Foods brands and Nestle Professional. Miriam’s global roles included Director-Global Scientific & Regulatory Affairs for Cargill Flavor Systems US LLC (div. of Cargill, Incorporated) and Senior Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for WILD Flavors, Inc. – North America.
Mr. Chinedu Ogbonna is the Regulatory Specialist at Champion Petfoods LP, where he leads global regulatory affairs. In this role, he is responsible for registration of new products, review of marketing claims, managing relationships with regulators and the regulatory compliance of ACANA and ORIJEN brands in seventy-eight countries. Prior to joining Champion Petfoods LP, he was a Regulatory Affairs Associate at Apotex Incorporated and Baxter Corporation. Chinedu has extensive experience in registration of brand and generic pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices, natural health products, and pet foods. Preceding a career transition to regulatory affairs in 2005, Mr. Ogbonna was a university lecturer in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with research interests in antibody response to plasmodium antigens and characterization of putative plasmodium antigens using bioinformatics. Chinedu has a Master’s degree in Cellular Parasitology and postgraduate certificates in Regulatory Affairs, Laboratory Quality Management and Infection Control from the University of British Columbia and Humber College, Ontario. He is also a certified member of the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (CSMLS). Chinedu serves on the board of Pet Foods Association of Canada and the regulatory affairs committee of the Pet Foods Institute, USA.