October 18, 2016
  • 7:45 AM
    Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:15 AM
    Opening Comments from the Chair
    Showkat Hussain
    Manager of Audit Services, Intertek
  • 8:30 AM
    Keynote Address
    Be Aware of Changing Regulations and Keep Your Company Compliant

    The new Liberal government has promised bold action for Canada’s food industry. Optimize your compliance practices for a new era of regulation. Walk away with insight on how to:

    • Anticipate upcoming regulatory changes
    • Demystify the government’s action plan
    • Develop innovative compliance solutions

    Discover the government’s blueprint for your future and adapt your compliance plans.

  • 9:00 AM
    Regulatory Updates
    Master the Latest Regulatory Updates and Prepare for the Safe Food for Canadians Act
    Tom Graham
    Director, Domestic Inspection Division, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

    This year, the CFIA introduced the first major updates to Canadian food regulation in decades. Clarify what you must do to comply with these sweeping changes and avoid penalty. Bolster your company’s ability to:

    • Exceed SFCA standards and meet imminent compliance deadlines
    • Design practical strategies for quality assurance
    • Reduce the risk of penalties and protect your brand’s reputation

    Improve your understanding of new CFIA regulations with critical insight straight from the source.

  • 9:45 AM
    Speed Networking

    Meet thinkers and trailblazers in food regulation. Break the ice and get to know fellow compliance executives during quick three-minute rotations. Start your day off by making the right connections and gain exclusive knowledge!

  • 10:15 AM
    Morning Break
  • 10:45 AM
    Case Study: Food Fraud
    Preserve Your Brand’s Reputation and Strengthen Your Ability to Fight Food Fraud
    Robert Trudel
    Director, Quality Assurance & Sustainability, Bento Sushi

    Fraud is rampant in today’s food industry. Nearly 70% of seafood products and 60% of meat products are mislabelled due to counterfeiting. Protect every step of your supply chain from fraudulent claims to preserve trust in your brand’s reputation. Adopt best practices to:

    • Source authentic, high-quality ingredients
    • Combat fraud with anti-counterfeiting packaging
    • Harness the power of DNA and radiation testing

    Maintain your brand’s integrity and fight counterfeiting in your supply chain.

  • 11:15 AM
    Case Study: GMOs
    Clarify the Policy Implications of New Developments in GMO Labeling Legislation
    Miriam Maxwell
    Senior Principal Regulatory Scientist, Ocean Spray Cranberries

    In the summer of 2016, Vermont adopts North America’s first legal requirements for GMO labeling. Adapt to rapidly shifting industry best practices and perfect your approach to GMO labeling. Return to your office with strategies to:

    • Obtain GMO certification from the most reputable bodies
    • Increase consumer confidence with strong GMO claims
    • Anticipate shifts in legislation and industry standards

    Prepare your company for success in a new era of complex GMO regulation.

  • 11:45 AM
    Case Study: Natural Claims
    Meet Legal Requirements and Win New Customers with Strong Natural Claims
    Chinedu Ogbonna
    Regulatory Specialist, Champion Petfoods

    Consumers want healthier products, with natural ingredients and minimal processing. Win key market segments while complying with the most up-to-date regulations for natural claims. Take away practical tips to:

    • Meet rising customer demand for healthy, natural products
    • Strengthen the integrity of your natural claims
    • Grasp the finer points of labeling requirements for natural ingredients

    Improve compliance and increase consumer trust in your brand with strong natural claims.

  • 12:15 PM
    Networking Luncheon
  • 1:30 PM
    Interactive Session: Clean Label
    Develop Your Course of Action to Stay Up-to-Date With Industry Trends
    Yavisha Nayiager
    Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Sobeys

    Government guidelines for clean labeling remain unclear. Bloggers and consumer advocates have led the discussion on how to best define “a clean label.” Stay up to date with consumer trends and enrich your approach to clean labeling. Source practical tips to:

    • Develop a “clean label” approach within your company
    • Ensure your clean labels meet government and case law standards
    • Collaborate with your R&D team to simplify recipes and formulas

    Capitalize on the growing clean label movement and bolster your brand’s impact with consumers.

  • 2:00 PM
    Industry Expert: Funding
    Acquire New Funding for Your Regulatory Program and Invest in the Latest Best Practices
    Harry Singh
    Director, Central Canada, Ayming Canada
    Jim Kourtis
    Manager—Finance and Innovation Performance, Ayming Canada

    Locating the funding to develop a truly innovative regulatory program can be a challenge. Apply new approaches to finance your company’s regulatory operations. Master the skills required to:

    • Connect with funding opportunities in your sector
    • Maximize financial backing to accomplish your team’s goals
    • Create a sustainable, secure financing framework for your department

    Strengthen your regulatory team’s capabilities and discover ongoing, stable funding sources.

  • 2:30 PM
    Case Study: Recalls
    Master Compliance Techniques to Skillfully Navigate Recall Situations
    Lauren DiMenna
    Regulatory Affairs, CFIA Lead, Kraft Heinz Company

    Recalls damage your brand’s integrity and cause serious compliance headaches. Improve your ability to comply with regulatory standards and ensure your company emerges from recall situations unscathed. Adopt industry best practices to:

    • Prevent the conditions that lead to recall situations
    • Follow governmental regulatory standards during recalls
    • Rebuild public trust in the wake of a recall

    Give your compliance team the tools to efficiently and effectively deal with recalls.

  • 3:00 PM
    Afternoon Break
  • 3:30 PM
    Case Study: Supporting Canadian Communities
    Transform Your Company’s Regulatory Impact on Canadian Communities and Avoid Consumer Penalty
    John Paterson
    Mayor, Township of Leamington

    Leamington, ON, the “tomato capital of Canada,” found itself in headlines after a plant closure erupted in regulatory controversy. Avoid consumer backlash and enrich your company’s connections to Canadian communities. Adopt best practices to:

    • Embrace compliance standards while supporting the Canadian industry
    • Avoid regulatory controversy by prioritizing Canadian food processors
    • Appeal to Canadian consumers who value products grown “at home”

    Discover why “food patriotism” is vital to your company’s regulatory success.

  • 4:00 PM
    Industry Expert: Telus + Digi
    Advance Your Compliance Initiatives with Wireless Food Temperature Monitoring
    Colin Warkentin
    Vice-President, Digi Cold Chain
    Robin Mascarenhas
    IoT Strategic Solutions and Partnerships, TELUS

    Ensuring food safety and managing compliance has traditionally been a manual paper-based process that, if not well done, can result in revenue loss and brand risk. Today, businesses can leverage an automated temperature monitoring system to confirm compliance and drive operational efficiencies. Discover a better way to:

    • Monitor food temperature and humidity in real-time and automate log keeping
    • Take preventive action and reduce food spoilage
    • Automate manual processes with an electronic task management workflow

    Go wireless to support food safety and compliance.

  • 4:30 PM
    Conference Adjourns to Day 2
  • 4:45 PM
    Cocktail Reception

    Don’t miss this exclusive end-of-day gathering with conference speakers and attendees! Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Unwind, mingle, and build relationships that will benefit you in the years to come. Bring your business cards. Plan your day accordingly to stay and attend!

October 18, 2016
October 19, 2016
  • 7:45 AM
    Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:15 AM
    Opening Comments from the Chair
    Showkat Hussain
    Manager of Audit Services, Intertek
  • 8:30 AM
    Special Address
    Plan for the Future of FSMA and Ensure Your Compliance in the United States
    Rebecca Buckner
    FSMA Chief Implementation Manager, Food & Drug Administration

    The Food Safety Modernization Act is the most comprehensive reform of food regulation in American history. Improve compliance and clarify your questions about the finer points of FSMA. Walk away with specific solutions to:

    • Link new Canadian regulation to FSMA requirements
    • Enrich your understanding of changes in FSMA enforcement
    • Meet the FDA’s deadlines for compliance

    Dramatically improve your capacity to meet and exceed FSMA standards.

  • 9:15 AM
    Case Study: Supplier Quality
    Achieve Higher Standards of Supplier Quality to Guarantee the Integrity of Your Products
    Vaneska Mattos
    Director of Quality Assurance & Food Safety, Tim Hortons

    As customers call for greater transparency in the food industry, sourcing high-quality suppliers is more important than ever. Discover the right suppliers to support your company’s ambitious compliance plans. Take away a blueprint to:

    • Identify your company’s unique needs for supplier recruitment
    • Work with suppliers to develop best practices
    • Audit suppliers to ensure compliance with your standards

    Improve your company’s compliance practices and identify the best suppliers for your brand.

  • 9:45 AM
    Case Study: Red Tape
    Finding the Best Regulatory Approach for Your Business
    Mandy D’Autremont
    Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian Federation of Independent Business

    Too often, regulators enforce rules with a “one size fits all” approach. Large corporations and small and medium-sized enterprises alike must contend with identical sets of rules. Optimize your company’s ability to navigate the regulatory process and understand the policy implications of “one size fits all” standards. Create a roadmap for your company to:

    • Cut through red tape with the resources available to you
    • Enact practical reforms to ease your business’s regulatory burden
    • Open collaboration between established brands and small innovators

    Adapt to universal regulatory standards and implement new processes at your organization.

  • 10:15 AM
    Morning Break
  • 10:45 AM
    Industry Expert: JustFoodERP
    Leverage Technology in Your Food Regulatory Processes to Ensure Compliance
    Oliver Lamaca
    Account Manager, JustFoodERP
    John Schoeler
    Marketing Programs Manager, JustFoodERP

    Technology plays a crucial role in the management of your food regulatory and compliance efforts. Utilize an enterprise resource-planning tool to improve organization and efficiently control your regulatory obligations. Source solutions to:

    • Seamlessly integrate a compliance management system
    • Employ traceability solutions to be recall ready
    • Expand the way you work with vendors

    Utilize ERP technology to efficiently manage your compliance duties.

  • 11:15 AM
    Power Panel: Social Media
    Educate Customers About Compliance with Innovative Social Media Strategies and Instill Consumer Confidence
    Showkat Hussain
    Manager of Audit Services, Intertek
    Julie Miguel
    Freelance Media Specialist,
    Nigel Henry
    Senior Manager of Restaurant Excellence, Yum! Restaurants Canada

    Consumer advocates are adept at organizing online campaigns to air concerns about regulatory issues. Respond to your customers’ compliance concerns quickly and thoroughly, and win new customers. Source your plan of action to:

    • Educate customers about compliance via your social media channels
    • Address consumer advocacy campaigns efficiently and effectively
    • Correct online myths and rumours about food regulation

    Expand your client base and reduce the risk of negative online campaigns.

  • 12:00 PM
    Networking Luncheon
  • 1:15 PM
    Industry Expert: Certification
    Stay Ahead of the Competition with Certification and Demonstrate Your Commitment to Compliance
    Katija Morley
    Business Unit Manager, Agriculture, North America, NSF
    Cynthia Kupper
    CEO, Gluten Intolerance Group
    Todd Mitchell
    Vice President of Technical Services, CCCSI/PSSI, Sanitation Specialists.
    Showkat Hussain
    Manager of Audit Services, Intertek

    Certification reassures customers of your product’s quality. Identify the most respected certifying bodies in the food industry and develop bold new strategies to improve compliance. Master the success factors to:

    • Exceed international compliance standards
    • Strengthen customers’ trust in your brand
    • Build a rigorous, comprehensive regulatory system

    Gain prestigious certifications and outperform your competitors.

  • 1:45 PM
    Case Study: Humane Certification
    Protect Your Brand’s Integrity with Humane Certification
    Adele Douglass
    Executive Director, Humane Farm Animal Care

    Certified Humane labels are an attractive opportunity to make customers aware of your company’s commitment to ethical practice. Ensure your brand resonates with ethically-minded consumers. Adopt an action plan to:

    • Improve your company’s approach to humane practice
    • Ensure genuinely impactful and socially responsible compliance
    • Navigate unclear definitions of “humane”

    Comply with rigorous humane certification guidelines and promote socially responsible corporate policy.

  • 2:15 PM
    Afternoon Break
  • 2:45 PM
    Power Panel: Exports
    Expand Your Brand Abroad By Mastering the Maze of International Regulation
    Lindsey Lebert
    HACCP & Regulatory Coordinator, Conestoga Meats
    Chinedu Ogbonna
    Regulatory Specialist, Champion Petfoods
    Martin Galan
    Canadian Technical Services Director, CCCSI

    Navigating complex international regulatory requirements can be daunting. Apply new approaches to solve your most frustrating export challenges. Walk away with concrete strategies to:

    • Break down barriers to global trade
    • Meet requirements in international markets
    • Reduce your current regulatory load

    Increase your revenues and improve your compliance techniques beyond the border.

  • 3:30 PM
    Case Study: Emerging Markets
    Interactive: Start, Stop, Continue
    Showkat Hussain
    Manager of Audit Services, Intertek

    The afternoon will wrap up with a discussion on what to start, what to stop and what to continue doing in your organization.

  • 4:00 PM
    Conference Adjourns
October 19, 2016
October 20, 2016
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Workshop B: Labeling Workshop
    Responding to Labeling Legislation
    Sofia Megna
    Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Maple Leaf Foods

    Acquire cutting-edge techniques to comply with the latest labeling requirements, from updated standards for Nutritional Facts Tables to new indicators for added sugars. Ask pressing questions and receive specific, in-depth answers tailored to your business’s individual needs. During this intensive master class, you will:

        • Anticipate upcoming regulatory changes and public trends
        • Perfect your knowledge of various in-demand labelling claims
        • Create labels that balance compliance with consumer appeal
        • Acquire innovative techniques for collaboration with your marketing department

    Forecast labeling trends and prepare to meet regulatory standards and popular demand.

October 20, 2016

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