October 24, 2018
  • 7:45 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:15 AM
    Opening Remarks from the Chair
  • 8:30 AM
    Opening Keynote Session: Enhance Your Compliance Strategy
    The Rollout of the SFC Regulations and Implementation of FSMA
    Lyzette Lamondin
    Executive Director, Domestic Food Programs, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
    John Verbeten
    Director, Division of Import Operations Management, Office of Regulatory Affairs, FDA

    Ensure your food safety compliance program is based on the latest regulatory developments. Assess the impact of the SFC regulatory rollout and how the transition to FSMA is shaping up post-implementation. Take back to your office strategies to:

    • Close any gaps in your food safety compliance plans you didn’t anticipate
    • Master your export strategy to gain market share in the U.S.
    • Navigate the differences between the two regulatory regimes


    Be confident your food safety compliance program meets the new regulations.

  • 9:15 AM
    Keynote Session: Be Prepared for What’s Next
    Compare Models for Food Inspection and their Potential Impact on Your Business
    Mike Horwich
    Professor, International Food Business Program, Dalhousie University

    Food inspection in Canada is complex because it occurs across various levels of government, and how it is managed can have a material impact on your business. Gain insight into the matrix model that is currently used and what alternate models exist. Bolster your inspection preparedness by:

    • Developing a better understanding of how food inspection is managed
    • Comparing the expectations to be met for both companies and inspectors under each model
    • Building awareness of the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ of implementing each model

    Gain valuable insight into how the food inspection process is managed.

  • 9:45 AM
    Panel Discussion: SFCA and FSMA
    Benchmark Your Transition Plans: Hear Perspectives from Industry on Implementation Strategies for SFCA and FSMA
    Dr. Jason Wan
    Associate Chair, Department of Food Safety and Nutrition
    Associate Director, Associate Director
    Tatiana Miranda
    Senior Supplier Quality Development Engineer, Nutrilite Division, Amway
    Christine Maltais
    Quality Assurance Director, Biscuits Leclerc

    No matter which side of the border you’re on, the theory behind the new food safety regulations and practical realities of implementing them can be different. Manage your transition by learning how this is being tackled in both the U.S. and Canada. Adopt best practices to:

    • Manage your transition to the new regulations
    • Mitigate the impact of unexpected challenges through industry and government collaboration
    • Meet the needs of your cross-border customers

    Avoid pitfalls of implementation by benefitting from industry experience.

  • 10:30 AM
    Networking Break
  • 11:00 AM
    Case Study
    Keep your Sourcing Strategy on Track; An Importer’s Perspective on Regulatory Compliance
    Rossella Ferraro
    Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs, Jan K. Overweel

    There are potential pitfalls for unwary importers under the new regulations. Learn how to successfully navigate the new landscape to avoid them and grow your business. Develop a roadmap to:

    • Analyse the regulations related to imports and establish a comprehensive approach to compliance
    • Create a supplier verification program ensuring complete traceability in the event of a recall
    • Understand that foreign countries comply with their government and need guidance in Canadian importing practices to ensure compliance

    Ensure your import strategy is airtight.

  • 11:30 AM
    NAFTA Negotiations
    Anticipate the Impact Global Trade Will Have on Your Business
    Steve Verheul
    Assistant Deputy Minister Trade Agreements and Negotiations, Global Affairs Canada

    Whether you are importing or exporting, International trade agreements can have a material impact on your business. Advance your company strategy by gaining insight into what is most relevant to global trade in the food industry. Create a roadmap to:

    • Anticipate the potential consequences that international trade agreements will have on your operations; NAFTA, CETA, TPP
    • Increase your export potential
    • Gain foresight to achieve a competitive advantage

    Position your company to thrive in the new global trading environment.

  • 12:00 PM
    Networking Luncheon
  • 1:15 PM
    Industry Expert: Technology to Enable Compliance
    Don’t Risk Failure of Your North American Food Safety Strategy with Inadequate Sanitation
    Chris Healing
    Senior Technical Services Manager, Packers Sanitation Services Inc.

    With both FSMA and SFCA now in effect, it is critical to your business to have a comprehensive food safety strategy in place. Don’t let inadequate sanitation practices derail your entire North American food safety strategy.
    Take away a roadmap to:

    • Determining decontamination technologies relevant to your company
    • Easily adapt pathogen control technologies to your type of operation
    • Ensure that employees are properly trained and monitored to ensure the required level of sanitation is achieved

    Prioritize sanitation to avoid risking failure of your food safety plan.

  • 1:45 PM
    Front-of-Pack Labelling De-Mystified
    Advance Your Strategy with the Latest News from Health Canada
    Dr. William Yan
    Director, Bureau of Nutritional Sciences, Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada

    The new front-of-pack labelling requirement has the potential to significantly impact the success of your products in the marketplace. Get the full picture of what compliance looks like. Walk away with an action plan to:

    • Assess the full impact of the regulations on your product line-up and your formulary approach
    • Mitigate the risk of creating a negative impression on your product with consumers
    • Develop a marketing and communication strategy

    Create a winning strategy to navigate the new front-of-pack regulations.

  • 2:15 PM
    Interactive Session: Labelling
    Optimize Your Company’s Approach to Labelling Under the New Regulations
    Tiina Henkusens
    Regulatory Affairs Director, McCormick & Company

    The new labelling requirements have emerged as some of the most challenging under the new SFC regulations. Hear how your peers are tackling this thorny problem in this facilitated interactive session. Source practical tips to:

    • Managing the timelines of the different initiatives
    • Avoid unnecessary costs
    • Design labels to comply but do not create a negative impression of your products
    • 15-minute Q & A with Dr. William Yan, followed by individual group sessions

    Don’t miss this unique opportunity for collaborative problem-solving on labelling!

  • 3:00 PM
    Networking Break
  • 3:30 PM
    Industry Expert: Supply Chain Transparency
    Supply Chain Management Under the SFCA

    The SFCA and regulations will have a sweeping impact on most components of your company’s supply chain. Adopt best practices to:

    • Audit your supply chain from end to end
    • Use traceability requirements to target areas for improvement
    • Act on border issues that can be reduced under the regulations

    Improve your supply chain performance.

  • 4:00 PM
    Federal/Provincial Roundtable
    Improve Your Strategy to Successfully Comply with Both Federal and Provincial Regulations
    Lyzette Lamondin
    Executive Director, Domestic Food Programs, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
    Dr. Gavin Downing
    Director, Food Inspection Branch, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs
    Kelly Bettschen
    Food Policy & Food Safety Analyst, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

    For businesses that operate under both federal and provincial regulations, compliance can be confusing and burdensome. Gain insight from this regulatory discussion that will enhance your compliance program. Source your plan of action with:

    • A comprehensive view of federal and provincial jurisdictions and where regulations overlap
    • Insight into how duplication can be reduced or avoided
    • The latest discussion on how the audits of each could be better coordinated


    Attend this special federal/provincial roundtable and get the total picture.

  • 5:00 PM
    Closing Remarks from the Chair, Conference Adjourns to Day 2 & Executive Reception
October 24, 2018
October 25, 2018
  • 7:45 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:15 AM
    Opening Remarks from the Chair
  • 8:30 AM
    Promote Trust in Your Brand with A Sustainable Approach
    Bill DiMento
    Vice President of Quality Assurance, Sustainability, and Government Affairs, High Liner Foods

    Sustainability is not an abstract concept but is directly linked to your business success. Ignore it, and your risk of a recall and loss of consumer trust can significantly increase. Create a roadmap to:

    • Understand the relationship between sustainable sourcing, high quality products and ultimately, a sustainable company
    • Make improved sustainability practices a key corporate philosophy
    • Translate sound sustainability practices into consumer trust and loyalty


    Incorporate a sustainable philosophy and code of conduct into your company to build brand trust.

  • 9:15 AM
    Panel Discussion: Producers’ Compliance Strategy
    Benefit from Insight into On-Farm Food Safety to Drive your Compliance and Marketing Strategies
    Virgil Lowe
    Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+), Verified Beef Production Plus
    Iliyan Staykov
    Policy and Program Leader, Food Safety Recognition Program, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

    Understanding the challenges primary producers face has become critical to building relationships that can drive your business forward under the new regulations. Elevate your compliance and marketing strategies by gaining insight into current farm practices and the impact of the new regulations. Achieve comprehensive compliance and marketing plans by:

    • Including animal care best practices and on-farm food safety in your sourcing guidelines
    • Understanding what, and how much antibiotics, hormones and pesticides are currently allowed
    • Assessing the impact of NAFTA and CETA on primary producers and on-farm food safety

    Food safety starts on the farm; understand how producers are responding to the new regulatory and trade climate.

  • 10:00 AM
    Industry Expert: Wireless Technology for Compliance
    Wireless Food Temperature Monitoring

    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
    • Take preventive action and reduce food spoilage
    • Automate manual processes with electronic task management

    Go wireless to support food safety and compliance.

  • 10:30 AM
    Networking Break
  • 11:00 AM
    Communications Compliance
    Ensure your Product Communication Plans Stay within the New Regulatory Guidelines
    Dr. G. Harvey Anderson
    Director, Program in Food Safety, Nutrition and Regulatory Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
    Ashleigh Wiggins
    Manager, Program in Food Safety, Nutrition and Regulatory Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

    Communicating the health benefits of eating certain foods can be difficult to navigate within regulatory guidelines. Enrich your knowledge of what can and cannot be safely claimed about the nutritional benefits of your products. Benchmark your strategy against the latest research to:

    • Incorporate the latest nutritional research into your marketing and communication strategy
    • Improve your product line-up based on the latest nutritional research
    • Understand the impact of additives and sweeteners on your products and their representation in the marketplace

    Position your company to ride the wave of increasingly healthconscious consumers.

  • 11:30 AM
    Demonstrate your Commitment to Compliance with Certification

    Improve your understanding of the different standards, and how they align with emerging global standards. Walk away with an action plan to:

    • Ensure your production and quality standards are sufficient
    • Assess your standards in view of the SFCA regulations
    • Determine whether your current standard needs to be changed

    Determine which standards your company should adopt.

  • 12:00 PM
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:15 PM
    Facilitated Interactive Session: Recalls
    Learn from Your Peers How to Mitigate Risk to Your Brand in the Event of A Recall with an Effective Communication Strategy
    Shannon McCoy
    Director of Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Maple Leaf Foods

    During periods of transition food safety programs can sometimes fail. If you are faced with a recall, having a communication plan already prepared can mean the difference between you controlling the message and it being beyond your control. Enhance your communication strategy and:

    • Develop a comprehensive plan that includes social media
    • Ensure the message stays focussed on the product being recalled and other products don’t get sideswiped
    • Include improvements that will be implemented to build back consumer trust


    Be prepared for a recall with a brilliant communication plan by collaborating with your peers.

  • 2:00 PM
    Case Study: Small Business Enforcement
    How to Succeed as A Small Food Processor
    Eli Cadesky
    Co-founder, One Hop Kitchen

    With regulations becoming ever more stringent, success can seem elusive. Learn what strategies have been adopted by a small company like yours to thrive in the new regulatory environment. Source best practices and transition strategies to:

    • Avoid unnecessary costs to comply with the new regulations
    • Finding ways to adapt the resources you have to successfully meet the new requirements
    • What you can do to prepare for audits and be sure your interpretation of the requirements is similar to that of the auditors’

    Hear from a successful small business and learn how to thrive under the new regulations.

  • 2:30 PM
    Networking Break
  • 3:00 PM
    Panel Discussion: Organics Regulations
    Ensure the Integrity of Your Organic Products and Marketing Strategy Under the New Regulations
    Jim Robbins
    President, Organic Federation of Canada

    Consumer interest in organics keeps increasing along with demands for greater oversight of the sector. Assess the impact of the new regulations on your operations and improve your outreach to consumers. Develop an action plan to:

    • Work collaboratively with producers to manage the impact of compliance on their operations
    • Clear up the confusion over what is, or is not organic to effectively communicate with your customers
    • Ensure your operations, marketing and communication plans are onside the new regulations when enforcement takes effect

    Be on top of the expanding organic market under the new regulations.

  • 3:45 PM
    Enforcement Checklist
    Develop a Checklist of the New Regulations Across the Supply Chain and Identify Any Gaps in Your Compliance Plans

    Without a holistic view of the new regulations, underestimating the impact and importance of one or two can be easy. Avoid pitfalls with a greater understanding of how the new regulations interact along the supply chain and be certain your compliance plan is airtight. Bolster your ability to:

    • Conduct thorough risk analysis by knowing what regulations your suppliers and customers are required to meet
    • Get the total picture of the impact the new regulations will have across the entire supply chain
    • Develop quality assurance plans with greater confidence


    Be certain your compliance plans are airtight.

  • 4:15 PM
    Closing Remarks from the Chair and Conference Concludes
October 25, 2018

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