Hyatt Regency Toronto
Toronto, ON

Tuesday, November 17 th &
Wednesday, November 18th, 2020


October 29, 2019
  • 7:45 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM
    Opening Comments from the Chair
    Dana McCauley
    Director, New Venture Creation, University of Guelph
  • 8:45 AM
    Keynote Address: Preventing Recalls with Risk Analysis
    Building Safer Food Systems: Inclusion of Risk Analysis to Prevent Recalls
    Cameron Prince
    Former VP, CFIA and Modernization

    Ensuring the quality of food safety is an essential consideration in any food security program. Master your understanding of the new with the continued globalization of international trade. Take away specific solutions to:

    • Addressing the persisting need for regulators to mitigate contamination incidents within the global food trade
    • Applying the modernized risk approach that will provide regulated parties with increased predictability and consistency
    • Creating best practices in promoting compliance and resources to provide value for Canadians

    Provide greater predictability and transparency in your food safety systems.

  • 9:15 AM
    CFIA Processes for Inspections
    Addressing CFIA Processes for Inspections to Improve Compliance
    Kevin Urbanic
    Chief Inspector - Ontario, CFIA

    Inspectors use a combination of the onsite inspection and evaluation techniques for assessing compliance and evaluating the impact of non-compliance. Reduce your risk of non-compliance. Walk away with an action plan to:

    · Prepare for the CFIA processes for inspections under SFCR
    · Comprehend CFIA processes for identifying and addressing non-compliances under SFCR
    · Clarify the SFCR tools and documentation intended to support industry compliance
    Improve your understanding of CFIA processes for inspections and refusals.
  • 9:45 AM
    Speed Networking

    Network and connect with as many people as possible in a short time! Meet your industry peers during this fast pace networking section of the summit. You will have three minutes per interaction to exchange business cares and chat to the new people before moving on. When the bell rings, you move on to the next person.

  • 10:00 AM
    Networking Morning Break
  • 10:30 AM
    Industry Expert SPIRAX
    Could Steam be the Secret Ingredient to Avoiding Costly Contamination?
    Shaibaal Roy
    Technical Director, Spirax Sarco International

    If you’re using steam in direct contact with your Food & Beverage process – and sometimes it is not so clear - it is imperative that you mitigate the risk of exposing your finished product to potentially harmful and costly contamination. Explore how steam is the most efficient method of transferring heat to your process, and how one could ensure it is free from contaminants. Gain insights to:
    • Managing any potential risks of steam contamination occurring
    • The Power of a Steam Quality Audit
    • How an audit can help cut energy costs, improve productivity, product quality, and maintenance workload
    Realize the benefits of a steam quality audit with your organization.

  • 11:00 AM
    Case Study Presentation
    Streamlining Commercial Import Data by Leveraging the Single Window Initiative I
    Peter DeSouza
    Director, National Import Service Centre, CFIA

    If you important food, plants or animals into Canada, the Single Window imitative will be of utmost importance to your business. Balance the needs of government departments and agencies with today’s globally competitive business environment. Gain insights to:
    • Exploring the service options of The Single Window
    • A simplified import process
    • A decreased cost of doing business
    Leverage the Single Window Initiative to move your business forward.

  • 11:45 AM
    Industry Expert: Spotlight
    Verify and Ensure a Quality Audit of Your Sanitation Processes to Remain Compliant
    Mark McInnes
    Technical Director, OptiSolve

    Verification and quality auditing of Sanitation Preventative Controls (SPC) and sanitation measures associated with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) are critical components of a safe production environment. Ensure that your processes are being correctly verified and monitored. Gain insights to:

        •Special imaging as an emerging technology for environmental monitoring
        •Proper techniques and technologies for the detection of sanitation deviations.
        •How audit results can be used as effective communication and training tools

    Remain compliant by ensuring a quality audit of your sanitation processes.

  • 12:00 PM
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:00 PM
    Panel: Educate to Regulate
    Where does Education and Training Fit In with the New Food Regulations?
    Dana McCauley
    Director, New Venture Creation, University of Guelph
    Dr. Bibiana Garcia-Bailo
    Adjunct Professor, Dept of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto
    Anal Dave
    Director of Food Safety & Quality, The Cakerie

    The current fragmented approach within educating the food industry across sectors causes learning gaps, inconsistent skill development and unnecessary/ineffective spending of learning dollars. Perfect the training for your workforce with new resources. Source practical insights on:

    • Addressing the current challenges surrounding the availability of food safety courses
    • Mastering the difference between Food safety knowledge vs. food regulatory knowledge
    • The overlap of in-house training by government and industry and the lack of accessibility to courses
    • Designing solutions that would involve industry-government-academia partnerships

    Improve your collaborative and integrative efforts to better educate your workforce.

  • 1:45 PM
    Interactive Session – SFCR vs. FSMA
    Exploring the Differences Between SFCR, FSMA & EW Hygiene Packet to Remain Compliant in Exporting Activities
    Dr. Claudio Gallottini
    PhD, Food Expert, ITA Corporation
    If you’re a food business that imports or prepares food for export, or ships food across provincial or territorial borders, exporting regulations will impact your operations. Learn how to navigate the new complex landscape of the SFCR and the nuances of FSMA and the EW Hygiene packet to ensure proper adherence to the importation/exportation guidelines. Walk away with effective strategies to:
    - Better understand the food safety risks associated with importing/exporting and how to implement control measures for these risks
    - Develop better communication within the supply chain, manufacturing, preparation, warehousing, packaging and labeling process for improved transparency
    - Case study: Asian food safety regulations (China)
    Increase your understanding of the new regulations surrounding importing and exporting.


  • 2:15 PM
    Industry Expert
    Adopting Technology for the Evolving Food & Beverage Demands
    Jim Huysentruyt
    InformaTrac’s VP of Sales and Integration Services, Ashton-Potter (USA) Ltd
    The food and beverage industry is currently in a state of rapid change. Today’s food and beverage landscape is marked by global supply chains, more diverse product lines, new sources of competition, novel manufacturing models, evolving customer demands, and increasing safety and compliance requirements. Explore the need for technology that puts product safety and compliance as a top priority.
    Gain insights to:
    • Account for the unique needs of food and beverage companies and their customers
    • A closer look at the food and beverage supply chain
    • How ProLinc is fueling greater profitability and growth for today's manufacturers.
    Successfully adopt new technologies to deal with ever-changing demands.


  • 2:45 PM
    Networking Break
  • 3:15 PM
    Case Study Presentation – Nestle Nutrition
    Attaining Efficient Innovation & Renovation Support for your Food Initiatives
    Andrea Papamandjaris
    Director, Medical, Scientific, and Regulatory Affair, Nestlé Canada Inc

    With more organizations focusing on the complete end to end process, from sourcing ingredients through gaining valuable consumer insights, the food journey is becoming increasingly complex. Discover the role that regulatory can play in support of faster and more efficient innovation and renovation. Gain insights to:
    • How regulatory bodies are supporting these initiatives of innovation
    • The impact on the industry in terms of sourcing, supply chain and impacts to the consumer
    • Nestle Case study
    Increase your understanding of the role of regulatory within innovation.

  • 3:45 PM
    Spotlight: Cannabis Edibles
    How to Prepare your Business for The Legalization of Cannabis Edibles, Extracts and Topicals
    Sara Zborovski
    Partner, Stikeman Elliot

    The change in cannabis regulations scheduled for October 2019 will effectively open the legal market up to dozens of new products. Prepare your business for the nuances that come with this legalization. Source practical tips and insights on:

    • Addressing regulations around the production and preparation of edibles and other cannabis infused products
    • Clarifying labeling and packaging requirements and the timelines of implementation
    • Defining the limits on additional ingredients added to cannabis edibles.

    Prepare your business for the newly legalized substance.


  • 4:15 PM
    Case Study:
    Understanding the Evolution of Plant-Based Meat Product Regulations
    Christopher Marinangeli
    Ph.D., RD, Director of Nutrition, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Pulse Canada

    Plant-based meat is gaining popularity as it is developed in the lab without the need for factory farming. Enrich your understanding of this disrupting trend to ensure you don’t fall behind. Gain insights on:
    • Exploring the impact of regulations will have on new plant-based meat alternatives
    • Leveraging the benefits of plant-based meat and its sustainable implications
    • Discussing the current regulatory challenges in the production of clean meat

    Gain valuable insights into how newly created plant-based meat will affect regulations.
  • 4:45 PM
  • 5:00 PM
    Conference Day 1 Adjourns
  • 5:15 PM
    Networking cocktail reception
October 29, 2019
October 30, 2019
  • 7:45 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:15 AM
    Opening Comments from Chair
  • 8:30 AM
    Panel – Food Fraud
    The Global Effort to Combat Food Fraud to Protect Consumers
    Cameron Prince
    Former VP, CFIA and Modernization
    Sharon Mohammed
    Director, Corporate - Regulatory Management, Maple Leaf Foods
    Iqbal Kamoonpuri
    Director, Quality foods and safety, Jan K Overwheel
    Jose Medina
    Senior Director of Quality Assurance department, Dessert Holdings

    Food fraud continues to cause the food and beverage industry to lose upwards of 40 billion dollars annually. Protect your consumers by leveraging the food industry’s ability to detect and combat fraud across supply chains. Source practical tips on:

    • Achieving a robust supplier base with a strong vendor approval process (domestic and international)
    • Developing a ridged auditing system to ensure the integrity of your products
    • Demonstrate your transparency and processes with the supply chain

    Instill confidence into your efforts to combat food fraud.

  • 9:30 AM
    Vendor Panel

    Be inspired with a quick-fire session from some of our key sponsors. Find out how they solve your challenges, and get proven solutions to common issues!

  • 9:15 AM
    Industry Expert
    Exploring Cloud-Based Paperless Food Safety, Traceability, and Supply integrity
    Michael Gibbons
    VP Product , Provision Analytics
    Explore Provision Analytics’ OneTrace platform’s ability to assist in managing your organizations' sustainability by reducing waste, lowering cost inefficiencies and the maintenance required to operate and document food safety and certification systems. Walk away with an action plan on how the platform can:
    • Help manager your food safety requirements, documentation, checklists, and form in real-time
    • Help track and trace products as they move through the food value chain
    • Dive deep into the data that drives the food supply chain and analyze your production.
    Improve your traceability and supply integrity with OneTrace
  • 10:00 AM
    Networking Break
  • 10:30 AM
    Ensure Food Safety and Transparency from Farm to Fork to Achieve Better Compliance
    Mary Ann Binnie
    Manager, Nutrition and Industry Relations, Canadian Pork Council
    Joe Darden
    VP, Food Safety & Quality, Sunset Grown
    Baharak Chegeni
    Director, Quality Assurance , Donut Time
    Food traceability throughout the supply chain is increasingly crucial with rising demands for transparency. Improve how you can achieve maximum effectiveness and minimize disruption in the event of a recall. Source practical tips to:
    •Leverage traceability data to optimize production
    •Minimize risks and achieve better compliance
    •Identify and track trends with real-time data
    Stay compliant and ensure effective food traceability throughout your value chain.
  • 12:00 PM
    Industry Expert
    Working Smart Within Food Safety to Remain EHS Compliant
    Manasi Koushik
    VP of Systems Operations & Compliance, RiskCheck Inc.

    There is a lot of pressure to be compliant to food safety requirements as a result of the extensive impacts it can have on workers and the general public.

     It however, is also important to be in compliance to EHS regulations.  In this session you will gain insights to:
    • The importance of knowing your EHS regulatory requirements
    • The important differences to note between food safety and environment and health, and safety compliance
    • How these 3 areas of compliance must work together to build a healthy and fully compliant business

    Work smart to remain EHS compliant in your business.

  • 11:30 AM
    Case Study: Sustainability
    Legitimizing Claims of Sustainability for Industry Compliance
    Don Buckingham
    President and CEO, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI)

    Sustainable claims represent a trust that is built between food manufacturers and consumers. Ensure that you are complying with regulations when making sustainable claims on your products. Source practical tips on:

    • Proactively meeting the growing demand from consumers for proof of sustainability measures and instilling trust
    • Enabling a clear and transparent approach to sustainability with key measurable metrics
    • Case study: Lessons learned and best practices by The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

    Legitimize and successfully monetize your claims of sustainability.

  • 12:30 PM
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:30 PM
    Industry expert
    Meeting Regulatory Labeling Requirements with Advanced Supplier Monitoring Programs
    Stephanie Wilkins
    Director, Labeling Compliance & Nutrition Services, Mérieux NutriSciences

    Supplier Monitoring Programs are designed to ensure that products received are meeting defined Regulatory labelling requirements. Ensure the consistency of quality of your products by utilizing documented supplier monitoring data. Gain insights to:
    • Identifying consistent and reliable vendors
    • Increasing your purchasing power and the quality of your products
    • ensuring products received meet the value of the products purchased
    Meet regulatory labelling requirements with advanced supplier monitoring.

  • 1:15 PM
    Managing Regulatory and Business Drivers to Improve Innovation and Competitiveness
    Dr. Ana Christina Vega Lugo
    Senior Food Scientist, Niagara College
    Dhirendra Thakur
    PhD, Quality Assurance Manager, Tasty Selections
    Saqib Javid
    Director R&D Quality, Nutrablend Foods Inc
    Renata McGuire
    Associate Manager, Consulting and Technical Services, NSF International
    Opportunities can emerge from any corner of the world. How do food companies improve quality and drive performance? Hear first-hand how industry leaders deal with emerging standards and escalating costs:
    •Identify and manage compliance drivers for your organization
    •Maintain GFSI programs with limited resources
    •Leverage consumer insights and trends to create value
    •Resolve challenges in global food supply and distribution
    Capitalize on emerging trends to improve your core business
  • 2:00 PM
    Networking Break
  • 3:30 PM
  • 2:30 PM
    Case Study: Crop Research and Utilization
    Food Diversification for Improved Human Health and Wellbeing.
    Dr Ravi Chibbar
    PhD, Canada Research Chair, Department of Plant Science, University of Saskatchewan

    There is a growing trend towards diversified plant food based diets to achieve nutritional security, reduce the incidence of chronic diseases and also help the environment. However, only a small amount of plant specified contribute to 90% of world dietary energy. Grain composition is one of the factors effected by this underutilization that needs to be addressed to further diet diversification. Gain insights on how these underutilized plants can:

    • Provide more choice to the consumers
    • Overcome challenges of chronic diseases
    • Benefit the regional economy while helping to protect the environment

    Improve human health with diet diversity.

  • 3:00 PM
    Case Study
    Keeping Up with Food Labelling Regulations to Remain Compliant
    Miriam Maxwell
    Senior Regulatory Scientist, Ocean Spray
     The food label is one of the most important and direct means of communicating product information between buyers and sellers. With numerous changes continuing to roll in from Health Canada, how your organization handles these changes is of utmost importance to properly mitigate risks of noncompliance. In this informative case study, gain insights to:
    • The challenges that producers face in light of the continuing changes, including costs and label printing/design
    • How to better manage consumer and industry expectations
    • Future implications of Front Pack Labeling and the benefits to food producers and Canadians
    Don’t fall behind on the regulation changes for labeling!
  • 3:45 PM
    Conference Adjourns
October 30, 2019
October 31, 2019
  • 9:00 AM
    Workshop A Allergen Essentials:
    Complying with Enhanced Legislation for Allergen Identification and labeling
    Betsy Craig
    CEO/Founder, MenuTrinfo
    Beth Winthrop MS, RD
    MS, RD, Registered Dietician, MenuTrinfo

    This essential workshop is designed for regulatory and marketing practitioners looking to develop a solid foundation in allergen labelling regulations. Participants will acquire an in depth understanding in:

    • New requirements for allergens, gluten and sulphites
    • Hands on guidance to design compliant labels for market
    • How to respond to allergic consumers’ inquiries
    • Exemptions and inclusion criteria for prioritized allergens

    Develop tools to meet evolving allergen labeling regulations.


  • 12:00 PM
    Workshop B: Labeling
    Understanding the evolution of food labeling to remain compliant
    Sonia Couto
    Founder, MenuSano

    As labeling requirements change and consumers demand to see more of what they are eating, how will regulations impact the food industry? How do you sort through what is and is not expected to be on food labels? Explore why transparency is needed from regulators. Analyze how advertising will be affected and recall preparedness. Attend this workshop to address your labeling concerns with industry experts.

    Take away key strategies for:

    1. Labeling requirements

    2. Calories

    3. Nutrition

    Gain a deeper understanding to ensure consumer satisfaction


October 31, 2019