October 18, 2017
  • 7:15 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:15 AM
    Opening Remarks from the Chair
    Karen Proper
    Technical Manager, Product & Process Development, NSF International
  • 8:30 AM
    Opening Address
    Opening Doors: The Potential Impact of the SFCA and Regulations on Canada’s Food Sector
    Dr. Donald Buckingham
    Chief Executive Officer, The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI)

    Canada’s new food safety regime is expected to enhance Canada’s trade and investment opportunities as well as modify the rules for doing business in agri-food sectors. Advance your understanding of how your company can achieve higher levels of growth and better adapt to a changing regulatory environment. Develop a blueprint for your company’s strategic direction by hearing about:

    • The changes that the new regime will introduce to make Canada more attractive to foreign capital investors in the food industry
    • The size of the international markets that will now be easier to access through trade agreements because of greater harmonization with global standards
    • The potential for increased industry growth and employment in agri-food sectors
    • The challenges that may arise from a changing regulatory environment in Canada’s agri-food laws


    Understand the potential increase in business and ways to adapt to a changing regulatory environment that the new regulations represent for your company.

  • 9:00 AM
    Keynote Address: Cross-border Regulatory Update
    A Comparison of the Regulatory Progress in Canada and the U.S. to Improve your Company’s North American Prospects
    Richard Arsenault dmv MSc
    Executive Director Food Safety Systems and Meat Hygiene Directorate, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
    Caroline Smith DeWaal
    International Policy Manager, International Affairs Staff Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

    The U.S. is a key market for Canadian food producers and has also been re-vamping its food safety regulations by introducing its FSMA. Perfect your North American strategy for business development. Take back to your office strategies to:

    • Be prepared for potential new action from the new U.S. administration
    • Respond when labelling compliance will likely be enforced in the U.S.
    • Apply these insights into the improved regulatory harmonization to your company’s export development plans


    Improve your export process and potential North American sales.

  • 9:45 AM
    Industry Expert: PLEX
    Leverage Technology in Your Food Regulatory Process to Ensure Compliance
    Emily Tomaine
    Quality Control Manager, USHydrations
    Ken Keller
    ERP Manufacturing Consultant, Revolution Group

    Technology plays a crucial role in the management of your food regulatory and compliance efforts. This session provides an overview of food and beverage industry standards, compliance, key customer quality data, and how to track and report on this data within the Plex Manufacturing Cloud. This session will also cover quality process, exception tracking, mock recalls, and standards compliance.

    • 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.

  • 10:15 AM
    Speed Networking
    Ideas Factory – Develop Fresh Perspectives and Relationships with Senior Executives

    Meet thinkers, doers, and trailblazers in food regulation. Break the ice and get to know fellow compliance and quality assurance executives during quick three-minute rotations. Start your day off right and make connections that will help you connect the dots and find ways to address compliance challenges.

  • 10:30 AM
    Networking Break
  • 11:00 AM
    Labelling: Fundamental Changes
    Comply with the New Front-of-pack Labelling Requirements – an Overview and Update
    Dr. William Yan
    Director, Bureau of Nutritional Sciences, Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada

    Once its Front-of-pack labelling consultation process is complete, Health Canada will be introducing its regulatory proposals, which are expected this fall. Position your company to stay in front of these new regulations as they unfold. Create a roadmap for:

    • Assessing the potential impact of the proposed regulations on your company and its products
    • Determining whether the potential impact of the proposed regulations will mean product re-formulation is the best response
    • Creating a blueprint for a marketing and consumer communication strategy


    Get the latest information to prepare your company for the new Front-of-pack labelling regulations.

  • 11:30 AM
    Panel Discussion: Labelling Implementation
    Establishing a Blueprint to Navigate the Three Labelling Initiatives for Minimal Impact on Your Business
    Patrizia Barone
    Regional Regulatory Affairs Vice President – North America and Global Foods & Refreshment, Unilever Foods
    Andrea Saari
    Sr. Program Manager, Regulatory, Nutrition and Business Quality, Campbell Company of Canada
    Lauren DiMenna
    Regulatory Affairs, CFIA Lead, Kraft Heinz Company

    The three new labelling initiatives undertaken by Health Canada and the CFIA have created challenges for companies in determining their best approach to compliance. Listen to your peers as they discuss their coping strategies for this regulatory uncertainty. Walk away with an action plan to:

    • Prepare your company for compliance with minimum disruption and expense
    • Manage your company’s compliance timetable to develop coordinated and cost-effective compliance strategies covering all three initiatives
    • Evaluate whether consumer perception of any of your products is likely to change under the proposed Front-of-pack labelling regulations and if re-formulation could be considered


    Bolster your strategy for navigating Canada’s three new labelling requirements.

  • 12:15 PM
    Networking Luncheon
  • 1:15 PM
    Proposals to Regulate Animal Feed and Drug Use in Food Animals
    Implications for Human Health and how this Could Impact your Business
    Dr. Michelle Illing
    Director, Animal Feed Division, Animal Health Directorate, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
    Dr. Manisha Mehrotra
    Director, Human Safety Division – Veterinary Drugs Directorate, Health Canada

    Heighten your awareness of the impact that livestock nutrition and medication affects the integrity of the food chain. Prepare your company to respond as improvements in this sector unfold by:

    • Understanding the new regulations and policies for veterinary drug products, including the prudent use of antibiotics in animals
    • Getting the latest information on the regulations for animal feed that are on the horizon


    Understand the impact that greater oversight of what farm animals ingest will have on the food chain and your products.

  • 2:00 PM
    Panel Discussion: New Regulations for Traceability
    Analysing the Impact and Advantages for your Company and your Customers
    Diljiv Dha
    Area and Compliance Manager, Cobs Bread
    Mark Benzaquen
    Head Brewer & Quality Control Manager, Henderson Brewing Co.
    Saqib Javaid
    Director, Quality Management Systems, Regulatory and Product Development, Nutrablend Food

    Under the proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, traceability standards will be taken to new levels and will now apply to all companies involved in food manufacturing and retailing. Sourcing top-quality suppliers has never been more important. Develop a blueprint to:

    • Review the practices of your current suppliers and customers to determine if they meet the new standards of transparency
    • Establish whether improvements are needed to your current method of record keeping
    • Develop or revise your Preventive Control Plan (PCP) that can be kept, maintained and implemented as needed


    Know what you need to do to meet your customers’ needs and expectations under the new traceability regulation.

  • 2:45 PM
    Networking Break
  • 3:15 PM
    Panel Discussion: Transport Regulations
    Be On Top of New Responsibilities for Transporting Refrigerated Products and Livestock
    Mark Beavan
    Executive Director, Canadian Animal Health Coalition
    Jeff Howard
    Supervisor, Quality Assurance Operations, Gordon Food Service

    The CFIA’s proposed amendments to the Transportation of Animals rule, and the FDA’s Sanitary Transport rule under FSMA effective April 1, 2017, bring mandatory higher standards. Advance your company’s strategy for improving animal transport methods and monitoring systems for refrigerated products. Adopt best practices to:

    • Ensure your livestock and food products arrive in optimal condition and enhance your brand
    • Understand the scope of shipper and carrier responsibilities; what is and what is not included
    • Perfect your monitoring system for carrying refrigerated goods across the border under FSMA

    Align your company’s transportation policies with growing public concern about the humane treatment of animals and food safety to improve your bottom line.

  • 4:00 PM
    Import and Export Changes
    Avoid Penalties and Master the Higher Standards for Smaller Importers and Exporters under the SFCA
    Daniel Miller
    Executive Director, Food Import Export and Consumer Protection Directorate, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

    The SFCA includes more stringent requirements for importers and exporters, with smaller importers expected to feel the greatest impact. Enrich and transform your current food safety protocols to meet the new standards. Create a roadmap to:

    • Understand and address the gap between your current standards and the standard your company needs to achieve
    • Learn what existing programs can help your business overcome administrative hurdles, such as the CBSA’s Single Window Initiative
    • Engage with the CFIA and learn how the new tools they’re developing will advance your company’s expertise and readiness for the new regulations


    Be regulation-ready to retain your company’s customers and preserve your bottom line.

  • 4:45 PM
    Closing Remarks from the Chair
  • 5:00 PM
    Conference Adjourns to Day 2 & Executive Reception
October 18, 2017
October 19, 2017
  • 7:30 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM
    Opening Remarks from the Chair
    Lindsay Walker
    Operations Manager for North America, Supply Chain Food Safety, NSF International
  • 8:45 AM
    Opening Panel Discussion
    Understand Consumer Perceptions of Food Quality and Safety to Position your Company Effectively
    Vince Ambra
    Director of Marketing, Pizza Nova
    Anne Wilcock
    Faculty, University Professor Emerita, Department of Food Science, University of Guelph

    Today’s consumers are far more aware of issues about food they perceive as a potential threat to their health than ever before. Increase your awareness of what influences consumer perception of what is safe and what isn’t. Take back to your office strategies to:

    • Determine which issues of public concern can be effectively addressed by your company
    • Position your company to respond to new consumer trends such as health and wellness, food safety and locally grown food
    • Bolster your marketing plans to align with consumer demands through the channels that influence them the most


    Understand what influences consumers’ food choices and learn how your company can effectively respond.

  • 9:15 AM
    Industry Expert Panel: Certification
    Stay Ahead of the Competition with Certification and Demonstrate your Commitment to Compliance
    Chris Healing
    Western Canadian Technical Services Manager, Packers Sanitation Services, Inc.
    Joel Aitken
    Inspection Coordinator, Ecocert Canada

    Determining which safety standard will meet your company’s current and future needs can be confusing. Improve your understanding of the different standards, such as ISO 22,000, BRC and HACCP, how they are applied and whether they align with emerging global standards. Walk away with an action plan to:

    • Analyse your company’s growth strategy to see if your current production and quality standards are sufficient for your current and anticipated markets
    • Assess your current standards in view of the proposed SFCA regulations
    • Determine whether your current standard needs to be changed or augmented to comply with global standards


    Determine which standards your company should adopt to best achieve its goals.

  • 10:00 AM
    Industry Expert: Improve traceability and supply chain transparency
    How facility automation and technology will optimize your operation and ensure compliance
    Nick Klein-Schiphorst
    Director of Business Development, Dematic Canada

    Tracking storage and product handling through your facility can be a challenge, as traceability regulations move forward this challenge becomes an exorbitant issue. Address your need for supply chain transparency, and traceability, while supporting your current operation and long-term growth plans. Master the success factors to:

    • Harness the potential of process improvements, material handling automation and process optimizing software
    • Utilize your current equipment while implementing process improvements
    • Clarify the other intra-logistics solutions that work best for your operation


    Adopt automation to ensure compliance in your facilities.

  • 10:30 AM
    Networking Break
  • 11:00 AM
    Panel Discussion: Organics
    New Regulations for Organics: Assessing the Impact on your Business
    Lauren Martin
    Manager, Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs, Canada Organic Trade Association
    Ashley St. Hilaire
    Director of Programs and Government Relations, Canadian Organic Growers
    Tim Livingstone
    Owner, Strawberry Hill Farm, NB
    Vincent Strickland
    Compliance Coordinator, Pfenning’s Organic Vegetables Inc

    The proposals under the SFCA consultation process may not result in regulations that are consistent with current established industry best practices. Advance your understanding of the potential impact on your organic business or that of your supplier, and how this sector should move forward. Create a roadmap to:

    • Nail down the definition of organic as it applies to both livestock and fruits and vegetable farmers, and how this will be communicated to consumers
    • Develop strategies to comply with the new regulations that will cause the least disruption
    • Become better informed concerning the differences in oversight of organics between Health Canada and the Department of Agriculture, and which is most appropriate


    Engage with your peers to navigate the new regulations and determine what’s next for organics.

  • 12:00 PM
    Networking Luncheon
  • 1:15 PM
    Consumer Education
    Communicate with Consumers about Health and Wellness and your Higher Levels of Product Quality
    Simon Small
    Vice President, Marketing, Ultima Foods

    Communicating to consumers, particularly Millennials, about healthier products and the higher levels of quality the regulations represent can advance your company’s bottom line. While complying with the pending regulations may be either ‘business as usual’, or challenging depending on the size of your company, higher regulatory standards also come with a silver lining. Master the success factors to:

    • Understand consumer concerns and how the new regulations can be incorporated into an effective communication strategy
    • Create marketing strategies that highlight your new safety standards to demonstrate your company’s commitment to food safety and consumer health
    • Satisfy food quality skeptics with more detailed nutritional information and ingredient disclosure


    Discover how to use the new regulatory standards to transform your marketing message to consumers.

  • 2:00 PM
    Interactive Session: Food and Natural Health Products
    Understanding Where These Products Intersect and Which Regulations Apply
    Dr. William Yan
    Director, Bureau of Nutritional Sciences, Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada

    There is often a fine line between food products and natural health products, and increasing demands from your consumers for healthier food choices can sometimes mean this line gets blurred. Manage your product lines to ensure you are complying with the appropriate regulations. Source your plan of action to:

    • Improve your knowledge regarding the difference between these two categories and the implications for regulation, labelling and advantages vs. disadvantages under each
    • Determine which category best aligns with how you want consumers to think about your product
    • The latest thinking on where cannabis-infused products would fit within this spectrum


    Perfect your understanding of the differences between food and natural health products for optimal product positioning.

  • 2:45 PM
    Networking Break
  • 3:15 PM
    Small and Medium Food Companies
    Accommodating Innovative Small Companies within the Regulatory Regime
    Michael Wolfson
    Economic Development and Culture Division, Food and Beverage Sector Specialist, City of Toronto
    Winnie Chiu
    Product Development and Industry Advisor, Food Innovation and Research Studio, George Brown College
    Carlos Correia
    Facilities Manager, Food Starter
    Dr. Amy Proulx
    Professor and Academic Program Coordinator, Culinary Innovation and Food Technology Program at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College
    Joe Mullin
    Operations Manager, Ontario Agri Food Venture Centre (OAFVC)

    The ‘one-size fits all’ approach to regulation is putting the development of new food products at risk. Discover what approaches to regulation could work better to accommodate this critical market sector and still achieve the same end result – safe food for Canadians. Enhance your knowledge of the challenges start-ups face and inform your strategy:

    • Understand the relationship our regulatory regime plays in determining whether innovation is encouraged or stifled
    • How adapting regulations to better meet the needs of start-ups can still achieve the goals of food safety and our national goals of increased product innovation
    • How other countries have handled this segment of the market under their regulatory regimes


    Develop your understanding of how regulations, when applied appropriately, can foster innovation.

  • 4:00 PM
    Checklist: Your One-stop-shop Plan of Action
    Tying Together the Regulations throughout the Entire Supply Chain to Help you Comply
    Susan Abel
    Senior Vice President, Public & Regulatory Affairs, Food & Consumer Products of Canada

    There are a lot of regulations either in the pipeline or already in force that have implications for your business. This session will tie all of the regulations together, arming you with a to do list and plan of action to build your strategy for compliance. Plan your priorities by:

    • Developing your understanding of how the food chain is regulated from end-to-end; Department of Agriculture, Health Canada, CFIA, FDA.
    • Gaining insight into the potential regulatory impact for your suppliers, customers and you
    • Generating a comprehensive checklist of which regulations directly apply to your business to ensure none have been missed


    Amplify your knowledge of the regulations governing the entire food chain to ensure no gaps exist in your compliance plans.


  • 4:45 PM
    Closing Remarks from the Chair and Conference Concludes
October 19, 2017

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