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

    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
    Case Study: Hershey’s
    Improving Compliance Practices Within the SFCR for more Regulating Consistency

    If you’re a food business that imports or prepares food for export, or ships food across provincial or territorial borders, the new SFCR will impact your operations. Navigate the new complex landscape of the SFCR 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
    • Effectively develop your Preventative Control Plan (PCP)

    Increase your understanding of the new regulations surrounding importing and exporting products under the SFCR.

  • 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
    Ensuring Compliance by Leveraging Technology in Your Food Regulatory Processes

    Technology has been regarded as a great resource in coordinating your food manufacturing processes. Utilize an enterprise resource planning tool to efficiently plan your regulatory processes. Source solutions to:

    • Seamlessly integrate a compliance management system
    • Employ traceability solutions
    • Improve the way you work with vendors

    Utilize technology to efficiently manage compliance.


  • 11:00 AM
    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
    Lyne Beaulieu
    Director of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance, David’s Tea
    Dr. Bibiana Garcia-Bailo
    Adjunct Professor, Dept of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto

    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.

  • 12:00 PM
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:00 PM
    Case Study: Loblaw/Labeling
    Addressing The Evolution of the Labeling Regulations in Canada to Remain Compliant
    Sofia Megna
    Senior Regulatory Affairs, Loblaw Inc

    Acquire cutting-edge techniques to comply with the latest labeling requirements, from updated standards for Front of Pack labels to new legislations geared towards marketing to kids. Ask pressing questions and receive specific, in-depth answers tailored to your business’s individual needs. Gain insights to:

    • Upcoming regulatory changes in Front of Pack labeling
    • How the new regulations will affect marketing nutritional information to kids
    • Innovative techniques for collaboration with your marketing department Forecast labeling trends

    Don’t fall behind on the regulation changes for labeling!


  • 1:45 PM
    Interactive Session – SFCR vs. FSMA
    Achieve Consistency with SFCR and FSMA to Improve your Exporting Operations
    Miriam Maxwell
    Senior Regulatory Scientist, Ocean Spray

    The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations Act is similar to the US. Food Safety Modernization Act requirements. Enrich your understanding of the key differences to improve your exporting operations. Walk away with an action plan to:

    • Implement best practices in approaching preventative controls
    • Deal with documentation requirements
    • Understand the differences in licensing and ensuring consistency across borders

    Achieve better consistency with your exporting operations under SFCR and FSMA.


  • 2:15 PM
    Industry Expert
    Establishing the Right Food Safety Protocol for your Business: HACCP under SFCR

    Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) is a standardized and systematized approach to assessing food safety. This science-based approach helps prevent food contamination. Ensure the safety of your food by learning the latest in HACCP procedures. Walk away with a blue print to:

    • Best practices in storing and transportation of products
    • Dealing with the personnel involved in handling products
    • The proper process of handling recalls

    Establish an officially recognized food safety protocol for your business and be HACCP compliant.


  • 2:30 PM
    Networking Break
  • 2:45 PM
    Case Study: Nestle
    Understanding Precautionary Allergen Labeling to Avoid Costly Recalls
    Andrea Papmandjaris
    Head, North American Medical Affairs and Canadian Medical and Scientific Unit, Nestle Nutrition

    Inconsistencies in precautionary labels continue to add to the confusion of consumers. Mitigate the risks of precautionary labeling to minimize the health risk to your customers. Take back to your office strategies to:

    • Define the challenges with inconsistent precautionary allergen labels and how to overcome them
    • Master Health Canada’s response to the precautionary allergen labeling
    • Determine the food science behind the products and the composition standards you need to adhere to

    Address precautionary allergen labeling to lower your risk.

  • 3:45 PM
    Spotlight: Whole Genome Sequencing
    Improving Foodborne Pathogen Identification to Enhance Traceability in Your Supply Chain

    There is a pressing need for improved methods and tools to rapidly and reliably identify, detect and predict food safety hazards. Increase your understanding of next generation sequencing methods to combat these hazards. Source practical tips on:

    • Understanding the evolution of sequencing methods from PFGE to WGS
    • Leveraging the power of WGS and its ability to detect foodborne disease outbreaks
    • The rapid traceability of pathogens in the supply chain

    Increase your traceability processes with whole genome sequencing

  • 4:00 PM
    Case Study: Cannabis Edibles
    How to Prepare your Business for The Legalization of Edibles, Extracts and Topicals
    Sara Zborovski
    Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

    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.


  • 4:30 PM
    Case Study: 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.


  • 5:00 PM
    Conference Day 1 Adjourns
  • 5:10 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
    Mohammad Shahbaz
    Quality Assurance Manager, Mawarid Food Company
    Dana McCauley
    Director, New Venture Creation, University of Guelph

    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.

  • 9:15 AM
    Industry Expert
    Utilizing Blockchain Applications to Enhance Food Traceability and Transparency

    Blockchain is often associated with cryptocurrency, but is also being looked at as a solution to food-supply challenges that will enhance trust and transparency. Realize the unique benefits that accompany the digitization of information with Blockchain. Gain insights to:

    • Blockchain’s ability to improve sustainability by reducing waste and lowering cost inefficiencies
    • Enlisting Blockchain to enable the capture of data beyond traceability attributes
    • How Blockchain can be used as a deterrent to food fraud by creating a digital footprint

    Realize the benefits of a decentralized ledger to improve efficiencies.


  • 10:00 AM
    Nutrition Fact Labels
    Preparing your Products to Avoid Consumer Confusion

    Prepackaged foods in Canada will now require new Nutrition Fact Panels on their labels. Ensure your labeling is accurate to avoid consuming your consumers. Develop an action plan to:

    • Prioritize new branding, labeling and advertisement guidelines
    • Source new design houses to accurately create the new labels
    • Develop an effective communication strategy with your supply chain to deal with the time lines

    Avoid potentially dangerous labelling mistakes by adhering to the new label guidelines

  • 10:30 AM
    Networking Break
  • 11:00 AM
    Case Study: Marketing to Kids Restrictions
    Adapting to New Marketing Restrictions to Kids to Promote Healthy Eating Habits

    Health Canada recently introduced new restrictions on the commercial marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children as part of the Healthy Eating Strategy. Adapt your marketing strategies to the new restrictions. Gain insights to:

    • Assessing the need for children to be protected from the development of unhealthy eating habits
    • Addressing the economic impacts on the food industry
    • Defining what the restrictions will be in advertising to kids

    Comply with new mandatory restrictions to protect your marketing practices towards children.


  • 11:30 AM
    Case Study: Plant Based Meat
    Understanding the Evolution of Plant Based Meat to Comply with New Food Regulations
    Mario Martinez
    Assistant Professor Food Engineering, University of Guelph

    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

  • 12:00 PM
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:00 PM
    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.

  • 1:30 PM
    Case Study
    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
    Tatiana Miranda-Abaunza
    Principal engineer, Nutrilite
    Dana McCauley
    Director, New Venture Creation, University of Guelph
    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
    Industry Expert
  • 2:30 PM
    Networking Break
  • 2:45 PM
    Case Study Animal Welfare
    Meeting Consumer Demand in the Health and Wellbeing of Animals
    Adele Douglass
    Executive Director, Humane Farm Animal Care

    The health and wellbeing of transporting animals continues to be an important issue for Canadians. Increase consumer confidence in your products and practices by complying with these new amendments in the transport of animals. Source your plan of action with:

    • Prescriptive and outcome-based requirements that emphasize and improve the health and wellbeing of the animals
    • Addressing the various needs of different animals in from initial point of transit to the time they are installed at their new location
    • Exploring the challenge of a decreased number of available abattoirs in Canada

    Prepare your organization for the new amendments in transporting animals

  • 3:15 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

    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:

    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:

    • Labeling requirements
    • Calories
    • Nutrition

    Gain a deeper understanding to ensure consumer satisfaction.


October 31, 2019