Agenda

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
    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
    Dr. Bibiana Garcia-Bailo
    Adjunct Professor, Dept of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto
    Gerard Etienne
    Vice President , Learning, Institute on Governance

    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 Presentation
    Improving Import & Export Compliance Practices Within the SFCR for more Regulating Consistency
    Peter DeSouza
    Director, National Import Service Centre, CFIA
    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. Learn how to 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.
  • 1:45 PM
    Interactive Session – SFCR vs. FSMA
    Exploring the Differences Between SFCR, FSMA & EW Hygiene Packet to Remain Compliant in Exporting Activities
    Dr. Gallottini Claudio
    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
    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 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: 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
    Spotlight: Cannabis Edibles
    How to Prepare your Business for The Legalization of Cannabis 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:
    Mario Martinez
    Assistant Professor Food Engineering, University of Guelph
  • 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
    Muhammad Shahbaz
    Quality Assurance Manager, Mawarid Food Company
    Sharon Mohammed
    Director, Corporate - Regulatory Management, Maple Leaf Foods
    Iqbal Kamoonpuri
    Director, Quality foods and safety, Jan K Overwheel

    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
    Maryam Ndope
    Quality Assurance Analyst, Unilever

    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
    Panel:
    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 , Bäckerhaus Veit Ltd.
    Diljiv Dha
    Compliance Manager and Training & Development Consultant, Cobs Bread
    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.
  • 11:30 AM
    Case Study: Plant Based Meat
    Food and Nutritional Security: Diet Diversity for Improved Human Health
    Dr Ravi Chibbar
    , University of Saskatchewan

    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
    Panel
    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
    Spring Savage
    Manager, Food Quality, West Jet
    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
    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.
  • 2:30 PM
    Networking Break
  • 2:45 PM
    Case Study Animal Welfare
    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!
  • 3:15 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
    Understanding the evolution of food labeling to remain compliant

    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