Ms. Maxwell, Senior Principal Regulatory Scientist in Corporate Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. brings expertise in global finished foods labelling and claims as well as additives and flavours. Prior to Ocean Spray, she led the Scientific and Regulatory Affairs management function at Nestle USA responsible for all the retail/food service brands from Solon, OH R&D facility. Her employment history also includes Director-level global regulatory compliance group management at Cargill, Inc. Wild Flavors, Inc., McCormick & Company and Givaudan where she describes her role as managing, motivating, coordinating and influencing multi-disciplinary functions to accomplish strategic business goals, anticipating regulatory obstacles/emerging issues throughout the product lifecycle and developing solutions with other technical/commercial teams across global geographies.
Kevin is the Senior Director for the Ontario Area of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency where he oversees the delivery of the Agency’s inspection programs in Ontario as well as the Area’s Enforcement and Investigation Services. He earned his Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in biochemistry and microbiology from the University of Guelph and has spent the past 16 years working for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Beginning as a food inspector in 2002, Kevin has worked in various inspection and management roles within the Agency’s Operations Branch. Recently, Kevin has also been tasked with implementing the Agency’s new electronic export certification system.
Dhirendra P. Thakur, Ph.D., is the Quality Assurance Manager at Tasty Selections, Concord, ON, Canada. Dr. Thakur has extensive experience in developing and improving food safety management system. In his role, he is responsible for managing food safety and sanitation programs of the company in accordance with the BRC Food Safety Standard. He also oversees the company’s policies and programs for regulatory compliance and ensures all aspects of operations remain fully compliant with the government regulations. He started his career as a Food Scientist at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand, and has published over 20 research papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Dr. Thakur has successfully completed outreach programs funded by the EU and USAID on an adaptation of best management practices for shrimp industry in Thailand. He has implemented multi-partners externally funded projects in India, Thailand, Japan, China, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Australia in collaboration with academic institutions, government agencies and food industry. He has participated in a number of FAO consultations for developing guidelines for farm level certification.
Joseph R. Darden works as Vice President, Food Safety & Quality for Mastronardi Produce. In addition to overseeing corporate food safety and quality programs, he also oversees microbiology, post-harvest, organics, facility licensing, phytosanitary & import permit programs. Joseph serves as liaison to Mastronardi Produce for government & regulatory affairs. He also is a member of the Executive Management Team. Joseph championed Mastronardi’s achievement of the 2010 Food Quality Award. Prior to working for Mastronardi Produce, Joseph worked in the pork manufacturing, chicken manufacturing, and animal breeding industries. Joseph achieved a Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees from The University of Georgia-Athens, and a Bachelor of Science from North Carolina State University-Raleigh. Joseph is the proud father of two grown children and is also a grandpa. He enjoys investing, reading, writing, gardening and exercising in his spare time.
Cameron is a highly experienced food safety and management consultant with over 35 years of experience in food regulatory programs and the food industry in both the US and Canada. He also has extensive international experience having been active in Codex Alimentarius, WTO and SPS committees. Cameron has participated in and led many technical trade negotiations regarding market access for food and agricultural products. Mr. Prince most recently held the most senior executive position at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) as Vice President of Operations. He also led the Food Safety Modernization initiative now underway in Canada under the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA).
Before assuming the position of President and CEO of CAPI, Dr. Buckingham acted as the Chairperson of the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal, a private lawyer, government lawyer, law professor, author and consultant in the areas of agricultural law, food law and international trade in agricultural products. Passionate about the various aspects of agriculture and food since growing up on the family farm in Saskatchewan, Dr. Buckingham has since pursued his food and agriculture interests in a variety of professional contexts and geographic locations. He is the co-author of five books, including Agriculture Law in Canada (Butterworths: 1999), and is the sole author of Halsbury's Laws of Canada: "Agriculture" volume and "Food" volume (LexisNexis: 2009 and 2014), as well as an extensive array of chapters and entries in other books and academic journals. Born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, he and his family have resided in Ottawa for the past two decades.
Susan Abel is the Vice President Safety and Compliance for Food & Consumer Products of Canada where she works closely with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada, and Environment Canada on diverse activities such as regulatory change and safe chemicals management on behalf of FCPC’s members. She has been with FCPC for over seven years. In addition to her role at FCPC, Susan is also co-chair of the Canadian Supply Chain Food Safety Coalition.
Prior to her tenure at FCPC, Susan worked for 25 years in food manufacturing in Canada, primarily in Process Development and Quality/Regulatory roles for the Breakfast Cereal Industry as well product development with the Dairy Industry.
Susan graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, with a major in Dairy Science, from the University of Guelph.
Dana McCauley has a nose for the new and throughout her career she has combined her interest in food with keen insights on global food trends. As a result, Dana developed a knack for bringing profitable concepts that fulfill unmet consumer needs to market and her resume includes successful launches working with international food companies, entrepreneurs and SME’s alike.
Dana has led innovation at the executive level at several large Canadian food manufacturing companies. Dana was also the founding Executive Director for Food Starter, a food business incubator and accelerator. Under Dana’s leadership, Food Starter clients launched over 80 product lines and created +160 food sector jobs and the organization itself was recognized with a Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence!
As Associate Director of New Venture Creation in the Research Innovation Office at the University of Guelph, Dana’s team enables Canada's smartest agri-food minds to transform their insights into commercial value that grows the economy and enhances Canada's international reputation as a place where great ideas and safe food are abundant.
Dr. García-Bailo is Director of Research and Development at Nutrigenomix Inc. and Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto and completed a joint industrial/academic postdoctoral fellowship at General Mills and the University of Toronto, followed by an appointment as Senior Scientist at the Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition at General Mills. In addition to her work at the University of Toronto and General Mills, Dr. García-Bailo has conducted nutrigenomics and epidemiology research at Tufts University and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Her research interests focus on the relationship between genetic and lifestyle variation, diet and health. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and has given invited talks at scientific conferences, government agencies and research organizations worldwide. Dr. García-Bailo has received several awards for her research work, including the 2014 Canadian Nutrition Society Ph.D. Dissertation Research Award and the 2012 American Society for Nutrition Nutritional Sciences Council Research Award
As a food-centric home economist who grew up on a dairy farm, Mary Ann Binnie has worked her entire career in agriculture promoting wholesome, nutrient-rich foods. Mary Ann has over 25 years’ experience consulting to the Canadian agri-food industry on numerous nutrition and health policy initiatives; most recently Health Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy. Mary Ann has chaired national and international Committees including the Canadian Meat Science Association and the International Meat Secretariat’s Nutrition Committee. She is a graduate of the University of Guelph and lives in London, Ontario.
A highly qualified professional with over 18 years of experience in the food industry and a reputation as a subject matter expert in the areas of Food Safety, Quality and Sanitation. She has a master degree in food science engineering and she is highly skilled in Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Standards - Implementation and auditing, HACCP, Ingredient & Nutrition labelling.
Mr. Muhammad Shahbaz is a food professional, holds a master’s in philosophy degree in Food Safety and Controls and business administration from Pakistan. Currently, he is “Food Safety and Quality Assurance Specialist” at “Mawarid Food Company (Pizza hut)” in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His work includes implementation and maintaining quality and food safety systems standards as per Yum Brands requirements and GFSI recognized bench marked standards e.g. FSSC 22000, IFS and BRC. He is Yum approved internal auditor and qualified lead auditor for all food safety and quality standards. He is a member of GFSI technical working group, Pakistan Society of Food Scientist and Technologist, Nutritionist Association of Pakistan and International Association of Food Protection USA and had been participated in several food safety conferences in Pakistan, Oman, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and America.