April 25, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Workshop: GFSI 2.0
    Incorporate the New Reality of GFSI to Enhance Your Food Safety Initiatives
    Amy Proulx, PhD. CCHP
    Professor and Program Coordinator, Culinary Innovation and Food Technology, Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College

    The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has established a benchmark for food safety standards. It is no longer just recognizing and implementing safeguards, the new reality is making it more efficient. Incorporate the new wave of GFSI expectations to advance your food safety initiatives. Tackle issues on:

    1. Continuous improvement
    2. Improving consumer confidence
    3. Expanding supply chain requirements
    4. Food safety auditor competence
    5. Consistent food systems

    Leverage GFSI 2.0 to exceed consumer expectations and advance your food safety.

April 25, 2017
April 26, 2017
  • 7:30 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:15 AM
    Chairman’s Opening Remarks
    Bill Muil
    Food Program Manager, Intertek
  • 8:30 AM
    Keynote Address: CFIA Updates
    CFIA Changes and Its Impact on the Industry
    Nicole Bouchard-Steeves
    Executive Director, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

    The CFIA has introduced major updates to enforce safe food practices in Canada. Take action to ensure food safety. Gain insight on how to:

    • Exceed SFCA standards and go beyond food safety expectations
    • Reduce the risk of non-compliance food safety procedures
    • Evaluate the impacts of a dynamic food safety landscape

    Gain awareness on how the CFIA changes are impacting your company.

  • 9:00 AM
    Case Study: Tonic Global
    Leverage Social Media to Maximize Consumer Confidence
    Fiona Birch
    Founder: Chief Digital and Social Media Strategist, Tonic Global

    Consumer advocates are adept at organizing online campaigns to air concerns about food safety issues. Respond to your customers’ concerns quickly and thoroughly, and win new customers. Source your plan of action to:

    • Educate customers about compliance via your social media channels
    • Address consumer advocacy campaigns efficiently and effectively
    • Correct online myths and rumours about food safety

    Work with your marketing and PR to ensure brand trust amongst consumer.

  • 9:30 AM
    Case Study: Weston Foods
    Navigating FSMA and SFCA to Mitigate Risks and Prevent Food Contamination
    Gina Reo
    VP, Weston Foods

    Both the FSMA and the SFCA focus heavily on preventing problems. Enhance clarity around your preventative controls: verification and validation programs within the food Industry. Gain insight on:

    • Safety programs and preventive control plans
    • Identifying and monitoring preventive controls
    • Minimizing and preventing hazards

    Comply with FSMA and SFCA to mitigate risks in your facility.

  • 10:15 AM
    Networking Break
  • 10:45 AM
    Industry Expert: International Business Development
    Leverage Canada’s Food Safety Strengths for International Success
    David Staniforth
    Vice President, International Expansion, BDC Advisory Services
    Dave McLeod
    Partner, Consulting, BDC Advisory Services

    Leverage Canada’s Food Safety Strengths for International Success
    Increasing regulatory requirements, mitigating risks in your supply chain, adopting leading food safety technologies, are just some of the challenges facing your organization.

    Leverage food safety best practices to turn these challenges into opportunities and improve your competitive advantage. Source practical tips to:

    • Build on Canada’s brand and food safety expertise to develop your new markets
    • Navigate complex certification processes
    • Support your international project with a comprehensive solution

    Transform food safety into a competitive advantage to grow your international presence.

  • 11:15 AM
    Case Study: Del Monte Fresh Produce
    Applying FDA & CFIA Regulations to Fresh Cut Foods to Prevent Contaminated Produce Outbreaks
    Lourdes Tamborello
    Director, Quality Assurance, Del Monte Fresh Produce

    Canadians are increasingly likely to consume fresh fruits and vegetables 5 or more times per day. Leverage regulatory best practices to ensure the safety of your consumers. Take away a blueprint to:

    • Enforce safe produce handling practices
    • Navigate common production risks
    • Exceed the industry benchmark for produce safety

    Exceed regulatory standards to reduce contamination.

  • 11:45 AM
    Speed Networking
    Ideas Factory – Develop Fresh Perspectives and Relationships with Senior Executives
    Deanna E. Zenger
    Industry Advisor - Central Canada, Food Processing Human Resources Council

    Meet thinkers, doers, and trailblazers in customer experience. Break the ice and get to know fellow customer service executives during quick 5-minute rotations. Start your day off by making the right connections and gain exclusive knowledge!

  • 12:30 PM
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:30 PM
    Industry Expert Panel: Microbiology Applications
    Navigating the Microbiological World to Mitigate Risks and Ensure Food Safety
    Phil Coombs
    Product Specialist, Weber Scientific
    Steven P. Weiland
    Corporate Microbiologist, Packers Sanitation Services Inc.
    Carlo Coppola
    Director, Nordion's Gamma Centre of Excellence

    Food Safety is a major focus of food microbiology. Highlight factors to realize where microbiology is and isn’t needed and reduce your food safety concerns. Gain insight on:

    • Differentiating between good and bad bacteria
    • Emerging microbial threats
    • Targeting threats early in your processes

    Limit your microbiological threats to reduce food borne illness.

  • 2:15 PM
    Consumer Concerns
    Address Your Consumers Concerns to Achieve Long-term Business Success
    Mike Horwich
    Professor of Food Safety, Dalhousie University

    Food safety concerns can have a significant impact on your brands reputation. Answer your customer concerns to strengthen your brand. Create a roadmap to:

    • Identify food safety and quality issues raised by consumers
    • Evaluate costs associated with answering your consumers’ concerns
    • Develop your strategy to deal with allegations

    Advance your food safety communications to protect your brand.

  • 2:45 PM
    Case Study: Costco Wholesale
    Best Practices For Effective and Efficient Recall Management While Maintaining a Positive Reputation
    Craig Wilson
    Vice President, Costco Wholesale

    The number of recalls is rising across the country, due to proactive preventative measures by food companies. Implement strategies to minimize damage in the case of recalls, while ensuring consumer safety and improving operating efficiencies. Source ideas to:

    • Effectively manage recalls
    • Minimize reputation damage
    • Optimize time and internal resources

    Best practices to navigate recalls efficiently and ensure your food safety.

  • 3:15 PM
    Networking Break
  • 3:45 PM
    Case Study: Keystone Foods
    Environmental Monitoring for Cleanliness and Pathogen Detection
    Nandini Natrajan
    Senior Director, Science Operations, Keystone Foods

    Pathogens that cause food borne illness continue to be an issue globally. Determine key environmental controls that can help you detect pathogens early. Gain insight on:

    • Environmental assessment best practices
    • Preventative controls for food safety
    • Industry standards for early pathogen detection

    Bolster your environmental assessment process by following industry-leading practices

  • 4:15 PM
    Industry Expert: Genome Sequencing
    Leveraging Genome Sequencing For Early Pathogen Detection
    Christian Blyth
    Technical Application Development Professional, 3M Canada

    Genome sequencing has provided a major improvement in our ability to track food borne disease outbreaks. Rapid pathogen detection methods have provided us greater ability to react quickly to contamination situations. How can we use these technologies along with environmental testing to help manage outbreaks / risks? Explore ideas on:

    • Implications of Genomic testing
    • The importance of environmental testing to reduce risk
    • The use of rapid technologies and the advantages they supply

    Harness new technologies to streamline your pathogen detection.

  • 4:45 PM
    Conference Adjourns To Day 2 & Cocktail Reception
April 26, 2017
April 27, 2017
  • 7:30 AM
    Registration And Breakfast
  • 8:15 AM
    Chairman’s Opening Remarks
    Bill Muil
    Food Program Manager, Intertek
  • 8:30 AM
    Keynote Address: FDA
    Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
    Mark Abdoo
    Assistant Commissioner for Global Regulatory Policy, FDA

    The implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act is underway. Review the current state of play and update your standards to stay compliant. Gain insights on:

    • The foundation of FSMA
    • FSMA implementation
    • The new standards

    Review the implementation of FSMA to meet your regulatory deadlines.

  • 9:00 AM
    Panel: In the News
    Explore Recent News in the Food Industry to Expand Your Initiatives from Others Experiences
    Miriam Maxwell
    Senior Principal Regulatory Scientist, Corporate Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Ocean Spray Cranberries
    Lauren Di Menna
    Regulatory Affairs, CFIA Lead, Kraft Heinz Canada ULC

    During this panel discussion, we will present recent articles and news stories. The panellists will discuss how this impacts the industry, and what you should do differently. Explore topics pertaining to:

    • Crisis management
    • Bacteria outbreaks
    • HACCP

    Leverage current events to help advance your food safety initiatives.

  • 9:45 AM
    Real-Time Visibility and Alerting Across the Cold Chain
    Robin Mascarenhas
    Senior Product Manager, IoT Solutions, TELUS
    Jamie Williams
    VP & GM, Digi Cold Chain

    Efficiently monitoring temperature, humidity and other control points is essential for timely preventive action and ensuring food safety.  Learn how wireless sensors can:

    • Eliminate manual processes and human errors
    • Reduce spoilage and minimize food loss
    • Enable verified record sharing between vendors and customers
      • Integrate the Internet of Things to promote regulatory compliance and protect your customers and brand.

  • 10:30 AM
    Networking Break
  • 11:00 AM
    Case Study: Traceability
    Traceability Best Practices For Timely Emergency Responses to Protect the Public
    Brian Perry
    SVP Food Safety & Quality, TreeHouse Foods

    Traceability provides us with an effective way to track an identified product (and its attributes) as it moves between locations. Ensure your traceability processes are intact so when emergency situations strike, you are able to resolve them quickly. Source practical tips to:

    • Ensure consumer confidence in your products
    • Understand and exceed GFSI standards
    • Plan, design, and prepare for emergency response

    Utilize traceability to quarantine problems and limit their impact on your brand.

  • 11:30 AM
    Industry Expert: Training & Compliance
    Advancing Food Safety, Training and Compliance: Tools & Techniques
    Claudio Bauza
    Sr. Director of Sales & Marketing/Business Development, Nexcor Technologies

    New technologies are allowing manufacturers to achieve food safety excellence.  Access the tools and techniques for successfully deploying your food safety compliance system. Source intelligence on:

    • Data Integration for effective communication between departments
    • Creating a “Cultural Disruption” as part of compliance training
    • Available tools to help you achieve to your goals

    Integrate tools and techniques to improve your training and compliance system.

  • 12:00 PM
    Case Study: Compass Group Canada
    Vendor Certification: Improving Food Safety Through Performance Tracking
    Dagmar Wilhelm
    Sr. Director of Risk Management, Compass Group Canada

    A vendor certification program (VCP) enables you to track performance of your vendors and verify their compliance to food safety specifications. Leverage a VCP to ensure the quality of your product is being carried all the way through to your customers. Source information to:

    • Identify key points of product receipt
    • Understand upstream and downstream product flow
    • Optimize packing and shipping movement

    Improve your food safety procedures with vendor certification.

  • 12:30 PM
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:30 PM
    Industry Perspective on SFCA
    Prepare your Implementation Plan with an Industry Perspective of SFCA
    Albert Chambers
    Strategic Partner, NSF International
    Member, NSF Food Safety Awards Selection Committee

    In January 2017 CFIA published the first official draft of its new food safety regulations. Review’s the industry perspective on SFCA to plan your compliance requirements. Source intelligence to:

    • Update your approach to preventive controls, traceability and implementation
    • Meet your consumer and customer expectations
    • Improve your access to global marketplaces

    Discover what the SFCA can mean to your business and regulatory implementations.

  • 2:00 PM
    Case Study: Unilever Europe
    Utilizing FSMS, GFSI, and FSMA fundamentals to Ensure Consumer Safety
    Gaurav Tewari
    Director of Quality Assurance, Sargent Farms

    In today’s era of excellent resources regarding food safety & quality, we should have had an iron clad food safety system! Leverage food safety systems, and engage in an open discussion of irregularities involved in your process. Hear how to:

    • Adapt a systematic food safety management approach
    • Assure consistency in FSMS
    • Navigate the global food safety supply chain

    Build your foundational food safety procedures to mitigate risks.

  • 2:45 PM
    Networking Break
  • 3:15 PM
    Panel: FDA Inspections
    Adapt Your Facilities To The New FSMA Standards And Prepare For FDA Inspections
    Miriam Maxwell
    Senior Principal Regulatory Scientist, Corporate Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Ocean Spray Cranberries
    Lauren Di Menna
    Regulatory Affairs, CFIA Lead, Kraft Heinz Canada ULC

    US FDA food safety inspectors have an enlarged access to company inspections under FSMA. Prepare your teams in Canada and the US for FDA inspections. Create a roadmap to:

    • Streamline the access to records
    • Include your consumers’ complaints
    • Improve your preventive controls food safety plans

    Plan your audits from US FDA food safety inspectors. Exceed GFSI expectations with your continuous improvement plan.

  • 3:45 PM
    Panel: Culture
    Promote Your Food Safety Culture to Ensure Safe Food Handling
    Karen Mills
    Former Director of Regulatory and Technical services, High Liner Foods
    Frank Schreurs
    Canadian and Pacific North West U.S.A. representative, Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI).
    Chris Power
    Key Account Manager, Sealed Air

    With numerous people handling the food, food safety must become a second nature for all employees. Reduce food contamination by fostering a strong food safety culture. Source intelligence to:  

    • Engage and empower your employees
    • Offer support directly from top leaders and develop your employees in all areas
    • Transform food safety into a mindset for your corporation(s)

    Advance your quality policies, quality procedures, food safety training, engagement and empowerment.

  • 4:30 PM
    Conference Adjourns
April 27, 2017

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