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Canadian Food & Drink Summit 2017: Measuring Performance, Taking Stock, Inspiring Action • Dec 5–6, 2017  Calgary

Evening Culinary Reception • Dec 4, 2017  Calgary

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Monday, December 04, 2017

6:00 PM Opening Reception
Culinary Reception at SAIT's Tastemarket

Join us for a culinary evening in SAIT's newly launched food flair and flavour in downtown Calgary, the TasteMarket! Connect with fellow delegates, taste SAIT cooking and sample Alberta craft beer and BC wine.

Sponsored by:

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

8:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM Opening Remarks from the Chair
Le Vallée <br />  
Associate Director, Food Horizons Canada
The Conference Board of Canada
8:45 AM Plenary Session 1
Canada's Western Food Performance Compared

The Summit will kick off with a look at Canada's provincial food performances, from Manitoba to BC. The session will showcase the content of the Conference Board's latest Food Report Card by providing topline results of Canada's food performance covering all five themes of the Canadian Food Strategy, namely Industry Prosperity, Healthy Food and Diets, Food Safety, Household Food Security, and Environmental Sustainability.

Le Vallée <br />  
Associate Director, Food Horizons Canada
The Conference Board of Canada
9:30 AM Plenary Session 2
Seizing Global Agri-Food and Commodity Trade Opportunities by Exporting More of Canada to the World

Food and agriculture are significant segments of the global economy. It is the next niche according to the Canadian Minister of Finance's Advisory Council on Economic Growth. Tremendous opportunity exists for Canada's agri-food sector to harness the power of trade, and reach new and grow existing global markets around the world through reputation, innovation and competitiveness. This session will explore how Canadian food industries and companies can seize more global export opportunities.

Fiocco <br />  
Associate Partner, Global Agriculture and Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practices
McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Buckingham <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canada Agri-Food Policy Institute
Al-Katib <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
AGT Food and Ingredients Inc.
10:30 AM Networking Break
11:00 AM Concurrent Sessions—Set A
(please select one session)
11:00 AM Concurrent Session A1
Inspiring Stories from Alberta and Support for Food Innovation, Agri-Business Cluster Development and Agri-Value Processing

Attend this session to learn about Leduc-Nisku's development of an agri-business cluster and upcoming plans for the Alberta Aerotropolis. Hear about exciting opportunities from the Food Process Development Centre/Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator as well as two inspiring success stories including one local business and another business that chose to move to the region.

McKenzie <br />  
Executive Director
Leduc Nisku Economic Development Association
Markiw <br />  
Range Road Meat Co.
Gossen <br />  
Executive Director, Food and Bio Processing Branch
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
DeJong <br />  
Siwin Foods
11:00 AM Concurrent Session A2
Making Change Happen—A Refreshing Twist to Healthier Beverages

While consumer trends are showing a decline in sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption, evidence shows that Canadians are still drinking significant amounts of SSB. Come and learn how a major healthcare facility in Alberta Health Services, the Rockyview General Hospital, took action to replace SSB with healthier drink options in food outlets and vending machines. You'll learn about innovative business strategies, what helped to make this change successful, how customers responded, and the impact on beverage sales and revenue. The session will also engage the audience to share their experiences in making shifts towards healthier beverage items in different settings.

Rutledge <br />  
Senior Director, Communications
Canadian Beverage Association
Porter <br />  
Director, Retail Food Services-Calgary South
Alberta Health Services
Li <br />  
Public Health Nutrition Provincial Lead
Alberta Health Services
11:00 AM Concurrent Session A3
Adjusting Grocer and Foodservice Trade, Marketing and Branding to Changing Markets and New Census Data

How will evolving demographics affect the supply chain from farmers and suppliers to retail and food services? Do market share estimates, grocery trade areas and sales targets need to be recalibrated? Are established media or branding strategies still valid? How is population growth affecting food demand in large cities, including rising ethnic food demand? In this session, attendees will learn to better understand their changing markets through Census data, adjust their marketing, branding and improve their bottom lines. Delegates will also hear about branding meat in foodservice and retail, identifying best locations for new or expanded store operations, rising markets and changing communities.

Levi <br />  
Director, Business Development, Packaged Good and Grocery Retail
Environics Analytics
Meijer <br />  
Business Lead, Marketing and Business Development
JBS Canada
12:15 PM Luncheon and Keynote Presentation
FCC's Latest Agri-Food Outlook

The outlook for Canadian agri-food is positive. Evolving food preferences of consumers and a growing global demand for food result in significant opportunities for Canadian processors and producers. Yet, a few headwinds must be addressed for the industry to fully maximize its potential. Learn about the most important economic drivers to monitor in 2018 and beyond.

Gervais <br />  
Vice-President and Chief Agricultural Economist
Farm Credit Canada
1:30 PM Concurrent Sessions—Set B
(please select one session)
1:30 PM Concurrent Session B1
Global Challenges and Dimensions of Food Loss and Waste

The cost of food waste in Canada, from farm to fork, has been estimated at $31 billion annually. Consumers account for 47% of this waste, followed by the processing sector at 20%, and the retail sector, 10%. In this dynamic and interactive session, attendees will hear about local to global challenges in food loss pre-purchase, and food waste post-purchase; explore the business case for reducing food loss and waste; and address ways in which actors and consumers can implement solutions.

Mehta <br />  
Executive Vice-President
Emerging Ag Inc.
Anderson <br />  
Emerging Ag Inc.
Kinsey <br />  
Senior Project Manager
Enviro-Stewards Inc.
Blade <br />  
Dean, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES)
University of Alberta
Juan <br />  
Founder and Executive Director
LeftOvers Foundation
Philippe <br />  
Senior Policy Advisor
National Zero Waste Council
1:30 PM Concurrent Session B2
Addressing Skills and Labour Market Shortages in Canada's Agriculture and Agri-Food Sectors

The current agricultural labour gap in Canada is 58,000 workers. The gap will grow to 114,000 workers by 2025. Finding, securing and maintaining the right talent is essential, a greater challenge for industries that have a seasonal workforce. This session will address current labour force and human resource challenges, trends and opportunities in the sector, including discussions around foreign workers.

Kelly <br />  
Brand Manager
WorkHorse Hub
Dundas <br />  
Manager, Workforce Development
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
Stratychuk <br />  
Manager, Human Resources
Kasko Cattle Company
Banack <br />  
Past President
Alberta Federation of Agriculture
1:30 PM Concurrent Session B3
Is a Healthy Diet Affordable in Canada?

Canadian household food insecurity data shows that approximately four million Canadians, including 1.15 million children, live in households that struggle to afford the food they need (2012). These high rates have persisted in provinces who have continued to monitor the prevalence in the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) in 2013-2014. Household food insecurity is the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints. It is strongly linked to poor mental, physical health and social health. Alberta Health Services, Nutrition Services, recently released a report showing how households who are most vulnerable to household food insecurity are unable to afford enough healthy food to provide for their family over a whole month. This interactive session will present some key information highlighting the issue, challenge our assumptions about why households are unable to make ends meet, and consider some of the possible solutions to this complex problem.

Tyminski <br />  
Director, Nutrition Services, Population & Public Health Strategy
Alberta Health Services
Barker <br />  
Registered Dietitian, Nutrition Services, Population & Public Health
Alberta Health Services
2:45 PM Refreshment Break
3:15 PM Concurrent Sessions—Set C
(please select one session)
3:15 PM Concurrent Session C1
Nutritional Labelling Regulations, Cattle Welfare, and Building Trust

Delegates will have an opportunity to hear from three experts and discuss issues around Canada's recent regulatory changes to nutrition labelling, cattle welfare on Canadian feeding operations, including the new Canadian Feedlot Animal Care Assessment Program, as well as recent adoption of technology, building and working with changing trust levels, and public response to food issues.

Covone <br />  
Manager, Regulatory Project
Health Canada
Vander Ploeg <br />  
Alberta Cattle Feeders' Association & National Cattle Feeders' Association
Goddard <br />  
Professor and Co-operative Chair
University of Alberta
3:15 PM Concurrent Session C2
Municipal Food Perspectives from Calgary and Edmonton

Many cities support the growth of agribusiness, access to healthy foods, and promote local food through community food programs, gardens, and urban agriculture. A growing number of cities now have food policy councils and strategies in place. Food banks also play a significant role in local food relief and community food security. Attendees in this session will hear about current efforts and visions by leading actors in Alberta's two largest cities to foster further agribusiness development, food security, and food system sustainability.

McAra <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
Calgary Food Bank
Musij <br />  
Business Development Manager, Agribusiness
Calgary Economic Development
Lennon <br />  
Principal Planner, Urban Planning and Environment
The City of Edmonton
4:30 PM Keynote Presentation
New West Partnership and Other Free Trade Agreements: Advancing Markets for the Agriculture Sector

The expansion of the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWP) in January 2017 to include Manitoba, increases opportunities for free trade in western provinces and creates Canada's largest inter-provincial barrier-free trade and investment market. This session will explore how NWP and other trade agreements provide greater leverage for Alberta's agri-food sector.

Yee <br />  
Deputy Minister
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
4:50 PM Closing Remarks from the Chair
Le Vallée <br />  
Associate Director, Food Horizons Canada
The Conference Board of Canada
5:00 PM Networking Reception

Connect with fellow delegates, speakers and experts, visit exhibitors, and sample local craft beer, wine, spirits and food while sharing your thoughts on the day's insights.

Sponsored by: Alberta Small Brewers Association and Great Estates Okanagan

Alberta Brewers logo

Great Estates Okanagan logo

Nenshi <br />  
The City of Calgary

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

7:45 AM Continental Breakfast
8:15 AM Opening Remarks from the Chair
Le Vallée <br />  
Associate Director, Food Horizons Canada
The Conference Board of Canada
8:30 AM Plenary Session 3
Keynote Presentation

To kick off Day 2 of the summit, we have two very engaging speakers. Attend this opening keynote session to hear Kate Cole from Nestlé Canada speak to the gap between what consumers want versus the direction of the business, while Dr Baljit Singh from the University of Calgary addresses food safety and the science behind growth hormones and antibiotic use in raising food animals, followed by exchanges with delegates.

Cole <br />  
Director, Nutrition and Public Affairs
Nestlé Canada
Singh <br />  
Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Calgary
9:15 AM Plenary Session 4
Toward A National Food Policy for Canada

The federal government is developing a food policy for Canada, a long-term vision for the "health, environmental, social, and economic goals related to food, while identifying actions we can take in the short-term." Attendees will hear and debate food policy on issues along the supply chain from production, fishing, processing, distribution, and consumption of food.

Rosser <br />  
Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy Branch
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Bonnett <br />  
Canadian Federation of Agriculture
Drozdowski <br />  
Coordinator, Centre for Health & Nutrition
University of Alberta
Fraser <br />  
Director, The Arrell Food Institute & Canada Research Chair
University of Guelph
10:15 AM Networking Break
10:45 AM Plenary Session 5
Agriculture Trade in a Post-NAFTA, Post-WTO World: Capitalizing on International Food Trade

How can Canada's capitalise on opportunities to supply growing overseas agri-food and commodity markets? How can Canada advance agriculture and international trade in Asia? What should we expect from renegotiating NAFTA on agri-food trade with the U.S. and Mexico? Delegates will hear and discuss trade policy, how it may affect their business, challenges and opportunities for growth, export capacity, competitiveness and market development.

Price <br />  
Sunterra Group
Collins <br />  
Canada West Foundation
Pryce <br />  
Senior Economic and Political Advisor
Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary
12:00 PM Luncheon and Keynote Presentation
Appetite for Disruption and the Future of the Grocery Business in Canada

The takeover of Whole Foods earlier this year was not overly shocking, but to see mammoth-sized Amazon, with its large revenues and small profits, make the biggest deal in its history, did surprise some. On the surface, this acquisition may look odd, but Amazon acquiring troubled Whole Foods is more than timely for both companies. One thing though should be made clear: Amazon is positioning itself to be the most powerful retailer in the world, and it cannot achieve this goal without food. So what does this mean for Canadian grocers? Who's winning? Who's loosing? Sylvain Charlebois reflects on the ever-changing food distribution landscape in Canada.

Charlebois <br />  
Dalhousie University
1:15 PM Plenary Session 6
Growing Taste for Western Canadian Drink and Culinary Experiences: Growth, Opportunities and Challenges

Wine, spirits and beer have been a part of Canadian life for hundreds of years. There is also growing interest in culinary art, skills and tourism. All these sectors are significant employers and strong contributors to Canada's economy. Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in the country, accounting for 8.1 per cent of all household spending on food and beverages. While craft beers are growing in popularity, Canada's icewine and spirit reputation is also growing, while a growing number of Canadians are enjoying and seeking local and new food experiences. Attend this session to hear panelists discuss and debate future growth, opportunities and challenges in the drink and culinary sectors.

Rock <br />  
Executive Director
Alberta Small Brewers Association
Allemeier <br />  
Culinary Instructor, School of Hospitality and Tourism
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Farran <br />  
Eau Claire Distillery Ltd.
Prodan <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
British Columbia Wine Institute
2:30 PM Plenary Session 7
Showcasing Canadian Beef and Crop Sustainability

What does environmental sustainability mean for Canada's beef and crop sectors? What are industry implications? How are they tackling the issue? Attend this session to learn about the National Beef Sustainability Assessment and Strategy and discuss current responsible beef production as well as sustainable grain cropping practices, benefits and challenges.

Miller <br />  
Executive Director
Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops
Lynch-Staunton <br />  
Issues Manager
Canadian Cattlemen's Association
3:45 PM Closing Remarks from the Chair
Le Vallée <br />  
Associate Director, Food Horizons Canada
The Conference Board of Canada
4:00 PM Summit Adjourns

Sponsored By

We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for their contribution to this event.


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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Logo

Canadian Beef


The Tastemarket by SAIT logo




Dalhousie University logo

Farm Credit Canada logo


Ayming logo

Canada's Smartest Kitchen logo

Choose Lethbridge logo

Indonesian Trade Promotion Center (ITPC) logo

Olds College logo

Reception Sponsors

Alberta Brewers logo

Great Estates Okanagan

Marketing Partners

Alberta Food Processors Association (AFPA) logo

Canadian Federation of Agriculture logo

Canadian Nutrition Society logo

Farm Management Canada logo

Leduc-Nisku Economic Development Association logo

Media Partners

Alberta Farmer Express logo

Food in Canada logo

Glacier FarmMedia logo

Manitoba Cooperator logo

The Western Producer logo

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