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5th Annual Canadian Food & Drink Summit 2016

Monday November 28 - Tuesday November 29 2016 Toronto Downtown Marriott Eaton Centre Toronto, ON

JOIN US at the Canadian Food & Drink Summit 2016!

The Conference Board’s Centre for Food in Canada (CFIC) invites you to join us at the 5th annual Canadian Food & Drink Summit 2016, a two-day event to explore the future of Canada’s food sector, and leverage new opportunities to enhance the food sector’s performance—both provincially and globally.

Summit Overview

Food impacts Canadians in an extraordinary range of ways: it affects our lives, our health, our jobs, our economy, and the environment. There is renewed determination to safeguard and sustain the health and profitability of the sector. Producers, manufacturers, shippers, traders, distributors and retailers in Canada’s food system are all pivotal to ensuring the quality, healthiness and safety of the food supply to Canadians. This unique event is bringing together a wide range of stakeholders—attracting 200+ participants from across Canada’s food system—to discuss sector challenges and solutions.

Summary Overview and Themes

We are assembling an outstanding lineup of speakers to share innovative insights and solutions to help improve Canada’s provincial food sector performance—ensuring we make the most of our resources, talent and brand reputation to better meet the food needs of people across Canada and all over the world.

The summit will focus on how collectively, as well as individually, we can make the most of our plentiful opportunities in the sector while enhancing healthy food and diets; improving food safety and industry prosperity; sustaining the environment; and addressing the challenges of household food security, the five themes of the Canadian Food Strategy.

What Can You Expect?

Launch of the 1st Provincial Report Card on Food

The Summit will feature the launch of the Conference Board’s 1st Provincial Report Card on Food—our first-ever assessment of Canada’s food performance comparing provinces to each other.

Build Your Network of Food Connections

Connect with key leaders and major sector players from across Canada. Network, ask questions, and build relationships with—expert speakers, business leaders and decision makers, government officials, civil society, academics and students. Expand your network and connections to take your performance to the next level.

As a participant, you will:

  • Gain insights from the Summit’s high-profile speakers who will share their novel perspectives on implementing sector strategies, engaging the key players to take action, building strategic partnerships, and tracking outcomes
  • See the results of the first evaluation of provincial food performance
  • Meet industry leaders and discuss their vision for the future of food and drink
  • Learn about trends, future opportunities and areas of potential growth
  • Discuss and debate significant sector-related issues that affect your organization
  • Consider a strategic approach for the sector
  • Hear the latest forecasts on the economy and relevant industries
  • Share your best practices and insights with a broad range of sector experts
  • Provide us with your input into future research and activities of the Centre for Food in Canada
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Sponsored By

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


Spirits Canada logo

FCPC logo

Saputo logo

Dairy Farmers Canada logo

Government of Canada logo

Foodland Ontario logo


CSK logo


Marketing Partners

AgScape logo

Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals logo

Canadian Grocer logo

Canadian Nutrition Society logo

City of Toronto logo

Clarington Board of Trade logo

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) / Canadian Manufacturing logo

Farm Management Canada logo

Food Starter logo

Nutrition Resource Centre logo

Media Partners

Food in Canada logo

L'actualite Alimentairelogo

Special Contributors

DOTS logo

Nickel Brook Brewing Co logo

Pillitteri Estates Winery logo

The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.

Full Agenda Available!

The full agenda for this event is now available.

Grey Cup Promotion

The Conference Board of Canada invites you to take advantage of a special promotion to attend the 104th Grey Cup at the BMO Field on Sunday, November 27th. Click on the links below for more details:

Get Free Food Outlook Reports with your Registration!


Register and receive free copies of two popular Conference Board forecasts you can share with your entire organization:

These 12-page reports (each with a value of $925) examine the short-and medium-term economic and profitability outlook for food services and food manufacturing. Read more about automation, food trucks, consumer spending, export outlook, industry profits and superfoods. And how Canada’s food manufacturing industry is expected to see record profits for 2016.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

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Canadian Food & Drink Summit Sponsor Opportunities Package

View Our Sponsors’ Websites

Spirits Canada
Food and Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC)
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Foodland Ontario
Dairy Farmers of Canada


Canada’s Smartest Kitchen

Marketing Partners

Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals
Canadian Grocer
Canadian Nutrition Society
City of Toronto
Clarington Board of Trade
Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) / Canadian Manufacturing Network
Farm Management Canada
Food Starter
Nutrition Resource Centre

Media Partners

Food in Canada
L’Actualite Alimentaire

Special Contributors

Nickel Brook Brewing Co
Pillitteri Estates Winery