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Canadian Food & Drink Summit 2019: The Future of Food—What will the next five-years bring? Mar 27–28, 2019 Toronto

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Pre-Conference Reception
St. Lawrence Market
6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Begin our Food & Drink Summit by attending a hearty opening reception hosted by the St. Lawrence Market in their Market Kitchen, a cooking class space on the mezzanine level of the South Market overlooking the Market floor. Savour the best of the Market hors-d'oeuvres, meat, cheese, and antipasto stations – featuring several Market merchants including a Toronto classic; the peameal bacon sandwich. While you enjoy the reception discuss food and drink with Farmers Market vendors among which the reception’s wine sponsor Westcott Vineyards.

Please note summit delegates must register for the opening reception as space is limited to 100.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

7:45 AM Registration and 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 1
The Future of Grocery Retail

With the ability to shop any time and anywhere, the consumer is now the channel. The growth of experiential shopping, coupled with new home-delivery and pickup services, creates a divergence of grocery categories between shelf-stable stock-ups and fresh, ready-to-eat meals. Based on food research from Europe, North America, and China, this session will look at the future of grocery and food retailing and will explore some of the technology trends that will impact shopping. From AI and predictive analytics to deliver automation and urban vertical farming.

Donnan <br />  
Senior Partner
A.T. Kearney Ltd.
9:00 AM Plenary Session 2
Digital Technology Innovation in Agriculture and Agri-Food: Looking Ahead, From the Ground Up

Smart agriculture, IoT-enabled equipment, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and big data-use in agriculture and agri-food industries are evolving. In this session, you will discover the influence that digital technologies will have on your business, how the sectors work as innovation-enabling ecosystems, and equally important, how they don't.

Hudson <br />  
Burnbrae Farms Ltd.
Barnes <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Farmers Edge Inc.
10:15 AM Networking Break
10:45 AM Concurrent Sessions—Set A
(Please select one session)
10:45 AM Concurrent Session A1
Adapting to current and future Climate Change and Risks to Agriculture: Views From the Grape, Wine, and Aquaculture Sectors

The food system faces many pressures from climate change and more frequent extreme natural events that influence the environment, challenging production and supply. The effects of a warming climate will be regionally different, long-term and require adaptation strategies. Take part in this session to hear and debate how an insurer and two agricultural sectors view sustainability, discuss current risks, and engage the future through technology and environmental practices.

Zimmerman <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Grape Growers of Ontario
Kennedy <br />  
Executive Director
Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance
10:45 AM Concurrent Session A2
Meeting Future Global Food Demand: Perspectives and Lessons from Successful Export Commodities

Global consumer incomes are expected to continue rising, creating greater demand for Canada's top exports, such as canola, pulses, wheat, pork, beef/cattle, soybeans, prepared potatoes, baked goods, seafood and more. How can your exports be part of these new trade opportunities?

Join this session to hear about growing trade opportunities for Canada's agri-food products and diversifying markets to capture greater value.

Bacon <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Pulse Canada
Everson <br />  
Canola Council of Canada
11:45 AM Luncheon and Keynote Presentation
The Role of Innovation in the Future of Food
Hamilton <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Nestlé Canada Inc.
1:00 PM Concurrent Sessions—Set B
1:00 PM Concurrent Session B1
The Growing Consumer Corner: Leading Market Opportunities for Cannabis-Infused Edibles and Natural Foods

As times change, so does market demand. Changing demographics will likely see increased demand for natural food products. And cannabis-infused edibles are set to lead market growth once they are legalized in 2019. This session will help you explore the market potential for these innovative food products.

King <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Natural Products Canada
Heintzman <br />  
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Investeco Capital Corp.
Gauthier <br />  
Senior Vice-President, Research and Analytics
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
1:00 PM Concurrent Session B2
Future Taste and Industry Growth for Canadian Beverages

Can I get you a drink? Beverages are a part of Canadian life. Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in the country, and Canadian icewine and craft beer are growing in popularity. Also, the non-alcoholic beverage sector is aiming to reduce calories consumed by 20 per cent by 2025. These sectors are significant employers and strong contributors to Canada's economy. Attend this session to hear panelists debate future challenges and opportunities in the beverage, wine, and beer sectors.

Youdale <br />  
Canadian Food & Wine Institute
Paszkowski <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Vintners Association
Simmons <br />  
Ontario Craft Brewers Association
Goetz <br />  
Canadian Beverage Association
McDonald <br />  
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Dairy Distillery
2:00 PM Networking Break
2:30 PM Plenary Session 3
Shaping the Canadian Food Distributor of the Future

Modern food distribution is a bridge between sellers and buyers. It provides logistics services, cold storage, marketing support, transportation, and market access. But customers are now increasingly buying food online. How do operator customers value their supply-chain partners? How does evolving growth affect food distributors' futures? This panel will address these questions and give you a new perspective on the changing customer mix.

Nenci <br />  
Vice-President, Food
Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.
Park <br />  
General Manager
Uber Eats Canada
Munro <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
Restaurants Canada
Mandarano <br />  
Co-Owner, Co-Founder
100 KM Foods Inc.
3:30 PM Plenary Session 4
Cultivating the Future of Food Safety while Earning Public Trust in Every Meal

Canada has a robust reputation for food safety and quality. However, food safety stakeholders are still responsible for relating understandable and timely information to the consumer and fostering public trust in how food safety is assessed, managed, explained, and corrected. Hear leading stakeholders discuss how to further earn public trust and its importance to the industry's growth, success, and reputation.

Pégeot <br />  
Executive Vice-President
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Klein <br />  
Dean, the Gustavson School of Business
University of Victoria
Petelle <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
CropLife Canada
Mac Donald <br />  
GS1 Canada
4:30 PM Closing Remarks From the Chair
Le Vallée <br />  
Associate Director, Food Horizons Canada
The Conference Board of Canada
5:00 PM Networking Reception

Sample local craft beer, wine, and food while you share your thoughts on the day's events with fellow delegates, speakers, and experts.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

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 5
Opening Keynote-Open Innovation and Business Acceleration in Dairy

While milk has been part of our diet for thousands of years, it still lends itself to innovation: new products, new packaging, new opportunities. With millennials' unprecedented appetite for innovation, the dairy industry needs to create new experiences at a faster pace. At this session, you will hear how the Inno Agropur platform is driving innovation, which includes an open innovation component and the first dairy business accelerator in North America.

Coallier <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Agropur coopérative
9:00 AM Plenary Session 6
Trading Way Beyond Agri-Food Export Targets by 2025

Canada's agriculture and agri-food sectors are highly export-oriented, making the country the world's fifth largest exporter of these products. But, with the world's population projected to rise to 10 billion in 2050, how can we grow our share of the market and supply the growing demand for agricultural and agri-food products? Hear from leading global stakeholders at this session as they debate and explore the future of agri-food trade.

Vielfaure <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Bonduelle North America
Seppey <br />  
Assistant Deputy Minister, Market and Industry Services
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
Ustubs <br />  
Ambassador of the European Union to Canada
Delegation of the European Union to Canada
10:00 AM Networking Break
10:30 AM Plenary Session 7
Positioning Government and the Food Industry to Feed the Future and Drive Food Ambitions

In this last session, learn about, and debate, actions Canada needs to take to overcome obstacles and feed the future. The world will look quite different in five years, and there are many possible food futures. Even though Canada is a reliable producer of high-quality agriculture and food products, the country will need further leadership in innovation and an increasingly agile regulatory system to be a preferred supplier in global and domestic markets.

Seymour <br />  
Director, Industry and Stakeholder Relations
Farm Credit Canada
Forbes <br />  
Deputy Minister
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Graydon <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Food and Consumer Products of Canada
Brisebois <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
Retail Council of Canada
Kennedy <br />  
Deputy Minister of Health
Health Canada
11:45 AM Closing Remarks From the Chair
Le Vallée <br />  
Associate Director, Food Horizons Canada
The Conference Board of Canada
12:00 PM Summit Adjourns


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



Burnbrae Farms Limited



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