7th Annual Canadian Food & Drink Summit 2019.

The Future of Food—What will the next five-years bring?

Mar. 27 - Mar. 28

#CBoCFood @CBoC_Events @CBoC_Food

Summit Overview

The pace of change in the Canadian food sector is unprecedented—and with it comes both challenges and opportunities. The 7th annual Canadian Food & Drink Summit 2019, with a lens to the next five-years, will explore opportunities to enhance the food sector’s performance across the supply-chain.

Agenda

March 26March 27 March 28

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March 26

6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference Reception
St. Lawrence Market

St. Lawrence Market St. Lawrence Market

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 South Market Merchants and Farmers Market vendors – including the reception's wine sponsor Westcott Vineyards.

RECEPTION LOCATION:

The Market Kitchen–Mezzanine level of the South Market
93 Front St E
Toronto, ON M5E 1C3

March 27

7:45 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks from the Chair

Jean-Charles Le Vallée

Jean-Charles Le Vallée
Associate Director, Food Horizons Canada
The Conference Board of Canada

8:30 a.m.

Plenary Session 1
Opening Keynote: The Future of Grocery Retail

David Donnan

David Donnan
Senior Partner
A.T. Kearney Ltd.

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.

9:00 a.m.

Plenary Session 2
Digital Technology Innovation in Agriculture and Agri-Food: Looking Ahead, From the Ground Up

MODERATOR

 Natalie Green

Natalie Green
Head of Industry for Food, Beverages and Restaurants, Google Canada

Panellists

Margaret Hudson

Margaret Hudson
President
Burnbrae Farms Ltd.

 

Wade Barnes

Wade Barnes
Chief Executive Officer
Farmers Edge Inc.

 

Pierre Cléroux

Pierre Cléroux
Vice-President, Research and Chief Economist
Business Development Bank of Canada

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.

09:45 a.m.

Networking Break

10:15 a.m.

Plenary Session 3
Meeting Future Global Food Demand: Perspectives and Lessons from Successful Export Commodities

MODERATOR


		
Lavoie

Martin Lavoie
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canada Pork International

Panellists

	
Gordon Bacon

Gordon Bacon
Chief Executive Officer
Pulse Canada

 


		
Brian Innes

Brian Innes
Vice-President, Public Affairs
Canola Council of Canada

 

JoAnne Buth

JoAnne Buth
Chief Executive Officer, Canadian International Grains Institute

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.

11:00 a.m.

Plenary Session 4
The Growing Consumer Corner: Leading Market Opportunities for Cannabis-Infused Edibles and Natural Foods

MODERATOR

Shelly King

Shelley King
Chief Executive Officer
Natural Products Canada

PANELLISTS

Andrew Heintzman

Andrew Heintzman
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Investeco Capital Corp.

 

Elliott Gauthier

Elliott Gauthier
Senior Vice-President, Research and Analytics
Hill+Knowlton Strategies

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.

11:45 a.m.

Luncheon and Keynote Presentation
The Role of Innovation in the Future of Food

Jeff Hamilton

Jeff Hamilton
Chief Executive Officer
Nestlé Canada Inc.

Food has been and always will be ever-changing but the pace of change has accelerated exponentially. This is driven by a consumer that has been moving faster than the traditional food companies have until recently. But we are now leveraging innovation in new ways throughout our entire food chain from ingredients to products to processes to technology to when and how our products are sold. It’s an exciting time to be a global food company and Jeff Hamilton will share his views on what and who is driving innovation, the challenges and opportunities and what the next 5 years will hold

1:00 p.m.

Plenary Session 5
Future Taste and Industry Growth for Canadian Beverages

MODERATOR

Craig Youdale

Craig Youdale
Dean
Canadian Food & Wine Institute, Niagara College

PANELLISTS

Dan Paszkowski

Dan Paszkowski
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Vintners Association

 

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons
President
Ontario Craft Brewers Association

 

	
Jim Goetz

Jim Goetz
President
Canadian Beverage Association

 

Omid McDonald

Omid McDonald
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Dairy Distillery

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.

2:00 p.m.

Networking Break

2:30 p.m.

Plenary Session 6
Shaping the Canadian Food Distributor of the Future

MODERATOR

	
Shanna Munro

Shanna Munro
President and Chief Executive Officer
Restaurants Canada

Panellists

Pietro Nenci

Pietro Nenci
Vice-President, Food
Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.

 

Dan Park

Dan Park
General Manager
Uber Eats Canada

 

Grace Mandarano

Grace Mandarano
Co-Owner, Co-Founder
100 KM Foods Inc.

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.

3:15 p.m.

Plenary Session 7
Cultivating the Future of Food Safety while Earning Public Trust in Every Meal

MODERATOR

France Pégeot

France Pégeot
Executive Vice-President
Canadian Food Inspection Agency

PANELLISTS

	
Saul Klein

Saul Klein
Dean, The Gustavson School of Business
University of Victoria

 

Eileen Mac Donald

Eileen Mac Donald
President, GS1 Canada

 

Pierre Petelle

Pierre Petelle
President and Chief Executive Officer
CropLife Canada

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.

4:15 p.m.

Plenary Session 8

Keynote Presentation: Profiting from Food and Beverage Loss Prevention

Taylor

Bruce Taylor
Founder and President Enviro-Stewards Inc.

Food and beverage loss in Canada accounts for $49 billion of lost revenue annually. A demonstration assessment for Campbells identified 6 measures that would collectively avoid the loss of 938 tonnes/yr of food (saving $706,000/yr with a 6 month payback, and avoiding 4,000 tonne/yr of supply chain GHG emissions).  Enviro-Stewards are presently completing Walmart Foundation co-funded assessments available to 50 food and beverage processors across Canada. This keynote uses case studies to outline a streamlined practical approach to identify and implement ingredient and utility conservation measures with savings currently averaging $330,000 per facility. 

4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks from the Chair

Jean-Charles Le Vallée

Jean-Charles Le Vallée
Associate Director, Food Horizons Canada
The Conference Board of Canada

4:45 p.m.

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.

Sponsored by:

March 28

7:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks from the Chair

Jean-Charles Le Vallée

Jean-Charles Le Vallée
Associate Director, Food Horizons Canada
The Conference Board of Canada

8:30 a.m.

Plenary Session 9
Opening Keynote: Open Innovation and Business Acceleration in Dairy

Robert Coallier

Robert Coallier
Chief Executive Officer
Agropur coopérative

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.

9:00 a.m.

Plenary Session 10
Trading Way Beyond Agri-Food Export Targets by 2025

MODERATOR

Daniel Vielfaure

Daniel Vielfaure
Chief Executive Officer
Bonduelle North America

PANELLISTS

	Frédéric Seppey

Frédéric Seppey
Assistant Deputy Minister, Market and Industry Services
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

 

Photo- Sallard

Delphine Sallard
Head, Trade and Economic Affairs
Delegation of the European Union to Canada

 

 Barnett

Audia Barnett
Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Representative in Canada

 

 Ted McKinney

Ted McKinney
Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Affairs
United States Department of Agriculture

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.

10:00 a.m.

Networking Break

10:30 a.m.

Plenary Session 11
Positioning Government and the Food Industry to Feed the Future and Drive Food Ambitions

MODERATOR

	Marty Seymour

Marty Seymour
Director, Industry and Stakeholder Relations
Farm Credit Canada

PANELLISTS

Chris Forbes

Chris Forbes
Deputy Minister
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

	
Michael Graydon

Michael Graydon
Chief Executive Officer
Food and Consumer Products of Canada

 

	
Diane J. Brisebois

Diane J. Brisebois
President and Chief Executive Officer
Retail Council of Canada

 

Simon Kennedy

Simon Kennedy
Deputy Minister of Health
Health Canada

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.

11:45 a.m.

Closing Remarks from the Chair

Jean-Charles Le Vallée

Jean-Charles Le Vallée
Associate Director, Food Horizons Canada
The Conference Board of Canada

12:00 p.m.

Summit Adjourns

March 26March 27 March 28

Tickets

Individual

$995

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Team of 6

$4,475

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For special rates, including student rates, please send us an email.

Speakers

	
Margaret Hudson

Margaret Hudson

President
Burnbrae Farms Ltd.

	
David Donnan

David Donnan

Senior Partner
A.T. Kearney Ltd.

	
Shanna Munro

Shanna Munro

Chief Executive Officer
Restaurants Canada

	
Jeff Hamilton

Jeff Hamilton

Chief Executive Officer
Nestlé Canada Inc.

	
France Pégeot

France Pégeot

Executive Vice-President
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

	
Diane J. Brisebois

Robert Coallier

Chief Executive Officer
Agropur coopérative

All Speakers 

Benefits of Attending

This annual summit will bring together industry leaders, policy experts, government representatives, and other key players from Canada's food and beverage and related sectors to discuss the future of food with a lens to the next five years.

Delegates will hear from an outstanding lineup of thought leaders and speakers who will explore the accelerating pace of change over the next five years and its impact on Canada as a whole. Speakers will share practices and insights on the impacts of technology on products and distribution; on what will be the next revolution in food distribution and whether or not governments are ready to take action in light of change that is coming.

Sponsors

fcpc
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
agropur
bonduelle
Farm Credit Canada
Burnbrae Farms Limited
CropLife Canada
St. Lawrence Market
ALUS
Canadian Vintners Association

Exhibitors

CMK

Marketing Partners

Preferred Airline Partner

Sponsor this Event!

Associate your brand with the solutions, and position your organization as a leader in its field. Connect with your top prospects, and collaborate with senior executives, practitioners, and thought leaders.

To learn more about exclusive sponsor benefits, please contact Jean-Charles Le Vallée at 613-526-3090 ext.250 or by e-mail , or visit our Sponsorship Benefits page.

Location

PRE-CONFERENCE RECEPTION VENUE:

The Market Kitchen–Mezzanine level of the South Market
93 Front St E
Toronto, ON M5E 1C3

Conference Venue

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
222 Bremner Blvd.
Toronto ON M5V 2W6

Hotel and Accommodations

Delta Toronto
75 Lower Simcoe St
Toronto ON M5J 3A6
416-849-1200

Conference fees don't include accommodations. Please contact the hotel directly for reservations, and mention The Conference Board of Canada to receive the preferred rate of $219.00, available until Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

Cancellation 48 hours local time prior to arrival with no penalty.

We are pleased to be partnering with Air Canada to offer 10% discounts on flex fares and up for Canadian Food and Drink Summit.

Simply add the code Y4AD6CH1 in the promotion box when you book your flight at www.aircanada.ca and the discounts will automatically calculate for you. Discounts also apply 7 days pre and post the event dates to provide more flexibility. Enjoy your flight.


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