Learning Lounges on the Trade Show Floor

Thursday, May 11 • 12:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Our Learning Lounges keep you on the Trade Show floor in the heart of the action!
Each lounge runs for 30 minutes – roughly 20 minutes of panel discussion and 10 minutes for Q&A, with 15 minutes between each event. Sessions subject to change without notice.

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  •  Food Safety: Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. Impact to Industry
On January 20, the industry saw, for the first time, the proposed regulatory text for the extensive Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) and entered a 90-day consultation period. The regulations focus on three key food safety elements: Licensing, Traceability & Preventative Controls/Plans (PCP). How will these new regulations impact industry? Government and industry will provide insight and take your questions.

Presented by: Katherine DiTommaso, Walmart Canada, Tammy Switucha, CFIA; Scott Wright, The Star Group.
Moderator: Mike Furi, Federated Co-operatives

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  •  Ethnic Merchandising: making ethnic produce mainstream
Everyone is aware of the rapid expansion in SKUs at retail devoted to new and exciting produce from around the globe. International travel, a changing Canadian demographic and the rise of the “foodie” have created demand. But how does industry make the shopping experience match demand in an informed and visually pleasing environment?  What information is key across the supply chain to support this environment?

Presented by: Mike Furi, Federated Co-operatives; Davis Yung, Fresh Direct Produce; George Pitsikoulis, Canadawide Fruits. Moderator: Walt Breeden, The Oppenheimer Group

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  •  The Globalization of Produce: a view across the supply chain
International boundaries have slipped away as produce moves around the globe to meet the ever-increasing appetite for all produce, year-round. What has the impact been to industry? How have companies across the supply chain adjusted to this new business model? What does the future suggest? Industry experts with experience in the global supply chain will gaze into their crystal balls to help answer these questions.

Presented by: Rich Dachman, Sysco; Hans Maurer, The Agri-Chain Center, NZ; John Anderson, The Oppenheimer Group.  Moderator: John Corsaro, The Giumarra Companies

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  •  Women In Produce: starting the conversation
Attracting and keeping new and dynamic people is a challenge for every industry, especially in a country where the population is aging. The challenge can be even greater in agri-food industries, which are often seen as traditionally male-dominated. Conversations focused on attracting, mentoring and advancing women in the produce sector support a robust, future-focused industry. Female leaders from across the supply chain will engage in a dialogue focused on this important need to ensure the continued success of the industry.

Presented by:  Oleen Smethurst, Costco; Colleen Goto, FreshPoint; Angela Santiago, The Little Potato Company;
Jennifer Morris
, Two Roads Logistics.
Moderator: Bernadette Hamel, Metro