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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Institute of Food Processing Technology Industry Event - May 2017:

Food Industry Tools of the Trade Presentations

Jointly Sponsored By:
GCSE-Food & Health Protection
Conestoga College 

Date: May 10, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Conestoga College
850 Fountain St S, Cambridge, ON N3H 0A8
Driving Directions

Registration Update
All set for May 10th! General registration has now closed. 

Organizations/companies represented by registered participants include:
3M Food Safety
Jusufagic (Manufacturing/R&D/PD)
Keybrand Foods
AKM FoodTech Consulting
Malabar Super Spice Co. Ltd.
ALMAAS Food Safety Plus
Maple Lodge Farms
Cargill Limited
MMIS Mondo 
Carlisle Technology
Nestle Nutrition
Conestoga College
CPG Executive Search
Degroot Design
Pfenning's Organic Farm
Dicentra inc
PH Food
DIGI Cold Chain
Real Food for Real Kids
Erie Meat
Sanitation Pros Inc.
Excellent Manufacturing Consortium (EMC)
Seneca College
Florentina Foods Ltd.
Siemens Canada Limited
Food and Beverage Ontario
SJB Food Safety & Quality Assurance Consulting
FoodGrads Recruitment
Solution Technologies
Giraffe Food Inc
Toastmasters-Mount Forest Motivators
Give and Go Prepared Foods Ltd.
TRG Retail
Griffith Foods
University of Toronto
Guelph Food Innovation Center-University of Guelph
University of Waterloo
Gum Products International Inc.
VG Meats

3-Part Purpose of the Event
(1) To introduce available tools, instruments and software systems that are helpful in the management of food safety and quality. Through this event, we wish to make students and invited industry participants aware of tools that are available to them. Participants will learn about why, where, when and how to use the tools presented as well as where or how to obtain them.
(2) To shed some light on what is happening in the food industry through the “State of the Industry Lectures”. This is in recognition of the need to inspire a determination among the students entering the workforce to maintain what is already good as well as to pursue improvements where necessary. The industry needs future leaders; not mere followers.
(3) To provide a networking opportunity for all attendees, particularly the students looking for employment, and industry participants looking for employees. This networking segment also gives industry participants the opportunity to learn about the types of short-term courses offered at the college that their current staff may need.
This event is deliberately planned to, within a relatively short space of time, provide a forum for making meaningful connections between students and the industry that go beyond what typically occurs in a conventional job-fair.

Arrival 3:30 4:00 pm


Welcome & Opening Remarks 4:00 - 4:20 pm
Luis Garcia: Chair of the Institute of Food Processing Technology at Conestoga College
Luis holds a Master of Science degree in Food Science from the University of Guelph and brings international experience as a food scientist and former manager of a major international processing operation. He has taught graduate courses at University, trained hundreds of adult employees in the food industry, and co-led the development of a workshop for managers and owners on how to create a food safety culture.
Luis will welcome everyone and provide a summary of the training and educational opportunities at Conestoga College for the food industry.

Felix Amiri:  State of Food Safety and Quality Management 4:20- 4:50 pm
Felix is the current food sector chair of the Global Coalition for Sustained Excellence in Food & Health Protection (GCSE-FHP). He also teaches International Food Safety Law and Regulations at Conestoga College. Felix is very familiar with food safety and quality management systems. He serves as the Technical Director at Amiri Food Industry Support Services (AFISS) and he is a key contributor to the development and implementation of the Safety, Security and Quality Assurance (SSQA) concept.

Felix will deliver the state of the industry lecture on Food Safety and Quality Management with a look at current challenges, successes, industry self-monitoring arrangements and regulatory oversight.

Short Break: 4:50 - 5:00 pm
Tools of the Trade Presentations

Nathalie St. Amour: 3M Food Safety  5:00 - 5:20 pm

Nathalie St-Amour supports customers in Ontario as 3M Food Safety field representative, focusing on the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario. With a B.Sc in Engineering, Nathalie has been with 3M Food Safety for over 15 years and has extensive technical experience in troubleshooting, training and supporting the food industry with 3M’s product portfolio.

Certain routine activities are inescapable no matter how small the operation. For example, every food establishment must conduct sanitation activities and verify the effectiveness. Nathalie will present an overview of tools for a number of routine operations in a food establishment. These include; sanitation verification tools, microbiological testing options, process control (e.g. UHT) test kits, etc.

Wayne Slater:  SYSPRO Canada - Food Traceability Software 5:20 - 5:40 pm

Wayne is the co-author of Food Traceability for Dummies. He has been helping organizations solve their businesses challenges through the application of technology solutions and business process analysis for more than 20 years. As the VP of Channel Sales at SYSPRO Canada (an ERP company) and prior Director of Sales and Marketing for Carlisle Technology, Wayne is dedicated to helping food companies to meet their supply-chain and regulatory requirements, streamline productivity, and improve profitability.

With an ever-increasing need to maintain effective traceability of all input materials for food operations, manual approaches are growing increasingly tedious and inconsistent. Tools that simplify consistent traceability are in much need. Wayne will be presenting how electronic software systems provide not only traceability, but can also be used to improve your company brand and increase profits.

Felix Amiri: AfisTrack - Supplier Risk Assessment (Database) Aid  5:40 - 6:00 pm

Irrespective of the size, every food operation has a supply chain that must be effectively managed. Evolving regulations and external audit requirements now stipulate supplier risk assessment and management as key food business considerations.  With or without regulatory and external audit requirements, a good supply chain management differentiates food businesses that thrive well from those that do not. While the challenge may be lesser for very small operations, the task of supplier risk assessment and management can be frustrating especially with the ever-expanding supply network. Some aid is needed. Felix will be presenting the AfissTrack - SSQA Supply Partner Risk Assessment database that is designed as a supplier risk assessment task simplification aid. 

Networking Break: 6:00 - 6:20 pm

Alice Michaud: Trends in Available Jobs / Prospective Job Opportunities 6:20 - 6:40 pm
Alice Michaud is Manager, Career Hub at Conestoga College.
Closing & Tour of IFPT Pilot Plant : 6:40 - 7:00 pm
       (Optional and depending on interest and time available)

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