2020 62nd Annual Fall Food Safety Symposium and Annual General Meeting IS VIRTUAL
Thank you to our Sponsors:
<!h5 style="text-align: center;">Diamond Sponsor – Diversey Canada
|7:00 - 8:00 AM||Registration Desk and Breakfast–Sponsored by AFCO, a ZEP Company|
|8:00 – 8:15 AM||Opening Remarks by Angela Bernoski, OFPA 2019 President
OFPA Membership by Greg Vallee, OFPA Director
|Morning Moderator: Steve Boloudakis|
|8:15 – 9:00 AM||KEYNOTE GUEST SPEAKER
The Impact of Technology on Food Safety Culture
Paul Medeiros, Managing Director, Consulting, Technical & Retail Audit Services,
NSF, North America
|Food Safety Culture|
|9:00 – 9:30 AM||Measuring Food Safety Culture
Dr.Brita Ball, Principal Consultant and Coach
Brita Ball & Associates
|9:30 – 10:15 AM||
Panel Discussion-Food Safety Culture - Panel Moderator: Rocio Morales
|10:15 – 11:00 AM||Nutrition Break (Networking and Exhibits) – Sponsored by bioMerieux Canada|
|11:00 – 11:10 AM||Diamond Sponsor Presentation by Diversey Canada Inc. (Joe Myatt)|
|11:10 – 12:00 PM||OFPA Annual General Business Meeting|
|12:00 – 1:30 PM||Lunch – Sponsored by Sanitation Pros Inc.|
|Afternoon Moderator: Greg Vallee|
|1:30 – 2:00 PM||Labelling Technology Traceability Innovations – Joe Sleiman, Owner & President,
|Food Industry Professional Mentoring|
|2:00 – 2:30 PM||Food Industry Professional Mentoring - Anthony Gene, Head of Quality Assurance, Dr. Oetker|
|2:30 – 3:15 PM||Panel Discussion-Food Professional Mentoring - Panel Moderator: Joe Myatt
Nicole Gallace, Food Safety Grads
Anthony Gene, Dr. Oetker
Allan Hills, CPG Executive Search
|3:15 – 3:30 PM||Grand Prize Draw
Closing Remarks by 2020 incoming OFPA President – Joe Myatt
|3:30 PM||Meeting Close & Takeaway Snacks – Sponsored by Innovation Diagnostics|
|7:00 - 8:00 AM||Registration Desk and Breakfast–Sponsored by SC Johnson and Pillers Fine Foods|
|8:00 – 8:15 AM||Opening Remarks by Ananth Kasic,OFPA 2018 President OFPA Membership by Rocio Morales, OFPA Director|
|Morning Moderator: Joe Myatt|
|8:15 – 9:00 AM||FEATURE PRESENTATION – Update on the SFCR and Including Training Needs For Industry by Tom Graham, VP of Regulatory Assurance Sofina Foods|
|9:00 – 9:30 AM||Discover Quality Training with the Safe-Food Training Hub™–by Tina Brillinger, President and CEO, Global Food Safety Resource (GFSR)|
|9:30 – 10:00 AM||Train Can Training Offerings by Jim Kostuch, President, Train Can|
|10:00 – 10:30 AM||Nutrition Break (Networking and Exhibits) – Sponsored by Scigiene Corporation|
|10:30 – 11:00 AM||Programs and Activities at Institute of Food Processing Technology (IFPT), Conestoga College by Luis Garcia, Chair of IFPT|
|11:00 – 11:30 AM||Brand Reputation and Compliance (BRC) Global Standards by John Kukoly, BRC Global Standards|
|11:30 – 11:35 PM||Diamond Sponsor Presentation by Diversey Canada Inc.|
|11:35 – 11:40 PM||OFPA Awards|
|11:40 – 12:15 PM||OFPA Annual General Business Meeting|
|12:15 – 1:15 PM||Lunch – Sponsored by AFCO-Zep and Sanitation Pros|
|Afternoon Moderator: Rocio Morales|
|1:15 – 2:15 PM||Special Guest Motivational Speaker for the OFPA 60th Anniversary Celebration|
|2:15 – 3:00 PM||OFPA 60th Anniversary Celebration – Cake; Beer and Wine Tasting Exhibits; Silent Auction (Payment by Cash or Cheque); etc.|
|3:00 – 3:10 PM||Silent Auction Winners by Nadia Narine, OFPA Director|
|3:10 – 3:15 PM||Closing Remarks by 2019 incoming OFPA President – Angela Bernoski|
November 5, 2015 - Food safety professionals from academia, government and industry descended upon the Mississauga Convention Centre on for the 57thAnnual Food Industry Symposium and Annual General Meeting. The meeting was again well attended and supported by the membership & guests. The Association again thanks all the sponsors and donators of door prizes for their continued support that makes the meeting possible.
The theme of this year’s meeting was food safety culture, a concept that is often talked about but no clear direction on how it can be achieved in a real-life setting. Lone Jespersen (Director Food Safety and Operations Learning Maple Leaf Foods) gave a keynote address on how food safety culture was developed following the Listeria outbreak. She entertained the audience with the long journey to establish a food safety culture and what benefits it can bring to an organization. Her presentation was followed by Richard Meldrum (Ryerson University) and Sukhman Grewal (QA Specialist, Pusateri’s Fine Foods) who provided an overview of a Food Safety Culture tool that has been developed by collaboration between Ryerson and Guelph University. The tool can be used to identify the weak points in food safety culture of an organization and how this can be improved.
Rick Wong from NFF-GFTC presented on the “New Proposed Requirements for the Nutrition Facts”. Health Canada wanted to know if the current requirements on the food labels are effective so they conducted a series of on-line consultation. And they found out that while the current label information in useful, there is room for improvement. Hence the proposed changes to the regulations that govern the information on the labels of all pre-packaged foods sold in Canada. Rick did a great job in walking us through a comparison of the current and proposed labels, pointing out the differences, what’s been added and removed, and what information has been moved to a different area on the label. A lot of detail was covered in his half hour presentation; however you are sure not to miss anything because we have the slides posted on our OFPA website!
Scholarship Presentations – A proud moment for 3 outstanding students who received scholarships from the OFPA and were honoured at this meeting – Jigna Patel from Durham College; Kaitlyn Balon from Ryerson University; and Yenny Kurniawan from George Brown College. The students had an opportunity to give a short presentation of the research they are doing.
Two nominations were submitted for each of the Award of Merit and Sanitarian- Food Safety Professional of the Year. For the former, the Award of Merit was given to Sani Marc for their continued support of events organized by the OFPA. Trophy Foods Inc were awarded the Sanitarian and Food Safety Professional of the year through outstanding performance in implementing standards that go beyond those required under SQF. Lifetime achievement award for 2015 was given to Michael Brodsky. Michael is a Past-President of the OFPA and was instrumental in the rapid growth of the association back in the late 1990’s. He also was the President of the IAFP and Past-President of AOAC International. Michael continues to support the OFPA and has moderated on the famous round-table-discussion held at the fall meetings.
It has been a turbulent (revolving door) kind of year on the OFPA board with many coming and goings. The Association had two presidents this year and both Lynne & Peter were awarded Past-Presidents Award. The final act of Lynne as Past-President was to pass the now repaired gavel to Moustapha who will be President in 2016.
The Panel Discussion – Today’s Biggest Challenges to the Food Industry. The panel was expertly facilitated by Michael Brodsky and we had representation from academia (Dr. Richard Meldrum) and industry (Lone Jespersen, Sukhman Grewal, and Sonja Milutin). Panelists zeroed in on what they thought are the biggest challenges to the Food Industry are: need for Food Safety Culture; how industry’s push to reduce costs affects food safety; need for more effective, efficient regulations; role of 3rdparty auditors; and the need to teach food safety in the schools at an early age. It was an exhilarating panel with lots of audience participation and feedback that included comments that this was the highlight of the day!
As tradition predicts, the last session of the day was devoted to discussing hot topic of the day. The audience were privileged to hear two excellent presentations by Jeff and Kathy – both considered globally recognized experts. Jeffery Farber provided an overview of lessons learnt from the past Listeria outbreaks both within Canada and beyond. Kathy, sponsored by the IAFP Speakers Program, provided an overview on her research on the growth of Listeria monocytogenes on caramel apples. Word must have got around as most retails moved candy apples to refrigeration after her research was reported in the media.
The OFPA always values feedback from its members and other attendees as this is the only way to deliver meetings of relevance. From this year’s feedback; 80% of those returning the evaluation form considered the overall meeting at satisfactory or excellent. Over 80% of respondents thought the Trade Show was good-excellent and relevant to their professional interests. Comments that will be considered in planning the next meeting included:-
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The OFPA 62nd Annual Spring Technical Meeting
& Clive Kingsbury Poster Competition
On April 7, 2020
**HAS BEEN CANCELLED**
As a result of the COVID – 19 Pandemic, there have been numerous precautionary measures being implemented and several companies have prohibited non-essential activities and limited participation in various events. In addition, other similar events like ours have already been canceled and many of our attendees have withdrawn their registrations.
After these considerations and with concern for the safety of our members, partners, speakers, and colleagues, the Ontario Food Protection Association (OFPA) Board of Directors has decided to cancel our April 7th, 2020 Annual Spring Technical Meeting & Clive Kingsbury Poster Competition.
Where possible, the OFPA will move the April agenda items to our Fall Food Safety Symposium & Annual General Meeting that is scheduled for November 19, 2020.
OFPA will be issuing refunds over the next several days.
Morning Theme - Food Safety Today
Afternoon Theme - Food Safety Tomorrow - New and Emerging Trends
EVENT SPONSORED BY:
Pathfinder Staffing Inc
Sani Marc Group
(If you would like to sponsor this event - see details below!)
62ND Annual Spring Technical Meeting & Clive Kingsbury Poster Competition
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
OFPA/IAFP Member - $350
Non-Member (includes Membership for 2020) - $410
Retired OFPA Member - $175
Student Member with Valid Student ID - $48
Student Non-Member (includes Student Membership 2020) -$71
8-FOOT BOOTH SPACE with ONE 5-FOOT TABLE with LINEN (includes one event registration) - $500
With sponsorship, your corporate logo will be included throughout the event.
Sponsorship includes one event registration plus one 8-foot booth space with one 5-foot table with linen
*free electrical *free wireless internet connection.
PLEASE NOTE: All additional participants wishing to attend this event must pay a full-day member registration. All registrants are entitled to participate in the various sessions as well as enjoy the meals, and nutrition breaks.
**All additional participants wishing to attend this event must pay a full-day member registration. All registrants are entitled to participate in the various sessions as well as enjoy the meals, and nutrition breaks.
Because of the size of the room, the number of tables is limited to 20. This is on a first come first serve basis with your paid registration or sponsorship. Any company that has not requested a table will have to wait until all the registered companies are set up before claiming a table. At that time, there is a possibility that there will not be any tables available.
Positioning for tables are prioritized in the following order of Sponsorship – Diamond, then Platinum and then Gold & Silver on a first come first serve basis. Prior to set-up, please pick up your trade show registration confirmation from the main registration desk.
Donated products and services will be displayed on the prize table and when the prize is awarded the company will be formally identified. Please attach a business card or a label that is large enough for easy reading.
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