2018 Fall Food Safety Symposium & AGM: Celebrating Our 60th Anniversary - Registration CLOSED

Registration CLOSED

Event Sponsored By:

DIAMOND: Diversey

PLATINUM: Sanitation Pros; S C Johnson Professional; Piller’s Fine Foods; AFCO/ZEP

GOLD: Scigiene Corporation

SILVER: Maple Rich Financial Solutions; Orkin Canada; Prominent Fluid Controls Ltd.; Sani Marc; Maxxam Analytics; Maheu & Maheu Pest Management; BRC Global Standards; Food Processing Skills Canada; Global Food Safety Resources; Noraxx Inspections Inc.; Eurofins Experchem Laboratories Inc.; Agriculture & Food Laboratory U of Guelph; 24/7 Workforce Inc.

 The Power of Food Industry Training: Training Resources & Applications


Thursday November 22, 2018 |  Mississauga Convention Center
75 Derry Rd West - (Google Map)

 


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 --- Full Agenda ---

Diamond Sponsor – Diversey
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

Event Sponsors

2018 FALL SYMPOSIUM AND AGM Sponsorship Package

 

Diamond $2250

Platinum $1250

Gold $750

Silver $500

     

Full size logo included on one side of the participant kits (OFPA logo on the other side) or another promotional item agreed to by the OFPA.

     

Your company spokesperson allotted a 5 minute presentation during OFPA event.

     

Your 1-5 page promo flyer to be inserted into each participant kit bag or opportunity to distribute /include your own promo item at the registration area.

Your one-page promo flyer to be inserted into each participant kit bag or opportunity to distribute /include your own promo item at the registration area.

   

Your company logo displayed on Name Badge / Lanyards

 

   

One free membership for 2018 (worth $59.19) – can be given to a client if you are a Sustaining Corporate Member.

One free membership for 2018 (worth $59.19) – can be given to a client if you are a Sustaining Corporate Member.

One free membership for 2018 (worth $59.19) – can be given to a client if you are a Sustaining Corporate Member.

 

 

One attendee registration.

 

One attendee registration.

 

One attendee registration.

 

One attendee registration.

 

One 3’ x 8’ exhibit table.

 

One 3’ x 8’ exhibit table.

 

One 3’ x 8’ exhibit table.

 

One 3’ x 8’ exhibit table.

Your company logo featured on the speaker's podium for the duration of the conference.

Your company logo featured on signage at the lunch station.

Your company logo featured on signage at nutrition break station for one break.

Your company logo featured on signage at nutrition break station for one break.

Your company name and logo displayed on the conference room projection screen for the duration of breaks and door prize draws.

 

Your company name and logo displayed on the conference room projection screen for the duration of breaks and door prize draws.

Your company name and logo displayed on the conference room projection screen for the duration of breaks and door prize draws.

Your company name and logo displayed on the conference room projection screen for the duration of breaks and door prize draws.

Your company name and logo on event materials as OFPA Diamond sponsor

Your company name and logo on event materials as OFPA Platinum sponsor.

Your company name and logo on event materials as OFPA Gold sponsor.

Your company name and logo on event materials as OFPA Silver sponsor.

Your company logo displayed on the sponsor page as Diamond level sponsor on the OFPA website.

Your company logo displayed on the sponsor page as Platinum level sponsor on the OFPA website.

Your company logo displayed on the sponsor page as Gold level sponsor on the OFPA website.

Your company logo displayed on the sponsor page as Silver level sponsor on the OFPA website.

First choice of location for your company's exhibit table during the Tradeshow portion of the OFPA event.

After the Diamond sponsor, you will have first choice of location for your company's exhibit table during the Tradeshow portion of the OFPA event.

After the Diamond and Platinum sponsor, priority status for choosing the location of your company's exhibit table during the Tradeshow portion of the OFPA event.

After the Diamond and Platinum sponsor, priority status for choosing the location of your company's exhibit table during the Tradeshow portion of the OFPA event.

Acknowledgement during the OFPA meeting.

Acknowledgement during the OFPA meeting.

Acknowledgement during the OFPA meeting.

Acknowledgement during the OFPA meeting.

 

Registration CLOSED

 

Please note: Additional attendees must purchase a registration. For registration, please click green box.

OFPA Food Industry Symposium & AGM 2015

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.

Distinguished SpeakersAndTrainers

Introducing A Bit Of Culture

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.

Regulatory Updates

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!

Award Winners

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.

OFPA 2015 Awards

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.

Awards 2015

 

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.

Round Table Discussion

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!

Hot Topics 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.

HotTopics

Audience Feedback

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:-

  • More discussion on regulatory issues especially in relation to SME operations
  • Update on food safety research in relation to risk assessment and management
  • Outbreaks of the day and lessons learnt
  • Update and prevention of food fraud
  • Auditing and training

For OFPA Members Only: more information about the event, including technical presentations and papers can be found by in the private Members area after logging in. Not a member? Want access to the technical presentations? Join OFPA Today!

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