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2019 OFPA 61st Annual Fall Food Safety Symposium & Annual General Meeting

Registration Closed!

Event Sponsored By:

DIAMOND: Diversey Canada Inc.

PLATINUM: Sanitation Pros

GOLD: AFCO a ZEP Company, bioMérieux Canada Inc., Innovation Diagnostics Inc.

SILVER: 3M, Agriculture & Food Laboratory Lab Services University of Guelph, Eurofins Experchem Laboratories Inc., Maheu & Maheu Pest Management, Micronostyx, Noraxx Inspection, OpSense Inc., Remco Products, SafetyChain Software, Sterilex, Sani Marc Group, Tewari De-Ox Systems, Inc.

 Food Safety Culture & Food Professional Industry Mentoring

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 |  Mississauga Convention Center
75 Derry Rd West - (Google Map)


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<!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
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
Dr. Brita Ball - Brita Ball & Associates
Gwynne Sitsker - Embassy Ingredients Ltd
Deanna Zenger – Food Processing Skills Canada
Katherine Di Tommaso - Senior Director, Regulatory Compliance, Wal-Mart Canada Corp.

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,
Accu-Label Inc.
  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


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

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)


Photos From The Event

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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

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.


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

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