Learning Lounges on the Trade Show Floor

Wednesday, April 25

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. •  Produce Disruptors: Trade, Transportation and Technology
NAFTA, ELDs, and other acronyms are having huge impacts on how businesses need to approach trade, transportation, and technology. So how do we mitigate these produce disruptors and ensure we’re prepared for what’s to come? Our panel of senior industry executives debate what they see as the essential details that companies need to pay attention to moving forward.

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. •  Fresh Trends in Floral
Pulling from his over 35 years of experience and unique insights into this part of the fresh category, J Schwanke will discuss how the latest trends in the floral department are poised to influence the future of both the produce department and the broader retail industry.

Thursday, April 26

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. •  The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations and Trade: Where are we today?
Join the Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC) as they discuss the upcoming Safe Food for Canadians Regulations trade and commerce aspects, Canadian grade standard revisions, and where we are today as an industry.
This session will go into detail on how these issues may impact your operations and what you can do to prepare for them.

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. •  Growing Produce Skills
When matching career expectations, communication is key. And with today’s generational shift discussing changing career priorities is becoming paramount to staff retention. Join us for an open conversation on current professional development expectations from young professionals in the industry and how those expectations align with the vision business leaders have for their employees.

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. •  My Produce Story
Two senior level produce professionals will share their experiences working in produce and discuss the factors that influenced their career progression and how the industry has evolved over the course of their respective careers.

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. •  Retail and the Industry Today
CPMA has queried industry leaders to create a series of questions for our retail panel that identify the biggest issues and hot buttons for retail and their expectations from their suppliers as they navigate the ever-changing Canadian retail landscape.

Sessions subject to change without notice.

Learning Lounges 2016