Learning Lounges on the Trade Show Floor

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  •  Culture – How Does This Influence Organizational Success?
At a time when recruiting and retaining the best talent is more competitive than ever, corporate culture can be a strategic competitive advantage that will set your organization apart. Join winners of the prestigious Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Culture™ award as they provide insight into how a focus on their own organization’s culture lays the foundation for employee fulfilment, partner satisfaction and business growth.

Moderator: Barrie Carlyle – Waterstone Human Capital
Speakers: Mimmo Franzone – Longo Bros. Fruit Markets Inc., John Anderson – The Oppenheimer Group,
Jim DiMenna – Red Sun Farms

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  •  Technology Driving the Produce Business Today
We live in a world of constant change where technology creates opportunities to drive organizations to new levels of success. Blockchain, precision agriculture, automation, and much more are embraced by businesses searching to improve how produce is grown, harvested, packed, shipped and sold, while leveraging data to provide better decision making and transparency across the supply chain. Hear how organizations are embracing technology and its effect on the produce sector as a whole.

Moderator: Davis Yung – Fresh Direct Produce Ltd.
Speakers: David Best – Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Inc., Keith Kuhl – Southern Potato Co. Ltd., Jason Behrmann – Motorleaf

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  •  Improving Enterprise Efficiencies to Reduce Food Loss and Waste
Recent work in the produce sector by Value Chain Management International in North America, Europe and Australasia has demonstrated that businesses can typically improve their financial performance by 10% by implementing simple practices that lead to more effective processes. In doing so, they not only improve organization performance and bottom line, but also remove unnecessary food loss and waste within their operation. Learn more about how your organization can decrease inefficiencies in your business and why that is increasingly important to your supply chain partners and society in general.

Moderator: Mike Ecker – Vineland Growers' Co-operative Ltd.
Speakers: Martin Gooch – Value Chain Management International, Scott Ross – Canadian Federation of Agriculture,
Dan Martin – EarthFresh

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  •  Taking Your Business to New Markets – The Future of Trade
The past year was one of challenge that ultimately led to the creation of a new “NAFTA 2.0” and confirmation of additional free trade agreements. The Canadian government, and others around the globe, are focused on removing barriers to product movement, opening new markets and increasing exports for domestic organizations. Export Development Canada will provide insight into these efforts and how Canadian business can capitalize on these growing opportunities.

Moderator: Dariel Trottier – Star Group / CFP Ltd.
Speakers: Dr. Stephen Tapp – Deputy Chief Economist, Export Development Canada

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  •  My Produce Story
Each year, CPMA highlights leaders whose careers have truly inspired the produce industry. There is no magic wand for success but these leaders will share their journey, how it was influenced, what that meant for their company and perhaps help challenge you in your career.

Moderator: Frank Pagliaro
Speakers:  Alain Routhier – Courchesne Larose Ltée, Daniel Terrault – Hydroserre Inc. (Mirabel),
Andrea Palmer – Nova Agri Inc.

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  •  The North American Trade Environment and Produce Implications
Changing trade landscapes, increased access to produce from around the globe, innovation in how produce moves through the supply chain and consumer demands for safe, affordable produce create an exciting but sometimes challenging environment for buyers focused on meeting consumer expectations in an evolving trade and regulatory environment. Leading Canadian buyer organizations will share how they are adjusting to the new landscape and what that means for produce suppliers.

Moderator: Larry McIntosh – Peak of the Market
Speakers: Tom Bak – Sysco Canada, Frank Gambioli – Loblaw Companies, Yan Branco – Sobeys National Procurement,
Patrice Marchand – Metro Richelieu Inc.

Sessions subject to change without notice.

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