Farm & Food Care and Canadian Food Focus are pleased to invite leaders from across the food industry to share their insights and experience on how Canadian food producers are adapting to changing demographics, more mindful consumers and unprecedented global events.
The three sessions are free to attend thanks to a partnership with Canola Eat Well.
February 24, 2021 | 12 pm CST
The World of Food Post-Covid: Implications for Food Industry Businesses
The world will be feeling the impact for years to come. What changes can we expect in our food system–in grocery stores, restaurants, food distribution channels? What trends should people expect to continue? Join Professor David Hughes–also known as Dr. Food–an international speaker on global food and drink industry issues, to learn more about how food professionals can prepare for a post-Covid world.
Professor Emeritus of Food Marketing at Imperial College London and Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural University in the United Kingdom
Dr. David Hughes is a much sought-after speaker at international conferences and seminars on global food industry issues, particularly consumer and retail trends. David has lived and worked in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Africa and southeast Asia and has extensive experience as an international advisory board member with food companies and financial service organizations on three continents
March 29, 2021 | 11 am CST
Food Labelling: The good, the bad and the ugly
Canadians are increasingly exposed to labels communicating specific processing aspects of food production. Food labels serve an important role, but who benefits the most from all of these different labels? Could they even be causing confusion and problems in the grocery aisle? Join Jo-Ann McArthur, Founding Partner and President of Nourish Food Marketing, for a deep dive into the marketing and misconceptions behind food labels.
Founding Partner and President of Nourish Food Marketing
As a Founding Partner and President of Nourish Food Marketing, Jo-Ann now builds powerful brands for food and beverage products in Canada, the US and Europe, creating marketing strategies that help move products off the shelves, into the consumer’s shopping basket, onto their plates and into their hearts. She has spent a career building brands at Molson, Procter and Gamble, Unilever, and Cadillac Fairview, has worked with entrepreneurs to launch award-winning products, and with all levels of government developing programs supporting Canada’s food industry.
April 22, 2021 | 12 pm CST
How Has Food Service Adapted During Covid: What Does the Future Hold?
Join food service industry specialist Scott McDeivitte from Gordon Food Services for a discussion of how Canada’s food system is adapting to the Covid-19 pandemic. How are restaurants responding to changes and new markets? What trends will stay around for some time and which will fade? Learn more about the restaurants of the future and impacts to public trust in the food service industry.
Customer Marketing Manager – Ontario/Atlantic for Gordon Food Service
Scott’s career spans over 35 years in the food service and hospitality industry. As a successful restaurateur operating multiple locations he gained keen insights to the necessary functions and best practices required to compete across all segments. Scott was paramount in the creation and development of Gordon Food Service’s valued added programs and currently manages the Customer Facing Marketing teams in Ontario and Atlantic Canada. With his extensive background in the food service industry and a keen understanding of hospitality and consumer trends Scott brings a “Fresh Eyes” approach to a variety of challenges that operators deal with. A customer, operator, investor and entrepreneurial mindset are combined to create dialog and help support them with practical solutions.
Our Winter Speaker’s Series is in partnership with Canola Eat Well.