Dear CSFA Members and Friends,

I look forward to welcoming all of you to Hockley Valley in Mono, Ontario from Thursday, September 20th to Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 to celebrate the 62nd Annual Conference of the Canadian Snack Food Association.

The theme of the conference, “Times Are Changing” reflects the current business, economical and natural environment we are facing as a company and as individuals. Our program is listed below.

The 2018 Conference Committee has created an extraordinary program providing ample networking opportunities and industry-related sessions. As in the past, our speakers promise to be both interesting and informative.

On Thursday we will begin the event with our Welcome Reception, where we invite you to join us and reconnect with your peers over dinner, drinks, and unforgettable moments. Be sure to dress comfortably and participate in this wonderful evening.

Friday, we will begin the session with Carman Allison from Nielsen who will be speaking on relevant topics affecting our industry. Following Carman, we will welcome Dr. William Yan from Health Canada and Kathy Twardek from Canadian Food Inspection Agency, who will provide an update on the upcoming Regulatory Modernization Initiatives including Food Labelling, Allergens and Inspection.

For the afternoon, you can join us at our Annual 9-Hole Golf Tournament or relax while enjoying the services provided at the Spa (reservations required). Alternately, explore the Bruce Trail where brilliant fall colours and great views await hikers to the Hockley Valley Provincial Nature Reserve and Tom East Side Trail.

Friday evening, we will host the President’s Dinner with the Duelling Pianos returning as entertainment. Bring your list of musical requests; Rock and Roll, classic rock, Top 40’s – you name it, they can play it!

Saturday morning, we will begin the day with Genpak’s presentation: “Packaging – The Road Ahead” and Doug Pedersen from Sesotec Canada Ltd. presenting “Contaminate Detection…Measuring and Understanding the Risk”. They will be followed by Elizabeth Avery from SNAC International and Sebastian Emig from the European Snacks Association who will provide updates on issues – regulatory and legal – affecting the snack industry in the United States and Europe.

Following our speaker sessions, we will conclude with our Farewell BBQ Lunch. Our host and home for the weekend is Mono. There is much debate between residents and non-residents as to the correct way to pronounce the name Mono (the correct way is mow-no.) The Aboriginal name “Mahnoo”, means “let it be so.”

The Hockley Valley is surrounded by rolling hills and the many streams and creeks which form the headwaters of three rivers; – the Humber and Credit that flow to Lake Ontario and the Nottawasaga that bends north to Georgian Bay. Additionally, Mono forms a portion of the headwaters of the Grand River, which flows to Lake Erie. This gives rise to the town’s slogan, ‘the heart of the headwaters’.

Mono is best known for its spectacular landscape of escarpment, villages and tree- covered rolling hills. The UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve designated Niagara Escarpment informs the character of town providing breathtaking views. With their kilometres of trails, you will find yourself invigorated by the natural beauty, rejuvenated by the boundless recreational opportunities and inspired by many eclectic artisans.

There are several parks and the Niagara Escarpment is a UNESCO protected Biosphere reserve, one of only 12 in Canada.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and this year’s Conference Committee, I hope you accept our invitation to the 62nd Annual CSFA Conference at Hockley Valley in Mono, Ontario!

I look forward to seeing you in September!

Kent Hawkins CSFA President

Conference Agenda

  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm
    Board Meeting
  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm
    Welcome Reception and Dinner (jeans event)
  • 7:30am – 10:00am
    Breakfast Buffet
  • 8:15am – 8:45am
    Associate Member Meeting
  • 9:00am – 10:30am
    “Growing to Win – Making Sense of Your Dollars and Cents”
    Carman Allison, VP Consumer Insight, Nielsen
  • 10:30am – 10:45am
    Stretch Break
  • 10:45am – 11:15am
    Health Canada Food Directorate Update
    Dr. William Yan, Director, Bureau of Nutritional Sciences, Food Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada
  • 11:15am – 11:45am
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency Update
    Kathy Twardek, Director, Consumer Protection and Market Fairness Division, in Policy and Programs Branch
  • 11:45am – 12:15pm
    Q&A
  • 12:15pm – 1:15pm
    Lunch for Meeting Attendees
  • 2:00pm – 6:00pm
    Optional Golf Tournament – 9 Hole Game
  • 7:30pm – 10:00pm
    President’s Dinner
  • 7:30am – 10:00am
    Breakfast Buffet
  • 8:15am – 8:45am
    Annual General Meeting
  • 9:00am – 9:30am
    Packaging “The Road Ahead”
    Todd Chumley, Canadian Sales Manager, Genpak Flexible
  • 9:30am – 10:15am
    Contaminate Detection … Measuring and Understanding the Risk
    Doug Pedersen, Sales Director Canada, Sesotec Canada Ltd.
  • 10:15am – 10:30am
    Stretch Break
  • 10:30am – 11:30am
    ESA and SNAC International Report
    Sebastian Emig, Director General, European Snacks Association;
    Elizabeth Avery, President & Chief Executive Officer, SNAC International
  • 11:30am – 12:15am
    Potassium, Sodium and Nutritional Balance
    Brian Boor, President & COO, NuTekFood Science
  • 12:30pm –1:30pm
    The 0 to 100 Effect: How to Navigate through Disruption
    Shawn Kanungo
  • 1:30pm –3:00pm
    BBQ Lunch
  • 3:00pm
    Departure