Dear CSFA Members and Friends,

The 61st Canadian Snack Food Association Conference will take place at the Pillar and Post in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario from Thursday, September 21st to Sunday, September 24th, 2017.

As always, the Snack Food Industry is growing and changing rapidly. Our theme, “Establishing the Collective Voice”, will remind us that as members of this group, we are represented by expressing our opinions to all the issues affecting our industry.

The 2017 Conference Committee has created an extraordinary program providing ample networking opportunities and industry-related sessions. As in the past, our speakers promise to be informative and educational.

The event will begin on Thursday evening at 7:00 with the Welcome Reception followed by Dinner and a Wine Tasting Session in honour of our host area.

On 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 Joslyn Higginson from Food and Consumer Products providing insights on the Regulatory Issues affecting Canada. Next, we will review – Potatoes and Ingredients, two major components of the snack industry – Vanessa Currie from the Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph will join us to present her Potato Crop Report followed by an Ingredient Report.

After lunch, we will have Dr. William Yan from Health Canada and Kathy Twardek from CFIA provide an update on the upcoming Regulatory Modernization Initiatives including Food Labelling, Allergens and Inspection.

For the afternoon, if golf is your passion, you can join us at our Annual Golf Tournament – 9-hole game this year. Otherwise you can enjoy a leisurely afternoon in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake. In the evening, meet us for dinner and Kate Davis who will speak to stress and the workplace, with humour as the counteracting force.

Saturday morning, we will begin the day with BSA’s Flavour presentation followed by Elizabeth Avery from SNAC International, Sebastian Emig from the European Snacks Association, Brian Eyink from Hogan Lovells US LLP and Scott Kelemen from the Canadian Snack Food Association who will provide updates on issues – Regulatory and Legal – affecting the snack industry in the United States, Europe and Canada.

Following our speaker sessions we will tour the area, visit Niagara Falls and finish the evening with dinner at the Vineyard Pavillion accompanied by our “Dueling Pianos.”

The Committee has secured a preferential room rate at the Pillar and Post of $329 + applicable taxes and all reservations are to be done directly with the Hotel by calling (888) 669-5566 or through their website by August 22, 2017. Group Reservation # 1854930.

We look forward to having you join us at this event. Should you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to contact any of the Committee Members.

See you in September!

Best regards,
The Conference Committee

Thursday September 21st

  • 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    Board Meeting
  • 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
    Welcome Reception and Dinner (jeans event)
    We invite you to join us and once again to connect with your peers over dinner, drinks, and unforgettable moments. So, be sure to dress comfortably and be prepared to stay true to yourself and others and participate in a wonderful evening.
    Cocktails will be served at 7:00 followed by dinner at 7:30 pm.
  • 10:00 p.m. – Midnight
    Hospitality Suite

Friday September 22nd

  • 7:30 – 10:00 a.m.
    Breakfast Buffet in the Cannery
  • 8:15 – 8:45 a.m.
    Associate Member Meeting
  • 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
    “What’s In Store – Trends Influencing the Path to Purchase”
    Carman Allison, VP Consumer Insight, Nielsen
    People are fundamentally shopping differently today than they used to just five years ago. Canadian consumers are taking fewer trips to the store and changing the traditional path to purchase and offering fewer chances for retailers and manufacturers to engage. With the shopper journey shifting, it’s time to find new ways to connect with consumers – whether it’s pre, during or post-sale.
    To win, it’s important to not only understand the changes in Canadian’s path to purchase, but embrace them.
  • 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
    Challenges and Opportunities for Food Manufacturers
    Joslyn Higginson, Senior Vice President, Public & Regulatory Affairs, Food & Consumer Products of Canada
    Ms. Higginson will discuss the Scientific & Regulatory, Trade and Environmental issues affecting the Canadian Market.
  • 11:15 – 12:15 a.m.
    Highlights of the Potato Research Program at the University of Guelph and Ingredient Report
    Vanessa Currie, Research Technician, Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph
    The potato research program at the University of Guelph has a long history of variety development and collaboration with the local industry. This presentation highlights the current activities and the strategies that researchers use to create better potatoes for all.
  • 12:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
    Lunch for Meeting Attendees
  • 12:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
    Health Canada Food Directorate Update
    Dr. William Yan, Director, Bureau of Nutritional Sciences, Food Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch,Health Canada
    Health Canada launched a multi-year Healthy Eating Strategy in October 2016 in order to improve the food environment in Canada through a new approach to healthy eating. This approach aims to help make the healthier food choice the easier choice for Canadians. Dr. Yan’s presentation will provide an update on this initiative under
    the Healthy Eating Strategy: including elimination of industrial trans fat, Front-of-Package labelling, sodium reduction, restricting marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to children as well as revision of the Canada Food Guide.
  • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m.
    CFIA Update
    Kathy Twardek, Vice President of Policy and Programs (Invited)
  • 1:45 – 2:30 p.m.
    Q&A
  • 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
    Optional Golf Tournament – 9 Hole Game at Royal Niagara Golf Club
    Rated highly in both the “Best New Course” and “Most Scenic Course”, Royal Niagara is truly a feast for mind, body and soul. The course, with its undulating greens, pristine fairways, cavernous bunkers, and abundant water, plays over 7000 yards from the tips and will challenge and please every level of golfer. It provides some of the best golf and most spectacular scenery Canada has to offer.
  • 7:30 – 10:00 p.m.
    Dinner with Kate Davis
    Join us for our Golf award night and one full of laughter and enjoyment.
    Kate Davis has the unique ability to find humour in any situation and to offer creative solutions to defuse the frustrations in the home and workplace. Kate’s generous insight and outspoken character, provides a powerful combination to help with effective tools for managing stress and sustaining motivation. Exploring the positive effects humour has on all aspects of life. From the corporate world to the bedtime story, Kate’s insight and vision reveals the healing thread of humour and how it can be utilized throughout our lives.
  • 10:00 p.m. – Midnight
    Hospitality Suite – Chicago Suite

Saturday September 23rd

  • 7:30 – 10:00 a.m.
    Breakfast Buffet in the Cannery
  • 8:15 – 8:45 a.m.
    Annual General Meeting
  • 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
    BSA Flavour Presentation
  • 10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
    Stretch Break
  • 10:45 – 12:30 p.m.
    Law and Regulation Impact in the United States
    Brian Eyink, Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells US LLP
    New regulatory initiatives coming out of the Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory agencies that will impact the snack food industry. Brian will review the initiatives of greatest impact to the snack food industry.

    ESA and SNAC International Report
    Sebastian Emig, Director General, European Snacks Association;
    Elizabeth Avery, President & Chief Executive Officer, SNAC International
    Attendees will receive an informative update on the snack food industry in the European Union and the United States, discussing the issues, trends and concerns affecting their respective markets.
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
    Regulatory and Business Environment Panel – Join our Panel including Elizabeth Avery, Sebastian Emig, Brian Eyink and Scott Kelemen discussing the trends, common issues and differences affecting each of their countries.This is a discussion that must not be missed.
  • 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
    BBQ Lunch
  • 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    Participants to leave for Discovery of Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine Region Tour.
    • Chocolate FX – Where their mission is to explore unusual taste combinations, twist the expected norms, and provide an incredible assortment that can delight even the most discriminating palate.
    • Niagara Falls (Weather permitting) – Located on the Niagara River which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, the combined falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world that has a vertical drop of more than 165 feet (50 m). Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America.
    • PondView Estate Winery – The family first grew vines and produced their own wine, as many Italians did. When Giuseppe Puglisi emigrated to Canada in 1965, he brought with him his passion for grape growing and winemaking. His son Lou has been passed the torch, and now carries on the family tradition. He has embraced this traditional art form and has cultivated some of the finest wines in the Niagara Region. The secret to the success of PondView Estate Winery is the long-held belief of the Puglisi family: Great wine is a harmony of earth and vine.
    • Wayne Gretzky Estates – Experience that celebrates family, history and a passion for wine. The same soils that produce great grapes also grow grains that are used to produce the Wayne Gretzky No 99 ‘Red Cask’ Canadian Whisky. Tour the Distillery or Winery and sample some of their wines and whiskies. Finishing our tour with a cocktail in the Wayne Gretzky Barrel Cellar.
  • 7:30 – 8:00 p.m.
    Cocktail Reception – Wayne Gretzky Barrel Cellar
  • 8:15 – 11:30 p.m.
    President’s Dinner and Experience with the Dueling Pianos at the Vineyard Pavillion (Casual)
    Be sure to bring your list of musical requests, Rock and Roll, classic rock, Top 40’s, you name it, they can play it.
  • 11:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
    Hospitality Suite – Chicago Suite

Sunday September 24th

  • 7:00 – 10:30 a.m.
    Breakfast Buffet in the Cannery
  • Check-out by 11:00 a.m.
    Departure at leisure