Sustainability, Supply Chain Management and Marketing, Branding and Labelling are the primary focus areas of discussions for those involved in the EMC Canada Food and Beverage Networking Events for 2010. Complementing a myriad of other activities, this year promises to provide those in the Food and Beverage Sector with a number of opportunities to network with peers, participate in plant tours, benchmark on current issues and to share and learn from best practices in place across Ontario.
There are a number of areas in the Food and Beverage industry that Manufacturers look to benchmark with others on to enable them to build or enhance their own programs. In an ever changing manufacturing environment, we are delighted this year to be welcoming some excellent Guest Presenters engaging discussion on the following timely topics for our EMC Food Sector Networking Events:
Sustainability: What is Your Green Footprint?
Guest Speaker: Laura Rourke, Health, Safety & Environmental Specialist, EMC Canada
March 17th, 2010 - Reynolds Food Packaging, Summerstown
March 18th, 2010 - Southwestern Ontario - tbc
Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Distribution Challenges and Exporting Opportunities (September 2010)
Marketing, Branding and Labelling (October 2010)
New this year in our Schedule, (which is currently being added to the website), is the inclusion of Regional activities, which are open to all sectors, and are hosted by our own EMC Food and Beverage Members. Rich Products of Canada, Ltd., Batory Industries, Sleeman Brewing & Malting, J.D. Sweid Foods Ltd., Blommer Chocolate and Kellogg Canada are some of our Regional Hosts.
Our Hosts, Members and Field Service Team invite you to explore these EMC Consortium Events which will be taking place across the Province in April, June, September and October. Senior Manager's and those involved in Continuous Improvement initiatives will be participating in plant tours, discussing business strategies, problem solving, looking at metric opportunities and providing feedback for our Hosts based on their experiences and thoughts relating to the day's activities. Human Resources and Health and Safety will be looking at Culture, Creating Flexible Workforces, Violence in the Workplace and Health and Safety.
Finally, beyond our regular EMC Canada Food and Beverage Networking opportunities and Regional Consortium activities…
…providing the ultimate in best practices, in benchmarking, in workshops, and in networking…
…is our EMC National Advantage Through Excellence Conference taking place from May 10th through 12th, 2010! In addition to focus areas in Lean, Leadership and Human Capital, Health and Safety, Sustainable Manufacturing and Operational Excellence - for the first time, a Food and Beverage Stream has been added to the lineup!
We are thrilled to be touring Karma Candy in Hamilton who will be in the midst of starting up their brand new state of the art candycane making machine and equally excited to visit with Nestle Waters in Guelph who will be sharing information on their Environmental journey.
From the multitude of workshops taking place at this year's Conference, we look forward to presentations from the following Food and Beverage companies:
- Blommer Chocolate, "Creating a Sustainable Improvement Culture" - Doug Harper, General Manager and Jim Morris, President, Bristlecone Learning
- Karma Candy, "Driving Productivity Improvements on a Budget" - Greg Merlihan, General Manager
- Gay Lea Foods, "Capacity Through Excellence" - Michael Barrett, COO
- Ice River Springs, "What it Takes to be Competitive in Canada" - Ryan L'Abbe, Operations Manager
- Maple Leaf Consumer Foods, "Generation Y - Finding and Keeping Tomorrow's Leaders" - Jocelyn Moyer, Production Supervisor
- Lassonde Beverages, "Lassonde Beverage's Sustainability Program Saves $$" - Daniel Marcoux, Plant Manager
We are also delighted to feature a panel discussion featuring OMAFRA, Hamilton Economic Development's - Food Sector Representative, GFTC (Guelph Food Technology Centre), and Karma Candy, Hamilton. Our panel will be providing thoughts on "Building the Case for Food Sector Excellence" followed by discussion and networking with those present.
Without a doubt - between our regular Food Sector Networking opportunities, the Regional EMC Consortium activities and our National Advantage Through Excellence Conference - 2010 promises to be a very interesting, informative and engaging year!!
If you would like additional information on our upcoming Networking Events for 2010, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime - I would be very happy to hear from you!
On behalf of our Hosts, our Members, and all of us at EMC Canada, I look forward to welcoming you to one of our upcoming events soon!
Have a great week!