We are delighted to present an opportunity for those in the Food and Beverage Sector to participate in our regular EMC Regional Cross-Sector Consortium Networking activities which are being hosted by three key EMC Food Sector Members – Rich Products, Batory Industries and Sleeman Brewery!
We have some really terrific companies looking forward to welcoming you - stellar topics to address - great guest speakers - and plant tour activity! The month of April really does "shower" you with a "rainbow" of networking and learning initiatives!! All three Cross-Sector SIG Sessions are outlined below - we would be delighted to have you join us!
EVENT 1: NIAGARA REGION CONSORTIUM
Date: Thursday, April 15th, 2010
Where: Rich Products (www.richproducts.ca)
8-12 Hagey Street, Fort Erie, ON L2A 1W3
Rich Products began in 1945 with the creation of the world's first non-dairy whipped topping. They have been a key player in the frozen food industry for many years and are a leading supplier to food service, in-store bakeries and retail market places. Today, they sell more than 2,000 products in 73 countries including toppings and icings, sweet goods, appetizers, finished desserts, pizza products, Italian specialities, bread and rolls, bar-b-q, shrimp and seafood.
At our Host facility in Fort Erie, production consists of parbake, pizza dough, rolls, bread and cinnamon rolls. They use 1.5 million lbs of flour and one tanker of yeast at this facility every week!
Engagement and Engagement Surveys, Jim Stokes, HR Manager, Rich Products (8:00 - 10:30 am)
The focus of this networking event is on employee attitudes and culture shifts. To gauge culture within their organization, Rich Products conducted an Engagement Survey. Jim Stokes, HR Manager, will share information on the development and use of that survey and how Rich Products used the results to achieve and create their engagement goals.
Do you currently use an employee survey at your facility? Why or why not?
What issues do you think can be successfully measured through the use of an employee survey?
What concerns do you have regarding employee surveys?
What questions do you have for Jim regarding their entire survey process?
Yield and Efficiency Lean Initiatives, Mario Stranges, CI Manager, Rich Products (10:30 - 1:30 pm)
Mario Stranges, CI Manager of Rich Products will be sharing their initiatives on yield and efficiency improvements including data collection steps, team charter development and goal achievement. We will also have the opportunity to participate in a plant tour (please make sure that you wear safety shoes if you are interested in participating in the tour portion). Some questions to consider with respect to your own experiences as we explore this topic:
What CI techniques have you implemented in your facility?
What suggestions do you have to help Rich Products with their CI initiatives?
What has been your greatest struggle in creating a culture of Continuous Improvement?
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Laura Gibson, Field Service Advisor
EVENT 2: CHATHAM-KENT REGION CONSORTIUM
Date: Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
Where: Batory Industries
390 Colborne Street, Chatham, ON
Batory Industries is a provider of industrial chocolate and bulk confectionary coatings. They have a unique capability that allows them to ship product with minimal packaging - saving their customers money and making them a very "green" supplier. Batory has dry blending capabilities for iced teas and gelatine. They are a leader in the new Chatham-Kent Manufacturers Association and a close partner with EMC in assisting Chatham-Kent manufacturing firms to be globally competitive.
Bill 168 - Violence in the Workplace Overview, Hicks Morley (11:00 am - 1:00 pm)
The Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (1979), requires all employers to "take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker." This includes protecting them against the risk of workplace violence. Workplace Violence is defined as "...the attempted or actual exercise of any intentional physical force that causes or may cause physical injury to a worker. It also includes any threats which give a worker reasonable grounds to believe he or she is at risk of physical injury".
On June 15th, 2010, Bill 168 will be included as part of the Ontario OHS Act and will then include the protection of employees from domestic violence in the workplace in addition to the definition outlined above. There is still uncertainty on managing potential issues created by Bill 168. As a result, Hicks Morley, a leading firm in Employment and Labour Issues, will provide an overview of the legislation and it's requirements and lead us in discussion on how Manufacturers are planning on dealing with the day-to-day requirements of the Bill. We also hope to have a Ministry of Labour Representative on hand to provide insight into their enforcement actions.
There is considerable information available on Workplace Violence and this is an example particularly relating to Bullying from an excerpt by the Workplace Bullying Institute, which identified 25 common tactics used by workplace bullies:
- Falsely accused someone of "errors" not actually made (71%)
- Stared, glared, was nonverbally intimidating and was clearly showing hostility (68%)
- Discounted the person's thoughts or feelings ("oh, that's silly") in meetings (64%)
- Used the "silent treatment" to "ice out" and separate from others (64%)
- Exhibited presumably uncontrollable mood swings in front of the group (61%)
- Made up own rules on the fly that even she/he did not follow (61%)
- Disregarded satisfactory or exemplary quality of completed work despite evidence (58%)
- Harshly and constantly criticized having a different standard for the target (57%)
- Started, or failed to stop, destructive rumors or gossip about the person (56%)
- Encouraged people to turn against the person being tormented (55%)
- Singled out and isolated one person from coworkers, either socially or physically (54%)
- Publicly displayed gross, undignified, but not illegal, behavior (53%)
- Yelled, screamed, threw tantrums in front of others to humiliate a person (53%)
- Stole credit for work done by others (plagiarism) (47%)
- Abused the evaluation process by lying about the person's performance (46%)
- Declared target "insubordinate" for failing to follow arbitrary commands (46%)
- Used confidential information about a person to humiliate privately or publicly (45%)
- Retaliated against the person after a complaint was filed (45%)
- Made verbal put-downs/insults based on gender, race, accent or language, disability (44%). Age is another factor.
- Assigned undesirable work as punishment (44%)
- Created unrealistic demands (workload, deadlines, duties) for person singled out (44%)
- Launched a baseless campaign to oust the person; effort not stopped by the employer (43%)
- Encouraged the person to quit or transfer rather than to face more mistreatment (43%)
- Sabotaged the person's contribution to a team goal and reward (41%)
- Ensured failure of person's project by not performing required tasks, such as sign-offs, taking calls, working with collaborators (40%)
Please join us in welcoming Hicks Morley to our discussion on Workplace Violence and Bill 168. The Hicks Morley Team devotes their practice exclusively to representing employers on human resources law and advocacy issues. They are the leading firm in Canada practicing in this area with over 100 lawyers in five cities in Ontario.
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Michael Hill, Field Service Advisor
EVENT 3: GUELPH REGION CONSORTIUM
Date: Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
Where: Sleeman's Brewery (www.sleeman.ca)
551 Clair Road West, Guelph, ON N1L 1E9
Sleeman Brewery has a long and interesting history when it comes to producing their product! The original brewery was founded in 1834. Today they are the fastest growing premium brewer in North America representing the third largest brewing company in Canada. They are currently owned by Sapporo Brewery of Japan.
If you are interested in learning more about the process of perfecting that perfect Ale, there is a great description with pictorials to supplement on their website or you can sign up for a public tour to see the process first-hand!
Continuous Improvement Exercise (7:30 - 10:00 am)
Join in on discussion and the opportunity to learn from your peers experiences. This CI Event is designed to nurture sharing and benchmarking between companies across all sectors. (More information to follow).
Ministry of Labour Update (10:00 - 12:00 Noon)
Staying abreast of the latest in government legislation can often be challenging. The Ministry of Labour will provide an update and open discussion will follow. (More information to follow).
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Tim Smith, Field Service Advisor
On behalf of Laura, Michael, Tim and I, we look forward to welcoming you to one of the upcoming Events! Please click on the link for any particular session that you are interested in to confirm your wish to join us!
Have a wonderful week everyone!