We've donned our aprons and our EMC kitchen is ready to offer up a wonderful mix of Food and Beverage SIG Networking Events for 2013! Our Team has concocted a perfect recipe for a "chili" that is sure to urge you back for more! So, we encourage you to come hungry and we promise to do our best to whet your appetite with opportunities to learn and share!
Every good recipe has a key ingredient of sorts - and this year's plentiful prime component is a healthy dose of "Best Practices"!
To that end, we are absolutely thrilled to have so many companies sharing their journeys on a variety of topics from Continuous Improvement and Lean initiatives, to Health and Safety Programs, Reward and Recognition activities, and Leadership.
Supplementing the base of this special formula, is a mix of "savoury" plant tours! Some particular activities encourage participants to get involved in group continuous improvement exercises or take part in pre-defined host problem solving activities. Members brainstorm solutions with the Host and their Team and - through peer team networking facilitated by EMC Regional Field Service Advisors (FSA's) - offer potential solutions that might be explored. A winning mixture that brings several experienced "chefs" so-to-speak around the table for the Host! At the same time, an event of this nature also provides a learning opportunity for those enthusiastic "chefs" exposing them as well to potentially new ideas that might enhance their own plant menus in CI or HR or HS or Food Safety and inevitably lead to the creation something new and innovative!
Of course, you need more than just a couple of key items in the recipe - a sprinkle of this, a dash of that, some spices and veggies and huge amounts of chili powder all carefully combined in one very large pot! This year's melee, as mentioned above, brings together elements of Food Safety, Continuous Improvement, Human Capital issues and so forth... We'll be seasoning our sumptious offerings with special events that include our annual Ministry of Labour Update; an overview of the Institute of Food Processing at Conestoga College, touring their Pilot Plant and discussing Apprenticeship opportunities; we'll explore ways in which to keep our people engaged through leadership, coaching, and developing good supervisory skills; and, we'll delve into what it takes to implement and maintain effective reward and recognition programs! This is just to start - and there is a lot more to come!!
We'll keep the recipe box open so that you can add your thoughts on how to make 2013's formula for business improvement the best from your perspective - we are keen to hear what should or could be added to this "special" mix!
Our Schedule of Food Sector related events across Ontario is attached to this note and also available on our Calendar of Events - do have a look and if you are interested in participating at any of the upcoming sessions, please RSVP to me.
Special thanks to Club Coffee in Rexdale who hosted our first session of the year and shared best practices on Leadership with Senior Manager's and on Developing Supervisory Leadership Skills with Continuous Improvement representatives - excellent sessions and excellent discussion all topped off with a great plant tour to boot!
Our next Event is being held at Cargill Value Added Meats in London and is already AT CAPACITY with a WAITING LIST!!!! How amazing is that!! Those attending this special session will be doing a plant tour and taking part in a pre-defined Continuous Improvement exercise - without a doubt, a wonderful opportunity to network and to utilize combined team peer experiences to help our Host!
March will kick off with the CRFA Show and the 9th Annual North American Food Safety Summit - we hope to see you there!
Upcoming on our special recipe of Events includes hosted activities by Lance Canada Inc. (Guelph), Chapman's Ice Cream (Markdale), Hartmann Canada Inc. (Brantford), Cayuga Displays (Cayuga), HFS - Healthcare Food Services (Ottawa), Hobart Food Equipment (Owen Sound), The Original Cakerie (London), Reinhart Foods (Stayner) and, the Institute of Food Processing Technology, Conestoga College (Cambridge)!!
If you are interested in Hosting or sharing best practices - or have would like to see a topic of interest addressed - we would welcome the opportunity to hear from you!
Are you hungry? Let's get started!
All the best as always!
Bren de Leeuw, Sr. Community Development & Food and Beverage Program Manager
EMC Canada - firstname.lastname@example.org - 519-396-6521