Agenda

This year’s Conference on November 1st is full of great speakers and valuable content for business and individuals participating in, and interested in the coffee industry. Join us at 7:30am for breakfast and stay right through to the industry reception which goes until 6pm. For exact timing and presentations, see the attached program –  cac-2016-program-final – or view speaker profiles below.

Don’t miss out… register today: conference2016@coffeeassoc.com

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Ken Tencer, Keynote Speaker / CEO, Spyder Works Inc.
INNOVATION: CAUSE A DISTURBANCE
Everyone knows – and everyone talks about – how important innovation is in the competitive battle to find, delight and keep customers and yet, far too few achieve it. As Ken explains, “There’s a big difference between an occasional spark of innovation and an eternal flame.” But the reality is different; most firms struggle to consistently innovate. All of that can change. Kick-start it – with attitude! Cause a Disturbance.


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Bill Murray, President & CEO, National Coffee Association
INNOVATING NEW HORIZONS: BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS IN THE COFFEE INDUSTRY
The world of coffee is changing rapidly. How are trade organizations changing to better meet the industry’s challenges?
Bill is a dynamic speaker who, as President & CEO of the NCA, leads the U.S. coffee industry’s chief trade group, representing over 90% of U.S. coffee commerce.


Mark FeDuke , Director of Operations & Regulatory Affairs, VLM Foods Inc.
FOOD CROSSINGS: RETHINKING VALUE IN CROSS BORDER FOOD TRADE
Mark is an international food value chain professional with over 20 years of experience addressing cross border food system issues at the nexus of customs regulations; product safety regulations; trade agreements and supply chain risks. He will share his thoughts on innovation in food security; international food safety capacity building and food systems integrity.


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Mae Johnson, Director, Bureau of Policy, Intergovernmental and International Affairs, Health Canada
FOOD REGULATION IN CANADA
As Director of Health Canada’s Food Directorate, Bureau of Policy, Intergovernmental and International Affairs, Mae draws on her experience as Acting Executive Director of the Centre for Health Promotion at the Public Health Agency of Canada to bring a comprehensive perspective on the purpose-driven Canadian regulatory environment.


Anne Kennedy, Deputy Director, Innovations & Regulations, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
MARKET TRENDS, OPPORTUNITIES & REGULATORY CONSIDERATIONS
Anne will tie in the concept of innovation with regulatory obligations, highlighting current topics of importance to the coffee industry including clean labels; 3rd party certifications and awareness of the regulatory environment.


Keith Mussar, President, Keith Mussar & Associates
REGULATORY INNOVATION AND OPTIMIZING INDUSTRY RELATIONSHIPS
New concepts such as market authorizations; incorporation by reference; outcome-based regulations; and the Safe Food for Canadians Regulation, are some of the areas Keith will be highlighting.


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Kevin Urbanic, Area Chief Inspector, Ontario Area, CFIA
STRENGTHENING RELATIONSHIIPS THROUGH CFIA MODERNIZATION
The current government’s priorities of creating an inclusive and sustainable economic growth as well as an open and transparent government have provided the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) with an opportunity to interact with industry in a manner that supports, rather than inhibiting, innovation. Kevin will share examples of how this is allowing modernization and innovation within the Agency.


2016 Canadian Coffee Trends Report HIGHLIGHTS
This is our members’ most anticipated presentation every year. Teaming up are Michael Edwards (Dig Insights), Robert Carter (NPD) and Sophie Morrisseau (Nielsen) to share insights on changing economic and consumer consumption and purchase behavior gathered from this year’s proprietary coffee trends survey.


Innovations in the 3 S’s: Science, Supply Chain and Sustainability
Hear from three experts in the science of coffee:
John Snell, Director, Product Development & Sustainability, Mother Parkers;
Dr. Ragupathy Subramanyam & Dr. Steven Newmaster – Lead Research Scientists, Coffee Research & Development, University of Guelph;
and Mark Corey, Group Leader, Coffee Beverage Development, Keurig Green Mountain Inc. & Chair of the NCA’s Scientific Advisory Group (SAG)
who will explain why science and innovation go hand in hand in the coffee industry, from food fraud detection, to branding through science.


The Future of the Global Retail & Luxury Market
Diane Brisebois, President of the Retail Council of Canada will be closing the formal program highlighting the future of the global retail and luxury market.


Consuls General
We’ve invited the Consuls General of a dozen coffee producing nations to join us at our industry reception to close the day. This is a great opportunity for our members to network and interact with key representatives from our coffee-producing countries.