Industry Day & AGM – April 20, 2017

Business and personal success is all about making the right connections – new colleagues, employees, customers, and friends – and finding the people who will lead you to new opportunities.

Industry Day 2017 brought together members from all aspects of the meat industry including processors, retailers, producers, suppliers and government to share in a day of making connections.

A big thank-you to those who were able to attend this year – it was a great success!

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2017 Speaker Bios and Guest Panelists

Protecting Consumer Trust: Authenticity of Food – Robert Hanner, Associate Director for the Canadian Barcode of Life Network

In recent months, the media has been sounding the alarm on mislabelling and food fraud. Now, scientists are using DNA bar-coding to determine whether your food is really what you think it is. Robert will talk about the results of the study revealing true identity of meat products, scientific traceability, and the future of portable technology.

Marketing Supports for “Buy Ontario”

Hear from Beef Farmers of Ontario on their Regional Marketing Initiative and Ontario Pork on their campaign promoting the “Buy Ontario” message.

B2B Networking & Lunch

Enjoy a leisurely lunch while networking and visiting the display tables where members will be showcasing their finest meat products. Learn more about their product lines and how you may purchase wholesale for your own retail locations.

Workforce of the Future: Where will it come from? Jennefer Griffith, Executive Director for the Food Processing HR Council

The meat industry in Ontario is experiencing a “severe and chronic shortage” of skilled labourers, including butchers and meat cutters. So serious that it is limiting the growth of the industry and estricting the economies of rural municipalities. Jennefer will highlight the programs and services that have been developed by the FPHRC to help fill this gap.

Growing the Industry: One Business at a Time – A Panel Discussion

Moderated by Alex Barlow of Mentor Works hear how these members seized new opportunities, the challenges they experienced along the way, and the tools and resources (funding) that helped them grow their business.
Dana Thatcher, Thatcher Farms, Rockwood – “From Farm to Table”
Kevin Schinkel, Schinkel’s Legacy, Chatham – “The Journey from Provincial to Federal”
Kevin Stemmler, Stemmler’s Meats, Heidelberg – “Expand or Acquire?”