Industry Day & AGM – April 19, 2018


Join us at Industry Day 2018, where we bring industry together to share ideas and find solutions to the labour force challenges facing the meat industry.

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2017 Industry Day Photos

2018 Speaker Bios and Guest Panelists

9:30 Registration

10:00 Welcome – Opening Remarks

10:10 Impacts of ESA Changes to Your Business – Miller Thomson LLP

Are you meeting your requirements under the new Employment Standards Act? Miller Thomson LLP, a leading law firm in Canada representing employers on human resources and advocacy issues, will talk about your obligations as a result of changes that took effect January 1, 2018. Topics include doctor notes, paid leave, and temporary workers, along with how legalization of marijuana could affect your workplace.

11:00 Who’s Training Your Future Butcher? – Fanshawe College

Troy Spicer, a Professor at Fanshawe School of Tourism & Hospitality, is the Program Coordinator for the Retail Meat Cutter – Pre-Apprenticeship program. Troy will provide an overview of the program including the student-operated retail meat shop. Opportunities for hiring a student for the 12-week placement, or a graduate, will be presented.

11:30 Annual General Meeting

12:15 Lunch

1:00 What We Heard – Food Processing HR Council

The Council conducted a nation-wide survey (with a regional focus) to better understand our industry’s current labour challenges. Hear how the results are being used to develop strategies and inform government policies around immigration, foreign workers, LMIAs, employment insurance, and training programs.

1:30 Funding Your Labour Needs – Mentor Works

Hear from Alex Barlow on funding programs available for hiring and training your workers.

2:00 Industry Responds to a Changing Workforce – Member Panel

Moderated by Isabel Dopta, Taste Your Future, hear from our member panel on how their companies are addressing new ESA requirements, plus strategies on attracting and retaining employees.

3:00 Closing Remarks