OMAFRA September 2017 Food Bulletin

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Industry news

  1. Canadian Food Innovators Cluster – An invitation to participate in federal research and innovation funding
  2. Grocery Innovations Canada (GIC) 2017 Trade Show
  3. Financial Support – Investing in Business Growth and Productivity (IBGP)
  4. Strategic Innovation Fund

What’s New from Ontario

  1. SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, October 19th 2017

Events

  1. Secure lucrative business opportunities in the European Union
  2. Excellence in Manufacturing Growing Forward 2 (GF2 ), Talent Attraction and Retention – September 13th, 2017
  3. Food Handler Training Workshop – September 20th -21st
  4. Excellence in Manufacturing Growing Forward 2 (GF2), Fall Productivity Workshops
  5. Webinar: Grow Your Business Without the Growing Pains: A Survival Guide for Food and Beverage Manufacturers – September 27th
  6. Meat Industry Expo 2017 – Niagara Falls, ON – October 20 – 21, 2017
  7. Ontario Independent Meat Processors Awards (OIMP) Gala – October 21, 2017
  8. Be in the Ontario Pavilion at the Restaurant Canada (RC) Show 2018 presented by OMAFRA and INNOVATION UNLEASHED, February 25 – 27, 2018 Toronto

Innovation in Food & Beverage Manufacturing

Training and Resources

  1. IFPT/Conestoga College Preparing Skilled Employees for the Food and Beverage Manufacturing Industry
  2. Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC)
  3. New Food Safety and Traceability online courses!
  4. Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association – Food Safety and Traceability
  5. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency Launches Newsletter – The CFIA Chronicle
  6. IFPT/Conestoga College Offers a New Program Targeted to Food Manufacturing Leaders
  7. Follow OMAFRA on Twitter

Industry News

Canadian Food Innovators Cluster – An invitation to participate in federal research and innovation funding.

The program funding is available for science-based research that will accelerate the pace of innovation to:

  • Grow Canada’s food and beverage processing sector
  • Make the sector more competitive
  • Increase the productivity of firms in the sector
  • Advance sustainable practices across the sector
  • Capture new market opportunities for the sector

The following documents are available for download:

Act now to apply for this funding. Applications are due on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

Questions? Please contact CFI at 905-945-6791 or by emailing julie@canadianfoodinnovators.ca.

Grocery Innovations Canada (GIC) 2017 Trade Show

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is partnering with the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) to recruit NEW Ontario food and beverage processor exhibitors. This opportunity to showcase unique, top quality products will be at the Grocery Innovations Canada (GIC) 2017 trade show from October 17 – 18, 2017 at the Toronto Congress Centre.

For the first time ever, the Choose Ontario pavilion will be welcoming all local beer, cider and wine manufacturers from Ontario.

Register NOW at an exclusive rate of only $1,800 (includes décor) to be an exhibitor in the “Choose Ontario” pavilion and take advantage of this “turnkey” special offer. This package is valued at more than $5,000.

To REGISTER and find out MORE contact: Rolster Taylor, Sales Manager at 416-492-4878 or rtaylor@cfig.ca .

Financial Support – Investing in Business Growth and Productivity (IBGP)

The Investing in Business Growth and Productivity (IBGP) initiative focuses on established southern Ontario businesses that have the potential to be global players with innovative and unique opportunities to accelerate growth and support job creation. This initiative supports economic growth and job creation by helping businesses to expand their markets and facilities, adopt new technologies and processes to improve productivity, and increase business capacity to participate in global markets and integrate into global value chains.

Funding will be available over the next five years and multi-year projects will be considered. All project activities must be completed prior to December 31, 2018.

For more information and detailed initiative guidelines, please refer to http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/h_01867.html or call the toll-free telephone number at 1-866-593-5505.

Strategic Innovation Fund

The federal government has launched its $1.26 billion five-year funding program called the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF), whose goal is to create well-paying jobs and grow the middle-class.

Applications are considered in one of the four project Streams: (1) R&D and commercialization, (2) firm expansion and growth, (3) investment attraction and reinvestment and (4) collaborative technology development and demonstration.

Eligibility: Applicants under Streams 1, 2 and 3 must be a business (any size) incorporated pursuant to Canadian laws, who propose carrying on operations in Canada, and are undertaking eligible activities. Applicants under Stream 4 must constitute a consortium, which may include universities, colleges, research institutes, for-profit corporations (including SMEs) and/or not-profit entities.

For more information on this funding program, click on the below links :

OR to be connected with a program officer, applicants should call 1-800-328-6189 or 613-954-5031.

What’s New from Ontario

SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, October 19th 2017

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, in partnership with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, are preparing an information seminar on the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union. Please save Thursday, October 19th from 9am – 12pm in a Toronto area location for a seminar covering tariffs, labelling, Rules of Origin and more, as you prepare to export your agri-food products to the EU. For more information or to reserve your space, please contact Jennifer Hannam at Jennifer.hannam@ontario.ca.

Events

Secure lucrative business opportunities in the European Union

Canadian companies are invited to join Trade Commissioners from across the European Union (EU) for a series offree webinars to:

  • Gain insight on EU market dynamics and trends for agri-food, fish and seafood and beverages; and
  • Maximize your company’s participation at ANUGA – the EU’s largest trade fair for these sectors (in Cologne, Germany from
    October 07-11).

Mark your calendars. Market-specific webinars are scheduled for the following dates, starting at 9:00 A.M. EST:

  • September 12: Germany and Czech Republic
  • September 14: Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia
  • September 19: United Kingdom and Austria
  • September 21: Denmark and Sweden

Register online today to take advantage of business opportunities in the European Union.

Excellence in Manufacturing Growing Forward 2 (GF2), Talent Attraction and Retention – September 13th, 2017

Talent attraction and retention is one of the key challenges facing Manufacturers across Canada. Regardless of size or sector, businesses in today’s competitive landscape require skilled, committed and engaged workforces to meet customer demands. Understanding where opportunities to enhance your talent management strategies may lie could truly benefit an organization’s growth.

This networking event is open to all Food and Beverage sector companies, including those directly supplying manufactured product to the industry. This event is provided at no cost to sector manufacturers!

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Gore Meadows Community Centre, Room #3 
10150 The Gore Road, Brampton, ON

Please contact EMC’s Bren de Leeuw, Director – Food, Beverage, Bio & Ag Program by emailbdeleeuw@emccanada.org or by phone 519-372-6009.

Food Handler Training Workshop – September 20th – 21st

OIMP will be hosting a Food Handler Training workshop on September 20th – 21st in Markham! Attending this workshop will provide you with an interactive learning experience focusing on five key areas: Food Safety Responsibilities, Food Safety Hazards, Controlling Hazards, Food Safety Management Systems, and Management’s Responsibilities for Food Safety.

Register at www.oimp.ca or email member@oimp.ca.

Excellence in Manufacturing Growing Forward 2 (GF2), Fall Productivity Workshops

Monday, September 25, 2017

  • Root Cause Problem Solving, Kitchener
  • Introduction to the Kaizen Process for Implementing Change, Kitchener

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

  • Leadership & Management of Change, Mississauga
  • Introduction to the Kaizen Process for Implementing Change, Mississauga

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

  • Root Cause Problem Solving, Belleville
  • Introduction to the Kaizen Process for Implementing Change, Belleville

Thursday, September 28, 2017

  • Root Cause Problem Solving, Belleville
  • Leadership & Management of Change, Barrie

Friday, September 29, 2017

  • Root Cause Problem Solving, Webinar

Who should attend: Senior Managers, Continuous Improvement and Plant Managers, Human Resources

Register online at www.emccanada.org/gf2 register or contact: Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC)1-866-323-4362toliver@emccanada.org.

All Events are half-day and include Workshop, Manual & Materials. All events are provided at NO COST to sector manufacturers!

This initiative is supported by Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

Webinar: Grow Your Business Without the Growing Pains: A Survival Guide for Food and Beverage Manufacturers – September 27th

On Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET Food in Canada will host Grow your business without the growing pains: A survival guide for food and beverage manufacturers, a live complimentary webinar with Syspro and Grant Thornton LLP.

The webinar is specifically designed for food and beverage manufacturers, and will focus on key strategies for transforming operations by ensuring you have the infrastructure – the people, processes and technology – in place to successfully meet growing demand. By being prepared for growth companies can avoid some of the associated pains, while effectively handling the gains that come with rapid growth.

To learn more about how to grow your business successfully register online.

Meat Industry Expo 2017 – Niagara Falls, ON – October 20 – 21, 2017

The Meat Industry Expo 2017 will be held at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in beautiful Niagara Falls this October. Over 70 exhibitors will showcase the latest and greatest innovations, technologies, equipment and service solutions for meat processing, wholesale and retail operations. The flavours section will showcase Ontario Independent Meat Processors (OIMP) members sampling some of the best meat and poultry products found in Ontario complemented by samples of Ontario craft beer and wine. On the tradeshow floor Saturday afternoon there will be three finalists that will dazzle the crowd, demonstrating the art of butchery while adding value to their mystery proteins as they compete head-to-head for the title of Ontario’s Finest Butcher 2017!

WhenFriday, October 20, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
and Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls

For more information and to register online please refer to www.meatindustryexpo.ca.

Ontario Independent Meat Processors Awards (OIMP) Gala – October 21, 2017

Get ready to walk the red carpet at the OIMP Awards Gala!
This premiere event recognizes and honours OIMP members and their contributions to the industry and the association. Awards include The Meat Industry Achievement (MIA) and Associate Member Recognition (AMRA) recipients, along with 10 and 25 year members. The highly anticipated winners of the Ontario Finest Meat Competition™ are unveiled and the evening culminates with the crowning of Ontario’s Finest Butcher.

When: Saturday October 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Marriott on the Falls

Contact: Daphne Nuys-Hall – Technical Director 519-763-4558 Ext. 222, OIMP, 52 Royal Road, Unit B-1, Guelph, ON N1H 1G3, www.oimp.ca , www.ontariomeatandpoultry.ca.

Be in the Ontario Pavilion at the Restaurant Canada (RC) Show 2018 presented by OMAFRA and INNOVATION UNLEASHED, February 25 – 27, 2018 Toronto

The Ontario Pavilion at the RC Show is the foodservice and hospitality hub that brings together the industry to shop, taste, learn, connect and grow your business. Restaurants Canada marks the 72nd edition of Canada’s Largest Foodservice Event taking place at Enercare Centre, Toronto on February 25-27, 2018.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), along with Restaurants Canada are pleased to provide Ontario food and beverage manufacturers the opportunity to showcase their unique, Ontario-made products in the Ontario Pavilion. This featured pavilion highlights innovative products with the prospect to connect with international industry buyers as well as chefs, caterers, restaurateurs and foodservice operators.

Exhibit in the Ontario Pavilion and SAVE! We are pleased to offer a 10’x10’ turnkey package at a discount pavilion rate of $2,299 (valued at over $10,000). Option of 5’x10’ booth for half the cost at $1,149.50. Corner booths are available on first come first serve basis. Limited space available.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Contact Leslie Best (Leslie.Best@ontario.ca) to receive the RC Show 2017 Application, complete it and submit to Lerna (lgurunluoglu@restaurantscanada.org)
  2. For more information contact Lerna (lgurunluoglu@restaurantscanada.org)

Training and Resources

IFPT/Conestoga College Preparing Skilled Employees for the Food and Beverage Manufacturing Industry

The Institute of Food Processing Technology (IFPT) at Conestoga College is training the next generation of industry leaders in food safety and in plant operations, expecting more than 120 new students to enroll in its programs in September 2017. These students will be highly qualified individuals trained in:

  • Food Safety – Graduates have practical experience in food safety applications in the industrial processing environment, a strong understanding of Canadian and international food safety regulations, and solid knowledge of cleaning and sanitation principles, food safety concepts and quality assurance and quality control elements typical of the food processing sector.
  • Plant Operations – Graduates are able to design systems, lead teams of people, and manage projects that drive successful business results across all sectors of food and beverage processing. The program covers Food Safety Management Systems and Traceability, Manufacturing Operations, Comprehensive Maintenance, Team Dynamics and Employee Engagement, Project Management, Supply Chain Functionality, Lean Six Sigma and Continuous Improvement.

For more information on IFPT’s programs, courses and connecting with graduates, contact Luis Garcia atlgarcia@conestogac.on.ca or visit http://www.conestogac.on.ca/ifpt/.

Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC)

CIPEC and Natural Resources Canada can help your organization cut costs, improve energy efficiency and reduce industrial greenhouse gases. It is a unique partnership between industry and government that offers a number of services to help each of Canada’s industrial sectors develop energy efficiency goals and action plans. Its mission is to promote effective voluntary action in Canadian industry to reduce energy intensity (use per unit of production), thereby improving economic performance and helping Canada meet its climate change objectives through reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Leaders share information and identify common needs and best practices.

CIPEC Leaders have access to:

It’s quick, easy and free – join CIPEC today and be recognized as an industry leader!

New Food Safety and Traceability online courses! 

Give your company a competitive edge – take free eLearning courses to learn more about industry best practices and to be more competitive in the marketplace!

Access the new Food Safety and Traceability eLearning courses online on the Agriculture and Food Education in Ontario learning system through the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus.

The new Traceability eLearning courses show how good practices can:

  • Maximize productivity, improve business efficiency, reduce costs and improve business processes
  • Be used to increase competitive advantage by accessing new markets
  • Improve supply chain management

The new Food Safety eLearning courses will help you to:

  • Identify food safety hazards that can occur in your operation
  • Understand best practices and develop programs to control these hazards
  • Decrease the likelihood of food safety hazards that can lead to a foodborne illness outbreak or product recall

Visit the University of Guelph website to register for a FREE account. Then simply log in and begin learning – wherever and whenever is convenient for you! Accessible versions of the courses are available.

For more information, contact the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus at rcagfood@uoguelph.ca or 519-674-1500 ext. 63295.

Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association – Food Safety and Traceability

Do you prefer classroom-based learning? Food Safety and Traceability courses and workshops are still offered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA). Visit their website for the dates and locations of upcoming in-person opportunities.

Online course development was funded through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative that encourages innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sector.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency Launches Newsletter – The Chronicle

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has launched a quarterly online newsletter called The CFIA Chronicle. It will provide updates on the Agency’s activities and highlight some of the changes underway to address an ever-changing and more global environment.

Check out The CFIA Chronicle online.

IFPT/Conestoga College Offers a New Program Targeted to Food Manufacturing Leaders

The Operations Leadership in Food Manufacturing one-year program is designed for students who have completed a degree or a diploma in science or engineering, and who want to be prepared for an advanced supervisory career in the food manufacturing industry.

Upon completion, graduates will be able to design systems, lead teams of people, and manage projects that drive successful business results across all sectors of food processing. Courses in the program cover Food Safety Management Systems and Traceability, Quality Assurance, Manufacturing Operations, Comprehensive Maintenance, Team Dynamics and Employee Engagement, Performance and Competency Management, Project Management, Supply Chain Functionality, Lean Six Sigma and Continuous Improvement.

For more information contact Luis Garcia at lgarcia@conestogac.on.ca or visit https://www.conestogac.on.ca/fulltime/operations-leadership-in-food-manufacturing.

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