Learn from food safety experts about regulatory changes, ethical persuasion, global supply chain risks and food safety culture at NSF-GFTC’s fifth annual Safe Food Canada symposium

GUELPH, Ontario and ANN ARBOR, Mich.  – Sessions highlighting the regulatory landscape, global food supply chains and food safety culture will help food industry professionals gain strategic insights during Safe Food Canada 2014 on February 13 at the Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton, Ontario. Scientific and technical experts from NSF-GFTC (formerly the Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC)) will host the event where the winners of the 2014 NSF-GFTC Food Safety Awards will be announced. For more information or to register, visit the NSF-GFTC event series website.

Five food industry experts from organizations including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Deloitte Inc. and Maple Leaf Foods will provide an in-depth look at critical issues for 2014 surrounding the Canadian food industry. The symposium includes a keynote session on ethics, influence and persuasion and how to achieve important results in the food industry.

Session Details:
Industry experts will provide five session presentations:

  • Heath Slawner, strategic communication and leadership expert, will present the keynote, “Using Influence and Persuasion to Achieve Outstanding Results.” This session, focusing on principles of persuasion, gives insight on leveraging proven strategies of influence and persuasion to achieve results in an ethical manner.
  • Tom Graham, National Inspection Manager, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), will deliver a session on navigating the regulatory landscape. Graham will give updates from the CFIA on regulatory changes in 2014.
  • Stephen J. Brown, Partner at Deloitte Inc., will discuss global supply chain risk using data from Deloitte’s latest food safety culture survey.
  • Kelly Dobbyn, Director of Human Resources for Maple Leaf Foods, will present on the importance of achieving a food safety culture from a human resources perspective.    
  • Alberta Clapp, Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Research, Quality, & Innovation at ConAgra Foods, Inc., will discuss tools and methods used to build a genuine food safety culture and provide insight into ConAgra Foods’ food safety journey from 2007 to today.

The 2014 NSF-GFTC Food Safety Awards recognize food safety excellence, food safety leadership and companies that support the food and beverage industry through quality or process management systems. Winners will be announced over lunch. Symposium participants will also have networking opportunities with peers in operations, sales, marketing, technical services, government and agri-business.

About NSF-GFTC: NSF-GFTC, now part of NSF International’s Global Food Division, provides food safety and quality consulting, auditing, training, quality and technical services along with innovative solutions for the food and beverage industry to help leading processors and manufacturers improve their people, process and products (www.gftc.ca). NSF-GFTC experts audit, train, consult and provide a wide array of course offerings focused on food safety, regulatory and HACCP, and are known for their Global Food Safety and Quality Benchmarked Standards series. NSF-GFTC is an Approved Training Establishment for BRC (British Retail Consortium) and a Licensed Training Center for Safe Quality Food (SQF).

About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide.

The NSF Global Food Division provides expertise and accredited services across all supply chain sectors, from agriculture, produce, processing, distribution and dairy, to seafood, retail and restaurants. NSF is the leading certifier to Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) in North America (certifying to SQF, BRC, GLOBALG.A.P., FSSC 22000, IFS, BAP and CanadaGAP) and offers expert auditing, consulting and technical services, HACCP validation and inspection, and organic and gluten-free certification through QAI (Quality Assurance International). NSF is also the leading certifier of foodservice equipment, nonfood compounds and bottled water/beverages.

Additional NSF International services include dietary supplement and nutritional ingredient certification; training, testing and consulting for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries; consumer product testing; drinking water certification and safety audits; sustainability solutions; and management systems registrations (e.g. ISO 9001, 22000, 14001).


Media members may gain complimentary entrance to the event. Please contact Lise Smedmor (details below) to register:

Lise Smedmor, NSF-GFTC
Phone: 519-821-1246, ext. 5024
Email: lsmedmor@nsf.org

If you’d like to set up an interview with a food safety expert, contact:

Greta Houlahan, NSF International
Phone: 734-913-5723
Email: media@nsf.org