Author of the book “The Complete Arthritis Health, Diet Guide and Cookbook”, Kim speaks and lectures on healthy eating choices, transforming complex scientific information into easy to understand terms to help her clients get results. Kim is often asked to comment on nutrition issues by local and national journalists and is a guest lecturer at McGill for students in dietetics and medicine.
A graduate of McGill University, including an integrated internship at several major Montreal hospitals, she is a member of the Ordre Professionnelle des Dietetistes du Quebec, Dietitians of Canada, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and The Canadian Obesity Network.
Assistant Deputy MinisterMinistère de l’Agriculture
On April 6, 2016, Christine Barthe was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of Animal Health AMD Food Inspection at the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation (MAPAQ). She has over 25 years of experience in the public service acquired during her mandates as Director General for Sustainable Development and Inspection Support, Scientific Council Director, and Assistant Director of Food Inspection at the MAPAQ. She has authored and co-authored several scientific articles on food safety. As a result of her knowledge of and interest in the food sector, she is someone who is involved and committed to ensuring the health protection of Quebec consumers.
Director, Public Relations, Colemans
Judy is the Public Relations and event coordinator for Colemans in Newfoundland. Her 31 years with this family owned chain of grocery stores and her commitment to the healthy lifestyle for children in the province has earned her 2013 “Star Women in Grocery” Award. The first to host a Watermelon Queen in NL, Judy has judged both state and national watermelon pageants in the USA.
Vice-President, Grocery Business Media
Dan Bordun is the Executive Vice-President and a founding principal of Grocery Business Media. His extensive experience includes senior management roles with Rogers Media Inc., leading their Business to Business Industry Publishing Division, which included publications such as Food in Canada and Canadian Packaging.
Associate Publisher, Mercury Publications
Robin Bradley is an Associate Publisher with Mercury Publications in Winnipeg. She has over 15 years of experience working with food and beverage manufacturers with Western Grocer and Health & Wellness Retailer Magazine. Robin has worked closely with large and small food manufacturers launching new products in the grocery and health food business. Her specific areas of expertise include: marketing and communication strategies, advertising and sales. Grateful for working in such an exciting, ever changing industry, Robin enjoys working closely with food and beverage clients to help them get their products on shelves in retailers across Canada.
Élise Brissette has been in agri-food and consumer goods for more than 20 years. With a master's degree in marketing from HEC Montréal, she has always been interested in brand development and marketing strategies that allow businesses to truly set themselves apart. Élise Brissette's expertise in retail and brand management is as solid as it is diversified, thanks to positions at Provigo, Johnson & Johnson, Fruits & Passion and Kraft Canada. She has also used her in-depth industry knowledge to create classes on pricing strategy and product management at HEC Montréal as well as speak at conferences and on television (L’Épicerie, Quelle Histoire, Génération Inc.) about a range of topics related to branding and brand development. As the head of Émulsion Stratégie Marketing for the past 15 years, she advises clients seeking her singular expertise in strategic planning, brand development and communications.
Business Development Manager, Corporate Brands
Overwaitea Food Group
I started in the food industry back in 1979 within the restaurant business as a waiter, and then made my way through the kitchen and eventually management. From there I moved to food service distribution gaining knowledge in all aspects of the business from the warehouse through purchasing, sales, merchandising, marketing and private brand development. In 2004 I made the move to retail grocery where I now work on retailer brand development. My focus today is a blend of category management – growing sales and profit through strategic customer centric category go-to-market strategies and tactical implementation through the right balance of products (both national brand and private brand) for Save-on-Foods and product & packaging development. I’m proud to work with a small team that is truly passionate about creating and developing private brand products that resonate with our customers.
Senior Advisor, Groupe EnvironeX
Christiane Chabot is a senior advisor specialized in the food industry with a strategic vision and a solid track record, namely in retail and distribution, foodservice and industrial manufacturing. She has a strong expertise in successfully managing and building teams of professionals in areas such as Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Product Development, Crisis Management and Environment Sustainability. Christiane is now active in the field of Business Development with EnvironeX Group’s agrifood division and with the Gluten-Free Certification Program in order to contribute to the growth of their success in these markets.
Corporate Sales Manager, SAQ
Francis Cournoyer is the Corporate Sales Manager at the SAQ. This government corporation generates over $1 billion in net profits and $3.5 billion in sales. It is recognized worldwide for its vitality and its customer service approach focusing on providing knowledgeable advice. His department is responsible for over $1 billion in sales. Francis and his team cater to business clients with an approach that lives up to the corporation’s reputation for development-oriented and respectful business relations that foster communication and encourage the clash of ideas. His retail experience and knowledge of wholesale and distribution operations give him a broad perspective on this type of industry.
General Manager, Merinov Solutions
David Courtemanche holds a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in marine and aquatic ecology. He has worked for various government departments and public and private organizations, particularly in applied research in the laboratory, studying biological oceanography on different research platforms. He helped create an environmental consulting engineering firm before occupying several positions of note at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, including in the assessment of major projects, aquaculture, and project coordination in Nunavik as well as the management of commercial fishing, Native fishery, aquaculture and species at risk. The head of Merinov is passionate in leading his team of 85 experts devoted to developing technological innovations and sustainable approaches to the protection, advancement, exploitation, development and marketing of fishery resources. Along with his wealth of professional experience, he draws from his many skills, such as his leadership and action management, to ensure the organization remains an industry leader while also offering his clients and partners exceptional service.
Director Supply Chain
CHEP Canada Inc.
A graduate from the Québec University in Trois-Rivières, Daniel Cousineau has more than 30 years of experience with CHEP and Groupe Robert in Supply Chain and Sales, Customer Service and Transportation on a national level. He is the proud father of two boys and is married for almost 30 years. As a marathoner, skier, golfer and traveler, he also promotes family values, wellness, friendships and happiness.
Director of Product Development for Corporate Brands, Metro Inc
Paula Deane recently joined Metro as the Director of Product Development for Corporate Brands. Paula has a unique combination of product development and business expertise from over 20 years combined experience in the manufacturing, retail and supply sectors. After graduating from the University of Guelph, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, Paula combined her passion for science and food to start her journey in creating innovative products for the Canadian market. Paula started her career at one of North America’s largest food manufacturers as a product development scientist, developing products from concept to commercialization. Several years later, Paula moved to a major grocery retailer as Director of Product Development, where she launched a new 3-tier, 5 sub-brand program reflecting a good, better, best strategy. Afterwards, as Director of Corporate Brands Convenience for a major retail drug chain, Paula managed the private label Convenience portfolio where she developed and launched new brands and revitalized the seasonal programs. Prior to joining Metro, Paula worked with local and international suppliers to bring innovative new products to Canadian retailers. Now at Metro, Paula and her team are focused on developing great tasting, quality products to deliver the best product experience for their customers and earn their long-term loyalty.
EVP, Managing partner at Attitude Marketing
Martin has spent over 15 years in the retail industry for major CPG’s such as SC Johnson, L’Oréal and Saputo. On the agency side, he’s been leading account and strategy teams for client such as Dairy Farmers of Canada, Roche Diagnosis, Lassonde and more. His passion for innovation helped grow the start up shop to a 30+ employee full service marketing agency.
Mohamed graduated from York University in 1991 and articled with one of the "Big 5" accounting firms. He received his designation in the fall of 1993 and for the next 13 years, covered the gamut in the finance and insurance industries. In his spare time, Mohamed serves on the Board of Toronto Waldorf School and enjoys cooking and trying different recipes. Presently, Mohamed is Partner in a software consulting firm.
Faculty Lecturer and Manager, McGill Food and Nutrition Laboratories
Paul-Guy Duhamel holds an MSc in Sociology (Food and Health) from Université de Montréal following undergraduate studies in Public Relations and Health Management at Université de Montréal and in Dietetics and Human Nutrition at McGill University. From 1995 to 2002, he worked in food safety and quality control for a number of organizations. He was President of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec from 2002 to 2008. He also worked in communications and food/nutrition marketing. He joined his Alma Mater in 2015 as Faculty Lecturer and Manager McGill Food and Nutrition Laboratories. He teaches Foodservice System Management, Quantity Food Production, and supervises Foodservice internships for students of the Dietetic Programs. Finally, the valorisation of McGill’s Food and Nutrition Laboratories to companies of the agrifood sector falls also under his responsibility.
After earning his degree in business management, Francois began his career with Beecham Canada and he continued with Unilever Canada as Director for 25 years. He was director of EMMJM Foundation in Montreal for 8 years. He devotes much of his time to coaching and mentoring young talent. His priority? His family! He enjoys reading and outdoor activities. Francois currently has its own organization and management consulting firm.
Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec
With her extensive experience in marketing, communications and politics, The Honourable Liza Frulla, P.C., O.Q. inspires those around her with her passion for public affairs and the media and knows how to put her expert knowledge of the political process into practice.
As a woman of action, she has marked her career with a series of firsts: the first female sports journalist in the history of electronic media in Québec; the first female marketing director at a major Canadian brewery, Labatt Breweries; the first woman to act as General Manager of CKAC, when it was the most important French-language radio station in Canada; and the first woman to become Minister of Culture and Communications in the National Assembly of Québec and Minister of Heritage in Ottawa, and as such is the only person in Canada to have taken on cultural responsibilities at both the provincial and federal levels of government.
As an analyst, commentator, radio and television show host, columnist, author and speaker, Ms. Frulla takes part in all the debates that drive our society today. In August 2015, she took on the role of Director-General of the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec.
Ms. Frulla is also a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec, a Companion of the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec and Officer of the Ordre de la Pléiade.
Michi Furuya Chang
Michi Furuya Chang is Vice President, Scientific Affairs & Nutrition at Food and Consumer Products of Canada. In this role Michi works with FCPC’s food and beverage manufacturing member organizations to address science-based food and nutrition regulatory policies and bring industry’s voice to government in consultations on key initiatives such as nutrition labelling, nutrition education and sodium. Michi brings a unique and multi-sectoral perspective to all regulatory and policy development work. Prior to joining FCPC, Michi spent a combined 20 years working in community nutrition, Sobeys Incorporated, and most recently, Kraft Canada. She is a previous member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research and CFDR’s Scientific Review Committee. As a Registered Dietitian she has ensured always keeping the needs of the consumer at the forefront, and by having first-hand experience in the public and private sectors, she is able to help identify optimal solutions that meet the needs of all stakeholders. Michi obtained both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Nutrition at the University of Toronto. She is also a Registered Dietitian and a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario, and Dietitians of Canada.
Vice President and Senior Partner, Tact Conseil
With 20 years of experience, Manon Genest has solid communications expertise in the political, association, and private sectors. She has held a number of leadership positions, where she learned to develop a strategic approach, set priorities during emergencies, and settle difficult situations quickly and tactfully. She works primarily in business communication, mainly in the agrifood industry.
Manon also has a wealth of experience in government and politics thanks to over 10 years of involvement in the federal and provincial political systems. Her community involvement includes sitting on the board of directors of l’Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec.
Vice President Private Brands, Metro Inc.
Ms. Gibson joined Metro in April 2010 and is currently Vice-President, Private Brands.
Having received several awards, including Store Brands Magazine's Executive of the Year in 2015 and Innovator of the Year in 2014, Ms. Gibson has been instrumental in developing both the reputation and recognition of Metro's private labels.
She is a senior executive experienced in different areas of marketing, including strategic planning, brand management, retail, launching new concepts, marketing and purchasing. In recent years, Ms. Gibson has acquired a strong knowledge of consumer trends and habits in Quebec and Canada.
She has evolved in major companies such as Loblaw Companies and The Bay. She helped launch the Warehouse Club concept in Canada, which now operate under the Costco banner.
Vice President Operations, Pharmaprix
Bernard Godbout has been vice-president of operations at Pharmaprix since 2014. Previously, he was director of market development and marketing there, a position he had held since 2002. Bernard began his career at Metro, where he was given various responsibilities in logistics, purchasing and marketing from 1982 to 1990. Then, from 1990 to 1992, he was national sales manager at Leclerc. He moved over to Sobeys (IGA) in 1992, where he worked as a manager in procurement, marketing and then in corporate brand development until 1998. From 1998 to 2000, he was at Loblaws as director of market development, grocery and marketing, and helped launch the banner in Quebec. From 2000 to 2002, he was back at Metro, this time as director of product development for corporate brands, where, among things, he helped launch the Irresistible brand.
Director, Innovation and Commercial Programs, Sobeys Quebec
Gabrielle Gingras is the Director of Innovation and Commercial programs at Sobeys Quebec. Gabrielle has been with this organization for 15 years, and she has worked in a variety of positions in market release, marketing, private label, and business development. Driving teams from various fields, she leads the development and introduction of new products as well as the implementation of successful concepts in all grocery store shelves. Gabrielle distinguishes herself by her profound knowledge of consumers, combined with new trends to focus on business opportunities intended to help people in Québec to improve their eating habits. Gabrielle is a graduate from HEC of Montreal. She obtained a Bachelor degree in marketing and finance and a master in marketing.
Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Packaging
George Guidoni is the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Packaging magazine, published 10 times a year in Toronto by Annex Business Media. George has been the editor of Canada’s only professional magazine serving the country’s packaging and related industries for the last 18 years. Prior to joining Canadian Packaging, George has also served in various chief and/or senior editorial capacities at other prominent trade magazines, is a past recipient of several awards and award nominations in various competitions dedicated to recognizing journalistic excellence and achievement.
Nutrition Consultant, Cora's
A true foodie, registered dietician Sarah Lalanne is a member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec (the Québec association of dieticians). She is a Université de Montréal graduate (2011) and also earned a vocational training diploma in professional cuisine at the Institut de Tourisme et d’Hôtellerie du Québec (2013). She works for Cora restaurants in the Research and Development team. She has also been a consulting dietician with Ricardo Media, where she applied both her areas of expertise to the brand’s magazine and website.
Labelling and Regulation Advisor, Agri-Food Export Group
Holding a degree in dietetics technique, Julie started her career at Première Moisson Bakery and later on she continued her professional experience in regulatory affairs at Plats du Chef. Julie is now working at the Agri-Food Export Group as a labeling and regulation advisor.
Client Director, Interac Association
Isabel Lee is Client Director for Acceptance with Interac Association and Acxsys Corporation. She is responsible for managing and overseeing a portfolio of issuers, acquirers and key merchants across the Interac debit payment network. Isabel played a significant role in the national roll-out of INTERAC Flash -- INTERAC’s contactless debit product. Currently, there are approximately 140,000 INTERAC Flash enabled point of sale terminals in market and the number continues to grow. A seasoned professional in client management, Isabel has held several sales and relationship management positions with major Canadian acquirers. Before joining INTERAC in 2009, Isabel held relationship management positions with Chase Paymentech and Moneris Solutions. In her 19 years in the payments industry, she has worked closely with merchants of all sizes, from independent businesses to national accounts. This experience coupled with her current relationships with national financial institutions has provided Isabel with a valuable and unique insight on how the payments landscape operates in Canada. Isabel is a graduate of the University of Toronto. She also holds a certificate in sales management from Queen’s School of Business.
Martin Lemire is Vice-President co-founder of EDIKOM, a firm specializing in communication and information in the food sector, leading the magazine L’actualité ALIMENTAIRE, the magazine LE must, the GAÏA Awards and the food WebTV FOODINFO.TV. Since 2012, he is leading the DUX EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER Program, a national and innovative program celebrating the leadership in bringing improved nutrition for Canadians. Martin holds a bachelor's degree in nutrition from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Montreal, and a Masters in Communications at UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal) after obtaining a major scholarship from the Danone Institute of Canada, specializing in food media communication.
Director of Private Brands, Longo’s
Growing up in the family business as daughter of one of the Longo’s founders it is a good thing this self proclaimed foodie was born into a food and not a tire business. Growing up working in all areas of the business private label landed on her lap in 1990 as an opportunity for Longo’s to explore and she has been at it ever since. Exploring unique niche items to bare their family name is always a thrilling challenge. As Director of Private Brands at Longo’s, a member of the Family Council , and a member of the Senior Management Team Jenny enjoys the opportunity to create new and exciting programs and strategies, while acting as an ambassador to the family keeping the founders principals and values as a guide along the way.
Retail Market Consultant, GMD Consultant
Cumulating over 35 years of trade marketing, generic marketing and retail experience with organizations like Dairy Farmers of Canada, Launch and Best Brands as well as CPG companies like Fabergé, Colgate-Palmolive and Cadbury (now Mondelez), Gilles recently started his own consulting firm, GMD Consultant, focused mainly on the retail market, helping small and medium companies and brands with their retail and distribution strategy across Canada.
Blogger, Follow Me Foodie
Mijune is the founder of popular food and travel blog www.followmefoodie.com. Named industry’s “Must Follow” at The Social Media Awards, it is internationally recognized and respected as one of the top ones in Canada. When she’s not traveling around the world, find her covering the hottest culinary events, capturing exclusive interviews, or getting behind the scenes in the kitchen. Follow Mijune on Twitter and Instagram at @FollowMeFoodie.
Susie Erjavec Parker
Principal, Sparker Strategy
Susie Erjavec Parker is owner of SPARKER Strategy Group, Winnipeg's first and only social media and public relations agency. Susie is a frequent speaker and media commentator on the current and future state of social media having been featured on CBC, CTV, Global News, The Globe and Mail, Moneysense Magazine, Corus Radio, and more. She consults on public relations, marketing trends, and how these intersect with consumer behaviour. Susie is also the founder and managing editor of WinnipegMom.ca, a lifestyle site for Winnipeg parents and the businesses and brands that serve them.
Senior Analyst, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Joann Perron is a Senior Analyst for the food and beverage industry, a sector that accounts for 17 percent of Canadian manufacturing sales. Focusing on the economic development of the sector, she coordinates the Food Processing Industry Roundtable and the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Food Processing Industry Development Forum. Joann has been working with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for 17 years; she has also served the public as a Senior Policy Analyst and as an Economist. Joann has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Manitoba.
Store Brands Specialist, Federated Co-operatives Ltd.
After completing a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing, Nena started her career in marketing consulting where she created business and marketing plans for small and medium sized companies. Eventually her love of food took over and she was excited to start a career in the food industry. Her career at Federated Co-operatives Ltd. (FCL) started in category management, but her ultimate passion for Store Brands and product development followed shortly thereafter. Nena works in a small team that creates and manages FCL’s Store Brands portfolio.
Director of Brand Solutions, PADULO X
Hashim Rizvi has spearheaded marketing successes across North America with many leading CPG brands through the creation and direction of some of the most industry respected consumer product awards. Recently, Hashim made waves as the architect in revamping the Canadian Product of the Year Awards, as well as developing and launching the Today’s Parent Approved Awards at Rogers Media. Hashim has also been acknowledged in the industry for creating the BrandSpark Most Trusted Awards, as well as overseeing the Better Homes and Garden’s Best New Product Awards in the US. Hashim currently enjoys direct line of sight to millions of consumer interactions, and a wide breadth of products and services across Canada at PADULO X Experiential Marketing and Hub and Spoke Creative.