Atlantic Food Summit 2017

Hear Conference Board of Canada share the Food Report Card on Atlantic Canada!

OCTOBER 26, 2017 | 9:30AM to 3:30PM | Best Western Glengarry | Truro, Nova Scotia

What is this event and why should I Attend?

Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc. and the Atlantic Food and Beverage Processors Association have partnered to bring together leading businesses in Atlantic Canada to hear from  industry experts including the Conference Board of Canada about the Future of Food in Atlantic Canada.

This one day Summit will involve an overview of food performance in all Atlantic Provinces from the Conference Board of Canada’s 2016 Provincial Report on Food as well as a short and medium term economic and profitability outlook for Atlantic Canada’s agri-food and seafood manufacturing sectors. Leading experts in the Atlantic Canadian Food sector will provide high level insights and thoughts on how businesses can best look to the future opportunities for Atlantic Canada.

The Atlantic Food Summit 2017 is bringing leaders in food related businesses together to keep food at the forefront of economic success in the region. The day will focus on opportunities, how to best change and adapt to make the food sector more competitive, enhance market access and highlight our brand recognition on the world stage together.

The industry driven focus of this one day summit will allow for like-minded entrepreneurs to connect, engage and build opportunities in the sector.

It is an event not to miss!

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Conference Registration: $199.00


Event Speakers:

Bryan Inglis
Food Island Partnership

Bryan Inglis is the CEO of the Food Island Partnership, an industry-led not-for-profit partnership of businesses, technology providers, and government agencies dedicated to the growth and prosperity of the food and culinary sectors in PEI. The Food Island Partnership food cluster builds on excellence in agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture products, and facilitates value-added opportunities that leverage our outstanding science and technology infrastructure.

Before joining the Food Island Partnership, Bryan served as CEO of Co-op Atlantic. He joined Co-op Atlantic in 1986, and has held numerous leadership roles over his 30-year tenure.

Bryan holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture Economics from McGill University (MacDonald College).

Bryan has extensive retail experience in both food and primary agriculture. He has served on the Boards of Country Ribbon Inc., IPCO Inc., and the Atlantic Council for Bioenergy Co-operative Limited; and is a past Board member of Atlantic Beef Products Inc., Co-op Research Farms, and Valley Fertilizers Inc.

Peter Chapman 
President, SKU Foods

Peter Chapman understands the Canadian food industry, more importantly, he understands where it is going.  Our industry is changing fast and Peter is committed to helping producers and processors understand their customers and consumers. Peter’s valuable experience includes both sides of the desk.  Prior to working with suppliers and launching SKUfood, Peter worked for 19 years with Canada’s largest food retailer, Loblaw.  Peter is the author of A la cart and has provided food industry insights to The Globe & Mail, Maclean’s magazine and Canada AM.

The ultimate goal is to get more of your products in to the shopping cart.

Francis P. McGuire
President, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Francis P. McGuire assumed the position of President (Deputy Minister) of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency on June 12, 2017.

Mr. McGuire has served both in government and in the private sector. Having been educated in the French and English systems, and being a resident of New Brunswick, Canada’s only officially bilingual province, Mr. McGuire is completely at ease in working in either official language.

After stepping aside as President and CEO of Major Drilling Group International Inc., where he served from 2000 to 2015, Francis McGuire provided advice to companies and individuals on strategy, leadership and organizational design. Mr. McGuire also served on the Board of Directors of Major Drilling. Second largest mineral drilling company in the world, Major Drilling operates in over 20 countries and is listed on the TSX. In 2008, Atlantic Business Magazine named Mr. McGuire Atlantic Canada’s CEO of the Year. In 2012, Mr. McGuire was inducted into the New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame. Ernst & Young named him Atlantic Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013.

Mr. McGuire served on the Board of Directors of Industrial Alliance from 2001 to 2007. Headquartered in Québec, Que, Industrial Alliance is Canada’s 4th largest insurance company. Mr. McGuire also served as Chairman of the Board of NB Power from 2007 to 2010.

Francis McGuire was the Chair of the Wallace McCain Institute for Business Leadership at the University of New Brunswick, and is an emeritus member of the New Brunswick Business Council.

From 1985 to 1997, Mr. McGuire worked in Premier Frank McKenna’s administration, including as Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, and as the Leader of the Province’s Information Highway Secretariat. As Deputy Minister, he was responsible for attracting industry to the province, for assisting local companies in their growth, for establishing the IT industry in the province, and for growing its tourism industry. Mr. McGuire served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development of MITI Information Technology Inc. from 1998 to 2000. In 1999, MITI was recognized as Atlantic Canada’s fastest growing company.

Francis McGuire holds a Master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., (1974 – 1976), a Diploma in European Politics from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris, France, (1973 – 1974), and a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University (1970 – 1973). Mr. McGuire also completed the Management Training program at the University of Western Ontario’s School of Business Administration (1984) and the Marketing Management program at Queen’s University (1991).

Mr. McGuire was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has two sons, Brendan and Dylan, and lives with his long-term partner, Elizabeth Webster.

Sylvia MacVey
G.E. Barbours

Sylvia MacVey, is President and CEO of G E Barbour Inc. located in Sussex New Brunswick. Established in 1867, G E Barbour is a privately-owned food processing company with a long history of providing safe, quality foods to Atlantic Canadians.

Having spent most of her career as a part of the management team of Barbours in positions of increasing responsibility, Ms. MacVey consolidated controlling interest in Barbours in 2011. Since then, she continues to build her company’s reputation as an innovative, reliable partner in the branded, private label and co-pack food processing business in North America. Her company’s success has been recognized with Food In Canada/Grant Thornton’s Growth Award in 2016; RBC Momentum Award/Women of Influence Finalist 2016; Exporter of the Year for New Brunswick, Sales over $5million 2017; BMO Celebrating Women – Expansion and Growth in Small Business 2017.

Ms. MacVey has held leadership positions on not-for profit and industry association boards at both the regional and national levels, including the MS Society of Canada, the Packaging Association of Canada, Tea and Herbal Association of Canada, the Canadian Spice Association, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (New Brunswick), and Rothesay Netherwood School. In June 2017, Sylvia was honoured as a Founder of Rothesay Netherwood School in recognition of her passionate dedication to the continued success of the school’s mission.

A graduate of Mt. Allison University, Sylvia continued her business education through the University of Calgary and University of New Brunswick. She is married to Andy and they have two grown daughters.

Jean-Charles Le Vallée, PhD
Associate Director, Food Horizons Canada

Dr. Jean-Charles Le Vallée leads The Conference Board of Canada’s research centre Food Horizons Canada. Prior to joining the Board in 2011, Jean-Charles was a former World Bank food and commodity economist, and former Coordinator for Canada’s Food Security Bureau at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He has extensive teaching, consulting and research experience with the FAO, IFPRI, the World Food Prize, and numerous universities, including Michigan State University, Cornell, Laval and Ryerson.

Dr. Le Vallée is an agronomist, agricultural economist and food geographer by training with additional expertise in resilience, international nutrition and food policy. Jean-Charles published a book on ensuring food security through food system resilience in Belize, several book chapters, and numerous studies on world rankings of national food performances across 17 OECD countries, a Canadian food strategy, food waste, food safety, public/private food standards, food trade, the viability of food economies, Canada’s fisheries and aquaculture sector, on Canada’s agricultural labour markets, among others.

Gerry McConnell
Owner, Benjamin Bridge Winery

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