Leadership Forum

Date & Time

NSF International and CIRANO, together with CTAQ, are proud to present a one-day Leadership Forum at Hotel Sofitel Montreal on February 1, 2018. Register now!

2018 Leadership Forum

Challenges and Opportunities for Quebec Food Industry:
Let’s Take the Lead Together!

GOALS

Bring together major Quebec food industry players across sectors and activities for brainstorming  about future key issues for food. 

The conference is intended primarily for senior management (CEOs, VPs and senior staff in quality, supply chain, procurement, purchasing, etc.) of Quebec food companies (from farm to fork).
 

DETAILS

To anticipate major changes coming and to transform new food trends into opportunities, food business must mobilize and harness its forces to stay successful. Let’s take the lead together!

This full-day conference covers a wide panorama of challenges and opportunities in the food business: economic issues, technological innovations, new consumer expectations and risk perception.

The conference also offers a leadership forum for Quebec food businesses to share and reflect on their experiences to better prepare for the future.  Led by CIRANO, the forum provides a framework to discuss challenges and opportunities and to help food chain business and players make the right decisions and to maintain Quebec food industry competitiveness.

Join us to interpret key global trends that affect the agri-food sector and to learn the latest innovations from food experts and researchers.  
 

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

MORNING

8:15 AM:  WELCOME

SESSION 1:  ECONOMIC ISSUES: IMPACTS ON THE AGRI-FOOD INDUSTRY 

  • 8:45 - 9:30 AM - Economic Outlook and Impacts on Agri-Food
    Growing food demand takes agriculture off the ground, and international trade issues:  what they mean for Quebec’s agri-food industry. How to contend with the industry’s challenges.
    Peter Hall, Chief Economist, Export and Development Canada (EDC)
  • 9:30 - 10:15 AM - Consumer Trends and Contradictions: Issues and Future Prospects for the Agri-Food Industry 
    Changing values, the power of social media and its impact on reputation, digital transformation, Big Data. How consumer data shake up roles and organization (supply, production, logistic) of food producers (manufacturers, distributors, retailers) 
    Alain Tadros, Vice-President Marketing Metro Richelieu Inc.

10:15 AM:  BREAK

SESSION 2: THE AGRI-FOOD INDUSTRY OF TOMORROW: CAPITALIZING ON OPPORTUNITIES AND TRENDS

  • 10:40 - 11:10 AM - E-commerce Disruptions and the Agri-Food Sector: What Are the Consequences?
    Joanne Labrecque, Associate Professor at HEC Montréal, and CIRANO fellow
  • 11:10 - 11:40 AM - Anticipated Revolutions in Food Security 
    Challenges and technology’s answers
    Rob Chester, Managing Director of Food Safety, NSF International in United Kingdom
  • 11:40 - 12:10 PM - Moving Toward Smart Supply Chains
    How to manage the complexity of supply sources and limit risks
    Louis Roy, President and Founder of Optel Group
  • 12:10 - 12:30 PM - Perceptions and Levels of Awareness of the Food Industry Across the Quebec Food Supply Chain and Consumer Risk Perception in  Quebec A CIRANO/CRIBIQ/Université Laval survey results
    How they can save auditors time by changing inspection and certification practices, as well as reduce client costs
    Serban Teodorescu, Global Manager CTS NSF International

LUNCH
In partnership with La Tablée de Chefs

  • Presentation by Jean-François Archambault, CEO and Founder of La Tablée des Chefs
     

AFTERNOON
 

SESSION 3: RISK MANAGEMENT LEADERSHIP AND CULTURE

  • 1:30 - 2:00 PM - CAPSULE VIDEO « example of technical revolution  Eye Succeed Google Glass »
    Jen Tong, NSF 
  • 2:00 - 2:30 PM - Setting the Stage to Adopt Appropriate Management Culture to Face New Challenges
    Technology alone can’t cut it. Adaptation starts with leadership and appropriate management.
    How getting leaders engaged to new management without changing their values.
    Jean Bédard, CEO, Groupe Sportscene Inc.

SESSION 4: FOOD SAFETY CERTIFICATION: WHAT CONSUMERS HAVE TO SAY 

  • 12:30 - 3:00 PM - Results of a Ground-Breaking CIRANO Study Unveiled
    The results of a survey of Quebec consumers on the value of food safety certification and how these certifications affect consumer behaviours.
    Ingrid Peignier, Director, Partner Relations and Communications, CIRANO
  • 3:00 - 3:30 PM - Substainability, Eco-certification and Origin Challenges for Food Products 
    Case study in seafood. 
    Jean Claude Brêthes, professor Université du Québec à Rimouski 

3:30 PM:  BREAK

ROUND TABLE WITH AGRI-FOOD INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES
MODERATED BY ALAIN DUBUC

  • 4:00 - 5:00 PM - How Can We Transform Current Issues and Trends Into Opportunities for Quebec’s Agri Food Industry to Seize? 
    Panel discussion with four to five representatives of Quebec’s agri-food industry. Moderated by Alain Dubuc, columnist at La Presse.
    Simon Olivier, VP Strategy and R&D, Agropur
    Martin Le Moine, CEO Fruit d’Or
    Marc Fortin PDG CCCD Québec
    Annik Labrosse VP marketing Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert

RECAP OF THE DAY AND LAUNCH OF AN INFORMATION SHARING AND EXCHANGE INITIATIVE FOR BUSINESSES IN QUEBEC’S AGRI-FOOD CHAIN

  • 5:00 - 5:30 PM - Theme of the Day: Let’s Take the Lead Together!
    Launch of the CIRANO Agri-Food Industry Forum 
    Launch of an information sharing initiative for all businesses in Quebec’s agri-food chain to give them a platform to discuss the issues of the future and how to prepare for them. This CIRANO-led Forum can help companies make better decisions to remain competitive in this industry in Quebec. 
    Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin, President and CEO of CIRANO and Full Professor at Polytechnique Montréal

5:30 PM - CLOSING COCKTAIL AND NETWORKING

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ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Carole Fortin, Director, Government Relations and Public Affairs (CCCD); Sylvie Cloutier, CEO (CTAQ);  Annie Tessier, Business Development (UPA); Sébastien Lacroix, Director (AQINAC); Robert Dion, Editor (HRI Mag); Nathalie Lambert, Head of International Accounts (EDC); Julie Gagnon, Head of Client Relations (FAC); Sylvain Morel, VP, Agricultural and Agri-Food Markets (Desjardins); Youenn Soumahoro,  Economist (CILQ); Alain Lemieux, CEO (EPSILIA); Benoît Tetrault, Agrofood Investment Director (Funds FTQ); Benoît Bazinet, VP Strategy (MERINOV); Louis-Samuel Jacques, Assistant VP (BDO); Pierre-Alexandre Blouin, Interim President (ADAQ); Alain Mailhot, President (ARQ); Christian Ostiguy, Associate VP, Food industry (BNC), Nancy Jalbert, Associate, Management Consulting (RCGT); Eric Cardinal, Managing Director  (IJW Capital);  and Daniel Laporte, President (Laporte Experts Conseils)

CIRANO: Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin, CEO and Ingrid Peignier, RP and Communication Director

NSF International: Serban Teodorescu, Global Manager, Food Consulting and Technical Services; Nathalie Francq, Quebec Program Manager, Food Consulting and Technical Services; and Miville Deschênes, Quebec Food Division Business Manager
 

About CIRANO

CIRANO (www.cirano.qc.ca) is the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations. The mission of CIRANO is to integrate knowledge into action to foster the development of social and economic innovation by building a bridge between the business and academic worlds, to develop research programs tailored to these organizations’ needs and to guide researchers and practitioners into sharing their respective areas of knowledge and experience. 

Partners are key to CIRANO. The partners, whether from the business, government or academic circles, are members of CIRANO’s board of directors. They contribute to setting its research agenda and sit on the various committees that oversee its activities. 

Partners include: Ministère des Finances du Québec ( le MESI,  MAPAQ, le MSSS, etc.), Industrie Canad, HydroQuébec, Gaz Métro, RioTinto, Bell, Intact, la Banque du Canada, Power Corporation, la Ville de Montréal,  AMF, BMO, Desjardins, BDC, etc.  

CIRANO brings together over 230 professor-researchers active in a variety of disciplines, including economics, finance, management, information systems, computer science and operational research, psychology, sociology, political science, law, history and medicine. These researchers belong to eight Québec academic institutions and more than 10 institutions from outside the province in Canada, the United States and Europe. Recognized internationally, they produce high-calibre scientific work and publish in the best journals — over 20 hold research chairs.

CIRANO focuses its efforts on the following fields: public policy, risk, finance, sustainable development, strategy and international economy, demographic change economics and economic development. Since 1998, CIRANO has also run the scientific leadership of Québec’s only experimental economics laboratory.

In the RISK sector, CIRANO focuses on understanding and measuring risk, as well as the factors that influence risk perception and tolerance. The notion of risk is currently of the greatest relevance to both private and public institutions. Through its work, CIRANO is able to offer a thorough analysis of the measurement, perception and impact of risk, offering decision makers an array of tools to enhance risk management and decision-making.

Contact: Ingrid Peignier


About NSF International 

NSF International (nsf.org) 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. Founded in 1944, NSF International is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment. 

NSF International provides expertise and accredited food services across all supply chain sectors, including agriculture, animal feed and welfare, produce, processing, distribution, dairy, seafood, quality management software, retail and restaurants. Services include Global Food Safety Initiative, foodservice equipment and nonfood compounds certification, HACCP validation and inspection, label claims verification and certification, DNA and food package testing, product and process development, and organic and Certified Transitional certification through Quality Assurance International (QAI). NSF also offers expert auditing, consulting and training. NSF has office and lab locations in 33 countries, including food services in Guelph, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec (www.nsfcanada.ca).

Contact: Miville Deschênes

Location

Sofitel Hotel
1155 Sherbrooke St. W
Montreal QC H3A2N3
Canada