Event: Accelerating the Growth of Canadian Food Processors – April 25

Canadian Food Processors Event: April 25, 2017

Food and beverage processing is Canada’s second largest manufacturing sector, accounting for 17% of the country’s annual manufacturing shipments. With more than 190 countries serving as export destinations for these products, Canadian firms are well positioned for international growth. With foreign demand continuing to increase, businesses should take advantage of new opportunities becoming available.

Fortunately for food manufacturers seeking advice during this process, an upcoming free workshop will be quite beneficial. The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has partnered with Mentor Works to co-host an informative presentation and networking event.

Accelerating the Growth of Canadian Food Processors will take place at the Descendants Beer & Beverage Co. in Kitchener, Ontario on April 25, 2017 from 4-6pm. Attendees will learn how to expand company cash flow and integrate innovative manufacturing processes. In addition, business owners will be introduced to some of the most popular government funding programs.

Register Now: Accelerating the Growth of Canadian Food Processors Event

April 25, 2017: Accelerating the Growth of Canadian Food Processors

In recent years, Canadian food processors have improved productivity and product quality through innovative technologies. These product and process improvements have reduced waste while driving profitability higher. Some businesses have not made these investments however, and by remaining stuck in traditional techniques, will become less competitive.

On April 25, 2017, food processors can learn how to integrate innovative manufacturing processes by using intelligent project financing.

During the event, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will deliver a presentation to highlight recent changes made to Canadian food safety regulations. Don’t miss your opportunity to discover how these changes may affect your business.

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Event Keynote Speakers

Heun Knox, Team Lead – Food and Beverage Industry, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Huen Knox BDCHuen Knox provides guidance, instruction, and direction for members of the food and beverage industry. As a Team Lead at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Huen advises clients on unique opportunities to foster business’ growth.

The Business Development Bank of Canada is the only Canadian bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. The company promotes Canadian entrepreneurship with financing, capital, and advisory services.


Nicole Bouchard-Steeves, Executive Director – Operations Modernization Project Office, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

Nicole BoNicole Bouchard Steeves CFIAuchard-Steeves is the Executive Director of the Operations Modernization Project Office (OMPO) for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). She is leading a team in the development of streamlined business processes and electronic tools to support them. This work is part of the larger CFIA Transformation Initiative which includes multiple projects, such as CFIA’s Regulatory Modernization.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is dedicated to safeguarding food, animals, and plants, which improves the health and well-being of Canada’s people, environment and economy.

Jeff Dumart, Business Development Executive, Mentor Works Ltd.

Jeff DumartJeff is a Wilfrid Laurier, Business Co-op graduate with over four years of combined experience in account management, business development, and marketing.

Today, he is a Business Development Executive at Mentor Works, where he informs, educates, and leverages various Provincial and Federal government funding programs for companies across Canada.


Register Now: Accelerating the Growth of Canadian Food Processors

Canadian food processors can discover new opportunities to accelerate their company’s growth and profitability. Register now to attend the Accelerating the Growth of Canadian Food Processors event:

Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Time: 4:00-6:00pm
Location: Descendants Beer & Beverage Co., 319 Victoria St. North, Kitchener, ON
Cost: Free

Key Event Takeaways

The Accelerating the Growth of Canadian Food Processors event will teach business owners how to expand cash flow and accelerate company growth through a proactive financial strategy. During the second half of the event, attendees will be invited to sample locally-made beer and food while networking with industry experts and business leaders.

  • Understand how to access non-dilutive project financing;
  • Uncover methods to enhance manufacturing processes through innovative technologies; and
  • Learn about recent and upcoming changes to Canadian food safety regulations.

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