Ontario Independent Meat Processors Presents: OIMP Industry Day 2014

oimp‘Supporting a Sustainable and Profitable Meat Industry’

Join Mentor Works and other leading meat & poultry industry experts on Friday March 28th to listen to business critical presentations on the sustainability and profitability of the meat industry in today’s environment.

OIMP & Mentor Works Canadian Government Funding & Small Business Resources for Meat & Poultry Industry –Event Details

Date: Friday March 28th, 2014
9:00am to 3:00pm
Teatro Conference Centre, 121 Chisolm Drive in Milton, Ontario
Free of charge

For more information and to register for this exclusive event please visit the OIMP website.

OIMP Industry Day – Event Summary

This speaker series sheds light on the future of the meat and poultry industry, and the strategic decisions that can be made to meet present needs without compromising the needs of future generations. Vision and leadership is essential across the value chain for a sustainable meat and poultry industry. OIMP Industry day will discuss this vision and leadership in the context of the economic, social and environmental impacts that can be made.

Order of Events and Speaker Introduction

9:00am to 9:45am: Annual General Meeting
10:00am to 3:00pm: Industry Day: 3 Speakers, Lunch, 3 Speakers

Provision Coalition: Sustainability – How do we know where we’re going, if we don’t know where we are?

Provide your business with the tools and resources you need to assess your sustainability needs with Provision’s free online sustainability portal. It can help your business establish key performance indicators and help in subsequent tracking and measuring of results. Provision will teach you how to turn barriers into opportunities and find potential cost savings.

Craig Richardson Institute of Food Processing and Technology: Creating a Sustainable Workforce

IFPT Chair Luis Garcia will speak on the roles that educational institutions and industry play to address the creation of a sustainable workforce now and in the future.  He will discuss topics including the outlook for the new generation of labourers and the necessity of continuous learning through training.

Mallot Creek Group: Pricing your Products Today for a Profitable Tomorrow

Costing Strategy and its key benefits will be discussed in-depth by Mallot Creek Group. They will talk to you about costing mechanisms and how to competitively price your products and services so your business will remain competitive and profitable.

Mentor Works: Learn How to Manage, Grow and Finance for Business

Bernadeen McLeod will detail the many resources, including funding tools and support services that are available to help grow your business. There are many funding opportunities available to meat & poultry processors and producers and they will be thoroughly explored in her presentation. Bernadeen has secured grant funding for numerous business owners in the agriculture industry and she will educate you on financing trends, the different types of government resources, how to find them, and how to utilize these opportunities to fund your business’s projects. Bernadeen will also share with you how funding mechanisms work, the on-line application process, eligibility factors and the funding cycle. There will also be a question and answer period for Bernadeen to provide more insight on funding and to share her experiences as a business owner.

Retailer Perspective on Sustainability and Expectations of Suppliers

This presentation will detail the retailer’s commitment to sustainability, and their expectations when working with processors. The Retailer Perspective will have an emphasis on the production of meat & poultry products in a more environmentally-friendly manner.

What does sustainability mean to us and to the future?

A panel OIMP members including Cory Van Groningen of VG Meats; Richard Halenda of Halenda FineFoods and the Meat Depot; Kevin Stemmler of Stemmler Meats and Cheese will conclude the event with a discussion on the future of the meat & poultry industry.

How to Register for OIMP Industry Day

To register, visit the OIMP website, click Register Now, and fill out the Registration Form.

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