Past Events




  • Status Report; What were the outbreaks of 2018 - April Hexemer, Courtney Smith, Manager, Outbreak Epidemiologist, Centre for Food-borne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Disease, Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Burden of foodborne illness in Ontario - Dr. Jin Hee Kim, Public Health Physician, Public Health Ontario
  • Cannabis edibles: risks, public health concerns and what we learned when we surveyed the local population - Katherine Paphitis, Kelly Briscoe, PhD Candidate UOG and Regional IPAC Specialist, Public Health Ontario; Public Health Inspector, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
  • Factors affecting safe food handling at retail and food service - Dr. Ian Young, Assistant Professor, School of Occupational and Public Health Ryerson University
  • Blockchain Technology, the Food Industry, and Radical Transparency - Ushnish Sengupta, Faculty Schulich School of Business, York University
  • An update on the new "Safe food for Canadian Regulation"- Jeremias Cull, Food Processing Program Officer, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Overview of the New "Canada's Food Guide- Dr. Sonya Agbessil, Food Policy Liaison Officer, Health Canada











  • Assessment of Value-Added Fruit and Vegetable Products Sold at Farm Gate and Farmers' Markets - Dr. Robert Blenkinsop, Food Scientist, Horticulture, OMAF and MRA
  • Adapting High Hydrostatic Pressure for Food Processing Operations - Dr. Tatiana Koutchma, Research Scientist, Novel Food Processing, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Investigation of a Large Foodborne Illness Outbreak Associated with the Consumption of Cronut Burger at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) - Dr. Sylvanus Thompson, PhD, CPHI(C), Associate Director, Toronto Public Health
  • Ontario's Local Food Strategy -  Marc LaBerge, Senior Policy Advisor, OMAF and MRA
  • Foodborne Contaminants from a Global and Local Perspective -  Dr. Sabah Bidawid, Chief, Microbiology Research Division, Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate, Health Canada
  • Revised Estimate of Foodborne Illness in Canada - Dr. M. Kate Thomas, Epidemiologist, Public Health Agency of Canada



  • Update 2012: Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Health and the Agri-Food Sectors - Dr. Bruce Holub, Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph
  • Overview of New Canadian Allergen Labelling Requirements - Yin Lee, Senior Program Officer, Consumer Protection Division, CFIA
  • Food Handling Practices in a Retail Setting - Aldo Franco, Senior Director Food Safety Ontario, Loblaw Companies Ltd.
  • Pest Management Electronic Reporting Systems - Steven Graff, Quality Assurance Manager, Abell Pest Control
  • Policy Update on Listeria in Ready-to-Eat Foods - Dr. Maria Nazarowec-White, Associate Director, Bureau of Microbial Hazards Food Directorate, Health Canada
  • Standardized Product Recall Form for the Grocery Sector - Alan Grant, Senior Director, Product Safety, GS1 Canada
  • Strengthening Oversight on Imported Foods Under the Food Safety Action Plan - Matthew Bell, Acting Chief, Legislation, Import Systems, CFIA
  • Culinary Tourism - Danielle Brodhagen, Program Development, Stratford Tourism Alliance




  • Update on the New Listeria Policy - Joanne Boudreault, Inspection Program Officer, National Inspection Division-National Operations C.F.I.A.
  • The Chemistry of Cleaning - Kevin J. Wallace, Account Manager Johnson Diversey
  • Avoiding Hidden Treasures: Sanitary-Hygienic Design of Food Processing Buildings And Equipment - Diana Bennett, P.Eng., Manager, Food and Beverage  Sandwell Engineering
  • Threatening Pests Food Safety Through Integrated Pest Management - Steven Graff, Quality Assurance Manager,  Abell Pest Control
  • Food Safety Inspection in Toronto : DineSafe - Jim Chan, Manager, Food Safety Program,  Toronto Public Health
  • Food Safety Liability and Producer Due Diligence - Bryan Hicks, B.A., LL.B., Barrister and Solicitor Trillium Mutual Insurance Company


  • Salmonella Outbreak Investigation in London Implications for Food Handlers - Dr. Bryna Warshawsky, Associate Medical Officer of Health and Jim Reffle, Director of Environmental Health and Chronic Disease, Middlesex-London Health Unit
  • Implementing Facitlity Level Traceability Across the Ontario Agir-food Industry - Holly Sabara, Traceability Project Coordinator, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • CFIA's Activities for the Safety of Domestic and Imported Fresh Fruits And Vegetables - Isabelle Laberge, Senior Officer Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Safety Program, CFIA
  • Branding Ontario Food Products - Gayle Labuz, Marketing and Communications Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Recommended Guidelines for Management of the Risks Related to the Consumption of Donairs and Similar Products (Gyros, Shawarmas) - Bill Slater, Regional Food Liaison Officer, Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada
  • The World of Dairy Proteins- Enhancing the Value of Milk and Milk Products - Dr. Milena Corredig, Associate Professor and Ontario Dairy Council/ INSERC Industrial Junior Research Chair in Dairy Technology and Graduate Coordinator, University of Guelph


  • DHA/Omega-3 Fatty Acids For Human Health: Part ll - Dr. Bruce Holub, Professor Emeritus Dept. of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph
  • Alternatives to Trans Fats: Research Developments and Industry Opportunities, Dr. Alejandro Marangoni, Professor and Canada Research Chair Food and Soft Materials Science Dept. of Food Science, University of Guelph
  • Interaction of Human Pathogens With Growing Plants and Novel Post-Harvest Intervention Strategies - Dr. Keith Warriner, Assistant Professor Dept. of Food Science, University of Guelph
  • Food Safety and Leafy Green Products, Sandra Jones, On-Farm Food Safety Program Lead, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Implementation of the Canada Organic Regime - Michel Saumur, Acting Program National Manager Canada Organic Office, CFIA


  • The Societal Services Of Organics - Dr. E. Ann Clark, Associate Professor Dept. of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph
  • Organics: Poised to Change The Face of Food - Randy Whitteker, General Manager, Ontario Natural Food Co-op
  • Avian Influenza Update - Dr. Graeme Stott, Program Specialist-Disease Control Animal Health and Production Program Network, CFIA
  • Task Force on Trans Fat-Health Canada Initiative - Dr. Mary L'Abbe, Co-chair of the Trans Fat Task Force, Health Canada
  • DHA/Omega-3 Fatty Acids For Human Health: Scientific Perspective - Dr. Bruce Holub, Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Science Dept. of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph
  • Food Delicacies-The Ultimate Specialty Foods - Dr. Massimo Marcone, Adjunct Professor Dept. of Food Science, University of Guelph


  • Factory Farming and GMO's: Is There Another Way? - Dr. E. Ann Clark, Associate Professor Dept. of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph
  • On-Farm Food Safety Recognition Program - Jamie Sefton, Ontario Area Coordinator On-Farm Food Safety Recognition Program, CFIA
  • The OMAF Fresh Fruit And Vegetable Survey - Lindsay Arthur, Applied Research Coordinator Crop Technology Branch, OMAFRA
  • Haines Report: Farm to Fork: A Strategy for Meat Safety In Ontario - Dr. Gwen Zellen, Director, Food Safety Policy Branch, OMAFRA
  • Update on The Food Safety Enhancement Program (FSEP) - Tom Graham, National HACCP/FSEP Coordinator Operations Coordination, OFVPO, CFIA
  • HACCP Advantage Update - Dr. Pat Johnson, Manager, Science and Advisory Unit Food Inspection Branch, OMAFRA
  • Food Security - Larry R. Wallace, Manager Safety and Security, Schneider Foods