SQF Focus Day – Canada

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Join us for an in-person SQF365 event – SQF Focus Day – Canada Thursday, May 18, 2023

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                                     Grow Your Business With SQF                                       Canada Focus Day – Agenda

Capilano University, Lonsdale Campus, 125 Victory Ship Way #250, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Time Presentation Speaker/Sponsor
Day 1 – Seminar
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions GiGi Vita, Chief Food Safety Assessor Officer and SVP – SQFI

Christine Sjolander, EdD, CCDP, Vice Chair, Academics/Instructor – Capilano University School of Business

Mohit McLaren, Business Development Representative – SGS

9:15 a.m. Getting Started with SQF – Steps to GFSI Food Safety Certification Stefanie Sonneveld, Business Development Representative, Canada – SQFI
9:35 a.m. SQF System Elements, Eating the Elephant One Bite at a Time Tammie Van Buren, Manager SQFI Compliance – SQFI
10:30 a.m. Digital Solutions to Streamline SQF Compliance Amodh Arora, Compliance Advisor – Provision Analytics
11:00 a.m. Networking Break (30 minutes)
11:30 a.m. Working with Whole Foods Market Grant Daisley, Senior Local Forager Canada – Whole Foods Market
12:00 p.m. Food and Beverage Landscape of British Columbia James Donaldson, CEO – BC Food & Beverage
12:30 p.m. The SQF Risk-Based Approach to Developing a Food Safety System Tracie Sheehan, VP Technical Services – Mérieux NutriSciences
1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch Sponsored by Mérieux
2:00 p.m. Benefits of Certification – A Retailer’s Perspective Ryan Poon, Senior Quality Assurance Manager – Save-On-Foods (Pattison Food Group)
2:30 p.m. Product Sampling, Testing and Analysis including Proficiency Testing – Tools for Compliance to the SQF Code Wilson Chan, Laboratory Manager – SGS
3:00 p.m. Certified Client Case Study – How SQF Opened Market Opportunities in USA and Canada Puneet Bhalla, Director – Spice Mantra (Connoisseur’s Kitchen Inc)
3:30 p.m. Networking Break (30 minutes)
4:00 p.m. FMI Foundation Scholarship Opportunities in Food Safety Careers Carey Allen, VP of Business Development and Strategy – SQFI
4:15 p.m. Careers in Food Safety – Panel session regarding career paths in food safety. Panel of Food Safety Professionals – Moderated by Carey Allen, VP of Business Development and Strategy – SQFI
5:00 p.m. – 6:30p.m. Happy Hour and Networking – Tap and Barrel – 8 Lonsdale Avenue Sponsored by Eagle Certification
Day 2 – Half day workshop
9:00 a.m.

Workshop Option 1

Unlocking the Keys to Success – SQFI will share 3 elements to enhance your food safety program Tammie Van Buren, Manager SQFI Compliance – SQFI
9:00 a.m.

Workshop Option 2

Sustainable Integrated Pest Management – Meeting Consumer Demand for Sustainable Practices Tamara Richardson – Owner/Principal Investigator, Cornucopia Crop Consulting


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Full day, in-person event May 18, 2023 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with Happy Hour from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Optional 1/2 day workshops on May 19, 2023 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Space is limited to 85 participants – Register Early to reserve your spot!

Vancouver area’s agricultural and food product innovators will gain insights for getting started with SQF, and enhancing your food safety programs.

Who should attend?

  • Agricultural food safety management
  • Food entrepreneurs and growing brands
  • Food Safety Professionals
  • SQF Practitioners (and those aspiring to be!)
  • Food safety consultants and auditors

You will:

  • Gain knowledge to launch your business to the next level with SQF Certification.
  • Protect your brand and your consumers.
  • Hear from subject matter experts in agricultural and retailer food safety leadership.
  • Participate in the careers panel session to introduce Capilano students to our dynamic industry.
  • Network at the post-event happy hour – drinks and snacks on us!

We appreciate SGS, an SQF365 Premier sponsor, for serving as our SQF Focus Day Host and helping us craft a meaningful agenda for food safety practitioners and students.

Optional 1/2 Day Training Workshops – May 19, 2023

Choose one of our two 1/2 day workshops on May 19 that both start at 9 a.m.

Workshop 1: Keys to Unlocking Success With SQF

Led by Tammie Van Buren, Compliance Manager at SQFI. In this workshop, SQFI will share 3 elements to enhance your food safety program.

Workshop 2: Sustainable Integrated Pest Management – Meeting Consumer Demand for Sustainable Practices

Led by Tamara Richardson, Owner/Principal Investigator at Cornucopia Crop Consulting

The SQF Focus Day Canada event is limited to 85 attendees.  Registration priority will be given to food and agricultural operators, event sponsors, and Capilano students interested in food safety careers. SQF reserves the right to approve registrants.

Hotel and Restaurant Options

North shore:

Lonsdale Quay Hotel – https://www.lonsdalequayhotel.com/

Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier – https://www.pinnaclepierhotel.com/

Seaside Hotel North Vancouver – An Executive Hotel – https://seasidehotelvancouver.com/


More than 100 hotels with a variety of price ranges with easily accessible public transit to the campus.

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