2018 SQF International Conference


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Call For Papers

Are you interested in submitting a proposal to lead an education session at the SQF International Conference? Download the submission guidelines and submit your proposal here. The deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, March 19 2018 at 11:59 pm PST, however, the submission portal will be closed once we receive 100 entries.

Program Schedule

  • SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2018 (Pre-Con)

    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Training Classes
    (additional fee applies)
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2018 (Pre-Con)

    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Training Classes
    (additional fee applies)
    5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Ambassador Program Reception
    (by invitation only)

  • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2018

    9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Welcome Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall  
    10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Opening Keynote      
    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. General Session
    12:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
    1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. FSC Roundtables 
    2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
    3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. General Session 
    4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Celebrating Our Industry: The 2018 SQF Quality Achievement Awards
    5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Happy Hour in the Exhibit Hall

    7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
    8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Keynote
    9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
    9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions 
    10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.   Express Break 
    10:45 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions
    11:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch in Exhibit Hall
    1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions 
    2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Express Break
    2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions 
    3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
    3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m General Session
    4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Team Collaboration Project
    6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Casino Night in Exhibit Hall   


  • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2018

    7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
    8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. SQF Town Hall
    9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
    10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.  Breakout Sessions 
    11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Express Break 
    11:15 am – 12:15 pm   Breakout Sessions
    12:15 am – 1:30 pm   Lunch in Exhibit Hall
    1:30 pm – 2:30 pm     General Session
    2:30 pm – 3:00 pm       The "Big Reveal" - Team Collaboration Project Results


SQF Town Hall

Get answers to your questions about the SQF program and Edition 8 of the SQF Code at this interactive town hall-style session. Participants are encouraged to submit their questions and comments via an online app.

Idea Exchanges

Join in a lively discussion about the issues and challenges that impact food safety and quality professionals and SQF stakeholders with a focus on Edition 8 of the SQF Code. Get ideas, swap best practices, share your pain points and connect with your peers in your food safety category.


Conference Planning Committee

Michelle Anselment
COO, Night Hawk Frozen Foods

Nancy Berger
Business Development Manager, EAGLE Certification Group

Lynn M. Buck
SQF Practitioner , Mother Murphys Laboratories, Inc.

LeAnn Chuboff
Vice President, Technical Affairs, SQF Institute

Cathy M. Crawford
President-HACCP Consulting Group, HACCP Consulting Group, LLC

Dr. Darin Detwiler
Assistant Dean and Professor, Northeastern University - College of Professional Studies

Ashley Eisenbeiser
Director, Food and Product Safety Programs, Food Marketing Institute (FMI)

Adam Friedlander
Specialist, Food Safety and Technical Services, Food Marketing Institute (FMI)

Robert Garfield
Senior Vice President, SQF Institute

Melody Ge
Senior Consultant, Kestrel Management Services, LLC

Kristie Grzywinski
Sr. Technical Manager, SQF Institute

Kim Knoll
Business Development Manager, Eurofins Certification

Gwen Lee
Senior Manager, Food Safety Programs

Robert Maldonado Jr
Director of QA & Food Safety, Northgate/ CNG Markets

Sarah A. Malenich
Director, Sales and Marketing, SQF Institute

Joseph Martin
Manager QRC Audit Services, The Hershey Company

Jennifer L. McCreary
Technical Manager, Training Services, NSF International

David Melton
Director, Food Safety and Quality, Pegasus Foods,Inc.

Dr. Hilary Thesmar
Vice President, Food Safety Programs, Food Marketing Institute (FMI)

Shalonda Swearengen
Quality Specialist , ConAgra Foods

Mrs. Melissa Trezza
Sr. Certification and Compliance Manager, Mérieux NutriSciences Certification

Christian Wonders
Food Safety / Quality Manager, The F.L. Emmert Company

Amanda Bond-Thorley (Staff Coordinator)
Director, Education, Food Marketing Institute (FMI

Speaker Resources

Committee Charter