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2018 OFPA Spring Technical Meeting - Registration Closed

All About Traceability

Thursday April 5, 2018 |  Mississauga Convention Center
75 Derry Rd West - (Google Map)

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7:00 - 8:00 AM Registration Desk and Breakfast Sponsored by Diversey & Lab Services U of Guelph
8:00 – 8:15 AM Introductions and announcements by Ananth Kasic, OFPA President OFPA Membership by Rocio Morales, OFPA Director
  Morning Moderator: Kristen Green, OFPA Director
8:15 – 9:15 AM KEYNOTE  PRESENTATION – April Hexemer, PHAC and Christine Kopko, CFIA Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections in eastern Canada associated with romaine lettuce exposure, November and December 2017
9:15 – 9:45 AM SFC Act & Regulations – What is required when it comes to Traceability? by Mary Rutherford, CFIA
9:45 – 10:05 AM Clive Kingsbury Poster Competition-Students Present (2 minutes each)
10:05 – 10:30 AM Nutrition Break (Networking and Poster Competition) – Sponsored by Allergen Control Group; Maxxam Analytics; & Noraxx Inspections; & Orkin Canada
10:30 – 11:00 AM Pathogen Detection: from Petri to Infinity by Dr. Jeanine Boulter-Bitzer, Food Safety Science Unit, OMAFRA
11:00 – 11:30 AM "Introduction to Next-Generation Sequencing for Food Safety" by Mena Farag, Sr. Territory Account Manager, Illumina
11:30 AM  – 12:00 PM Leveraging Blockchain for Food Supply Chain Traceability by Dr. Rozita Dara, Associate Professor, U of Guelph
12:00 – 12:05 PM Diamond Sponsor Presentation – EUORFINS EXPERCHEM LABPORATORIES
12:05 – 1:20 PM Lunch/Networking(networking and poster competition) – Sponsored by Food Industry Consulting & AFCO/Zep
  Afternoon Moderator:Rupali Sanas, OFPA Director
1:20 – 1:50 PM What have they done about Traceability? by John Tentomas, President Nature’s Touch Frozen Foods Inc.
1:50 – 2:05 PM Presenting Winners of Poster Competition
2:05 –2:45 PM Panel Discussion – What have they done about Traceability? Representation from Industry, Retail, Government, and Academia Moderated by Rocio Morales, OFPA Director
2:45 – 3:00 PM Grand Prize & Closing Remarks

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2017 OFPA Spring Technical Meeting


Our 2017 Spring Technical Meeting will be held in April 2017.  Date will be finalised in September. Watch here for more info as it becomes available.

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7:30 - 8:30 AM Registration Desk and Eye-opener Breakfast Sponsored by Sealed Air (Diversey Food Care)
8:30 – 8:45 Introductions and announcements by Angela Bernoski
Remarks by Katherine Di Tommaso, OFPA President
Becoming an OFPA Member by Andrew Sweet, OFPA Board Member
  Morning Moderator: Angela Bernoski
8:45 – 9:30 KEYNOTE  PRESENTATION – Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, Dalhousie University –
“Food Fraud – Do Canadians care?......”
Sponsored by University of Guelph Lab Services
9:30 – 10:00 Dr. Shu Chen, Manager Molecular and Microbiology Sectors U of G Lab Services – DNA Screening
10:00 – 10:30 Nutrition Break and Networking – Sponsored by Innovation Diagnostics and Alere Canada
10:30 – 11:00 Meat company’s Food Fraud Program – Maple Leaf Foods
11:30– 11:35 Diamond Sponsorship Presentation – Colonial Cookies (Division of Weston Bakeries)
11:35 – 11:50 Poster Presentations
11:50 – 12:00 Door Prizes
12:00 – 1:15 Lunch and Networking –Sponsored by MWAC and Pillers Fine Foods
  Afternoon Workshop Moderator: Peck Yap
1:15 – 1:30 Setting up the workshops
1. ata McGuire, RenNSF International – Food Fraud – Can you tell the Difference?
2. Dr. Lawrence Goodridge, McGill University – How to do a food fraud vulnerability assessment.
2:30 –2:45 Nutrition Break and Networking –Sponsored by Allergen Control Group
2:45 – 3:45 Workshops
3:45 – 4:00 Poster Winners; Door Prizes; Grand Prize (Go Pro Camera)

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OFPA Golf Tournament & Technical Session 2016

We had a great turnout at the 2016 Golf Tournament.  74 golfers joined us on June 28, 2016 for a beautiful sunny day of golf at Piper's Heath Golf Club in Milton.

Technical Session

The day started with a Technical Session on Top 10 Food Safety Developments That Could Save Your Business! Presented by Iain Wright, B.Sc. Technical Manager, NSF Training and Education Services. pdfsee Iain Wright's bio,  he discussed If the food you produce is safe, your business is safe. In today’s environment it is critical that you identify and understand all food safety threats on the horizon. Only then can you establish the preventive controls that will keep your business safe.

OFPA Golf Tournament Winners

  • Best Score: (-6) Group 1A: Waylon Sharp, Mike Cassidy, Dominic Marner, Jack Trevors (DNF)                                         
  • Most Honest Score: (+7) Group 9A: James Roper, Brian Nickerson
  • Golfer’s Green Closest To Pin Winner: Andrew Sweet
  • Hole 8 – Men’s Closest To The Pin: John Nangle
  • Hole 18 – Men’s Longest Drive: Scott Arnald
  • Hole 16 – Ladies’ Closest To The Pin: Denise Horseman
  • Hole 9 – Ladies’ Longest Drive: Linda Veldhuis
  • Putting Contest: Denise Horseman

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Tournament Sponsors:

  • Platinum-Sealed Air
  • Gold-University of Guelph Lab Services
  • Silver-Continental Ingredients Canada

Hole Sponsors:

  • Sealed Air
  • Abell Pest Control
  • University of Guelph Lab Services
  • Wynford Contract Cleaners
  • Investors Group

Also, thank you to Pillers Fine Foods for the sausage lunch and Pepstix, and Colonial Cookies for the cookies galore at the morning technical session. 

Lastly the tournament had a lot of help for a number of OFPA Board members and volunteers, Thank You, you really made the event turn out great!

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OFPA Food Industry Symposium & AGM 2015

November 5, 2015 - Food safety professionals from academia, government and industry descended upon the Mississauga Convention Centre on for the 57thAnnual Food Industry Symposium and Annual General Meeting. The meeting was again well attended and supported by the membership & guests. The Association again thanks all the sponsors and donators of door prizes for their continued support that makes the meeting possible.

Distinguished SpeakersAndTrainers

Introducing A Bit Of Culture

The theme of this year’s meeting was food safety culture, a concept that is often talked about but no clear direction on how it can be achieved in a real-life setting. Lone Jespersen (Director Food Safety and Operations Learning Maple Leaf Foods) gave a keynote address on how food safety culture was developed following the Listeria outbreak. She entertained the audience with the long journey to establish a food safety culture and what benefits it can bring to an organization. Her presentation was followed by Richard Meldrum (Ryerson University) and Sukhman Grewal (QA Specialist, Pusateri’s Fine Foods) who provided an overview of a Food Safety Culture tool that has been developed by collaboration between Ryerson and Guelph University. The tool can be used to identify the weak points in food safety culture of an organization and how this can be improved.

Regulatory Updates

Rick Wong from NFF-GFTC presented on the “New Proposed Requirements for the Nutrition Facts”.  Health Canada wanted to know if the current requirements on the food labels are effective so they conducted a series of on-line consultation. And they found out that while the current label information in useful, there is room for improvement. Hence the proposed changes to the regulations that govern the information on the labels of all pre-packaged foods sold in Canada. Rick did a great job in walking us through a comparison of the current and proposed labels, pointing out the differences, what’s been added and removed, and what information has been moved to a different area on the label. A lot of detail was covered in his half hour presentation; however you are sure not to miss anything because we have the slides posted on our OFPA website!

Award Winners

Scholarship Presentations – A proud moment for 3 outstanding students who received scholarships from the OFPA and were honoured at this meeting – Jigna Patel from Durham College; Kaitlyn Balon from Ryerson University; and Yenny Kurniawan from George Brown College. The students had an opportunity to give a short presentation of the research they are doing.

OFPA 2015 Awards

Two nominations were submitted for each of the Award of Merit and Sanitarian- Food Safety Professional of the Year. For the former, the Award of Merit was given to Sani Marc for their continued support of events organized by the OFPA. Trophy Foods Inc were awarded the Sanitarian and Food Safety Professional of the year through outstanding performance in implementing standards that go beyond those required under SQF.  Lifetime achievement award for 2015 was given to Michael Brodsky. Michael is a Past-President of the OFPA and was instrumental in the rapid growth of the association back in the late 1990’s. He also was the President of the IAFP and Past-President of AOAC International. Michael continues to support the OFPA and has moderated on the famous round-table-discussion held at the fall meetings.

Awards 2015


It has been a turbulent (revolving door) kind of year on the OFPA board with many coming and goings. The Association had two presidents this year and both Lynne & Peter were awarded Past-Presidents Award.  The final act of Lynne as Past-President was to pass the now repaired gavel to Moustapha who will be President in 2016.

Round Table Discussion

The Panel Discussion – Today’s Biggest Challenges to the Food Industry. The panel was expertly facilitated by Michael Brodsky and we had representation from academia (Dr. Richard Meldrum) and industry (Lone Jespersen, Sukhman Grewal, and Sonja Milutin). Panelists zeroed in on what they thought are the biggest challenges to the Food Industry are: need for Food Safety Culture; how industry’s push to reduce costs affects food safety; need for more effective, efficient regulations; role of 3rdparty auditors; and the need to teach food safety in the schools at an early age. It was an exhilarating panel with lots of audience participation and feedback that included comments that this was the highlight of the day!

Hot Topics of the Day

As tradition predicts, the last session of the day was devoted to discussing hot topic of the day. The audience were privileged to hear two excellent presentations by Jeff and Kathy – both considered globally recognized experts. Jeffery Farber provided an overview of lessons learnt from the past Listeria outbreaks both within Canada and beyond. Kathy, sponsored by the IAFP Speakers Program, provided an overview on her research on the growth of Listeria monocytogenes on caramel apples. Word must have got around as most retails moved candy apples to refrigeration after her research was reported in the media.


Audience Feedback

The OFPA always values feedback from its members and other attendees as this is the only way to deliver meetings of relevance. From this year’s feedback; 80% of those returning the evaluation form considered the overall meeting at satisfactory or excellent. Over 80% of respondents thought the Trade Show was good-excellent and relevant to their professional interests. Comments that will be considered in planning the next meeting included:-

  • More discussion on regulatory issues especially in relation to SME operations
  • Update on food safety research in relation to risk assessment and management
  • Outbreaks of the day and lessons learnt
  • Update and prevention of food fraud
  • Auditing and training

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13th Annual Golf Tournament and Technical Session

From Food Fraud to a Hole in One - June 10, 2015

The 13th Annual Golf Tournament held at Pipers Health Club has been a regular fixture in the OFPA calendar and this year’s event was another great success. The morning technical session was delivered in partnership with NSF-GFTC with Iain Wright delivering presentations on managing the risk of food fraud and risk assessment & preventative control. Those who attended not only received updated knowledge on two of the hottest topics in the food sector but also a certificate of attendance to strengthen their professional profile.

Lunch was again provided by Pillers Meats who also sent their two energy bunnies, Pek and Angela, to help the event run smoothly. Colonial Cookies provided their irresistible cookies to sweeten the day before the intrepid golfers took to the green.

There were over 80 golfers in this year’s competition and fortunately the threatened storm that day decided to go around rather than through the course. As traditional, there were several awards throughout the day. The most prestigious award for the winning foursome threw up a surprise with the tournament favorites, Team Cassidy, were squeezed out of the top spot by Team Dunn. Honorable mention to the foursome from Abell with Mike Stanley for their effort and their support.  Other competition winners were:- Longest Drive (Men) – John Klossen – Lakeshore Vegetables; Longest Drive (Women) – Daphne Nuys-Hall – OIMP; Closest to the Pin (Women) – Antoinette Graham.

The day was capped off by the tournament dinner that was appreciated by all.

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