Agro Forum: Technologies Driving Canada's Food Industry

DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal

Thursday 26 Sep 2019
From 8:30AM To 2PM

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Forward-thinking food and beverage companies are leveraging advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics and automation to disrupt the industry, inspire consumers and gain a competitive edge. The expanding use of technology will continue to evolve and grow in importance with the food and beverage industry in the future.

This half-day event brought an outstanding line-up of industry experts who shared examples of how leading-edge companies are using advanced technology to outpace their competitors and drive their business forward.




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Marc Aust

Marc Aust leads a team of innovators who develop, pilot and implement innovative solutions for Domino's restaurants in the United States and around the world. Marc Aust and his team collaborate with innovation groups across the organization and around the world to create innovative solutions for franchisees, on-site teams in Domino's restaurants and customers from the brand new Innovation Garage building at the World Resource Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2003, Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin has been President and Chief Executive Officer of CIRANO since 2016, has been leading the Baromètre CIRANO project on risk perception in Quebec, which annually collects data on Quebecers' concerns on 47 social issues since 2011, is responsible of the CIRANO Pole on the Socio-economic Impacts of Digital Intelligence and Main Researcher of the theme Innovation and Digital Transformation. Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin is Full Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. She is also a Visiting Scientist at Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health and an associate researcher at the Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO).

Holding a Ph.D. in Management Science (in risks and insurance management) from École normale supérieure de Cachan, her research interests focus on risk management and decision-making in different risks and uncertainty contexts as well as public policies. Her research combines economic analysis, cost-benefit analysis, survey data analysis, and more recently massive unstructured data analysis.

In 2008 she created the RISQH network to raise awareness and share experiences on risks management, and patient safety and quality of care in health care facilities.

She participated in the creation of the Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of AI.

She is also co-PI of the "Monitoring and Surveys" function at the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technology.

She has published numerous scientific articles, several books and more than 30 reports for government and other organizations. She has given more than a hundred conferences and is regularly solicited to speak in the media.

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JoAnne Labrecque

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2016, JoAnne Labrecque is Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing at HEC Montréal. She is also Associate Member of the Omer DeSerres Chair of Retailing and Associate Member of the Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management, and a member of the INAF.

Holding a Ph.D. in Consummer Economics from Cornell University, her research focuses on a variety of topics related to innovation in the food sector, product category management, satisfaction, value chain, sustainable development and, most importantly, analysis of consumer behavior towards various categories of food – functional, organic, fair or genetically modified – and health perceptions.

She has authored several expert reports and is a member of various boards in companies that are specifically involved in the food and retail sectors.

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Guy Latreille

Director of Compliance and Risk Management, Agropur
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Renata McGuire

Renata McGuire is responsible for providing food security consulting services and developing and maintaining the documents and tools used in NSF International's consultation projects. She is a member of NSF's Global Centre of Excellence in Food Fraud Prevention and has led the development of the Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment Model, which is very useful to small and large companies in developing their fraud prevention programs. His main focus is on supplier quality assurance programs worldwide. She is also a trainer for the Food Safety Preventive Controls for Human Food Alliance (FSPCA) Preventive Controls for Human Food courses. Renata McGuire has also helped many companies meet HACCP standards and obtain GFSI reference standards certification. She has worked in the field of toxicology and has over 17 years of experience in food safety, supplier audit program management, implementation of tools for the HACCP system and other food safety programs, and product testing management.
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Pierre Poliquin

Director of Automation, SNC-Lavalin
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Bassem Zachary

Expert Advisor - IdO (IoT) & Industry 4.0/Strategy and Innovation, SNC-Lavalin
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8:30 - 9:05
Registration and Breakfast
9:05 - 9:15
Welcome and Opening Comments
9:15 - 10:00
How Industry Is Adopting Technology to Improve Food Safety
Renata McGuire, Guy Latreille
10:00 - 10:45
The Degree of Competitiveness of the Agri-Food Sector in the Age of the Internet
10:45 - 11:05
Coffee and Networking Break
11:05 - 11:50
How Technology is Changing Consumer Behaviour
Bassem Zachary, Pierre Poliquin
11:50 - 13:00
Lunch and Networking
13:00 - 14:00
Keynote Speaker - From Tech to Table: How Domino’s Uses Technology and Innovation to Drive Digital Strategy
Marc Aust
14:00 - 14:15
Closing Comments


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