Women in Food Industry Management

Fall Premiere Network & Nibble Event

Guest Speaker… Alison DeMille, McCain “Leadership Development – it’s a great time to be a Girl!”

ALISON DEMILLE, CHRO MCCAIN FOODS delivers an enlightening presentation that will prepare women to develop their leadership skills with success and confidence.

Join us for a session focusing on leadership development.

Understand the factors that can accelerate or hinder the success of women in organization. The focus of this session will be to prepare women for unseen barriers in their leadership career, promote self-confidence and address tips and tricks on how to be successful in the workplace.

Aspiring women leaders (either young or in mid-career, in various aspects of work and life) must attend.

Both women and men will benefit from this session as well. Be sure to attend to bring out the “leader within” or bring someone who you know has leadership potential or aspirations.



Join WFIM on Nov. 6th

Held at the beautiful W Event Boutique.

Enjoy expertly prepared nibbles and fabulous networking.



studiospec and WFIM LogoNEW! During this Networking part of the event (from 5 pm to 7pm), WFIM / Studiopec have teamed up for you to get your Corporate Headshot done at an affordable price:

Sessions should be approximately 5 minutes and each booking will receive one edited headshot photo in the coming weeks after the event.

The typical professional headshot in Toronto costs $175, as a WFIM member benefit, the regular price is only $75; however, Studiospec / WFIM are offering attendees this headshot session at a special discounted event price of $25 for all registrants.

Select your Headshot timeslot

  • Session 1: 5-6pm or
  • Session 2: 6-7pm and

Bring only $25 cash to get your headshot done at the event! Don’t miss this headshot opportunity brought to you by StudioSpec / WFIM.


Register by Early Bird Date of Oct. 18th and receive additional discounted rate for YOU & YOUR GUEST!



W Event Boutique (co-sponsor)
177 Whitmore Road
Unit 13-15
Woodbridge, Ontario L4L 6A7

Event Date

Wednesday November 6th, 2019
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Register Now!

Time / Agenda

5:00 pm Registration Begins
5:00 – 7:00 pm Network, Nibble
(be sure to get your Corporate Headshots done with Azita of StudioSpec, WFIM Member Benefit Partner / BRING ONLY $25 CASH)
7:00 - 8:00 pm ALISON DEMILLE talks Leadership Development… It’s a great time to be a Girl! Find out why. Learn how!
8:00 – 8:30 pm Q & A
8:30 – 9:00 pm Closing Remarks

Event Cost (however register by early bird date of Oct. 18th & get a further discount for you and your guests!)


Members Non Members Students/Retirees
$65.00 +HST
$52.00 +HST (early bird)
$80.00 +HST
$64.00 +HST (early bird)
$40.00 +HST
$32.00 +HST (early bird)

Alison DeMille, Chief Human Resources Officer

AlisonAlison DeMille joined McCain Foods Limited in September 2014 as Chief Human Resources Officer where she is a member of the Senior Leadership Team reporting to the CEO, and interacting at the Board level. She brought with her 23 years of top-tier, best-in-class HR expertise, spanning senior roles in Canada, China, the U.S. (New York & San Francisco) and the UK. Her previous position was SVP, HR for Gap Global (New York) where she managed centralization of Gap’s operating model.

Alison began her career in the automotive industry and logistics working in Labour Relations and HR. From there she moved to Frito-Lay as National Corporate Manager, Organizational Effectiveness. Alison was then recruited by Gap Inc. to head up their HR function in Canada. She assumed her first general management role as VP, Shared Services, where she was effectively the “face of Gap” in Canada, representing the company in industry associations and with regulators, and helping to coordinate or solve any frictions between business units.

Over the course of her 16-year HR tenure at Gap, Alison was promoted from Senior Director to VP to SVP, in locations around the world. Among other accomplishments, she led a large centralization project for Gap Inc. London, UK, in which she designed a multi-channel, multi-brand operating model and organizational structure; and managed a high level organizational assessment and design through a North American alignment project. She was also a key member of the start-up team focused on Gap’s retail entry to China.

Alison holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) in Labour Relations from McMaster University, Ontario; and a Master of Industrial Relations degree from Queen’s University, Ontario. A native of Vancouver, she, her husband Ian, and twin girls, Kate and Lily are pleased to return to Toronto.

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