Women in Food Industry Management
WFIM Presents

Join WFIM Fri. Apr. 23rd for WFIM’s 1st Virtual Sustainability Summit!

Do your part, lead change, make an impact. The time is NOW!

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Sustainability is such a huge global issue that needs to be addressed sooner than later. There is no one company or individual who can solve the world problems. How are companies including sustainability into its business goals, plans, practices now for a better future?

 

WFIM has invited a variety of guests from within and outside of the food industry, to share what they’ve done to get started, their roles, insights and plans.It doesn’t matter where you are…Learn and be inspired on what you can do NOW!

Morning Session: 10:30 -12:30 (Do your part / Pave your way)

 

Featuring 6 Speakers- Ones to Watch / Make an Impact

Afternoon Session: 2:00-4:00 (Food / Industry Experts Leading Change)


  • Cher Mereweather – President, Provision Coalition (1st Keynote)
  • Solange Ackrill – VP, Marketing & Corporate Strategy, Club Coffee (2nd Keynote)
  • Sylvain Charlebois – Senior Director, Dalhousie University | Agri Food Analytics Lab (Final Keynote Speaker)
Joining Food / Industry Experts Round Table
  • Mary Dalimonte - Board Director | Food & Retail Transformation Consultant, Mary Dalimonte Inc.
  • Magali Depras – Chief Strategy & CSR Officer, TC Transcontinental
  • Jess Newman – Sr. Director of Ag & Sustainability, McCain Foods

Featuring

  • Frank Ferragine (Guest Moderator) – Weather & Garden Expert, CityTV/Frankie Flowers, Bradford Greenhouses

PLUS stay for LUNCH BREAK 12:30-1:00/ NETWORKING 1:00-2:00pm

Meet & Greet Speakers, Breakout Rooms, Raffle Prizes & Activities

THIS IS AN EVENT UNLIKE ANY YOU WILL ATTEND!
WFIM BELIEVES:TOGETHER WE SUPPORT EACH OTHER & THRIVE!

 

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REGISTER NOW! (All Day Pass includes recording)

BONUS: Get 1 TREE PLANTED IN YOUR NAME & CERTIFICATE, donated through GREENRE (Corporate Event Day Sponsor) with each registration!

EARLY BIRD

  1. Get Registration DISCOUNT until APRIL 16
  2. EARLY BIRD REGISTRANTS get 5 TREES IN YOUR NAME PLANTED & CERTIFICATE donated through GREENRE (Corporate Event Day Sponsor)

PLUS: All registrants will be mailed sustainable swag from participating companies

FINALLY: Ticket Proceeds go to FOOD BANKS CANADA

DON’T WAIT! REGISTER NOW!TOGETHER WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND THRIVE! INVITE A COLLEAGUE, CLIENT, CUSTOMER, FRIEND OR FAMILY!

Contact admin@wfim.ca for more details.

Link and more info on how to enjoy and make the most of your sessions will be sent before the event.

See you on April 23rd!

Speaker Bios

MORNING SESSION

Nita Tandon

Founder and CEO, Dalcini Stainless

Nita Tandon is the Founder and CEO Dalcini Stainless (pronounced Dalcheeni Stainless), an award-winning health and sustainability housewares company.

When Nita stepped away from a career in biopharma and into the world of motherhood, she continued to view the world through a health lens- the health of her family and health of the planet. When she couldn’t find the healthy and sustainable option she was looking for, she combined her Indian heritage, science education and her “practical mom” mindset to develop a line of chemical-free and infinitely recyclable housewares with Dalcini Stainless.

Over the last 10 years Nita has been an outspoken advocate and trusted resource on topics of sustainability, health, toxic chemicals, microplastics, DIY home and wellness alternatives and has been featured on Turner Radio, CTV Ottawa, Newstalk1010, Post Media, The Balancing Act Podcast, and EcoParent Magazine. Nita resides with her family in Ottawa.

Ryan McKenzie

Co-Founder and CMO, Tru Earth

Ryan is the CMO and co-founder of Tru Earth® which is based in Port Moody, B.C. and began operations in April of 2019. He is a father of three and is passionate about making sure the future of the world is healthy for all of our children. He is passionate about marketing, health, fitness, futurism, and biotech.

Tru Earth is a leading eco-friendly household product company committed to eliminating plastic from landfills and oceans. At its core, you will discover that Tru Earth, is actually a movement (#TruEarthMovementTM). The Tru Earth team joins more than a quarter million equally committed people in more than 60+ countries to combat the 645 billion plastic household product containers dumped in landfills and oceans globally each year.

Our customers are #TruChangeMakersTM, disrupting the multi-billion-dollar household product industry, reducing carbon emissions by up to 94% and caring for the health of the planet and their families.

Tru Earth’s suite of products and planned launches come with our pledge to provide #TruChangeMakers with laundry, bathroom and kitchen products that they need to make a substantial impact on the health of our world. To do our part, we promise to match all first-time subscriptions by donating to families in need across the globe. Because at Tru Earth, we know many small hinges can swing very, very big doors.

Mariana Macovei

Project Leader Technical Service, Ingredion Canada

Mariana Macovei is currently working with passion for the food industry as a Project Leader Technical Service for Ingredion Canada. In her role she oversees the Canadian Technical Service team and manages projects related with innovation, cost savings and troubleshooting. With over two decades experience in the food industry, she is passionate about helping customers, colleagues, and her connections in the industry. As a long-standing member of WFIM for well over one decade she has held multiple roles in the Association and now takes care of the Scholarship and Mentorship functions.

Passion for sustainability comes from passion for environment and ecosystems.

When Mariana is not assisting clients, you can find her spending time with her family, baking, reading or enjoying yoga classes.

Shinya Kominami

Founding Director, Komi Creations Inc.

Shinya is a Part-Time Professor of Industrial Design, and Founding Director at Komi Creations, Inc.

He has 15 years of experience in the industry providing solutions for companies such as Ubisoft, Spin Master, and Irwin Toys. Currently the owner and director of his own firm — Komi Creations, Inc. — providing product design solutions to various companies, ranging from electronics, toys, PPEs, to furniture.

He is also teaching students how to evolve product design in the circular economy by applying the Cradle to Cradle methodologies at Humber College.

Educational Background:

Shinya’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Humber College.

Victoria Xu

Angel Investor, Capital Angel Network

Victoria is an Angel Investor at Capital Angel Network and self proclaimed 90% vegan mother/110% tech dork.

She is known as a dedicated supporter of early-stage tech startups working to improve the environment and quality of life. As a veteran in both STEM and social entrepreneurship, she promotes sustainability with the practical applications of technology.

Keith Loiselle

President, Greenre Brand

Keith is an executive, multi-disciplined leader with experience in environmentally conscience design, consumer products, global brand, marketing, online/social industry and licensing knowledge acquired over the past 20+ years. Growth and industry Hacker since conception, Mr. Loiselle is the founder of greener, an eco-consumer products company and INProduction Licensing.

Specialties include sustainability, brand & marketing, business analysis & strategy, innovation, supply chain, retail consumer products, graphic design, web development, social media content, and P&L management.

With his expert knowledge and experience, Mr. Loiselle has been working with leading licensors, and licensees both in North America and globally (including Disney, Marvel, Lucas Films, DC Comics, Nickelodeon, 20th Century Fox, NHL, Rovio, Emoji and Warner Bros. and their extensive franchise IP’s).

Mr. Loiselle’s experience and education as an owner and entrepreneur span across business sectors in education, branding, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. In this serving $13+Million in food and beverage, over $50+ Million in retail units sold globally and training and employing over 1000+ staff and students.

Awards

  • Top Young Entrepreneurs – Faces Magazine
  • 40 under Forty Award – Ottawa Business Journal / Ottawa Chamber of Commerce

 

AFTERNOON SESSION

Cher Mereweather

President, Provision Coalition

Cher is one of Canada’s leaders in food and beverage industry sustainability.

She has dedicated her 20-year career to enabling food and beverage companies to embrace sustainability, purpose and circularity in order to create a more resilient food system, one company at a time.

Before founding Provision in 2012, Cher had established and directed the Sustainability

Consulting Business Unit at NSF International and held executive positions with the Canadian agri-food think tank, the George Morris Centre. She was awarded the Canadian Grocer Generation Next award for leadership in sustainability and sits on the Board of Directors for the National Zero Waste Council and Birds Canada.

Solange Ackrill

VP, Marketing and Corporate Strategy, Club Coffee

Solange Ackrill has built a reputation as a brand strategy innovator with a deep understanding of the food retailing environment, with some of the giants of the industry including Walmart, Loblaws, and Maple Leaf Foods. Solange has led teams and contributed to major strategic initiatives that have generated profitable results by anticipating and aligning effectively with rapidly-changing shifts in the market. As the VP of Marketing and Corporate Strategy, and part of the Executive Leadership team, Solange is playing a central role in focusing the company’s resources towards driving sustainable growth.

With Club Coffee’s launch of the world’s first certified 100% compostable coffee pod, Solange is helping connect consumers with the sustainable innovation they seek, while building partnerships with a diverse array of innovative coffee brands across North America. Solange also serves on various boards and committees across various industries.

Mary Dalimonte

Board Director | Food & Retail Transformations Consultant, Mary Dalimonte Inc.

Mary Dalimonte is currently President of Mary Dalimonte Inc. Retail and Food Transformations, a retail consultancy and serves as a board director of Giant Tiger Stores Ltd., and the Italian Chamber of Commerce. Dalimonte remains committed to serving her community as an Academy Leader & Mentor at WFIM (Women In Food Industry Management) and mentor leader at the Network of Executive Women organization.

Mary held SVP Executive roles with Sobeys until retiring in 2018. Prior to that, she spent 30+ years with Loblaws Companies in progressively senior roles including store operations, multi-business unit development and retail operations.

Throughout her career, Mary worked through some of the most challenging times in the industry, including 2003 Blackout in Toronto, 2008 ice storm, as well as closures due to Hepatitis C infection, to name a few.

She attributes her industry preparedness and effective communication skills to working with various levels of retail/industry management and government officials.

Mary is a motivating and inspiring leader for all that come into contact with her whether personally or professionally in the industry and community.

Magali Depras

Chief Strategy & CSR Officer, TC Transcontinental

Magali Depras holds the position of Chief Strategy & CSR Officer of TC Transcontinental, the largest Canadian printer and one of the leading flexible plastics producers in North America. Ms. Depras serves on the Executive Management Committee.

This seasoned executive, with over 25 years of experience in senior leadership roles, has worked internationally, namely in Europe, Asia and North America. She brings close to 20 years of experience in the packaging industry. As Chief Strategy Officer of TC Transcontinental, Ms. Depras oversees the development and implementation of annual and long-term strategic plans. In support of the Corporation’s commitment to operating its activities sustainably, she also leads corporate social responsibility initiatives, including corporate ambitions in the area of sustainability and the circular economy of plastics, and is tasked with aligning CSR objectives with TC Transcontinental’s business strategy.

Prior to joining TC Transcontinental, Magali Depras held several leadership positions with CSA Group (Canadian Standards Association), first as Vice President, Europe, where she developed local conformity assessment services and testing operations from scratch, then as Chief Operating Officer overlooking global operations and developing the organization organically and through acquisitions, and finally as President of CSA Group Standards.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Depras spent close to 20 years at Br. Hartmann, a company specialized in the manufacturing and sale of molded fiber packaging for food and industrial products where she served as Chief Commercial Officer. Over her 20-year tenure with this Danish publicly listed corporation, she held various Sales and Marketing leadership positions in Europe.

Ms. Depras holds an MBA from the Institute of Business Administration (IAE) of Paris, Panthéon- Sorbonne, as well as a Master of Foreign Languages applied to Business and Trade from University of Lille. She earned a certificate in Board Governance from the INSEAD Business School, for which she is President of the Canada Alumni Association. She is currently serving on several Boards including as Vice-Chair, Plastics Division of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) and as a Board member and member of the governance committee of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. French born, with extensive international experience, Magali and her family have been established in Montreal, QC since 2014.

Jess Newman

Senior Director of Agriculture and Sustainability, McCain Foods

Jess Newman is the Senior Director of Agriculture & Sustainability at McCain Foods, the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato products and appetizers. Her team of agronomists and field representatives are responsible for all the sweet potatoes, peppers, onions, zucchini, and other vegetables purchased directly from farmers. They also implement McCain’s 2025 sustainability goals related to agriculture: 50% of farmers implementing regenerative practices, 25% reduction in farming CO 2 emissions intensity, 15% improvement in irrigation water use efficiency in water-stressed regions, and the launch of three Farms of the Future.

Jess works remotely from her home state of Michigan and travels frequently to support her team (when COVID allows). Jess has worked at the United Nations Food and Agriculture.

Organization, Ecologic Institute, New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Booz & Company, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and Anheuser-Busch. She holds a B.A. from Harvard, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. She is passionate about working with farmers, baking, and sci-fi/fantasy.

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois

Professor, Food Distribution and Policy
Faculty of Management
Professor, Faculty of Agriculture
Dalhousie University, Canada
Senior Director, Agri-Food Analytics Lab

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is a Professor in food distribution and policy in the Faculties of Management and Agriculture at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He is also the Senior Director of the Agri-food Analytics Lab, also located at Dalhousie University.

Known as “The Food Professor”, his current research interest lies in the broad area of food distribution, security and safety. He is one of the world's most cited scholars in food supply chain management, food value chains and traceability. Furthermore, his research has been featured in several newspapers and media groups, nationally as well as internationally. He has testified on several occasions before parliamentary committees on food policy-related issues as an expert witness. He has been asked to act as an advisor on food and agricultural policies in many Canadian provinces and other countries.

Education:
PhD, Université de Sherbrooke (CANADA), 2005
MBA, Université du Québec à Montréal (CANADA), 2002.
BComm, Royal Military College / Collège militaire royal (CANADA), 1992.

YOUR HOSTS

Frank Ferragine

Frank Ferragine aka Frankie Flowers CityTV's Weather and Garden Expert, Bradford Greenhouses

Four-time best-selling gardening author, three-time recipient of Landscape Ontario's Garden Communicator of the year, award-winning landscape designer and Toronto's most popular weather guy, Frank Ferragine - best known as Frankie Flowers on Breakfast Television and CityLine - is Canada's gardening expert.

From plant killers to master gardeners, Frankie believes there is always a lesson to be learned and a plant to be saved!

Locally Frankie family operates Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery - Named Canada's Best Garden Centre and one of Canada's best Managed Businesses

Brenda Seto

Board Director, WFIM

Brenda Seto is an avid Board Director of WFIM, leading Marketing, Corporate & Event Strategy Development.She joined WFIM in 2013 and continues to be a compassionate leader who utilizes her skills and experience to build and grow WFIM and further help support, develop & connect women (and men) in food & related industries to be the "best at the table".She embodies the values of WFIM personally and professionally:to continue to learn and connect others, to support, give back and help others thrive. Most recently, Brenda has led the organization to pivot during the pandemic so the core values important to WFIM's member community continue even in the current virtual environment.

Brenda has 25+ years experience as a sought-after business executive with a blend of corporate and entrepreneurial skills, working closely with a variety of clients and companies in multiple markets, categories and channels.Brenda has a track record in Brand, Product and Licensing globally, having worked with the top studios globally including Disney/Marvel/Lucasfilm, Warner Bros., Mattel, MGAE, Emoji, Rovio, Sony, Viacom / Nickelodeon, Vancouver Olympics, NHL to name a few. She has been known to be in tune with emerging trends, strategically on point while pragmatically and tactically able to connect the dots to activate plans and programs with teams on time and budget for commercial success.

Brenda's Marketing and Licensing leadership has helped her companies win numerous awards, including Licensee of the Year for Disney North America, Licensee of the Year for Mattel Canada, Best Promotional Partner for HiT Canada and Best Product Innovation from AC Moore. Her clients appreciate her skills, experience, connections and relationships over the years, whether to solve short-term issues while aligning solutions to long-term goals.

 

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