2020 Food Safety

Speaking To The Heart To Move The Mind:
How Foodborne Illness Storytelling Can Improve Food Safety Outcomes

With global concerns around COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the in-person Symposium that was to be held on April 7, 2020, in order to prioritize the health and safety of our Stop Alliance constituents, Speakers, Government leaders, Customers, Suppliers, Alumni and Maple Leaf Foods employees. Our hope is to reschedule the Symposium later in 2020. We will be working with our partners to finalize details and will share more information about our plans in the coming weeks.

2020 Food Safety Symposium

Maple Leaf Foods will be hosting its 11th annual Food Safety Symposium on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The theme of this year’s symposium is: “Speak to the Heart to Move the Mind: How Foodborne Illness Storytelling Can Lead to Better Food Safety Outcomes”.

Partnering with the Alliance to Stop Foodborne Illness, we have developed an agenda centered around the concept of people who have personally experienced foodborne illness in their family and are uniquely able to convey the “Why” of food safety.

We found that the compelling, and at times, heart-wrenching stories of the long-term physical and mental impact that occurs as a result of a significant illness event can be incredibly useful in engaging people in the food industry who are responsible for food safety.

From decision makers in upper management to product developers, ingredient suppliers and new employees who handle food, there is value in all stakeholders gaining a clear understanding of the impact of poor decisions or short cuts.

What is the Food Safety Symposium?

Maple Leaf Foods has a commitment to transparency and collaboration regarding food safety through sharing best practices and encouraging continuous improvement toward a collective industry of producing safe food.

In support of this objective, Maple Leaf Foods has hosted the annual Food Safety Symposium for the last 11 years. Through our symposium, we strive to provide a forum of open dialog, debate and learning about important and timely food safety topics.

Speakers

Mitzi Baum - Chief Executive Officer, Stop Foodborne Illness
Mitzi Baum

Chief Executive Officer, Stop Foodborne Illness

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Caitlin Boon - Associate Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, U.S Food and Drug Administration
Caitlin Boon

Associate Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, U.S Food and Drug Administration

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Lauren Bush - Stop Foodborne Illness Chair and Constituent
Lauren Bush

Stop Foodborne Illness Chair and Constituent

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Denise Eblen, Ph.D., FSIS, Assistant Administrator, Office of Public Health Service portrait in Washington, DC on May 30, 2018. USDA photo by Ken Hammond.
Dr. Denise Eblen

Assistant Administrator, Office of Public Health Science (OPHS)

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Randall Huffman
Randy Huffman

Chief Food Safety and Sustainability Officer, Maple Leaf Foods

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Gillian Kelleher - Vice President of Food Safety and Quality Assurance for Wegmans Food Markets
Gillian Kelleher

Vice President of Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Wegmans Food Markets

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Rory McAlpine
Rory McAlpine

Senior Vice President, Government and Industry Relations, Maple Leaf Foods

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Michael H. McCain
Michael H. McCain

Chief Executive Officer, Maple Leaf Foods

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Siddika Mithani - President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Siddika Mithani

President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

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Stan Sorscher - Engineer
Stan Sorscher

Engineer

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Michael R. Taylor
Michael R. Taylor

Co-chair of the Board of Stop Foodborne Illness

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Agenda

Time Topic Presenters

7:30am – 8:30am

Registration and breakfast

8:30am – 8:45am

Kick off & welcome address

Michael McCain and Randy Huffman

8:45am – 9:30am

Setting the Stage

Lauren Bush

9:30am – 9:45am

Show the Alliance to Stop Foodborne Illness C-suite video

Michael Taylor

9:45am – 10:15am

Break and networking

10:15am – 11:00am

Panel discussion: Why and how to engage senior leadership, including C-suite in supporting and driving a strong food safety culture

Mike Taylor, Gillian Kelleher, Mitzi Baum. Moderated by Randy Huffman

11:00am – 11:45am

TBD

11:45am – 12:45pm

Lunch

12:45pm – 1:00pm

Showcase the tools of the Alliance to Stop Foodborne Illness

Randy Huffman

1:00pm – 2:15pm

Maple Leaf Foods pilot demonstration

TBD

2:15pm – 2:45pm

Break and networking

2:45pm – 3:15pm

Alliance to Stop Foodborne Illness project updates

Mitzi Baum

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Panel discussion: Tone from the top in government: The role government can play in driving food safety culture

Rory McAlpine, Dr. Denise Eblen, Dr. Caitlin Boon, Dr. Siddika Mithani. Moderated by Rory McAlpine

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Closing thoughts

Randy Huffman

Registration and Location

For questions relating to registration, please email mlffoodsafetysymposium@hbevents.co.

Location: Maple Leaf Foods, 6897 Financial Drive, Mississauga, ON