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FBO 2019 Annual Conference

Creating Growth in an Era of Uncertainty

Event Information

Where: Steam Whistle Brewing 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON


Cost: $300.00

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Join Food and Beverage Ontario at our 5th Annual Conference at Steam Whistle Brewery!

May 28th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 6:00pm | Steam Whistle Brewing
255 Bremner Blvd. Toronto

Join FBO for lunch and 3 great speakers followed by an opportunity to network, featuring delicious food, Steam Whistle Pilsner and great VQA wines.

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Douglas Porter

Douglas Porter has over 30 years of experience analyzing global economies and financial markets. As Chief Economist at BMO Financial Group, he oversees the macroeconomic and financial market forecasts and co-authors the firm’s weekly flagship publication, Focus.

His team has won numerous awards including Best Forecaster for Canada by Focus Economics, top Canadian forecaster by Bloomberg and the prestigious Lawrence Klein award for forecast accuracy of the U.S. economy.

As a respected commentator on economic and financial trends, he is regularly quoted in the national press and often interviewed on radio and television. Before joining BMO, Douglas held the positions of Economist and Country Risk Analyst with other Canadian financial institutions, and began his career at the Bank of Canada.

He has been a member of C.D. Howe’s Monetary Policy Council since 2008 and serves on the Investment Management Committees of the Bank of Montreal’s Canada Pension Plan and Western’s Endowment Fund. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Toronto Finance International and on the American Bankers Association’s Economic Advisory Committee.

Mr. Porter, CFA, earned a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.

Steve Patterson

Award winning Comedian & Humour Writer. As host of CBC Radio One's wildly successful, "The Debaters" since 2007 with more than 700,000 weekly listeners.

Every comic can tell a joke, but Steve Patterson is a triple threat of funny, combining skills as a stand-up comedian with over 15 years of touring experience, a successful radio and tv host and a published humour writer.

Patterson began his full-time comedy career in 1997, shortly after ending his full-time career as a copywriter when he wrote an ad for an amusement park that his boss found a little “too amusing.” Leaving his desk job behind, he opted for the national and international stage. In addition to playing every major city in Canada (and most of the minor ones) he has also headlined in Ireland, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates leaving audiences everywhere united in their praise

In addition to general audiences, Patterson is also a host and speaker for private corporate events, counting major corporations such as the Canadian Olympic Committee, Coca-Cola Canada, PepsiCo, Best Buy, Future Shop, Investor’s Group, Manulife Financial, and Diageo Group (distributors of Guinness, Smirnoff and other beverages) to name  a few.  He is well sought after emcee for productions where top-notch stand-up comedy and the ability to deliver content is appreciated, including but not limited to: the Canadian Comedy Awards (2011); Industry gala nights for both the Geminis (2011) and Canadian Screen Awards (2013 & 2014); CBCs Short Film Face Off (2011-2015) and the Comic Vision Tour (2012 & 2014).

David Kincaid

David Kincaid is among the most recognized and respected opinion leaders in the field of North American brand management. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of LEVEL5 Strategy Group, one of Canada’s leading strategic brand consultancies. 

Prior to starting LEVEL5, David was Chief Marketing Officer at Corus Entertainment where he helped set the organization’s corporate vision, values and positioning. Before Corus, David was Senior Vice-President of Marketing and Strategic Planning at Labatt Breweries of Canada, where he led the company’s expansion into the United States, Mexico and the Dominican Republic with successful turnaround and launches of brands such as Budweiser, Stella Artois and Keith’s. 

David is a frequent lecturer and speaker at Canada’s leading business schools and conferences and serves as Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the Smith School of Business, Queen’s University. In 2013, David was recognized by his industry peers when he was inducted into the American Marketing Association’s “Marketing Hall of Legends”.

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