Food Entrepreneurs Conference | March 3 & 4


Two-day conference taking place on March 3rd and March 4th for food entrepreneurs presented by the Agri-food Management Institute (AMI) and hosted by Georgian College. 



Day 1:   Pre-conference seminars: Thursday, March 3, 2016

Time:   1 to 3 p.m.: Introduction to Food Safety Regulations

3:15 to 5 p.m.: Introduction to Nutrition Labelling

Location:  Kempenfelt Conference Centre 3722 Fairway Rd., Innisfil, ON L9S 1A5 


Day 2:   All-day conference: Friday, March 4, 2016

Time:   8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location:  Georgian College Barrie Campus   One Georgian Dr., Barrie, ON L4M 3X9 



Georgian College, in partnership with the Agri-food Management Institute (AMI) and local municipalities and economic development partners, the County of Simcoe, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, are proud to present the inaugural all-Ontario conference:   Food Entrepreneurs: Building Ontario Innovation One Product at a Time  

This two-day event includes panel discussions by successful food entrepreneurs and industry experts on topics such as innovation, human resource management, food safety culture, overseeing and executing strategy, product idea viability, collaborating for growth, and more.  It will also feature: 

  • Pre-conference seminars that introduce new entrants or newly established businesses to food safety regulations and food nutrition labelling
  • Regional showcase of:
    • Flavours from the regions of Ontario: Taste products from around the province and learn more about the unique flavours from north, central and southern Ontario. Each of the six regions will proudly showcase artisans and food businesses that best represent their “taste of place” and tell the stories of these businesses
  • Input supply companies and a “business development alley” with supporting organizations such as Community Futures, AMI and Georgian who work to help businesses increase their competitiveness
  • Concurrent breakout sessions tailored to two streams of learning: Established and newly established businesses
  • Plenary session will speak to innovation and the future of food
  • Pitch sessions for entrepreneurs looking for tips on pitching a new product or business to possible investors, buyers, distributors and/or partners
  • Connection café: Participants can get the most out of their conference experience by joining in on a facilitated networking session to network and look for input from their peers on burning issues impacting their operations or business planning



Barb Shopland, Strategic Projects,  Georgian College 705.325.2740, ext. 1414

Ashley Honsberger, Program Manager,  Agri-food Management Institute




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