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Water Innovation Forum

Steam Whistle's Trish Yee (Quality Assurance Technician) speaks at WIF.

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8:30 am WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS


Deb Stark, Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs


8:45 am PROGRESS UPDATE: WHAT’S HAPPENED


A summary of progress made to date in implementing the recommendations in the “Driving Adoption of Sustainable Water Solutions in the Ontario Food Processing Sector” report will be presented.


- Kevin Jones, President and CEO, BLOOM


9:00 am ON-SITE WASTEWATER TREATMENT DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS


Pilot demonstrations of a disruptive wastewater treatment technology have been conducted in several host food and beverage processing operations. Key demonstration challenges, findings, lessons learned and next steps will be discussed.


- Moderator: Michael Fagan, Senior VP, BLOOM 


- Panel Participants: Walter Kraus, Senior Director Environmental Affairs, Weston Foods Canada; Anne DeMelo, General Manager, Portuguese Cheese Company; David Hooper, Winery Operations Manager, Cave Spring Cellars; Rob Davis, Owner, EcoEthic Inc.; Phil Dick, Business Resource Specialist, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food


10:30 am NETWORKING AND REFRESHMENT BREAK


11:00 am REGIONAL FOOD CLUSTER PANEL


This session will profile two food clusters in the Regional Municipalities of Peel and Waterloo to highlight how municipalities are using “incentive-based” programs to encourage water efficiency by industry. Individual food processors will discuss how they are “re-thinking” their water use, and will share outcomes and lessons learned from initiatives they have implemented.


- Moderator: Kevin Jones, BLOOM


- Panel Participants: Steve Gombos, Manager, Water Efficiency, Region of Waterloo; Mike Bechard, Technical Analyst, Water Efficiency, Region of Peel; Darren Borden, Energy Management Engineer, Weston Foods Canada; Trish Yee, Quality Assurance, Steam Whistle Brewing


12:30 pm MANAGING WATER RELATED RISKS ALONG THE VALUE CHAIN


Viewing operations from a value chain perspective can enable food and beverage processors to reduce water related risks and achieve a level of competitive advantage that would not otherwise be possible. Martin’s presentation will show “why” and “how” Ontario’s food sector can benefit from taking a wider, “holistic” perspective in managing their resources and operations relative to the overall value chain.


- Presenter: Martin Gooch, Director, Value Chain Management Centre


AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS – NEXT STEPS


The afternoon will consist of interactive working group sessions, moderated by industry experts, to exchange ideas and discuss what further actions can be taken to support the broader adoption of innovative and sustainable water solutions by the Ontario Food Processing Sector.


1:45 pm BREAKOUT GROUP DISCUSSIONS – CONCURRENT SESSIONS


BREAKOUT SESSION #1: BUILDING THE CAPACITY TO ACT


- Moderator: Cher Mereweather, Managing Director, Ontario Food Industry Environmental Coalition


- Areas for discussion: What challenges need to be overcome? How to change mindset/behavior and increase the capacity to act? How to support the unique needs of smaller food processors? How to engage leadership and make water a measured priority? How to access external skills and expertise?


BREAKOUT SESSION #2: GOVERNMENT POLICY AS A DRIVER FOR WATER INNOVATION


- Moderator: Tom Kaszas, Director, Environmental Innovations Branch, Ontario Ministry of the Environment


- Areas for discussion: How can government policy support food sector water innovation? How effective are municipal water audit, rebate and buy-back capacity programs? How can these be improved? How can municipal sewer use-by laws and surcharge calculations be modified to encourage water conservation? How to balance need by municipalities to recover full-cost of providing water services with food sector need to have affordable water services to maintain competitiveness? How to encourage water innovation in self-supplied and direct discharge facilities?


BREAKOUT SESSION #3: TECHNOLOGY AND SOLUTION ADOPTION


- Moderator: Lucy Keating, Partner, Commexus Inc.


- Areas for discussion: Where do opportunities exist to apply innovative water solutions? How to address water risks in food processor operations and the supply chain? How to increase water reuse while maintaining food safety? What partnerships can be explored between food processors, external technology vendors and industry experts to accelerate adoption of water innovation? 

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Event Type: Party
Location: Mississauga Convention Centre (75 Derry Road West, Mississauga, ON)
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