2018 Food Safety Symposium

Maple Leaf Foods hosted the 10th Annual Food Safety Symposium on October 2, 2018. The theme of the symposium was "Culture and Trust - Essential Elements for Food Safety".

With more than 150 participants in attendance, an expert line-up of speakers from across the supply chain challenged people to think about the food safety culture of their organizations and how they can build a culture of trust with their consumers.

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 10 years. Through our symposium, we strive to provide a forum of open dialog, debate and learning about important and timely food safety topics.

Speakers at the 2018 Food Safety Symposium

Tressa Bennett


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Dr. Scott W. Brooks

Consultant and owner of River Run Consulting, LLC.

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Dane Bernard

Managing Director, Bold Bear Food Safety

Annapolis, Maryland

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Randy Huffman

Chief Food Safety and Sustainability Officer

Maple Leaf Foods

Mississauga, Ontario

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Lone Jespersen

Principal at Cultivate, Ph.D.

Hauterive NE, Canton of Neuchatel, Switzerland

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Gillian Kelleher

VP of Food Safety & QA at Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Rochester, NY

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Ken Koehler

Foodborne Illness Victim


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Peter J. Taormina

President, Etna Consulting Group

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Michael R. Taylor

Co-Chair of Board, Safe Tables our Priority, and retired Deputy Commissioner of Foods, US FDA

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Rick Young

Senior Vice President, Operations, Supply Chain and Purchasing

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Agenda for the 2018 Food Safety Symposium

Time Topic Presenters

7:00am – 8:00am


8:00am – 8:15am

Welcome address

Randy Huffman

8:15am – 8:45am

Leadership role in building a food safety culture and trust

Rick Young and Randy Huffman

8:45am – 10:00am

“STOP” – Foodborne illness, plus stories from victims

Michael Taylor, Ken Koehler, Tressa Bennett. Moderator: Mike Taylor

10:00am – 10:30am

Break and networking

10:30am – 11:15am

The importance of relationships/ building trust in getting things done in food safety culture

Dane Bernard

11:15am – 11:30am

Framework for building a food safety culture – Setting up the GFSI framework

Gillian Kelleher

11:30am – 12:15pm

Framework for building a food safety culture – Setting up the GFSI framework

Lone Jespersen

12:15pm – 1:15pm


1:15pm – 2:15pm

Food safety stories told by Operations Leaders and built around the GFSI food safety culture framework

Matt Williams – Maple Leaf Foods VP manufacturing, Peter Taormina, Scott Brooks

2:15pm – 2:45pm

Break and networking

2:45pm – 3:45pm

Panel discussion and Q&A

3:45pm – 4:00pm

Bringing it together – Trust and food safety culture framework, operations learning

Randy Huffman

Registration and Location

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