The Vital Partner and Catalyst for the Packaging Value Chain

What emerging economy, packaging innovations and technologies will flourish in 2025?

Internet of Things, omni-channel, big data, analytics, virtual, 3D, digital printing, smart, interactive, robotics, artificial intelligence, computer-aided design, drones, technical and biological nutrients, nanotechnology.


Who should attend?

All stakeholders across the packaging value chain who are thought leaders, transformational champions, strategic thinkers, visionaries and futurists will be the first to sign up for this PAC TO THE FUTURE Conference.


What will the value chain of the Future look like? What will be the role of packaging?

1. Consumers – real time home delivery with highly customized and affordable selections

2. Retailers – virtual reality stores? Avatars go shopping?

3. Brand owners – virtual reality consumer testing – development process reduced from years to weeks or even days

4. Brand agencies – sustainable design, virtual and integrated from 1st life through next lives

5. Package / raw material suppliers – embedded smart devices, tailored specifications and validate performance instantaneously

6. Fully integrated virtual intelligent systems that can develop and produce new consumer ready package designs in hours?

7. Processors / converters / manufacturers – can simulate virtual start-ups and operations and packaging performance without need for physical trials

8. Packaging design – fully integrated CAD systems that can develop and produce new consumer ready package designs in hours

9. Waste management – new technologies that can characterize everything, sort everything with minimal contamination

10. Governments – implementing circular economies and zero waste regulations


Early Adopters are Winners

PAC invites you to register today for this forward-thinking conference. Early adoption and implementation of these emerging trends, ideas and innovations will be the difference between winning market share or the threat of business survival. The PAC TO THE FUTURE Conference will provide a road map and the tools to be a leader in 2025.

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

The Story

Starting from Scratch: The Future as a Choice

Alexander Manu surveys the fast changing context for organizations in market spaces where online behavior is replacing physical proximity. Thriving in this new context needs transformational leadership, knowledge and courage.

8:40 AM



Customer Expectations in 2025

Consumer expectations are changing. How will the future look from the shopper perspective? Wearable devices, social media influence, mobile interaction with digital signage are just the beginning. These concepts (and more) will inform each of the sessions that follow in PAC To The Future.

9:45 AM



Media Sponsors

Perspective: The Consumer Sets a New Dynamic In Retail Food

A fast paced exploration of the reality of the new consumer which is dictating rapid change and bold new offerings in a traditionally sedate sector of the economy.  What’s in it for packaged goods?

Packaging Solutions for the Next Generation

There’s a parallel path between brands striving to engage consumers on a more personal level and consumers’ expectations for packaging to deliver that experience. That journey starts with creating packaging solutions vs. delivering disruptive packaging.

Packaging for the Future: Vision 2025

The packaging industry has undergone a refined revolution in recent years and it is now one of the most innovative manufacturing sectors in North America. In this session, we will explore the role packaging will play in our economy over the next 10 years.

Table Top Exhibitors

1:45 PM



Branding 4.0 - The Age of Hyper Customization

The days of a single brand message impacting 100 million consumers is over. Soon the brand will have 100 million brand identities/package designs customized to every consumers and still being“on-brand”. Rob will share case studies where brands like L’Oreal, Coca-Cola, Absolute, Heineken and other leading brands have engaged consumers in a truly individual way. The result creates relevant disruption, unprecedented engagement and optimal ROI.

Retail Channel Strategy

Davis looks at different retail channels (grocery, mass, club, convenience, dollar, e-commerce), why a brand needs a channel strategy, and what the design implications are for a brand.

2:45 PM



The Future Opportunity in Current Packaging Tensions

Together we'll explore the vectors along which packaging will evolve in the next 10 years, driven by competing consumer preferences that Stephen Kaufman is seeing today.

3:50 PM



The Story Behind Larger Global Consolidation

2025, a year by which industry consolidation will have created ever larger, more global, industry participants all playing in a multitude of end markets, substrates, and production technologies! Find out the reasons why at PAC to the Future!

Consolidation of the Label Sector

2025 will be a continued exciting era in the label and packaging world. Speed will be the key in all aspects of the business. The industry will have been heavily consolidated benefiting the customer with many global printers that provide personal regional service.

Sept. 29

8:00 AM



What Does Circular Packaging Look Like in 2025; and Can We Get There?

Today the circular economy is garnering fantastic attention on a global basis, yet more and more packaging is become less circular through various global trends from packaging light weighting to the introduction of more complex polymers.  What needs to happen to create the right framework to move to truly circular design, and what would that look like for the consumer, retailers and manufacturers?

9:00 AM



Message In A Bottle

Glass has 3000 year history in circular economy - endlessly reusable, refillable, recyclable. Premium packaging with quality and beauty others envy. Always earth and ocean friendly. Glass and nothing else.

Redesigning the Future with Renewable Packaging

Tetra Pak’s journey in tackling the nexus of sustainability & innovation through increased use of renewable materials in its carton packages, with a goal to  leverage business benefits and strengthen environmental offers of brands to meet climate goals and drive sales.

MRF 2025 - Zero Waste May Be In Sight?

The circular economy is being embraced by producers to support a ‘restorative’ system. New principles of design for circularity allow discarded materials to be managed effectively from the initial design to its end of life. This concept has driven investments in R&D resulting in superior design of materials, product and recovery systems. Technology is simplifying the recovery of materials. Zero waste may be in sight?

10:30 AM



Disrupting Single Serve Coffee Using Compostable Packaging

Compostability is a packaging solution that meets consumer goals for convenience and eco-friendliness. Club Coffee shares lessons and challenges from creating the world's first certified 100% compostable single serve coffee pod.

Competitive Sustainable Packaging Technology Platforms -

A Novel Approach

This is a novel approach to using Ag biomass with new carbon based bio-polymers to provide competitively priced recyclable and compostable solutions to eliminate landfill waste.

An Introduction to intelliPACK: A Collaboration for Smart Solutions

A collaborative network of complimentary businesses working together to enable Intelligent Packaging and support the Printable and Organic Electronics industry in North America.

The Future of Packaging

Key consumer and societal influences on packaging technology include climate change, population shifts, and other demographic factors. Key technological advances in material science, including electronic materials, and computational power will enable a new generation of packaging options. However, as in most industries, economics will ultimately determine which new technologies prevail.

Get Smart: Leveraging Connected Packaging to Drive Business Value

Smart Packaging provides a compelling opportunity for growth by creating brand brilliance and product loyalty for many of the world's top brands. Joe Stodola will share real-life examples of smart packaging applications that incorporate technology enablers such as printed electronics, micro assembly and smart labeling, creating unprecedented connected ecosystems that build revenue and margin for the world's top brands.

1:00 PM



What Will the Circular Economy Look Like in 2025 -

Industry and Government Perspectives

Join Industry and Government panelists as they share a 2025 vision of the Circular Economy and how collaboration will be key to reduce and eliminate packaging waste while staying true to the principles of a sustainable future - people, profit, planet.

The Storytellers

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Sept. 28

Sept. 29

Registration Rates


Early Bird


Day 1*

Day 2*




Day 1

Day 2


*Day pass includes meals

*5% off fees if you are participating in PAC Golf Tournament the day before Conference


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Sponsorship Rates

$7,500 CAD
$6,400 USD

Includes four delegate names

+ any Titanium level event



A) Day 1 Dinner

B) Day 1 Cocktail Reception
C) Day 1 Welcome Lunch

$5,000 CAD

$4,300 USD

Includes three delegate names

+ any Gold level event



A) Day 1 & 2 AV / DOTS

B) Day 1 Buffet Breakfast

C) Day 2 Buffet Breakfast

D) Delegate gifts

$2,500 CAD

$2,100 USD

Includes two delegate names

+ any Silver level event



A) Day 2 Closing Lunch Buffet
B) Day 1 Coffee Break (a.m.)

C) Day 1 Coffee Break (p.m.)

D) Day 2 Coffee Break (a.m.)

$1,500 CAD

$1,300 USD

Includes one delegate

+ any Bronze level event



A) Conference Program

B) Conference Signage

C) Name badges

D) Shuttle Bus

(golf to hotel)

E) Speaker Gifts

F) Delegate gift bags

$500 or $750  CAD

$425 or $640 USD



A) Keynote Speaker Day 1: Alex Manu
B) Keynote Speaker Day 2: Tom Szaky
C) Keynote Speaker Panel Day 2: Circular Economy closing panel
D) Speaker Sessions (Day 1 choice of 5/ Day 2 choice of 3

*items in red have already been sponsored

Members: $1,095 CAD / $930 USD
Non Members: $1,295 CAD / $1100 USD

(*Includes one attendee name and one draped 6' (foot) table and chair)

Taxes not included.


To participate in our sponsorship program or to reserve a table top exhibit space, please contact Lisa Abraham 416.646.4640.

Golf Tournament

Central Region Western Golf Tournament – September 27, 2016

Start off your PAC Conference experience with a round of golf at Legends on the Niagara!

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Join PAC and you fellow industry members at the prestigious Legends on the Niagara, for PAC’s annual western golf tournament. Network with other industry leaders, colleagues and customers alike!


Register for both the Western Golf Tournament & the PAC Conference in Niagara (Sept. 28 - 29), and receive a 5% discount off each registration. Contact for discount code.



This Conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel; Niagara Falls, and we have secured a discounted room block rate for our attendees.  You will be responsible for your own Hotel Reservation. We have a discounted Group rate of $139 per night (Casino & Falls view) or $159 per night (Falls view). Please request the group rate for the PAC Conference. (NOTE, where it says Casino/City view, these rooms also have a view of the Falls).


Reserve your room through e-mail- Your HiltonLink is:


Reserve your room through calling the hotel GROUP RESERVATIONS directly at 1-866-873-9829


All hotel reservations must be received prior to the cut-off date of August 28, 2016.  Guest rooms and rates are based upon availability thereafter. Contact Lisa Abraham, if you have any questions.

Directions to the Hilton

Directions from Toronto:

Take 403 South bound to the QEW Hamilton. Follow the QEW signs to Niagara. Once in Niagara Falls merge left onto Hwy #420. You will come to the main intersection of Hwy #420 and Stanley Ave. Make a right turn onto Stanley Ave. and follow for approx. 5 minutes. Turn left onto Murray St. At the next intersection, turn right onto Fallsview Boulevard and you will see the Hilton Niagara Falls directly to your right.


Directions from Buffalo:

Once over the Peace Bridge, take the North bound QEW Toronto. Follow the QEW signs to Niagara Falls. In Niagara Falls follow the exit signs for Hwy #420. On Hwy #420 you will come to a main intersection of Hwy #420 and Stanley Ave. Make a right turn onto Stanley Ave. and follow for approx. 5 minutes. Turn left onto Murray St. At the next intersection, turn right onto Fallsview Boulevard and you will see the Hilton NIagara Falls directly to your right.


Directions from the Rainbow Bridge:

Once across, follow road straight ahead to 2nd set of lights. Turn left onto Stanley Ave. Follow to 3rd set of lights. Turn left onto Murray St. First traffic light is Fallsview Boulevard, turn right and hotel is directly to your right.


Major Airports:

Toronto Pearson International Airport – approx. 70 min driving time

Buffalo Niagara International Airport  – approx. 40 min driving time (please allow extra time for border crossing)


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