Senior Fellow, GreenBlue. GreenBlue's Advisory Services program lead.
Vice President, Supply Chain, Walmart Canada Corp. Executive Champion, Packaging (SVN) Sustainable Value Network.
Director, Quality Assurance, Metro Inc.
Delegate – $1095*, Companion – $395*, Hotel starting at $229*
Can't make the entire conference? Day Passes available at $495*
* Prices apply to PAC and CCGD Members, all prices are in Canadian Dollars and exclude taxes.
Why should you attend?
At this summit Canadian, American and International retail and packaging community supply chain leaders will assemble to share knowledge, advance awareness and create a framework for successful implementation of packaging for sustainability and food safety.
The Consumer Goods Forum – CGF
This summit has been inspired by the Consumer Goods Forum, an independent global parity-based Consumer Goods network that brings together executives of around 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers and other stakeholders across 150 countries.
TCGF provides a unique global platform for thought leadership, knowledge exchange and networking between retailers, manufacturers and their partners on collaborative, non-competitive issues. www.ciesnet.com
Sustainability & Food Safety
Two critical areas under TCGF leadership are packaging for sustainability and food safety.
Please join us for this important industry summit.
James D. Downham
President & CEO
President & CEO
Senior Vice President, Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Maple Leaf Consumer Foods
Sharon Beals is Senior Vice President, Food Safety and Quality Assurance. She is a member of the Senior Leadership Team for the IOC of Maple Leaf Consumer Foods – Canada’s leading national consumer Foods Company and is also an affiliate of the Maple Leaf Foods Food Safety Leadership Council.
In this role, Sharon is responsible for the continuous development and implementation of Food Safety, Regulatory and Quality Assurance initiatives, including mandatory common systems, compliance, technology development, and audit across all fresh and processed plants at Maple Leaf Consumer Foods.
With a Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Food Science) from Cornell University, Sharon brings 30 years of experience in Food Safety, Regulatory, Quality Assurance and Process Development. The scope of this experience encompasses crisis management, government relations, HACCP, SPC, lab services, QA and food safety systems.
In her most recent position as Vice President of Technical Services at Smithfield Packing, Sharon was responsible for Food Safety, Regulatory Compliance, Research and Development, Product Innovation, Quality Assurance, Laboratories and Corporate Sanitation across all facilities. Prior to this role, Sharon garnered senior food safety expertise at Tyson Foods, Orval Kent Food Company, and Arby’s Inc.
Managing Director, EUROPEN
Julian Carroll is Managing Director for the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN). Since his appointment in 1993 EUROPEN has grown under Carroll’s leadership to become the recognized voice of industry on issues of packaging and environment in Europe. EUROPEN, an industry and trade organization open to any company with an economic interest in packaging, acts as a catalyst of stakeholder dialogue to promote greater understanding and acceptance of the function and vital contribution of packaging to resource efficiency and sustainable development.
By its representation of companies from all sectors of the packaging and packaged goods supply chain, EUROPEN influences packaging related legislation through its participation in setting the agenda for industry initiatives, positions and responses which help shape EU policy and legislation. This process, which involves all EU institutions, influences Member State adaptation and implementation of EU rules.
Before assuming responsibilities at EUROPEN, Carroll was director of corporate affairs/ Europe for Lawson Mardon Group, a Canadian company now part of Amcor. Julian was born and raised in Australia. He studied business administration at the University of Oregon and after completing his studies moved to Canada where he lived 12 years working in the sports and recreation industry, initially in the public sector then as Executive Director for Canadian swimming during six years leading up to the 1976 Olympic Games in Montréal. After the Montréal Games he joined the Australian swimwear company SPEEDO working firstly in Europe and then six years at the SPEEDO head office in Sydney where he became Manager of International Operations, Licensee Division. Julian’s prior “Canadian Connections” led to his joining Lawson Mardon in 1987.
Program Director, StewardEdge Inc.
Gordon Day is a Program Director at StewardEdge Inc. He has been directly involved in waste reduction and recycling since 1984 and offers more than two decades of experience in the conceptualization, design, implementation and operation of complex, multi-faceted projects for private and public sector clients.
Gordon has an extensive background waste reduction and recycling approaches across municipal and commercial operations. In addition to his consulting work he provides management and strategic planning services for Stewardship Ontario.
Stewardship Ontario is the Industry Funding Organization responsible for management of packaging and printed papers in municipal recycling programs and municipal hazardous and special wastes (MHSW) in Ontario, Canada.
Extended Producer Responsibility
Program Lead for Stewardship Ontario, the producer responsibility organization responsible for discharging industry obligations for packaging and printed paper in the Province of Ontario. Responsibilities included all coordination with obligated companies including communications, customer service, steward reporting, compliance and enforcement ($76 Million budget for 2009).
Oversaw the Ontario Municipal Datacall process for two year period including collaboration with Ontario municipalities, Recycling Council of Ontario, Association of Municipal Recycling Coordinators and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Datacall process was turned over to Waste Diversion Ontario as part of implementation of the Blue Box Program Plan.
Board of Directors Recycling Council of Ontario
Senior Publisher, Canadian Packaging Magazine
Stephen started as Sales Rep in 1981, and became Publisher in 1987. Stephen is also on the Ontario Board of The Packaging Association. Canadian Packaging serves the packaging information needs of the Consumer Packaged Goods industries.
James D. Downham
President & CEO, The Packaging Association
Jim Downham was appointed President & CEO of The Packaging Association in October 2006. He has been associated with the PAC since the early 70's.
He is an accomplished packaging and graphic arts executive that has worked for Continental Can (International Paper and Crown, Cork & Seal), Nor Baker (Exopac), Lawson Mardon (Alcan Packaging), Mail-Well (Renaissance Mark), and LeaderLinx. Jim has an extensive background in labels, folding cartons, flexible packaging and rigid containers. He is the founder (2000) and Chairman of LeaderLinx, a boutique North American executive recruitment firm with offices in Chicago, Toronto and New York.
Jim followed the sales and marketing career path and progressed through the ranks to the level of divisional President and CEO of a $175 million North American business. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School and has completed executive programs at the Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and York University. Jim has lived and worked throughout North America. He holds citizenship in Canada and the US.
CFO of Deco Label
Rob Ford and his family own Deco Label and Tags, a $30 million printing and packaging company. Doug Ford Sr founded the company in 1962. Today there are three plant locations, Toronto, Chicago and New Jersey.
Rob Ford, CFO of Deco states, “The Ford family business has always been driven by social responsibility, low-cost operations and customer driven needs. Sustainable packaging and safe food packaging are ideally suited to our business model and we expect to lead the movement in the label sector”.
Mr. Ford will share with the audience just how he plans to execute his packaging for sustainability and food safety strategy.
President of Pepsico Foods Canada
Marc Guay is President of PepsiCo Foods Canada which includes the Frito Lay Canada and Quaker Foods and Snacks businesses.
Marc began his career with PepsiCo in Canada in 1986. Since then he has held a variety of positions, primarily in sales and general management (including Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, Vice President of Sales, and Area Vice President for Hostess Frito-Lay’s Eastern and Western Areas) before becoming the Frito Lay Canada president in 2001 and PepsiCo Foods Canada president in 2008 with the added responsibility of Quaker Canada.
Marc has spent most of his career in Canada, where he has lived in Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto, except for a year spent in Switzerland working for the family business, and one year in the U.S. with Frito-Lay. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Marc was employed by Procter and Gamble.
Marc holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (affiliée à l’Université de Montréal). He has been actively involved in the Food and Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) Industry Association for a number of years, serving on its Board of Directors since 2001. He was appointed and served as Chair in 2007. In 2008 Marc joined the Board of Directors of The Grocery Foundation, a charitable organization devoted to helping underprivileged children.
Marc and his wife Karen have four children and live in Oakville, Ontario. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his family in the city or in Northern Ontario, where they own a place on a lake. He is also an avid golfer, loves to play with his sons and discover new courses while traveling.
Director, Quality Assurance, Metro Inc.
Jeff Hall is a graduate of Centennial College and has 20+ years experience in the laboratory and retail quality assurance fields. He spent approximately eight years with SGS Canada, two with Shoppers Drug Mart and the past ten with Metro Ontario (formerly A&P Canada). In his position as Director, Quality Assurance, he is responsible for the food safety, recall, regulatory and quality assurance activities in 275 retail stores. His teams are also responsible for the quality assurance and regulatory requirements of Metro’s 4,000 private label SKUs.
Jeff participates with a number of industry associations including CCGD Food Safety & Labelling Committee, George Morris Centre Value Chain Initiative, GFTC Certification Services and is a member of the OFPA Board.
He lives in Brampton with his wife Lucy and two very active sons.
President of Operations, Ontario, Sobeys Inc.
David Jeffs is President Operations, Ontario Region, for Sobeys Inc., a leading Canadian grocery retailer and food distributor. He is responsible for the Company's business operations in Ontario. The Ontario region operates retail grocery stores under the Sobeys, IGA, Foodland and Price Chopper banners supplied through retail distribution centres in Whitby, Vaughan and Brantford (Lumsden Brothers Ltd.). He assumed this position in January, 2009.
Mr. Jeffs began his career as a Systems Analyst with Loblaw Companies Limited and held progressively senior positions within that company. His experience includes business systems development, merchandising, operations, inventory control and executive leadership both at a corporate and regional level.
Mr. Jeffs holds a diploma in Business Administration from Sir Sanford Fleming College.
President & CEO, Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors
Nick Jennery is President and CEO of the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors (CCGD) a national trade association representing major grocery and foodservice distributors (wholesalers and retailers) in Canada. CCGD represents the distribution of over 85% of the products found on the grocery shelf.
Being consumer centric as one of its core values, CCGD has a three fold strategy:
Prior to joining CCGD in February 1998, Nick was the Industry Solutions Executive for IBM. He also spent 10 years with the Food and Consumer Products Manufacturers of Canada as Senior Vice President, Customer Relations. During this time, Nick was also President of the Product Code Council of Canada.
Nick Jennery began his career in the grocery industry with Steinbergs as a Q.C. Manager, and has a variety of interests from adventure photography to blue water sailing.
Editorial Director, Packaging Digest
John Kalkowski is the Editorial Director of Packaging Digest magazine, the premier publication for the packaging industry and part of Canon Communications. John’s previous editorial experience includes serving as a managing editor, executive editor, copy editor and reporter for magazines and newspapers in Arizona, Florida, New York, Nebraska and Hong Kong. His work as a journalist has been recognized by a number of organizations including the Arizona Newspaper Association, the National Press Photographers Association and the Small Business Administration.
John also brings experience in media production, and earlier in his career was a production manager for major media organizations including Knight-Ridder and Scripps-Howard, handling printing and distribution operations.
John comes to Packaging Digest from Sun Chemical, where, as North American Marketing Manager, he led the company’s marketing and public relations efforts. In that capacity, John was actively involved in both the packaging and converting markets. Before that, he worked in the paper industry as technical service director for Canadian-based papermaker Abitibi Bowater.
John has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska, an MBA from the Thunderbird School of International Management and a graduate certificate in e-Business strategy from the University of Chicago. John was also a Rotary Journalism Fellow in the Yale-in-China program and is proficient in spoken Mandarin.
Vice President, Marketing, Bemis (Milprint Division)
Dan's career in flexible packaging spans 15 years and a multitude of end use markets including snacks & confection, personal care, frozen foods, pet care, home care and beverages.
Edward A. Klein
Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Tetra Pak, Inc.
He is responsible for US environmental matters. He also leads Tetra Pak's environmental efforts in North America. Ed first became involved in sustainability in 2000 and has been a strong advocate since then. He joined Tetra Pak in May of 1989
Before joining Tetra Pak, he worked for the United States Government. He directed the Environmental Protection Agency's National strategy on solid waste, entitled "The Solid Waste Dilemma; An Agenda For Action", and managed the Division which reviews new chemicals and regulates toxic substances such as PCB's, asbestos and CFC's. He was the Special Assistant to the Occupational Safety and Health's (OSHA) chief lawyer, where he managed numerous regulatory hearings and rules, including OSHA's National Cancer Policy. He also was a trial attorney for the National Labor Relations Board.
He is a graduate of Penn State University and New York Law School.
Vice President, Supply Chain, Walmart Canada Corp.
Guy McGuffin is the Vice President of Supply Chain for Walmart Canada Corp., supporting 317 stores including 87 Supercentres.
Guy’s career spans over 35 years in retail. He assumed his current position in May 2008. He joined Walmart Canada in 1994 as Division Merchandise Manager and held that position until being promoted to VP General Merchandise Manager in 2000.
Prior to joining Walmart Canada, Guy held leadership positions in merchandising and operations with Grafton- Fraser and Woolworth Canada.
In 2006 he was asked to be the executive champion for the Packaging (SVN) Sustainable Value Network. In that role he has worked to ensure that Canada was the first International country to launch the Sustainable Packaging Scorecard. He has also hosted three Sustainable Packaging Expositions and Conferences, in cooperation with PAC - The Packaging Association.
Senior Fellow, GreenBlue
Katherine O'Dea joined GreenBlue as a Senior Fellow in 2007, bringing more than 15 years experience in sustainability and corporate social responsibility to the organization. As a Senior Fellow, Katherine works across the organization on a variety of initiatives and contributes to strategy and new program development. In 2010, she launched and now leads GreenBlue’s Advisory Services program, which provides one-on-one science-based sustainability guidance to companies, industry associations, government agencies and other non-profits.
For GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), Katherine led a multi-stakeholder project that produced Sustainable Packaging Indicators and Metrics Framework. The Framework helps companies measure performance toward the SPC vision of sustainable packaging. It was also adopted by the Consumer Goods Forum’s Global Packaging Project as the baseline for a pallet of metrics intended to standardize and improve cross-supply chain communication about packaging sustainability.
Prior to joining GreenBlue, Katherine was Executive Director of INFORM, Inc. an environmental research and education non-profit based in NYC, Chief Operating Officer for the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, VP of the Business and Environment Program at Business for Social Responsibility in San Francisco, and Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the International Society of Logistics where she formed an Environmental Working Group that pioneered adaptation of logistics engineering tools— including a variety of "design for” and early life cycle assessment methodologies—for environmental application. Katherine has also consulted on a variety of sustainability issues for many Fortune 1000 Companies including ABB, Dell, DuPont, Dow, Ford, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, McDonalds, Nike, Texaco and others.
Joan L. Pierce
Vice President, Packaging Sustainability, Colgate-Palmolive Company and Chairman, International Safe Transit Association
Joan has spent over 30 years in and around the packaging industry. She is a graduate of the Michigan State University, School of Packaging.
She spent 20 years with Eastman Kodak Company where she worked at the Kodak Apparatus Division, Distribution Division, Kodak Park and Ultra Technologies. She has spent a number of years in sales forecasting and supply chain management and is APICS certified. She was awarded three patents for package design and work flow innovations while at Bausch & Lomb. At the Dial Corporation, Joan was the Vice President of Package Development, Process Development and Corporate Quality Assurance. While at the Coca Cola Company, she was the Director of Package Development and Design. Currently she is the Vice President of Packaging Sustainability at the Colgate-Palmolive Company.
Joan is the Chairman of the International Safe Transit Association and a member of the Packaging Industry Advisory Board for the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Vice President, Sustainability, Owens-Illinois, Inc.
Scripter joined O-I in July 2008 and is based at the company’s worldwide headquarters in Perrysburg, Ohio. He is responsible for shaping the company’s sustainability priorities and developing strategies and processes aimed at improving O-I’s position as a sustainable company delivering one of the most sustainable packaging materials - glass. He leads the global corporate safety team and directs projects that focus on key opportunities in the areas of energy, environmental compliance, recycling and related issues.
Scripter has 20 years of general management, operations, Lean Six Sigma and engineering experience in the chemicals and building materials industry. Prior to joining O-I, he spent five years at H.B. Fuller Company, a $1.5 global manufacturer of adhesives, sealants and coatings in St. Paul, Minn., where he served as North American vice president for more than a year, and president and CEO of an automotive joint venture between Fuller and EFTEC for three years. He started at Fuller as operations manager for their adhesive polymers business.
Scripter began his career at Pella Corporation in Iowa where we worked nine years in various engineering positions. It was at Pella that Scripter received his first Kaizen, Continuous Improvement and Lean Six Sigma training. He is now a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has achieved expert status in Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing, JIT, Continuous Improvement and Design for Manufacturing.
Before joining Fuller, Scripter held various operations, engineering and management positions at several building products firms, including Chelsea Building Products in Oakmont, Penn.; Silver Line Building Products in New Brunswick, New Jersey; and Huttig Building Products in central Florida.
National VP of Retail Strategy & Sustainability, Sobeys, Inc.
David’s role with Sobeys is focused on comprehensive retail and business strategies for sustainability and health and wellness. His sustainability leadership includes engaging with numerous stakeholders to address both direct operations and the supply chain. David participates in industry sustainability committees in Canada (CCGD, RCC, GS1, PAC), US (FMI), and globally (Consumer Goods Forum). His sustainability scope of action includes packaging and waste, carbon footprint, green facilities, seafood, agriculture, ethical sourcing, and retailing to enable healthy and sustainable consumption.
In his previous position with Sobeys he was General Manager of its new small urban store concept. Prior to Sobeys, David was National VP of Marketing for Whole Foods Market, Austin, Texas, during which time he was on the Organic Trade Association marketing committee, was on the inaugural Wi-Fi industry marketing committee while with a California-based wireless networking start-up, was with McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada, and was with an international franchisee for Pizza Hut and KFC. He has an undergraduate degree in biology and environmental studies and a MBA.
Chair of GFSI Technical Working Groups, Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
Kevin was nominated as the Chairman of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Technical Committee by the GFSI Board in December 2007.
He is an independent consultant to the food and drinks industry.
With over 30 years experience within the food manufacture and retail sectors, holding executive positions within Nestlé UK and Safeway Stores plc, he has been involved with the development of food safety standards since 1993 and was Head of Technical Services at the British Retail Consortium between 2002 and 2006. He has been appointed as a Board member of the UK Beef and Lamb Sector Levy Board and sits on the UK Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP). In 2009 he was appointed as an expert on food quality and safety private standards for UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and is a member of the International Accreditation Forum Technical Committee.
Kevin was one of the founder members of the GFSI in 2000 and has been actively involved with the development of GFSI in recent years.
Kevin Swoffer, 54 years old, is a graduate in Food Science and is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology.
founder of TerraCycle
Tom Szaky is founder and Chief Executive Officer of TerraCycle, Inc. TerraCycle enables consumers to collect waste which it then upcycles into thousands of various consumer products that are sold at the world's biggest retailers from Wal-Mart to Whole Foods. TerraCycle has been named the producer of most eco-friendly products in America, has won over 100 environmental and social awards, received the Home Depot Environmental stewardship award twice, been featured in Wal-Mart's sustainability report and been repeatedly named the ultimate eco-friendly brand.
As a freshman, Tom left Princeton University to found TerraCycle, building a company that has doubled in size every year since inception becoming the 233rd fastest growing company in America. Tom has won over 50 awards for entrepreneurship, blogs for Treehugger and Inc Magazine, has recently published a book called "Revolution in a Bottle" and is the star of National Geogrphic Channels hit TV show, "Garbage Moguls."
Today TerraCycle, through partnerships with virtually all major CPG companies from Unilever to Kraft, operates in over 5 countries, has over 10 million people engaged in its waste collection programs, has collected over 2 billion pieces of garbage and donated over $500,000 to charities to collect that waste. In addition, TerraCycle products are not only made from waste but are also available at over 20,000 big box stores globally sustaining sales of over 20 million dollars. TerraCycle has been featured in virtually every major media outlet from "60 Minutes" to the Wall Street Journal (5 times) and is on its way to help eliminate in the idea of waste!
Anthony M. Watanabe
President & CEO, The Innovolve Group
Through a series of business ventures, Dr. Watanabe has been helping leading organizations successfully adopt sustainability thinking. Every day, he encounters leaders who are hungry to embrace sustainability, but struggle to make it relevant to their organizations. In response, Anthony founded the Innovolve Group consultancy and built it into a hub of ideas, people and innovation designed to both move the market and market the movement of sustainability.
On a daily basis, Anthony’s obsession is mobilizing a team of talented Innovolvers to help clients achieve excellence. Anthony was recently recognized as a “rainmaker” in the sustainability movement in Canada at the inaugural Sustainable Packaging Leadership Awards. He is also serving as a mentor to emerging green businesses through Green Enterprise Toronto.
With feature articles and interviews in both mainstream and trade media, Dr. Watanabe is a highly sought after expert on sustainability as it relates to business.
He is also an accomplished speaker having delivered presentations on sustainability to business, government and civil society organizations in Canada, the United States and Europe.