Instructions to Register for WFIM Events

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WFIM has moved its event registrations to a new platform inside our Member Portal.   The registration process is a little different now, and there are a lot of self-serve features that we didn’t have before.  Once you are familiar with the registration process, it will seem as easy as pie!

If, after reading through the attached instructions, you still have difficulty, please use the Inquiry system to contact us (on the very top menu bar, to the left of your name).  Or, e-mail us at admin@wfim.ca

Click here for Event Registration Instructions!

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5th Annual Food Regulatory & Quality Assurance Summit

Enabling opportunities for businesses to expand their knowledge to develop strategies and standards to be more compliant in an ever-changing environment from a regulatory and quality assurance standpoint is one of the keys for maintaining business competitiveness in today’s marketplace. With that thought in mind, WFIM is pleased to be partnering once again with the Strategy Institute who will be hosting its 5th Annual Food Regulatory & Quality Assurance Summit in Toronto on October 21st and 22nd, 2014.

This special Event for those in the Food and Beverage Sector is designed to help Regulatory, Quality Assurance and Food Safety practitioners in manufacturing, processing and the retail sector prepare for Canada’s new regulatory requirements. It provides an excellent forum to gain peer insights through best practice sharing and industry perspectives from experts focused on Canadian Food Regulations.

Timely and relevant topics such as: Regulatory Modernization, Health and Wellness Claims, Recall Management, GMO Labelling, Sodium Reduction Trends, Traceability, Risk Mitigation, GFSI Certification, Quality Assurance and a Retailers Roundtable with an excellent line-up of speakers from the US Food & Drug Administration, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Clif Bar & Company, Mars Incorporated, Walmart Canada Corp., Target Canada, Monsanto Canada Inc., VegPro International, John Morrell Food Group, Plats Du Chef, Olymel and Sensient Flavors Canada – promise to make this a wonderful learning opportunity!

To view a complete Agenda for this special Summit including venue information and registration details, please visit:  http://www.foodregulationcanada.com.

When:                  October 21st and 22nd, 2014
Where:                 Marriott Toronto Airport, Toronto

As a special media sponsor, WFIM is very pleased to be able to extend a special 20% discount to its Members – please use VIP Discount Code WFIM20 when registering!

Without a doubt, this Event presents participants with a wonderful opportunity to network with industry leaders, to share experiences and challenges with peers, and stay up to date with important industry developments that may affect your organization.

For more information on the 5th Annual Food Regulatory and Quality Assurance Summit, please feel free to contact the Strategy Institute at 1-866-298-9343 ext 200 (registrations@strategyinstitute.com) or Bren at 519-396-6521 (bdeleeuw@emccanada.org).

On behalf of the Strategy Institute and WFIM, we sincerely hope that you are able to participate in this very special Summit!

Year in review

It’s that time of year…activities wind down so that one can relax and enjoy the sunshine!
It was only a few short months ago that I was standing up on a bus in front of WFIM members & guests saying my first welcome speech!   As the new chair of the board for WFIM, I’ve learned a lot in this past year about our organization, and I’ve gotten to know so many of our members.   We’ve had some changes in the board during the year, and many of us were new in our positions, so there was a rather large learning curve.   We had some issues with the website, but I’m happy to say that our marketing team, led by Michelle shebib, has the new website almost already to launch!
Our events team Bren de Leeuw, Mariana Macocei, and newcomer Brenda Seto have executed many great events this year…starting with our day trip to Niagara on the lake visiting a Chocolate F/X factory and Pilliteri Estates winery.  We had a great networking event with our own Donna Messer. Mary Jezerinac & Nadine Farran-Gatti executed our annual round table leadership academy, and plans are already well underway for the 2014 Academy.  December’s gala dinner featuring Ashley Chapman was our largest event ever- with 180 attendees.   We supported our membership with a health event in January featuring Leah Warner, developed our membership with a leadership event featuring Vanessa Judelman in March, and inspired our membership with street food and a fantastic tour of Griffith laboratories in April.    Our golf tournament at Eagles Nest, executed by Sanja Kivac, our golf chair, was a fantastic day of networking and golf.  To end our year, we had a wonderful dinner, followed by an inspiring presentation from Rose Reisman on the Art of Living Well.
I’d also like to note that our sponsors and members have supported great causes this year.   Between a turkey drive, raffles and donations, we have raised over $6000 for Second Harvest, and through sponsoring a participant in the culinary showdown, speaker  honorariums and a raffle at the June Gala, we have donated over $1000 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
I am very pleased with WFIM’s success this year.  I would like to thank all of the volunteers on the board – I wasn’t able to name you all in this speech, but you have been invaluable to me and our membership.   As well, big thanks to all of the volunteers at all of our events who help make them successful.  Finally, big thanks to our sponsors who support us financially to make all these good things happen.
Looking into 2014-15, we already have great events lined up:  a special Volunteer Appreciation night in September, Chef John Placko in October, Academy in November, and another Gala Dinner in December to get us going.
I’d also like to announce the newly renovated Scholarship program!  This award will honor a female graduating student from a recognized post-secondary program in the food industry.  Keep an eye on our website for application instructions.
Have a safe & wonderful summer!  See you at an event in the fall.
Nancy Klassen
WFIM Chair

The 4 Chairs of WFIM

We asked the present and 3 past Chairs: “What’s it like being the Chair of WFIM?”

Donna Messer: (Past Chair)

Well, considering that I’m probably one of the oldest members of the association, I must like not only being a Chair, but being connected with such a vibrant group of professional women.

I was the Director of Agriculture when I first joined WFIM, and I was a speaker and a board member before I became Chair. I have been Chair more than once. The first time, I took over from Angela Holtham, who was the CFO for Christie Biscuits.

When I was Chair, I was an enabler. I believed in the team, and was always bringing in new board members. I recruited both Barb and Susanne and they have both been awesome Chairs and leaders!

I like WFIM because here we are all equal. There is no them and us, only “we”. We laugh, we work, we support each other and we thoroughly enjoy our time together.

At WFIM, while I was Chair, we grew; we evolved and learned the importance of building relationships. We recognized the importance of succession planning and with each new Chair, our association has grown stronger and more cohesive.

Susanne Mikler: (Chair: May 2007 to July 2009)

WFIM is an organization of extraordinary possibilities and it has enabled me to explore aspects of business and personal interaction that are new and innovative. Through WFIM I have been able to lead and be led, create and observe creativity, plan events and attend events, mentor and be mentored. The value of WFIM cannot be measured by general standards as it gives the gift of possibilities and a friendly, open group in which to share ideas.

Being the Chair of WFIM enabled me to set goals, work towards the end result and see the results implemented. There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing the final outcome of a worthy project.

Passing along the baton to a new Chair was bittersweet. Knowing that the organization is thriving and watching it grow under the careful, new leadership leaves a sense of well-being and a legacy for the future.

I’m proud of WFIM and our accomplishments. I believe we make a difference and have a positive impact on our membership.

Barbara Onyskow: (Chair: July 2009- June 2013)

I have been an active part of the Women in Food Industry Management board for many years. I’ve always been hands on, and passionately involved in whatever needed to be done as a part of the WFIM team. I am part of WFIM because I care deeply about the food sector and the women who are part of it. My platform as Chair was to “Pay it Forward” – to listen, learn and share what our members need most.

From my perspective the need was greatest in face to face connections. We live in a world of high technology and little contact. Everyone is a name or number with impersonal contact only via email – we need that face to face connection and WFIM provides that with our many networking events. I love the way we can connect and enjoy each other’s company plus make new, lasting and supportive WFIM friends!

My goal was to make WFIM our networking family; to lead a group of women who we can call upon for support and advice. I also hoped that I could inspire everyone, both board and members, to have passion for helping others within our industry, without expecting anything in return.

I love being in an organization where we are not in competition with each other; we are in support of each other. Our role is to give positive karma and a sense of belonging and being special to everyone who is part of the WFIM network. I do miss being Chair, but I know that the reigns are in good hands with Nancy, and she can always count on our support to help her make her mark on the organization.

Nancy Klassen: (Chair: July 2013 – present)

I feel like I am very new to WFIM compared to my predecessors! I became the Director of Volunteers shortly after becoming a member in September 2011. That role fit nicely with my HR career. Then, when Barbara’s term as Chair was coming to a close, she and the board “voluntold” me that I should be the next Chair. I was worried, because I felt like I had such limited experience with the association. But, when I thought about it, being Director of Volunteers (Dec. 2011-June 2013) helped me get to know the members of the organization, and arranging volunteers for all of the events helped me understand a little bit about event planning. I was also on a committee that streamlined our sponsorship program to have annual sponsors, and I made a connection with a winery to be a product sponsor, so I knew a little bit about that role, too.

In a few short months I have been learning the ins and outs of the website (one of my personal goals), and understanding the fine details of event planning & budgeting. As Chair, I am frequently introduced to potential members, sponsors, speakers and other associations that might make a good connection with WFIM.

I am thankful that I have such wonderful mentors to help me along the way! Barbara, Susanne & Donna are a great inspiration, and all of the board members are wonderful assets to the organization. And as well, thanks to everyone who volunteers at our events – it may seem like a small role, but the old saying “Many hands make light work” (John Heywood) is definitely true. I look forward to the rest of my term as Chair, continuing the vision of connecting, developing, and supporting our members to be The Best Women at the Table!

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to the Women in Food Industry Management blog!  We’re delighted to launch this new platform for discussing hot topics relating to the Canadian food industry and being a Canadian woman in business.

For more information about the WFIM organization, please check out our website: www.wfim.ca.  At WFIM, we’re dedicated to supporting professionals in becoming “The Best Women at the Table” by encouraging advancement through networking and executive development.

We’re excited about all that this new blog will offer our wonderful community and look forward to dialoguing with you!