NEXT by CHFA - Level Up Mentors Forum

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Level Up Mentors Forum

Welcome to our very first Level Up Mentors Forum! This is the place where young brands will present to a panel of mentors to gain advice on everything from positioning to packaging to pricing. The forum will serve to connect people, increase knowledge and build brands. And it’s not just the mentees that will benefit. All show participants, including exhibitors and attendees, are invited to a front row seat to watch this invaluable exchange of knowledge.

Why Participate?

We all know that having a mentor can help us adapt more quickly and that is why this forum has been created. The brands that have been selected to present have expressed an interest in having the opportunity to lean in to the experience that our panel can offer. The panel includes a distributor, a retailer and an investor, providing different view-points and a wealth of knowledge that could take months or years to earn on their own. This is an amazing opportunity for both mentees and spectators to learn from our industry pioneers.

When is it?

Join us at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. for the presentations and then tune in at 5:00 p.m. when we will announce the winner of the Innovation Award which will be presented to the brand that the mentors have identified as Most Innovative New Product.

11:00 a.m. Presentations

The Mentor Panel

  • David Gauthier
    Natural Products Canada
  • Gary MacDonald
    Whole Foods Market
  • Stacey Kravitz
    UNFI Canada

The Mentees

3:00 p.m. Presentations

The Mentor Panel

  • Mike McNeil
    District Ventures
  • Millia Wong
    Loblaw Companies Limited
  • Krista Cunningham
    Indigo Natural Products

The Mentees