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CHFA West 2019 Conference Information

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Time

Audience

Session

Presenter

Thursday, February 21

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Recommended for personnel working in a retail environment

Retail Bus Tour

Bruce Cole, CNHR

12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

CHFA Member and/or Associate only event, check description for details

NHPs and Food – Regulatory Updates

Health Canada

Friday, February 22

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Recommended for all registrants wishing to expand their knowledge

Keynote Breakfast: Global Trends Driving the Evolving Natural Products Marketplace

Stephen Daniells

NutraIngredients-USA

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

CHFA Member and/or Associate only event, check description for detailsRecommended for personnel working in a retail environment

What You Need to Know About CBD Regulations

Gowling, WLG

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Recommended for manufacturers, distributors and business services

Circular Economy for Packaging – Views from the Carton Packaging Industry

Isabelle Faucher
Carton Council of Canada

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Recommended for all registrants wishing to expand their knowledge

Networking Break

Sponsored by: Vega

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Recommended for personnel working in a retail environment

Up and Coming Merchandising Trends

Nicole Klimek
7 Roots

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

CHFA Member and/or Associate only event, check description for detailsRecommended for manufacturers, distributors and business services

The Future of CBD in NHPs

 Sara Zborovski

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Recommended for manufacturers, distributors and business services

The Three Keys to a Having a Successful Label on Your Products

Hosted Lunch: Sponsored by Jet Label

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Recommended for personnel working in a retail environment

Reset Your Store on a Budget

Nicole Klimek
7 Roots

1:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

CHFA Member and/or Associate only event, check description for detailsRecommended for manufacturers, distributors and business services

Growing Your Business in Domestic and International Markets

Panel discussion

1:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Recommended for personnel working in a retail environment

Product Education Sessions

 

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Recommended for all registrants wishing to expand their knowledge

Insights on the Next Gen Natural Products Consumer in Canada

Jessica Malach

Social Nature

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Recommended for all registrants wishing to expand their knowledge

Networking Break

Sponsored by: Vega

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

CHFA Member and/or Associate only event, check description for detailsRecommended for personnel working in a retail environment

Cannabis in the Workplace: What You Need to Know

Brendan Rolfe

CFIB

5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Recommended for all registrants wishing to expand their knowledge

CHFA Launch Pad

 

6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

CHFA Member and/or Associate only event, check description for details

CHFA Member Welcome Reception

 

Saturday, February 23

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

CHFA Member and/or Associate only event, check description for details

CHFA Member Forum Breakfast

CHFA Leadership

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Recommended for all registrants wishing to expand their knowledge

CHFA West Trade Show

 

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Recommended for all registrants wishing to expand their knowledge

CHFA Industry Achievement Awards

 

Sunday, February 24

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Recommended for all registrants wishing to expand their knowledge

CHFA West Trade Show

 

Recommended for all registrants wishing to expand their knowledge | Recommended for all registrants wishing to expand their knowledge
Recommended for personnel working in a retail environment | Recommended for personnel working in a retail environment
Recommended for manufacturers, distributors and business services | Recommended for manufacturers, distributors and business services
CHFA Member and/or Associate only event, check description for details | CHFA Member and/or Associate only event, check description for details

CHFA West 2019 Detailed Agenda

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 

Retail Bus Tour
9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
CHFA Retailer Members and Associates $40 | Non-Member Retailers $50
Meet at Burrard St. Entrance (under the globe)

Vancouver is well known for its abundance of healthy shopping opportunities. While in town, join us for a tour of five must-visit stores. From traditional health food to larger stores, we’ll take you on a tour that highlights their unique offerings and share successes that could easily translate to your location. Join host Bruce Cole of CNHR magazine for a full day of exploring, learning and camaraderie. Departing from the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Retail Bus Tour is a great opportunity to network with fellow retailers as you begin your CHFA West experience. 

Confirmed locations include: Nature's Fare, Langley; Choices Markets, Surrey; Finlandia Pharmacy & Natural Health Centre, Vancouver; Whole Foods, Cambie; Nourish Market, North Vancouver.

Your registration fee includes lunch. 

 

NHPs and Food – Regulatory Updates
12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
leaf.png (15×16) CHFA Members and Associates Only. $99 (lunch and afternoon break included)
Room 110

The NHPs and Food - Regulatory Update at CHFA West will provide important insight into recent regulatory developments in the Canadian natural health product (NHP) and food sectors.  

Dino Covone, Director, Consumer Health Product Modernization at the Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate, will provide updates on the progress of the self-care products framework, and ongoing modernization initiatives within the directorate. Mary Morgan, Associate Director, Health Product Compliance at the Regulatory Operations and Regions Branch, will discuss the compliance monitoring projects as well as personal importation of natural health products. Dr. William Yan, Director, Bureau of Nutritional Sciences at the Food Directorate, will present the latest updates on supplemented food and the Healthy Eating Strategy. 

Attend this session to remain current on all of these important topics and find out what might be in store for the industry. As the industry continues to evolve, these sessions are a must attend for any business in the natural health and food sector. 

For a copy of the preliminary agenda, click here.  

Sponsored by:

                


 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 

 

Keynote Breakfast: Global Trends Driving the Evolving Natural Products Marketplace
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Session
Stephen Daniells
CHFA Members and Associates $35 | Non-Members $50
Room 211

Consumers are increasingly demanding healthy, natural/organic, authentic and sustainable products, and this is driving seismic changes in the food industry. Smaller companies are driving the majority of the growth in the U.S. and beyond, while the established multinationals deal with consumer trust issues and slower innovation pipelines. Ingredients that were often most associated with dietary supplements are increasingly crossing over into food and beverages, and food companies are investing heavily in categories such as personalized nutrition and sports nutrition.

Lines are blurring between the food and nutrition industries, while overlaps are growing between nutrition and cosmetics, and nutrition and pharma. Meteoric growth is being accompanied by increased scrutiny from the media and regulators into the supply chain, and the safety and efficacy of these products.

With over a decade of reporting on the food and nutrition industries in multiple regions, Dr. Stephen Daniells, Editor-in-Chief of the market leading trade publications NutraIngredients-USA and FoodNavigator-USA, will give his unique perspective on the current state of affairs for the industry and its consumers. He will also look at areas of innovation and opportunity for industry, researchers and consumers.

    Stephen Daniells is the Editor-in-Chief, North and South America of William Reed Business Media, which includes the market-leading publications NutraIngredients-USA and FoodNavigator-USA. Stephen obtained a PhD in chemistry from the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and held post-doctoral research positions in The Netherlands and France before taking the leap into journalism in 2005. In 2015, he received the American Herbal Products Association’s Special Award for Journalistic Excellence. He has presented at numerous industry and association events, including conferences organized by the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA), the International Probiotics Association (IPA), the Natural Health Products Research Society of Canada (NHPRS), and the prestigious Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals (University of Mississippi). Stephen also acts as the editorial consultant and chair of William Reed’s Probiota Americas event. He lives in Chicago. 

Sponsored by:


What You Need to Know About CBD Regulations
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
leaf.png (15×16)CHFA Members and Associates Only. FREE
Room 212

The legalization of recreational cannabis across Canada in October 2018 has created many questions about what types of cannabis products and ingredients are allowed to be sold. This presentation from Gowling WLG partners Laura Gomez, Lewis Retik and Dr. Jon-Paul Powers will provide participants with an overview of the new Cannabis Act and regulations and provide additional clarity surrounding industrial hemp, health claims for CBD, and compliance and enforcement activities. Register now to gain a greater understanding of the regulations surrounding CBD-containing health products.


Circular Economy for Packaging – Views from the Carton Packaging Industry  
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Isabelle Faucher
CHFA Members and Associates FREE | Non-Members $10
Room 216

Rising concerns of global plastic pollution coupled with other pressing environmental issues such as climate change and resource depletion are driving new policies and corporate commitments to address sustainability. At the same time, however, designing for circularity is no small feat when also meeting the demand for performance, shelf appeal, security, stability, and freshness. This presentation will provide an overview of the food and beverage carton industry’s efforts to support the transition to the circular economy by working both upstream and downstream of their package’s value chain. 

The Carton Council of Canada’s Managing Director will speak to her organization’s mandate, its strategy to grow the recycling of food and beverage cartons in Canada, and those attributes that make cartons an environmentally-sound packaging from a life-cycle perspective.  She will also touch on packaging-neutral tools available to support packaging sustainability decisions.  

    Isabelle Faucher is Managing Director of the Carton Council of Canada, an industry organization working to deliver long-term collaborative solutions in order to divert valuable cartons from disposal. Previous to this engagement, Isabelle worked for nine years as a consultant with Reclay StewardEdge, an international consultancy specialized in product and packaging stewardship.  She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto at Scarborough, as well a Masters of Arts in Environmental Geography, also from the University of Toronto.   


Networking Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Outside room 212
Sponsored by:


Up and Coming Merchandising Trends 
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Nicole Klimek, Kevin O’Donnell
CHFA Members and Associates FREE | Non-Members $10
Room 216

Is your store as dynamic as it could be? Are you providing the best experience for your customers? Could changing just a few things result in greater sales? This session will provide you with the latest trends in retail merchandising and the associated pros and cons. From the latest equipment to innovative program trends, there are many opportunities to enhance your space and grow your business.

Nicole Klimek   

Nicole Klimek has been obsessed about local economic sustainability for as long as she can remember! When it came time to decide on a career, she decided to focus on food co-ops and independent natural food stores. She has worked on over 250 projects all over North America and is the only person in the industry who combines store planning and design, interior design, marketing and branding to create unique shopping experiences and efficient operations.


 
    Kevin O’Donnell has had a long and esteemed career managing boutique hotels and country clubs around the U.S. For the past five-plus years he has been working with natural foods grocery stores to improve their operations and sales. He is a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and has been in the prepared foods industry for over 30 years. Kevin is a lifelong industry professional who believes in paying it forward and also teaches Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts at Northern Vermont University. He applies his operational knowledge on a daily basis as the Operations Manager at Hunger Mountain Food Co-op in Montpelier, VT.

The Future of CBD in NHPs
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
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Room 212


In collaboration with the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA), CHFA is assisting in the development of a CBD whitepaper to support our advocacy initiatives. In this session, Sara Zborovski, Partner at the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, will provide attendees with key takeaways observed in the whitepaper. Specifically, Sara will speak about the misalignment of the current CBD regulations with other jurisdictions, CBD’s margin of safety and how the current regulations are facilitating an illegal CBD market. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide comments on future advocacy initiatives for CBD-containing health products. 

Sponsored by:


Hosted Lunch

The Three Keys to Having a Successful Label on Your Products
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Room 211
Pre-registration required

Have lunch on us and listen to the leaders of our label and equipment companies, Steve Smith and Dan Stickney, discuss three key questions to ask when planning your labels and the impact the answers will have on your labelling program.

Jet is the only organization in Western Canada with a label company (Jet Label, booth #1138) and a label/marking equipment and service company (Jet Marking Systems, booth #1139). We will share how this came to be and how it can impact our customers’ experience.

This session will be beneficial for those who are looking to reduce their packaging and labelling costs, planning a new labelling strategy, or looking for a more simplified and effective strategy for their packaging process.

To register for this lunch session please click here.

 

Sponsored by:


Reset Your Store on a Budget
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Nicole Klimek, Kevin O’Donnell
CHFA Members and Associates FREE | Non-Members $10
Room 208

Kevin and Nicole walk you through the process of identifying which departments need to reset and how to plan, coordinate and implement a successful project. They will help you create and maintain a project timeline as well as coordinate your reset labour with your staff. By the end of the session you’ll have the tools to not only plan and implement but track success with key metrics.


Growing Your Business in Domestic and International Markets
1:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
leaf.png (15×16) CHFA Members and Associates Only. FREE
Room 216

Did you know that there are many resources and funding programs available through the federal or provincial government, to help your business grow and succeed? The purpose of this session is to provide attendees with information on the programs, services and strategies available to Canadian businesses to help them succeed within Canada and internationally. Our speakers are Faye Wu from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Allison Boulton from Export Navigator and Ana Fong-Marquez from Innovation Canada. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover and take advantage of key resources to fit your business needs.  


Insights on the Next Gen Natural Products Consumer in Canada
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Jessica Malach
CHFA Members and Associates FREE | Non-Members $10
Room 208

Are you a supplier or retailer wondering how to connect with the Next Gen consumer? SocialNature.com, the largest online panel of health and wellness consumers in Canada, is unveiling the results of their 2019 study at CHFA West. Be the first to hear what the next gen natural consumer cares about most. Gain in-depth insights regarding their top health goals, key purchase drivers, cross-channel shopping habits and much more! Applicable to both suppliers and retailers who are looking to stay relevant with the Next Gen consumer.

    Jessica Malach is the VP Growth at Social Nature, leading their Canadian and United States consumer insights and brand partner programs. She began her career in the natural health industry in 2004, where she’s worked with 100’s of brands on successful product launches, integrated marketing programs, and ways to boost sales and brand engagement in Canada & the USA. Jessica grew up with her Mom taking her to natural health stores back in the 70s ~ and passionate about partnering with the industry to support greater consumer education, awareness & access to healthier options. 

Networking Break
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Outside room 208
Sponsored by:


Cannabis in the Workplace: What You Need to Know!
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Brendan Rolfe
leaf.png (15×16) CHFA Members and Associates Only. FREE
Room 208

Cannabis legalization has given business owners across the country a whole new set of questions to ask. What’s allowed, what’s not and what’s recommended? How can you tell if someone is impaired? How can you apply the new rules correctly but in a fair and understanding manner? Brendan Rolfe, Business Counselor at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), has helped business owners manage employees in this tricky new environment. Come hear CFIB give you key advice and tools that you can use to make sure you are well equipped in a legalized world.

    Brendan has a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Diploma in Political Science. He has closed more than 10,000 small business enquiries in his five years with CFIB and is a former entrepreneur in Vancouver, BC. He comes from a background of business but is in the business of people management and the evolving workforce. When not helping small business owners navigate the complexities of operations and human resources in British Columbia, he is hiking with his dogs in the hills and diving in the sand for volleyballs.  

 


New!CHFA Launch Pad

 

CHFA Launch Pad
5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Open to all CHFA West attendees
Room 212

Presented for the first time at CHFA East 2018, this event quickly became the buzz of the show as companies vied for the $30,000 prize package and title of Most Innovative Product. Now, coming to CHFA West, CHFA Launch Pad is sure to catch the attention of retailers and suppliers alike as a brilliant showcase of up-and-coming products. Retailers in attendance will receive a gift bag and will be entered in a draw to win an iPad.* Plus, one lucky retailer from the audience will be selected to join the judging panel and will be awarded $200 cash for their participation. Will it be you?

Click here for more contest information including the West 2019 finalists. 

Presented in partnership with: 



*Limited number of gift bags available. Draw for two iPads will take place at the end of the event on February 22.


Member Welcome Reception
6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
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Room 211


Join us for drinks and canapés as we celebrate the opening of CHFA West 2019 with our members. Connect with your industry colleagues and meet CHFA staff that you talk to year-round. This is the VIP way to kick off your trade show weekend!

 


 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 

 

CHFA Member Forum Breakfast
A Must-Attend for Industry Leaders!
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Forum
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Room 110

Begin your trade show day with a hearty breakfast and the comradery of your fellow CHFA members at the Member Forum Breakfast. This is your chance to share your thoughts and insights with your peers. It’s also a great opportunity to expand your network with other business leaders who will be in attendance. CHFA’s Board of Directors along with President Helen Long and Vice President Dave Clark encourage all members to join in what is sure to be a lively discussion and great networking session. We hope to see you there! 


CHFA Industry Achievement Awards
Pan Pacific Crystal Pavilion Ballroom (Hotel Lobby Level)

5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Cocktail Reception 
5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Awards Presentation 
Open to all CHFA West attendees


Join us as we celebrate the outstanding commitment and achievements of our peers. Beginning with a reception at the Pan Pacific Hotel, we’ll move into the beautiful Crystal Pavilion Ballroom to enjoy light appetizers during the awards presentation. We offer open seating to all registered participants of CHFA West, so be sure to arrive early for the most popular event of the weekend.