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CHFA West 2019 Conference Information

 

Time

Audience

Session

Presenter

Thursday, February 21

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Recommended for all registrants wishing to expand their knowledge

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

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Recommended for manufacturers, distributors and business services

Designing for Zero Packaging Waste

Rachel Morier
PAC

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

 

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Recommended for personnel working in a retail environment

Probiotics as Tools to Enhance Your Natural Microbial Ecosystem

Hosted Lunch: Sponsored by Renew Life

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

Re-Set 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

Annalea Krebs

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

 

6:30 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. – 9:45 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 Members and Associates $40 | Non-Members $50

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 stores to larger super centres, 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.
Registration fee includes lunch.

Meet in front of the Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building.


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)

Join us at the CHFA West Regulatory Update to gain important insight into recent regulatory developments in the Canadian natural health product (NHP) and food sectors. 

Presentations by Health Canada’s Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate, Regulatory Operations and Regions Branch, and Food Directorate will provide updates on the following topics: 

  • Self-care products framework
  • Administrative updates including: the Management of Applications Policy, monograph updates, online solutions and electronic tools, and the Reconsideration Process
  • Compliance Monitoring Projects
  • Personal importation of natural health products
  • Supplemented foods 
  • The Healthy Eating Strategy

To learn more about these topics and to find out what might be in store for the industry, plan to attend the CHFA West Regulatory Update. As the industry continues to evolve, make sure you mark February 21 on your calendar and book your spot for this must-attend session you won’t want to miss! 

For a copy of the preliminary agenda, click here.  


 

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

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. 

 


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

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 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 greater understanding of the regulations surrounding CBD-containing health products.

Sponsored by:


Designing for Zero Packaging Waste 
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Rachel A. Morier 
CHFA Members and Associates FREE | Non-Members $10

Rising concerns of global plastic pollution are driving new policies and corporate commitments to address waste. However, designing for zero packaging waste is no small feat when also meeting the demand for performance, shelf appeal, security, stability, and freshness. This presentation will examine key life-cycle considerations for sustainable packaging, especially when designing for recycling and composting. There is an abundance of information on the circular economy and environmental design, but it can be challenging to navigate through if you have little to no knowledge of sustainability. This presentation will also feature case studies and a sustainability checklist to provide simple guidance to help improve recovery and reduce confusion.

    Rachel Morier is the Director of Sustainability of PAC Packaging Consortium and leads their sustainability initiatives, PAC NEXT and PAC FOOD. Since 2012, she has been working closely with over 110 PAC member organizations to facilitate the convergence of ideas and to mobilize solutions for the efficient recovery and reduction of packaging and food waste. Prior to joining PAC, she worked for a global brand management company with Fortune 500 consumer packaged goods and retail clients and for a boutique consulting firm to develop a design guide for sustainable packaging. Rachel holds a Master in Environmental Studies at York University, and a Graduate Diploma in Business & the Environment from the Schulich School of Business. 


Networking Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
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

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.
leaf.png (15×16) CHFA Members and Associates Only. FREE


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 from their research on CBD.  Stay tuned for more information about this session.

Sponsored by:


Hosted Lunch
Probiotics as Tools to Enhance Your Natural Microbial Ecosystem

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
By Invitation Only

Did you know that there are around 40 trillion microbes in and on your body, living with you in harmony? The new science of the "microbiome" has shown the many ways these naturally-occurring microbes influence our health. Dr. Zac Lewis, who has studied these microbes for a decade, will discuss this new field and how Renew Life is building their products to take advantage of this cutting-edge information. 

Sponsored by:



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

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
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 labeling 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 labeling costs, planning a new labeling 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:


Re-Set 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

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 re-set 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

Do you want to learn how you can grow your business in Canada and abroad? This panel discussion will provide you with more information on the programs, services and strategies available to Canadian businesses to help them grow and succeed. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover key resources that fit your business needs.


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

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.

    Annalea Krebs is the founder of Social Nature, an influencer marketing company that inspires people across North America to #trynatural products. With almost a decade of digital marketing experience, Annalea is both an innovator and thought-leader in next-generation CPG marketing. Annalea believes in promoting good stuff, not junk; that people trust friends, not ads; and that everyday consumers have influence. Annalea is a regular contributor to publications like Adweek and Media Post and frequently speaks at industry events like Natural Product Expo, NBJ Summit, and CHFA. Annalea was selected by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top "25 Inspiring Entrepreneurs Under 40 Who Are Creating the Next Big Thing", as well as by Conscious Company Magazine as one of "19 Social Entrepreneurs to Watch."

Networking Break
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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

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

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?

Are you an exhibitor interested in entering your new product for a chance to win this $30,000 prize package? Don't delay, submit your Launch Pad Application by December 12.

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
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
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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
leaf.png (15×16) CHFA Members Only. FREE

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.