Get set to get the most from the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) Convention and Trade Show in Vancouver, April 24-26. Don’t miss the Learning Lounges on the trade show floor. Read what’s in store.
Wednesday, April 25
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. • Produce Disruptors: Trade, Transportation and Technology
NAFTA, ELDs, and other acronyms are having huge impacts on how businesses need to approach trade, transportation, and technology. So how do we mitigate these produce disruptors and ensure we’re prepared for what’s to come? A panel of senior industry executives debate what they see as the essential details to move forward.
Thursday, April 26
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. • The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations and Trade: Where are we today?
Join the Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC) as leaders discuss the upcoming Safe Food for Canadians Regulations trade and commerce aspects, Canadian grade standard revisions and where we are today as an industry. This session will detail how these issues may impact your operations and what you can do to prepare.
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. • Growing Produce Skills
When matching career expectations, communication is key. Join us for an open conversation on current professional development expectations from young professionals in the industry and how those expectations align with the vision business leaders have for their employees.
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. • My Produce Story
Two senior-ranking produce professionals will share their experiences working in the industry and discuss the factors that influenced their career progression and how the industry has evolved over the course of their respective careers.
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. • Retail and the Industry Today
CPMA has queried industry leaders about the biggest issues and hot buttons for retail. CPMA’s retail panel will share their expectations from suppliers as they navigate the ever-changing Canadian retail landscape.
For a hint of what to see on the trade show floor, go to the website (http://www.convention.cpma.ca/program/nps-2018) for New Product Showcase.