Growing the Food Industry in Canada: Successful SMEs

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29 September, 2015

 Growing the Food Industry in Canada: Successful SMEs11am Central Time | 12pm Eastern Time

Food processing is one of the largest manufacturing sectors in Canada. Organizations like FOODTECH Canada and Food Development Centres support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to grow. SMEs are essential to growth in the industry but they face challenges. This webinar explores existing challenges faced by SMEs with emphasis on existing provincial and national support systems and discusses options on how to help SMEs succeed in the future.

Tim Hore

Tim joined the Food Development Centre (FDC) in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba in 2013 as the Chief Operating Officer/General Manager. Prior to joining the FDC, Tim worked for Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development for six years. Before joining the civil service he spent sixteen years in senior management positions in sales and procurement with two multinational food companies where he developed a passion for leadership and lean six sigma management philosophies. Tim holds a B. Sc. (Agriculture) and a M. Sc from the University of Guelph and is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Jim Smith

Jim Smith is the Executive Director of Bio│Food│Tech and a professional innovation leader with experience and passion for helping companies commercialize new product ideas to improve their business and develop the economy. Jim provides leadership on strategic projects for the food and bioscience industry including new product and process development, quality systems, food safety support and troubleshooting. Jim holds a PhD in Food Science from the University of Nottingham, England and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde in his native country of Scotland.


Food Development SME Owners, Members of Provincial Economic Development Associations, Manitoba and Canadian Chambers, Members of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Food Secure Canada, staff of government departments, staff of food development and food science organizations, civil society organizations and individual citizens, students, faculties, and everyone interested in food development centres and their effect on SMEs.

For more information and to register, please contact:

Michael Blatherwick
blatherwickm at

RSVP by Thursday, September 24, 2015

SOURCE: The Rural Development Institute

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