Breakfast Series Event: The Lawyer's Role in Your Food Business

December 15, 2017
6pm - 9pm
BC Hydro Building - 6911 Southpoint Drive, Burnaby


The Lawyer’s Role in Your Food Business.

Product Liability - Risk Management – Employment Law


The Top Ten Legal Mistakes Food Businesses Make!


BC Hydro Building – 6911 Southpoint Drive, Burnaby


Sponsored by Fasken Martineau


7:30am-8:15am       Registration, Breakfast and Network


8:15am     Welcome and Association News                                               James Donaldson, CEO


Introduction of New Members:  (Stand for a brief self-introduction)

New Processor Members present                           New Associate Members present


8:30AM:   Ally Bharmal – Business Law – Top Mistakes made by Food Companies from a Business Perspective

  •  Failing to incorporate early enough
  •  Issuing shares to founders without a vesting schedule
  •  Not considering a shareholders’ agreement
  •  Disclosing confidential information without an NDA
  •  Leaving employment agreements until the first financing
  •  Raising funds without complying with securities laws
  •  Failing to protect your IP, particularly your brand name
  •  Entering into commercial arrangements without a proper contract (co-packer case study as example)
  •  Not considering government funding and tax credits


9:15AM:   Stephanie Gutierrez – Employment Law – Legal Issues in Managing Your Employees

  • Do’s and don’ts of hiring and firing
  • Performance management and discipline
  • Employment Agreements and key terms
  • Non-competition/non-solicitation clauses
  • Human rights accommodation issues


9:50AM: Michael Parrish – Product Liability and Enterprise Risk Management– Managing Risk in Your Business

  • Identifying different types of risk
  • Business risk: the risks inherent in the business of food manufacture
  • Regulatory risk: what regulators have oversight?
  • Advertising risk: what can you say about your products?
  • Consumer risk: managing consumer complaints
  • Contract risk: managing supply chain contracts and disputes
  • Litigation risk: avoiding and defending product liability claims
  • Mitigating risk through good commercial and manufacturing practices
  • Mitigating risk through insurance: what types of insurance coverage should a food company have?


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Breakfast Series Event: The Lawyer's Role in Your Food Business