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Information-Age Manufacturing: Labour disruption, Global Opportunity and Digitization

4201 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby, BC V5C 3Y6

Information-Age Manufacturing

Labour disruption, global opportunity and digitization for food processors in a rapidly transforming world.

When: Thursday, October 4th, 2018 12:30-4:55pm

Location: Executive Suites Hotel at 4201 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby

It is an exciting time for Canadian small and medium sized food & beverage businesses. Globalization, enhanced mobility, innovative technologies, and new business models are providing more opportunities than ever before for companies to grow and thrive regardless of their size, location or industry.

Join BDO Canada and Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) as they host an afternoon session discussing the industry’s hottest issues and connect with the ecosystem to find people, tools, resources, and technologies that will accelerate the growth of your company.


12:30pm-1:00pm  Registration & Networking  

1:00pm-1:10pm  Welcome and introductions with Tanya Tait, BCFPA Member Engagement Manager

1:10pm-1:55pm  Evaluating Your Digital Readiness with Peter Lawler, Executive VP of BDC Advisory 

  • What can you do today to prepare your business for the digital age of food processing and how will technology change the way you do things? 

Christpher Lythgo: Turning discussion into action; leaving the participants with tools & best practices that they can immediately take away and put into use in their business to enhance their productivity.

  • Is your company prepared to address the future labour shortage gap? What can you do to optimize your current people and process to boost productivity, and how does technology fit?

1:55pm-2:10pm  BREAK 

2:10pm-2:40pm  Tax Considerations & Traps When Going Global with Daryl Maduke, International Tax Partner and West Group Tax Service Line Leader for BDO Canada LLP. 

  • What are the most common cross border scenarios?
  • How to know when and where the tax line has been crossed. 

2:40pm-3:10pm  A panel discussion moderated by Tanya Tait: Doing Business with China: Manage and Avoid Common Risks to Your Business 

  • Winston Chow, Leader of Alberta’s China Practice, BDO Canada LLP 
    • From finding any partner to the right partner, how to negotiate contracts and how to identify the right fit. 
  • John Asher, Senior Manager, Risk Advisory, BDO Canada LLP 
    • Manage and Avoid Common Risks to your Business: With opportunity comes risk and understanding the most prevalent risks can help you develop a reliable risk management strategy. 

3:10pm-3:40pm Success Stories with Mike Gardiner, President of Confirmed Automation Systems Inc. 

  • Mike will share some of their client’s success stories and their own when it comes to adopting to technologies.


3:40pm – 4:55pm Networking, cocktail bar and food! 

Space is limited, RSVP today to reserve your spot.

For inquiries, please contact Sandra@bcfpa.ca or call us at 604-371-4245.


During the networking portion of this event, please feel free to browse our exhibitor section and meet with the following companies:

  1. Industrial Software Solutions
  2. Aquilon Software Inc.
  3. The Answer Company
  4. Phoenix Systems
  5. Icicle Technologies Inc.


About Our Speakers: 

Christopher Lythgo is the Regional Director for BDC Advisory Services in the British Columbia, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. He has acquired a deep expertise in the SME space, having personally provided 350+ Canadian private companies with management consulting solutions to help them grow, become more efficient and enhance their management capabilities. Christopher now oversees marketplace operations and business development teams for BDC Advisory across the region, transforming it into one of the largest and fastest growing management consulting firms in Greater Vancouver.

Peter Lawler  was appointed Executive Vice President, BDC Advisory Services in October 2016. In this role, he is responsible for the full range of non-financial services that BDC offers to entrepreneurs. Before assuming his current responsibilities, he was Senior Vice President, Financing and Consulting – Ontario. There, he was responsible for the overall growth of the Ontario market and played a key role in the development of strategies for the automotive, technology, and food and beverage sectors

Daryl Maduke is the international tax partner and the west group tax service line leader in BDO.  His practice includes international and domestic tax planning and he advises on cross boarder and domestic mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, spin-offs, and financings. 

Winston Chow is the leader of BDO’s China Practice in Calgary. Over the years, he has assisted numerous Chinese enterprises — from state-owned businesses to entrepreneur-run companies — in structuring, start-up, operating and acquisition activities in Canada. He also helps Canadian companies do business in China and facilitates partnerships with BDO China and other professional firms.

John Asher is the Senior Manager and the leader of the Risk Advisory Practice in Vancouver. John has performed a variety of internal controls, compliance, performance, and governance audit to various industries. He has taught accounting, audit, and risk topics including audit methodology, risk-based auditing, complex issues, and audit process tools at various conference across Canada. 

Mike Gardiner has over 20 years of experience with industrial, manufacturing and food and beverage operations.  His work has spanned from engineering and construction, through to management of operations and maintenance in a variety of facilities. Mike leads a strong team of professionals developing process improvements and Operations Intelligence solutions for many customers.  

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