SOLD OUT! Breakfast Series: Best Practices in Traceability and Understanding Blockchain

April 12th, 730am - 11am
Executive Suites - Grand Ballroom, 4201 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby

Best Practices in Traceability and Understanding Blockchain: Is Blockchain the Next Revolution in the Food Supply Chain?

When: Thursday April 12, 2018, 7:30am - 11:00am

Location: Executive Suites Hotel - Grand Ballroom

Address: 4201 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby, BC V5C 3Y6

Gilmore Transit Station: 5 minute walk to hotel

Seminar pricing includes complimentary parking and breakfast buffet.


This event is sponsored by Syspro Canada

In partnership with Phoenix Systems and SHEA Business Solutions 

Ambassador Sponsorship by Vision 33

7:30am-8:00am       Registration, Breakfast and Network

8:00am     Welcome and Association News,                         James Donaldson, CEO

8:10AM – 8:30:AM    

Challenges of Traceability for Small Business

BC Food Processors are acutely aware of the importance of traceability and the impact on profitability, brand, resources and even morale.  Many organizations have held off improving traceability processes, because they are aware of the potential increased workloads.  In this session, we’ll share our learnings of improved traceability. and the net impact other food and beverage processors have experienced:

  • Business process changes are just as important as (and maybe more important than) technology solutions
  • Infrastructure considerations – technology, communications and investments
  • How to involve your entire supply chain (suppliers and customers) in your traceability improvement project

You will come away with an understanding of the benefits of automating your tracing process, why it’s worth the effort, and some examples from other companies.

8:30-8:50 AM

Best Practices in Traceability:  Technology

Speaker: Steve Burton,  owner Icicle Technologies.

Importance of Traceability

  • Why traceability is such a big topic
  • Why it’s important to adopt technological solution

Traceability & Recall Challenges

  • Cross-department collaboration difficult and inefficient
  • Complete recalls within 2 hours an extremely tough task if done manually
  • Impossible to track-and-trace accurately without technology

What is Icicle

  • A unified food production management system

How Can Technology Like Icicle Resolve the Challenges

  • Recall done in under 5 minutes
  • Mass balance calculation
  • Traceability is automatic
  • Every action is documented
  • Incident management infrastructure
  • Affordable & scalable

8:50 - 9AM James Donaldson, CEO Introductions 

Sponsor Peter vanLeeuwen, General Manager of Vision 33

Aquilon ERP

The Answer Company

9:00 - 9:15AM BREAK

915AM– 10:15AM   Is Blockchain the Next Revolution in the Food Supply Chain?

Speaker: Harish Krishnan, Associate Professor, Operations and Logistics, Sauder School of Business, UBC, and Director, Centre for Operations Excellence.  Harish is an academic partner with Blockchain UBC, the Blockchain Research and Education Cluster

 Discussion to  include: 

  • What is Blockchain technology? 
  • Overview of the structure and mechanism of Multichain Blockchain platforms (Bitcoin, Ethereum, Hyperledger)
  • Applications of Blockchain
  • Advantages of Blockchain in the food industry: 
    • end-to-end visibility 
    • tamper-proof data
    • traceability compliance
  • What food companies need to be thinking about to be prepared for blockchain. 
  • Barriers to adoption
  • What should food companies do to prepare for blockchain adaptation and setting up your own private Blockchain

10:15AM – Questions

10:30AM - 11AM:    ERP Service Providers table exhibition and Networking

  1. Syspro Canada
  2. Vision 33
  3. Aquilon ERP Software
  4. Icicle Technologies
  5. The Answer Company

Breakfast Menu:

Chef's selection of breakfast pastries
Chilliwack honey
Sweet butter & preserves
Seasonal fruit & berries with yogurt
Stack of buttermilk pancakes
Peppered scrambled eggs
Country sausage
Maple smoked bacon
Hash brown potatoes
Assorted fruit juices
Gourmet Regular & Decaffeinated Coffee and Tea

Vegetarian / Vegan Options available - please advise upon registration