Foodiepreneur: The Business Of Food

The Foodiepreneur: The Business of Food forum in an opportunity for foodie entrepreneurs to learn the best recipe for starting and running a successful food business.

Registration is open and filling up quickly! Attend to hear what the experts have to say about putting the right ingredients together.

Registration deadline: Thursday, March 23

March 28, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Halton Regional Centre, Auditorium,
1151 Bronte Road, Oakville
Cost: $35/person (includes breakfast)

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Hear from our spotlight speakers:

Tess Gonzalez – Bread ‘N Batter
As the founder of Bread ‘n Batter, Tess has always had a passion for baking and has been experimenting with various recipes for as long as she was allowed to use an oven. Between her passion for baking and full-time employment as a Productivity and Quality Facilitator, her desire to serve the community her freshly baked goods could no longer be contained.

Farooq Ahmad – Big Grill Shawarma & Kabob
Big Grill Shawarma & Kabob is an authentic Arabian, Afghani, and Pakistani restaurant in the heart of Oakville that serves fresh and healthy Halal meals prepared to your liking. Their specialities are traditional shawarma, kabob and falafel.  Farooq will talk about his business and what it means to own and run a restaurant in Halton Region.




8:30 –   9:00 a.m. Registration, breakfast and networking
9:00 –   9:10 a.m. Welcome
9:10 –   9:30 a.m. Local spotlight speakers:

  • Tess Gonzalez, Bread ‘N Batter
  • Farooq Ahmad, Big Grill Shawarma & Kabob
9:30 – 10:20 a.m. Licenses, permits and health regulations:

  • Nik Tymoszewicz, Supervisor Food Safety, Halton Region Health Department
  • Kathleen Chafe, Licensing Officer, Milton
  • Selena Campbell, Supervisor, By-law Services, Oakville
  • Susan Debrincat, Licensing Compliance Coordinator, Oakville
  • Tracey Burrows, Manager of By-law Enforcement, Licensing and Animal Services, Burlington
10:20 – 11:00 a.m. Networking break
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Panel of experts:

  • Nik Tymoszewicz, Supervisor Food Safety, Halton Region Health Department
  • Susan Powell, Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor at Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, serving Halton and Peel Regions
  • Barb Shopland, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Research, FreshSpoke
  • Meaghan Richardson, Food Procurement Manager, Food for Life
  • Jamie Reaume, CEO, Country Heritage Park (Commercial Kitchen)
12:00 p.m. Closing remarks

Susan Powell
Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor
(519) 826-4042

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