SAVE THE DATE: April 7-9, 2025

Enercare Centre, Toronto

2024 Speaker Lineup

Amanda Hamer

CEO, Ediblebliss11

André Hueston Mack

Owner & Winemaker, Maison Noir Wines

Bill Marler

Founder, Marler Clark

Devan Rajkumar

Chef & Co-Host

Eva Chin

Executive Chef & Culinary Director, Highbell Hospitality Group

Gabriel Stulman

CEO & Founder, Happy Cooking Hospitality

Imrun Texeira

Chef & Owner, Wanderlust

Jason Bangerter

Executive Chef, Langdon Hall

Jordan Wagman

Chef/Owner, Chef Jordan Wagman

Joseph Shawana

Chair, Indigenous Culinary of Associated Nations / Chef, ddxc Indigenous Kitchen / Professor, Centennial College

Kate Boushel

Director of Beverage & Education, Barroco Group

Kate Gerwin

Owner, Happy Accidents

Meeru Dhalwala

Co-owner & Chef, Vij's Restaurant

Miss Moço

Drag Artist

Susan Senecal

Chief Executive Officer, A&W Food Service of Canada

Wallace Wong

CEO & Founder, SixPackChef

A.J. Stewart

Operations Manager, Supplier Diversity, Canada's 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC)

Abigail Lorden

Co-Founder, Restaurant Technology Network

Adam McLeod

Director Category Growth, Labatt

Alex Black

Operator, Alex Black Consulting

Alida Solomon

Chef/Owner, Tutti Matti

Aly Atlin

Senior Manager, National Brands & Strategic Partnerships, SkipTheDishes

Amanda Jansen

Director of Operations, Concorde Entertainment Group

Amanda Ray

Executive Chef, Drake Devonshire

Amber Bruce

Bar Manager & Partner, The Keefer Bar

Amrita Bhalla

Managing Director, A.B Consulting

Andrew Zimbel

National Director Special Projects , Higgins Event Rentals/Chair-man Mills Corporation

Ann Nguyen

President, N&L Supreme Group

Asad Amin

Senior Vice President, Ipsos

Bashir Munye

Chef, Food Advocate & Educator

Blaze Montana

Managing Partner, Happy Accidents

Brandon Collins

Corporate Executive Chef, Unilever Food Solutions

Catherine Wilding

Entrepreneurship Connections Director, ACCES Employment

Chanée Dowdie

Founder, Honey Soul Food

Chantalle Butler

President, Molson Coors Canada

Cheryl Hung

Vice President, Dig Insights

Chris Commandant

Chef & Educator, Otsenha - Indigenous Culinary Solutions

Chris Elliott

Chief Economist & Vice President, Research, Restaurants Canada

Chris Heard

CEO, Olive

Chris Knight

Senior Consultant, The Fifteen Group

Christa Bruneau-Guenther

Chef & Owner, Feast Café Bistro

Christian Davis

Owner & Founder, Paradise Grapevine

Chuba Obi

DJ & Photographer

Chuck Ortiz

Founder & Creative Director, Back of House

Cole Matthews

Senior Account Executive, Notch

Cory Vitiello

Director, Concept Development & Culinary, LFG Growth Partners

Courtney Radke

Vice President, Innovation, Sagenet

Dave Stratton

Managing Partner, Daniel et Daniel Catering & Events

David Beaudoin

Canadian Cheese Ambassador, Dairy Farmers of Canada

David Henkes

Senior Principal, Technomic Inc

David Hopkins

President, The Fifteen Group

Dawn Hennessey

Senior Client Partner, BDC

Debbie Trenholm

President & Sommelier, Savvy Company

Derek Greenberg

Senior Vice President - North America, Foodback

Domenic Primucci

President, Pizza Nova

Doug Ford

Premier of Ontario

Drea Scotland

Winemaker, Paradise Grapevine

Dwania Peele

Founder, Canadian Small Business Women

Elle Asiedu

Co-founder, The Re-Seasoning Coalition

Emma MacFarlane

Economic & Business Advisor (Eastern US), OMAFRA

Enrico G. Cleva

architect, ec&co.

Eric Chow

Co-owner, Good Behaviour

Evan Park

General Manager, BBQ Chicken America

Fabiola Sicard

Economic & Business Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Farabi Ahmed

General Manager, The Little Jerry

Gordon Mackay

Partner & Strategy Director, mackaywong

Hugo Togni

Bar Director, Bar Pompette

Jackie Prange

VP Marketing, TouchBistro

James Power

General Manager, Raspberry Point Oyster

James Rhodes

Principal Lawyer, Taxation Lawyers

Jason Leeson

President, Squirrel Systems

Jean-François Archambault

Executive Director & Founder, La Tablée des Chefs

Jeff Doucette

General Manager, Field Agent Canada

Jeff Weber

Sr. Manager, Commercial Strategy & Execution, Molson Coors

Jenni Lessard

Interim Executive Director, Indigenous Culinary of Associated Nations

Jennifer Ponton

Partner, Intellectual Property, Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP

Jeremy Bonia

Sommelier/Co-owner, Raymonds & Chair of the Board, Restaurants Canada

Jim Taylor

Founder & CEO, Benchmark Sixty Restaurant Services

Jodie Dewald

Owner & Operator, The Little Jerry

Joe Gonzalez

Owner, Right Choice Happenings Realty

Joe McMahan

VP, Sustainability & Shared Value, Maple Leaf Foods

Joel Gregoire

Associate Director - Food & Drink, Mintel

John Bunner

Operations Director, Alo Food Group

John Gutekanst

Owner & CEO, Avalanche Pizza

John Higgins

Chef in Residence, George Brown College Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts

John Petcoff

PEI Oysters

Jordyn Posluns

National Marketing Consultant - Beverage Strategy, McDonald's Canada

Josh Austin

Senior Manager - Sustainability, High Liner Foods

Juanita Dickson

President, Gusto 54 Restaurant Group

Judy Song

Partner Relations Specialist, Fisheries & Seafood, Ocean Wise

Julie Cafley

Executive Director, Catalyst Canada

Kate Gerwin

Owner, Happy Accidents

Katie Bridges

Editor, Twenty Two Media (Foodism & Escapism)

Kelly Higginson

President & CEO, Restaurants Canada

Kenesha Lewis

Founder & Creator, One More Cocoa Inc

Kim Wheatley

Anishinaabe Traditional Grandmother

Kirk Baker

Co-owner, Baker’s Jerk House

Kristy Cork

Specialized Consultant – Healthy Workplaces, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

Kurtis Hayne

Program Director, Marine Stewardship Council

Kyla Tuori

Corporate Executive Chef, Canada, Unilever Food Solutions

Kyle Emerson

Sr. Account Executive, Notch

Laura Beth Wilson

Head of Global Delivery Partnerships, Uber Eats Canada

Leah Scurto

Owner & Head Pizzaiola, PizzaLeah

Leland Harper

DEI Consultant, Leland Harper Consulting

Len Senater

Founder/Owner, The Depanneur

Lilian Cardoso

Executive Chef, Centennial College

Ludovic Bacs

Music Programming Manager, Soundsgood

Luke Emery

Chief Customer Officer, Tractor Beverage Company

Marcello Cabezas

Director, External Relations + Business Development, The Fifth Group

Margot Swindall

Director, Business Development, Technomic Inc.

Marissa Leon-John

Chef, ElleJay's & Quell

Matt Busbridge

Country Manager, Amazon Business Canada

Matthew Crompton

Director - Americas, NielsenIQ

Maxime Hoerth

Co-Founder & Owner, Pompette Inc & Bar Pompette

Michael Tremblay

Beverage Director, ki modern Japanese + bar

Michael Villani

National Sales Director, Carlsberg Canada

Michelle Jobin

TV Host/Producer & Co-Host

Mike McLean

Program Coordinator, Mixxit Canada - Beam Suntory

Miriam Foell

Owner, Fergies Fine Foods

Nancy Matsumoto

Writer & Editor

Natasha Samuels

Owner & Founder, Taste with Tash

Nathanael May

Sr. Manager, Training & Specialty Coffee, Campbell's Foodservice

Nick Gibson

Client Business Partner, NielsenIQ

Oliver Jones

Global Partner Manager, Uber Eats

Oren Borovitch

Co-Founder, Kitchen Hu

Pasquale Ponticiello

Corporate Chef & Master Pizzaiolo

Patrick McMurray

Co-Founder, Oyster Master Guild

Paul Yang

Sr. Director - Procurement, Sustainability & Packaging, Tim Hortons

Pen Clark

Director of Restaurants Insights, Squirrel Systems

Peter Seney

Lead, Corporate Citizenship & Employer Brand, Interac Corp.

Peter Sobchak

Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Interiors Magazine

Ren Navarro

Owner & Operator, B Diversity Group

Richard Alexander

Executive Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs, Restaurants Canada

Richard Cazeau

Executive Producer

Robert Carter

President, Coffee Association of Canada

Robert Firpo-Cappiello

Editor-in-Chief, Hospitality Technology

Rocco Agostino

Executive Chef & Partner, Pizzeria Libretto Restaurant Group

Rohini Dey

Founder, Vermilion Restaurant & Let's Talk Womxn

Ryan Hinkson

Food Culturalist & Content Creator, @EatFamous

Sébastien Dallaire

Senior Vice President, Ipsos

Sam Osmow

Founder & Principal, Osmow's

Sarah Fleming

Head of Enterprise Partnerships, Uber Eats

Serge Poutchigian

SVP, Restaurant Strategy, Moneris Solutionsis | President @UEAT

Sergio Nazario

Chef & Owner, Nuna Kitchen & Bar

Shane Harker

Founder & President, Rethink Resource

Shawn Soole

Lounge Manager, Clive's Classic Lounge

Simone Cellario

Export Manager, Poderi Cellario

Stacy DiCarlo

Principal & Lead Designer, Yellowbird Design Studio

Stephanie Lui-Valentim

Co-founder, President, Quell

Steve Cameron

Associate Publisher & Vice President, Figure 1 Publishing

Stuart Zalunardo

President, SilverChef & Econolease Group

Suman Ali Sayed

Chef & Founder, House of Khaleej

Tammy Maki

CEO & Owner, Raven Rising-Global Indigenous Chocolates

Tiffany Stull

Account Manager, Small Business, BDC

Tracy Macgregor

Chief Operating Officer, Restaurants Canada

Trisha Poole

Principal, Design Poole Inc.

Turi Mercuri

President, Atlas

Val Upfold

Executive Recruiter & HR Expert

Vanessa Fracheboud

President, Mandy's - Salades Gourmandes

Victor Plange

Head of Marketing, US & Canada, Too Good To Go

Vince Sgabellone

Director & Foodservice Industry Analyst, Circana

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