FBA Conference & Awards 2024

Exciting News: Join Us for the 3rd Annual FBA Conference & Awards!

Get ready for the highlight event of the year! We’re thrilled to announce the eagerly awaited 3rd Annual FBA Conference & Awards, happening on October 22-23, 2024, at the stunning Rodd Charlottetown on picturesque PEI.

Following the resounding success of our previous events, this year’s conference will span two action-packed days. Brace yourself for a dynamic program packed with industry insights, expert-led educational sessions, invaluable networking opportunities, and the thrilling FBA Awards ceremony!

Let’s come together to honour the outstanding achievements and continuous growth of our vibrant food and beverage sector.

Save the date and keep an eye out for updates, including the registration link, which will be shared soon. We can’t wait to unite with you for this exceptional event!

Preferred Room Rates for FBA Conference Delegates

CONFERENCE AGENDA / PROGRAMME DU CONGRÈS
OCTOBER 24 OCTOBRE

 

10:00 AM – Welcome Remarks / Mots de bienvenue

10:15 AM – Lessons of a Brand Manager by Andrew MacGillivray / Leçons d’un chef de marque par Andrew MacGillivray

11:05 AM – Using Digitization and Automation for a Competitive Advantage by David McNally / Utiliser la numérisation et l’automatisation pour un avantage concurrentiel par David McNally

11:55 AM – Lunch / Dîner

12:30 PM – Foodie’s Choice Award Pitches, hosted by Katie Kelly / Présentations des Foodie’s Choice Awards, animées par Katie Kelly

1:25 PM – FBA Masterclass Insight Panel by / Panel d’experts de la Masterclass ABA par Peter Chapman, Norm Purdy and / et Al Archibald with / avec Brad Rideout, Kate Wynn, John Ernst and / et Courtney Schmidt

2:15 PM – Labour Market Insights for Atlantic Canada by Kevin Elder / Aperçu du marché du travail pour le Canada atlantique par Kevin Elder

3:05 PM – Workforce of the Future panel with Jillian Tonet, Tim Brennan, Dr. Wendy Cukier and Wanda Cuff-Young / Panel sur les Effectifs du Futur avec Jillian Tonet, Tim Brennan, Dr. Wendy Cukier and Wanda Cuff-Young

4:00 PM – Interlude featuring performance by Jackson Weldon / Intermède avec la performance de Jackson Weldon

4:30 PM – Awards Celebration with Katie Kelly / Cérémonie des prix avec Katie Kelly

5:15 PM – Cocktail Reception / Réception

OCTOBER 25 OCTOBRE

8:45 AM – Welcome Remarks / Mots de bienvenue

8:55 AM – Key Lessons from International Food Business: A Student Perspective with Dr. Phoebe Stephens / Principales Leçons du Commerce Alimentaire International : le Point de Vue d’un étudiant avec Dr. Phoebe Stephens

9:50 AM – Packaging Innovation: Trends, Solutions, and Cost Reduction by Jon Hanifen / Innovation en matière d’emballage : tendances, solutions et réduction des coûts par Jon Hanifen

10:35 AM – Break / Pause

10:55 AM – Unlocking Innovation Opportunities by Jo-Ann McArthur / Libérer des opportunités d’innovation par Jo-Ann McArthur

11:55 AM – Lunch / Dîner

12:50 PM – Making DEI Work: Real Solutions for Food & Beverage by Tera McDonald / Faire fonctionner DEI : de vraies solutions pour l’alimentation et les boissons par Tera McDonald

1:45 PM – Redefining ‘Realistic’: The Champion Mindset by Heather Moyse / Redéfinir le « réaliste » : l’état d’esprit du championpar Heather Moyse

2:45 PM – Break / Pause

3:00 PM – Ready for Retail by Lauren Luscombe / Prêt pour la Commerce de Détail par Lauren Luscombe

3:45 PM – Closing Remarks / Remarques finales

Become a Featured Presenter at the 2024 FBA Conference & Awards!

Are you passionate about the food and beverage industry? Do you have expertise to share? We invite you to take the spotlight at the upcoming 2024 Food & Beverage Atlantic Industry Conference & Awards, happening in Charlottetown, PEI, on October 22-23, 2024. This year, our theme is ‘Scaling Smart’, and we’re seeking dynamic presenters like you to inspire and educate our attendees. 

As a presenter, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with industry leaders, share your knowledge, and contribute to the growth and innovation of the food and beverage sector. If you’re ready to make an impact and showcase your expertise, we want to hear from you! Submit your proposal today and join us in shaping the future of the industry.

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MAY 31st!

Interested in being an Event Sponsor?

The FBA Awards celebrates Atlantic Canada's Leaders in the Food and Beverage Industry

The prestigious FBA Awards are back, honoring the leaders who shape the future of our industry. It’s our chance to recognize those remarkable individuals and businesses who push boundaries, redefine standards, and set new benchmarks of excellence. These awards not only highlight outstanding achievements but also acknowledge the collective efforts driving progress in our industry.

Nominations are now open! Whether it’s a colleague, a client, or your own company, we encourage you to nominate deserving candidates. Nominees must be Food & Beverage Atlantic members in good standing, and self-nominations are welcome.

Join us at the FBA Conference on October 22-23, 2024 in Charlottetown PEI, where the FBA Award Winners will be revealed. Let’s come together to celebrate our sector’s achievements and inspire future innovation.

This years categories include Mover and Shaker, Innovator of the Year, Rising Star of the Year, Story-teller of the Year, and the Foodie’s Choice Award.

NOMINATIONS CLOSE AUGUST 9!

The Awards

The ‘Rising Star of the Year’ recognizes an FBA member who has demonstrated strong market growth and expansion. The ‘Rising Star of the Year’ has clearly demonstrated how they have grown from start-up to a successful business with plans for future growth.

Eligibility:

Nominees must:

  • Be an FBA member in good standing.
  • Be in business for less than 5 years.
  • Demonstrated strong market growth and expansion.

The ‘Mover & Shaker of the Year’ recognizes an FBA member who has successfully demonstrated their growth and accomplishments within the industry as a mature business. The ‘Mover & Shaker of the Year’ has clearly demonstrated a strong go-to-market strategy and has plans on building on this regarding growth, markets, and/or products.

Eligibility:

Nominees must:

  • Be an FBA member in good standing.
  • Be 4+ years in business.
  • Demonstrate strong market growth and expansion.

The ‘Innovator of the Year’ recognizes an FBA member who has demonstrated initiatives to achieve growth through innovation. The ‘Innovator of the Year’ has clearly demonstrated how they challenge the status quo and have developed an innovative solution that successfully enables positive change to occur.

Eligibility:

Nominees must:

  • Be an FBA member in good standing.
  • Demonstrate innovation in any of the following: processes, technology, ingredients, human resources, culture, engagement, sales and marketing, product development, health and safety, research and development.

The ‘Storyteller of the Year’ recognizes an FBA Member who has demonstrated their brand’s narrative in a compelling and engaging way. The ‘Storyteller of the Year’ has clearly demonstrated a strong marketing strategy and execution plan to build their brand.

Eligibility:

Nominees must:

  • Be an FBA member in good standing.
  • Utilize a variety of consumer facing media to build brand awareness. This can include, but is not limited to, traditional and digital media and/or in-store activity.
  • Demonstrate how their marketing initiatives and campaigns have been successful.

The Foodie’s Choice Award recognizes an FBA member’s product that goes beyond conventional norms, breaking new ground in taste, quality and presentation. 

Utilizing a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style format, the competition will take place on the first day of the conference. Three application winners will have exactly five minutes to pitch their product to a panel of judges. In addition to listening to the pitches, the judges will taste the product and ask questions. The winner will be announced later that day during the awards ceremony. This is sure to be an exciting portion of the conference and not to be missed!

Criteria:

  • You must be an FBA member in good standing.
  • You must be a registered attendee on-site for the presentation and judging.
  • You must be prepared to present your product within a 5-minute window to a panel of judges.
  • Your product will be judged on:
    • Taste/Flavour
    • Presentation
    • Innovation
    • Packaging

The Nomination Process

The Nomination Process

  1. An individual can only be nominated for one award category, with the exception of the Foodie’s Choice Award – that is open to everyone regardless of whether they have applied for another award or not.
    1. If an individual is nominated for more than one award, they will be contacted to choose only one to apply for.
  1. Nominations are welcomed for any food processor within the Food and Beverage Industry.
  2. Nominees must be a member of good standing with Food and Beverage Atlantic.
  3. If you are nominating someone other than yourself, the person you are nominating must be aware of the nomination.
  4. The Judging Panel may contact members of the nominee’s organization to corroborate or obtain additional information.
  5. Closing date for nominations is August 9, 2024.
  6. Nominations to be approved by the committee.
  7. Approved nominees will be notified of their nomination August 19, 2024 and asked to complete an application.
  8. Closing date for applications is August 30, 2024.
  9. Winners to be selected by the judging panel the week of September 9, 2024.
  10. Awards will be presented at the FBA Conference on October 22, 2024. Awards will not be presented if nominations received aren’t suitable.
  11. All decisions of the Judging Panel and Awards Chair relating to the awards will be final.

You may name yourself, or another individual, as the nominee. If you are nominating someone other than yourself, the person you are nominating must be aware of the nomination. Please be sure they are advised before completing the nomination form.

A complete nomination has the following components:

  • Nominator Name/Contact Information
  • Nominee Name/Contact Information
  • Summary of how nominee meets the listed criteria (500 words or less)
  • One reference letter (one can be written by the Nominator) in support of the nominee & Reference Contact Information

Use this form to complete your nomination. Once a nomination has been submitted it will be considered final and no changes may be made.

FBA Award Finalists and Winners

●      Up to four finalists will be selected in the Storyteller of the Year, Mover & Shaker of the Year, Innovator of the Year and Rising Star Award categories.  Three finalists will be chosen for the Foodie’s Choice Award.

●      1 award will be presented in each category.

●      All award winners are requested to attend the FBA Conference & Awards to accept their award.

●      All award winners will be asked to deliver a short acceptance speech during the Awards ceremony.

Award Nomination Form

Contact Us

Any questions regarding the submission or the FBA Awards general rules and regulations should be directed to: Food & Beverage Atlantic at admin@atlanticfood.ca

FBA Food & Beverage Atlantic Awards 2023 banner for Foodie's Choice Award

The Foodie’s Choice Award recognizes an FBA member’s product that goes beyond conventional norms, breaking new ground in taste, quality and presentation

The contest will take place on Day 1 of the Conference in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ format style.  The three selected applicants will have exactly 5 minutes to pitch their product to a love panel of judges.  The judges will be able to then taste the product, deliberate, and choose a winner who will be announced later that day at the Awards Ceremony.  It will be an exciting moment of the event and not to be missed! 

Criteria: 

  • You must be an FBA member in good standing. 
  • You must be a registered attendee on-site for the presentation and judging. 
  • You must be prepared to present your product within a 5-minute window to a panel of judges. 
  • Your product will be judged on: 
  • Taste/Flavour 
  • Quality of ingredients 
  • Value of product 
  • Innovation (New ingredient, redesigned shape/size, new formula, etc.) 
  • Packaging (Sustainable, eco-friendly, etc.) 

 

Submission Guidelines: 

  • You must complete the application form by Friday, September 29th. 
  • The approved three applicants will be notified the week of October 2nd. 
  • The winner will be announced in real time at the Conference & Awards. who