Developing & Delivering Talent: Workforce Excellence in Supply Chain Management

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 09:27

Join us for this special breakfast exploration of the supply chain and the workforce challenges and solutions that this sector is facing. Special guest speaker Kevin Maynard CAE, Executive Director of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council, as he provides insight into the sector and its workforce. Hear from employers on how training that is "helped by industry" is also "helpful to industry."

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015

Time: 7:30 am to 10:00 am

For more information and to receive an official invite to this event: Please contact Kathryn Richards, Conestoga Career Centre, or call 519-772-4605 x 5605

Who is a member of the supply chain?

The supply chain “virtually universally encompasses the following three functions: supply of materials to a manufacturer; the manufacturing pro-cess; and, the distribution of finished goods through a network of distributors and retailers to a final customer. Companies involved in various stages of this process are linked to each other through a supply chain.”

- Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council

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Plants2015: Growth For Tomorrow’s Manufacturing Needs

Friday, July 24, 2015 - 09:26

Hosted by Conestoga College & Sustento Collaborative Hub Inc.

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Where: 850 Fountain Street South Cambridge, ON

When: Wednesday, 30 September 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

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What: P.L.A.N.T.S. 2015 growth for tomorrow’s manufacturing needs....

The acronym covers off what we are trying to accomplish during this event. Stay tuned as more information will be published over the next few weeks.


 P.            People + Programs + Process = Productivity + Profit

 L.             Lessons Learned Leaders: from industry partners, mentors & others

                 David Perston: VP Manufacturing @ Thalmic Labs (Waterloo)

                 Jay Davis: COO @ Hammond Power Solutions (Guelph)

                 Darren Stewart: Assistant General Manager Karmax (Magna)

 A.            Academia & Analysis: Capstone, Research & Development, Centre for Smart Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) Catalyst Program & Bioenterprise

 N.           Networking the social kind: Manufacturing Innovation Network (MIN), Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) & Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC)

 T.            Technology: what's available & how can you leverage it. 3D Printing 

 S.            Supply Chain: from Value Stream Mapping to Lean


5:30 pm Registration open

Table top displays, information sharing, networking & award winning student projects

6:00 pm        Networking + Food & Beverage: Conestoga College

6:30 pm        Leaders Lessons Learned

7:30 pm        Project judging & Awards: Car-san Manufacturing

8:00 pm        Desserts: Innovation Guelph & Humansystems Inc.

8:15 pm        Closing remarks & awarding of the door prize(s).

8:30 pm to 9:30 pm Optional tour of the Craig Richardson Institute for Food Processing & Schools of Engineering, IT, Trades & Apprenticeship and Food Processing Technology

Admission will be a donation to the Cambridge Self Help Food bank so please help support our local food bank by bringing nonperishable food items.

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Women In Food Technology: Successes & Challenges

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 11:00

When: Oct 22 2014

Time: 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Location: Kitchener Market 300 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2H 2W8 


Belinda Elysee-Collen, CFS, M.Sc., P.Eng

President, 2013-2014 Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST)

Account Manager Food Ingredients, Dempsey Corporation

Belinda Elysée-Collen's academic credentials include a B.A.Sc. Chem Eng from the University of Waterloo, and a M.Sc. Food Science from the University of Guelph. She is licensed as a P. Eng with PEO and is a CFS (Certified Food Scientist). She worked with Cargill Corn Milling in technical service for 9 years and with International Sugars for 8 years.  She is currently Account Manager Food Ingredients with Dempsey Corporation, a specialty food ingredients distributor in Toronto.  Belinda has extensive volunteer experience with CIFST at both the provincial and national level. She just concluded work on CIFST’s biggest project ever, as Industry Chair for the 2014 IUFoST World Congress of Food Science held in Montreal in August 2014. Belinda is also a volunteer Pathfinder leader and member of the Girl Guides of Canada. 



Martha George: President and CEO Grand Valley Construction Association

Martha serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Council of Ontario Construction Associations. Vice Chair of the Canadian Construction Association ( CCA) Chief Operating Officers committee, and serves on the Trade Contractors, Standard Practices and Innovation committee for CCA. She joined Conestoga College Board of Governors in September 2009 and currently serves as vice chair for the Board, and Chair of the Facilities committee.  She received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012 for her contributions to the construction industry in Canada. Before joining GVCA she was previously Vice president of George Masonry Ltd.




Stephanie Tanner: Executive Chef and President Little Mushroom Catering

Stephanie Tanner is Executive Chef and President at Little Mushroom Catering, a full service catering company for both private and corporate functions in Waterloo & Wellington Regions. She also owns a promotional cookie company that creates edible swag for tradeshows and take aways called Nom Nom Treats. In 2013 Little Mushroom Catering won the GKWCC Business Excellence Award for Hospitality and Tourism. Little Mushroom Catering continues to make the best caterers list in The Record and has won numerous foodie awards including Best Savoury at Best Bites and People's Choice at TacoFest. Stephanie is the Chair of the Libro Credit Union Beechwood Branch Council. Stephanie also sits on boards for the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce, Foodlink Waterloo Region and the Kitchener Public Library. She is a member of the Waterloo Region Entrepreneur's Working Group and is a guest speaker with the Business Education Partnership out of the Accelerator Centre. Stephanie has three beautiful children and lives in Kitchener's East Ward with her soon to be husband Harold.







Irene Divaris: President Meal In A Jar Inc.

Irene Divaris has always been in Health and fitness, and enjoys working with people to help them attain optimal health. Irene was a health club owner of a National Canadian chain and also worked as a trainer with large groups as well as personally. Irene sold her business and went on to consulting for other health clubs. During Irene's love for fitness she became an excellent chef catering to great friends and family with a passion for creating healthy delicious meals. While training clients, Irene realized that there is an "I don't know how to eat" crisis so she wanted to find a way to help people get out of the fast food chain nightmare of non-nutritional and very fattening food. People are starving for much better healthy food choices but need them to be on the go with their busy lifestyles. Her passion became her new business and "Voila" Meal In A Jar was born. Healthy Meals in a jar that you shake, plate and eat. It's that simple. Irene was born in Zimbabwe Africa. Irene and her family have great ties with Greece  and are very Proud to call Waterloo, Canada her home. Irene loves to travel and enjoys sharing her knowledge of health, fitness and nutrition with everyone she meets. Irene is married to Doctor Dimitrios Divaris and has two accomplished daughters.



Diane Matyas

Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Author of a National Bestselling Book on Performance, Advocate and Speaker on Women, Healthcare, Incentive Programs, Entrepreneurship, Seniors and Economic Development

Diane Matyas has been recognized by CTV as a Local Hero by launching the very first Walking School Bus Program in Canada; by the Province of Ontario as an Outstanding Volunteer for launching the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Kitchener Waterloo; and as the first woman in Canada to independently execute an international book promotion tour and media campaign. Diane co-founded International Women’s Day Waterloo Region in 2012 to connect and to celebrate women globally; founded,, an online portal with resources for people who want to be fifty and free, in 2014; and co-founded 100 Women Who Care Waterloo Region, funding women led charitable organizations, in 2014. Diane is a national ambassador for the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) advocating for the rights of people over 45; a Global Ambassador for Canada’s Technology Triangle; and is the founder and funder of the, a memorial bursary honoring her mother to support women who want to be social workers. Diane is a Sales Executive with expertise in creating incentive programs, strategic partnerships and launching global initiatives through her extensive network of resources.    

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Who should attend?

Anyone with a desire to learn more about this initiative

Anyone who is currently employed or working in Food Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution, Supply Chain and Construction

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