The Vital Partner and Catalyst
for the Packaging Value Chain
2008 Quebec City Conference
Friday, September 12, 2008
10:00 AM - Delegate Registration
1:00 PM - Welcome Ceremonies & Lunch
1:45 PM - Opening Remarks: James D. Downham, President & CEO, PAC
2:00 PM - Quebec city, the environment, a responsibility of our time
Welcoming word, history of the city and some events of the 400th anniversary of Quebec city.
The environmental protection, more particularly what makes our city, our region. The measures organized by the Group Biscuits Leclerc to protect the environment.
Jean Leclerc, CEO, Biscuits Leclerc
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Société du 400e anniversaire de Québec
2:30 PM - Break
2:45 PM - What Canadian Packagers have to say about Sustainability
Stephen will present the findings from the Canadian Packaging/Rogers Media survey of our readers in connection with their concerns, experiences and progress in achieving their packaging sustainability objectives. We will also include in our survey the comments and directives to the packaged goods community from leading retailers such as Loblaws and Wal-Mart.
Stephen Dean, Publisher, Canadian Packaging Magazine
3:15 PM - Proud To Play Our Part
Molson believes in giving back to the communities it serves and this commitment has become intrinsically woven into the cultural fabric of the organization. Molson also believes good business practices embrace environmental stewardship, thus the importance of manufacturing and packaging products with care for the environment as part of the many requirements to excel in the beer business.
Over the past few years, there has been an intensified market interest in products with superior environmental and social performance. Geoff Molson, VP Marketing and seventh generation member of the Molson family will share his insights on continuous improvements achieved throughout the business and 222 years of Molson sustainability in Canada.
Geoff Molson, Vice-President Marketing, Molson Canada
5:30 PM - Quebec Chapter Pre-Dinner Welcome Reception
6:30 PM - Delegates depart to Musee
7:00 PM - Dinner & Live Show, Mask & Bergamask Show
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 13
7:45 AM - Ontario Chapter's “Best Darn Breakfast”
(10:00 – 11:00) - Culinary Class: available to Companions
Jean Soulard, the first Canadian Chef to be awarded the Maître cuisinier de France, has held the position of Executive Chef at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac since 1993 – year of the hotel’s centennial. The gastronomic art at the Château is indeed enriched by Chef Soulard’s many years of culinary experience as well as his international reputation.
9:00 AM - Keynote Address: The Sustainability Imperative
The main theme of Anne’s presentation will be how the dramatically changed economic landscape of energy and the emerging consumer economies of China and India are shifting sustainability initiatives from voluntary to an imperative for companies.
Anne Johnson, Director, Sustainable Packaging Coalition
9:30 AM - Building the Sustainable Mainstream through Packaging Innovation
After detailing Procter & Gamble's long standing commitment to sustainability, Monica will outline how the company is taking innovative approaches to respond to the growing consumer appetite for sustainable products.
Monica Maile, External Relations Manager, P&G Canada
10:00 AM - Sustainable Packaging Preparedness
How are consumer products companies and retailers being impacted by sustainability, and the Wal-Mart challenge in particular? And what are their goals and plans for meeting sustainability challenges? A recent survey designed by Schawk, Inc.’s Global Environmental Sustainability Team and conducted among major North American CPGs and Retailers reveals interesting insights and reaffirms the contradictions that are inevitably inherent in such a complex issue. Explore the gap that exists between intention and action.
David Schawk, President & CEO, Schawk Inc.
10:30 AM - Break
10:50 AM - From the Board Room to the Break Room
Many consumer products companies have charged forward with CEO-led visions of becoming more environmentally responsible via public announcements and marketing campaigns designed to signal change. However, the words spoken have not always been followed by strong action within the company’s operations. Manufacturing and distribution operations represent a major opportunity to achieve substantial gains in sustainability. This session will explore opportunities all consumer products companies can leverage and take sustainability from the boardroom to the breakroom.
“Sustainability: From the Boardroom to the Breakroom” is a joint research project between the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Deloitte and PMMI.
Matt Croson, Vice President, Member Services and Communications, Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI)
11:20 AM - When Sustainable Development Brings in Profits
For more than 40 years, Cascades has proven that economic interests can blend perfectly with ecological principles when they are combined with a clear vision by management, a business culture shared by all and a true commitment by the community. Hubert Bolduc, Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs at Cascades Inc., will demonstrate that in the long run, a company that adopts sustainable development methods can only reap its benefits.
Hubert Bolduc, Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, Cascades
12:00 PM - Atlantic Chapter Lunch
- Elephant Stomping
What is the elephant in the office? Destructive behaviors and attitudes that no one does anything about:
• Office politics • Negativity • Victim Mentality
• Back-stabbing • Sabotage • Disengagement
Attendees learn how to identify and deal with the “elephant keepers” that slow teams down and ruin results. Keynote will cover one or more of the following:
• The Information Corruptor • The ‘It’s Not Me’ Magician
• The Idiot Magnet • The Short-Sighted Cynic
Through highly-interactive, relatable and often humorous dialogue, participants learn specific and proven tools they need to stomp elephants in the office and increas e employee engagement, satisfaction and productivity.
Craig Ross, President, Pathways to Leadership Inc., Change Consultant
2:00 PM - Tour of Quebec City:
Starting on a private catered cruiser and concluding with a guided stroll.
6:00 PM - Chairman's Cocktail Reception
7:00 PM - Chairman's Gala Reception - Masquerade Dinner and Dance
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 14
7:45 AM - Alberta/Prairie Chapter's Breakfast
9:00 AM - It’s Not Easy Being (Truly) Green
Paper or plastic? The obvious answer is not necessarily the right one. This is especially true in packaging. What makes a package environmentally friendly? When asked the question, the general public usually thinks of how to dispose of a package. Too often, packaging gets a bad (w)rap! But a package is more than its end cycle, it has a full life cycle, like anyother product. In addition, the package becomes an intrinsic part of the life cycle of the products contained in it. So, how can we have truly green packaging?
Michael Rubenstein, Chief Growth and Innovation Officer, Alcan Packaging
9:30 AM - Implementing a Corporate Responsibility Program
Now, let’s get practical. You have a number of ideas that would make your company’s operations more sustainable. But how do you go about implementing these? How do you choose what to tackle first and how to go about it? Based on several years as a Corporate Social Responsibility practitioner at Export Development Canada, Yolanda will provide practical insights into successfully implementing sustainability initiatives at your firm, including the special challenges faced by companies that operate internationally.
Yolanda Banks, Senior Corporate Social Responsibility Advisor, Export Development Canada
9:55 AM - European Update on Sustainable Packaging
Mathieu will discuss the evolution of worldwide packaging trends noticed by the World Packaging Exhibition EMBALLAGE in Paris and how Canadian companies will benefit from this experience in terms of knowledge and connection during PACKEX Toronto 2009.
Mathieu Herrou, General Manager, Packex Toronto 2009
10:20 AM - Break
10:35 AM - The Outlook for Packaging Transactions
Ken will be discussing the current lack of M&A activity in global packaging community, the role of strategic, private equity and credit markets and current valuations. He will crystal ball when EY expects the marketplace for Canadian/North American transactions to heat up again. He will feature some examples of recent successful transactions in the presentation.
Ken Brooks, Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance, Ernst & Young
11:05 AM - Rising Costs Can Be a Catalyst for Sustainable Change
The costs of raw materials and manufacturing seem to rise daily. Now is the time to re-examine your product to reduce costs and make it more sustainable at the same time. Substitute materials may be available or you might be able to downgauge. Automation may make your manufacturing more efficient. New planning tools could reduce freight costs and save fuel. Alternatives are available.
John Kalkowski, Editorial Director, Packaging Digest
11:30 AM - Culture is Everything
Over the years organizations of every stripe and hue have been talking about organizational change. And yet many are still faced with what is ultimately a make-or-break business issue. The challenge: although a good deal of the work on change is extremely helpful, organization-wide change often demands an approach that moves beyond accepted practice. If you make the work around culture complex, introduce so many moving parts that those in the middle of the organization can’t keep track of everything that’s going on, after an initial burst of energy, little else is going to happen.
John Burdett, Founder & CEO, Orxestra Inc.
12:00 PM - BC Chapter Closing Lunch
1:30 PM - Conference Adjournment