Wednesday January 22, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 pm, DC 1304
“Technology & Food: Research Collaboration and Commercialization”
Introductory Remarks: Mayor Brenda Halloran, City of Waterloo
Guest Presentation: Ted McKechnie, President & CEO, Canada’s Technology For Food (CTFF)
Waterloo Region has a long history in food production and processing. Mayor Brenda Halloran, City of Waterloo noted that “Canada’s Technology For Food will leverage our strength in technology and innovation to drive the global competitiveness of the region’s food producers.” Unfortunately, it is not fully appreciated that the food industry is the largest employer in Ontario and Canada overall. However like all other industries, technology and innovation are critical for its survival.
Speaker Biosketch: William E. (Ted) McKechnie, President/CEO, Canada’s Technology For Food (at the Accelerator Centre)
Ted is a senior executive with extensive Board and Senior Management Experience in the consumer goods, resource and service industries. He has a proven track record for achieving corporate financial and growth objectives, is an expert in turning around troubled businesses, and is a disciplined strategic thinker with the ability to lead organizations successfully through change. In the food industry specifically, he has provided leadership at Humpty Dumpty Snack Food Ltd., Maple Leaf Foods and Hostess Frito Lay. Ted has been awarded a Philip Morris Chairman’s Award for “recognition of extraordinary contributions having a significant and lasting impact on the Corporation”.
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