Student & Jobseeker Career Mentorship Series

We speak to industry professionals about their career journeys in Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector.
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Making Food and Beverage Processing Inclusive for Indigenous Jobseekers

Meet Lorraine Pitawanakwat of the Ontario Native Education Counselling Association for a deep dive into how the food and beverage processing industry can become more inclusive for Indigenous jobseekers and how Indigenous youth can gain access to free education and skills training, and more!
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Making your company inclusive for skilled employees with disabilities

Join Donald Salah from the DiscoverAbility Network for an in-depth conversation with HR professionals from Maple Lodge Farms and Denniger’s about how Ontario’s food and beverage processors can hire and retain skilled employees with disabilities.
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Meet Entrepreneurs In The Food And Beverage Processing Industry

Meet It’s Souper! founder Lola Adeyemi, TreeTeas Brewing founder Paul Owl, and Bro Dough founder Erika Rankin. These entrepreneurs will share their career path, motivation for starting their own business, the lessons they’ve learned, and advice for anyone looking to become a foodpreneur.
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Learn How To Get The Job You Want From Industry Experts from FGF Brands!

Join Saeid Alaghbandrad, Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety and Jason Brown, Director of Operational Excellence at FGF Brands, to talk about how to land the job you want!
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Learn How To Get The Job You Want From Industry Experts at Yoso!

Join Francis Lo, co-founder of YOSO, a manufacturer of dairy-free yogurts and spreads, and food scientist Amelia Laplante to learn how jobseekers can grow a career in the food and beverage processing industry, get access to free education and skills training, and get actionable advice to help you get the job you want!
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Making Food And Beverage Processing Inclusive To Talent With Disabilities

Meet Joe Baker of human capital consultancy Joe Baker & Co. and Lora Zeldin, partner at DLS Hospitality, for a conversation about inclusivity in the food and beverage processing industry. They will share their personal journeys, what different disabilities look like, how employers can create job postings that are inclusive to people with disabilities and more!

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Breaking Into The Job Market: FREE Advice for Newcomers! (Part 1)

Learn about developing job search strategies, entering the labour market and the skills needed for success. You’ll learn also learn how to get access to free education and skills training and get actionable advice to help you land the job you want!

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Breaking Into The Job Market: FREE Advice for Newcomers! (Part 2)

FoodGrads Talent Solutions Manager Nicole Gallace is once again joined by Shahina Suleman, program manager at PTP Adult Learning and Employment Programs, for a deep dive into why jobseekers should consider a career in Ontario’s food & beverage industry.
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Skilled Trades (Part 1)

Skilled trades are positions that require a special skill, knowledge or ability which can be obtained at a college, technical school or through specialized training e.g., apprenticeship. In the food and beverage manufacturing industry these include: Maintenance Mechanic, Millwright, Electrician, Plumber and Boiler Operator.
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Skilled Trades (Part 2)

Skilled trades are positions that require a special skill, knowledge or ability which can be obtained at a college, technical school or through specialized training e.g., apprenticeship. In the food and beverage manufacturing industry these include: Maintenance Mechanic, Millwright, Electrician, Plumber and Boiler Operator.
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Becoming an Auditor / Food Safety

Food safety professionals ensure the quality and safety of food and beverages products. Auditors play an integral role in verifying proper food safety practices are in place and determine if the production environment is safe, in addition to ensuring hazards are properly identified, controlled and eliminated.
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Product Development / R&D

Food Technologists, Product Developers and R&D professionals are responsible for creating the food and beverage products available in grocery stores and restaurants. These professionals decide how a product tastes, its shelf life, safety regulations and even assist in making the appropriate packaging.
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Finance & Accounting

The food and beverage manufacturing industry in Canada employs over 280,000 people at 7,600+ businesses. These businesses achieved $117.8 billion in sales in 2019 which was managed by finance and accounting professionals such as Plant Controllers, Chief Financial Officers, Cost Accountants and Finance Managers.
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Human Resources

Food and beverage manufacturing businesses have facilities employing hundreds of professionals across multiple departments. From plant employees to corporate and administrative functions—there are over 280,000 people employed across Canada. HR Managers, Recruiters, Benefits Specialists are just some of the roles in demand.
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Production / Operations / Continuous Improvement

Production professionals ensure the plant is running successfully at maximum capacity, in addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the facility. To build and maintain improvement processes, food production facilities also require Continuous Improvement professionals—Production Manager, Operations Supervisor, Six Sigma Specialist are just a few of these positions.
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Sanitation / Health, Safety & Environmental

Sanitation professionals keep the plant clean and safe. These professionals ensure product is processed on clean machinery, reducing or eliminating the risk of microbe, pest and allergen,
and related issues. Health & Safety professionals are critically important to a successful business preventing workplace accidents or injury. The impact on the environment is also within the scope of a professional in this career focus area.

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Communications / Food Writer

Food is important to everyone and consumers expect to be informed on different issues related to agriculture/raw ingredients, processing and end products. Professionals that can effectively communicate information with a depth of subject matter expertise are essential. Roles include Director of Communications and Food and Agriculture Writer.
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Engineers (Packaging, Food, Mechanical)

A designer and builder—an engineer—is an essential role in the food and beverage manufacturing industry. Engineers lead complex jobs of developing food production processes through innovation, automation, robotics and new technology. From Industrial, Electrical, Mechanical, Packaging, Food—add the word Engineer—afterwards and you have some of the most in-demand positions in the industry.
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Sales & Marketing

Sales and Marketing professionals are the champions of finished food and beverage products ensuring a business achieves its targets in domestic and export/global markets. Positions in this career focus area range from Sales Manager, Marketing Coordinator, Business Development Manager to Technical Sales Representative where a food science degree may be required to provide solutions to customers.