Selling Food to Ontario 2018

Regulations, Marketing and Scaling Up Sustainably

(formerly “Getting Serious about Food Regulations”)

February 21, 2018


The workshop venue has changed. It will be on the Kemptville Campus, at 830 Prescott St. in Kemptville. We will be in Amphitheatre 1 of Parish Hall.

Parish Hall is the same building where Ryan’s Well Foundation is located. View map.

You CAN grow your food business. Whether you are a home-based business, a producer interested in value-added products, or a small enterprise looking to achieve retail success, this workshop is for you!

You will learn about:

  • Where to go for key regulatory information for your business
  • How to comply with labelling, food safety, and other regulations
  • How other food businesses were able to reach their goals, using local resources
  • How to create marketing that will contribute to your success

A panel of regulatory experts from all three levels of food regulation will be present: federal, provincial and public health. Together, they can help guide you through the information you need to know.

You will also hear from three food business entrepreneurs who have successfully used a shared commercial kitchen space to expand into retail markets.

Then, a marketing session will help you understand how to get your product on retail shelves.


9 am Registration

9:15 Welcome

9:30 Food Regulation Expert Panel

  • Overview of Ontario’s food regulatory system
  • Facilitated Q&A regarding food regulation


TBA; Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Public Health Unit,

Ryan Pinto and Dr. Richard Smith; OMAFRA,

Melba Antonakis and Steven Saville; Canadian Food Inspection Agency

12 pm Local Lunch

1:00pm Peer-to-Peer Business Support: Lessons from the Field

Affordable, certified commercial kitchen space is often a barrier to growing a food business. That’s why food hubs were invented! Hear about how three local food businesses have used the commercial kitchen space at Two Rivers Food Hub to access new markets, grow their companies, and be recognized for their achievements. Learn about how they overcame challenges and accessed new opportunities.


Candace Tierney: Oat & Mill

Will Spencer: rND Bakery

Sharon Bartlett: The Garlic Pantry

Moderator: Bruce Enloe, Two Rivers Food Hub

2:00 pm Marketing Your Product for Retail Success

Hear from a successful retailer about what THEY want you to know about marketing.