Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ontario Craft Brewers Host First Annual Conference & Centre of Excellence Awards

Toronto, ON

Industry Event of the Year” Features Local and International Brewing Experts

Gala Beer Dinner & Centre of Excellence Awards

Ontario Craft Brewers are pleased to announce their first industry conference to be held on October 19, 2012. The Ontario Craft Brewers Conference & Centre of Excellence Awards will take place at the Hilton Suites in Markham, Ontario and will include speakers from the craft brewing industry in Ontario, Canada, Europe and the U.S presenting leading edge topics and a Suppliers’ Marketplace. The conference agenda is available online at

“There is a great deal of growth and interest in the craft brewing industry in Ontario,” says Jason Britton, brewmaster at Cameron’s Brewing Co. and chair of Ontario Craft Brewers’ Conference Advisory Committee. “The goal of our first year is to establish a conference that serves the craft brewing industry with quality speakers and excellent content. And we hope to create something we can build upon in the future.”

The event will also feature a Suppliers Marketplace with key industry suppliers of equipment, technology and services (list below).

The day conference will be capped off by a gala beer dinner and the first Centre of Excellence Awards which recognize contributors of excellence among small, medium and large organizations, supporting the craft brewing industry at the local, regional, national or international level.

Awards fall into the following categories: Product Quality/Process Innovation, Marketing Innovation, Education Leadership, Food & Beer Matching Development, Sustainability Accomplishments, and Community Building. The top three nominees in each category will be available for online votes to determine the category winners starting October 1st.

The conference is open to any organizations, breweries, brewers and associates from Canada and the U.S.

Tickets can be purchased online

Conference speakers come from Europe, the U.S. and Ontario and will cover a range of technical and industry topics ranging from brewing to production to equipment and sustainability. Speakers include:

·         (Keynote): Dr. Roland Folz, Head of Brewing and Beverage Science and Applications, Research and Teaching Institute for Brewing in Berlin (VLB) Modern Brewing Technology: Innovation and Trends

·         Danielle Wedral, Pall Corporation, Application Specialist, SLS, Food & Beverage, GeneDisc®: Advanced Microbiology Detection Technology for the Craft Brewing Industry

·         Uwe Janssen, Sales & Marketing, ROLEC: Flexible Brewhouse Design for the Craft Brewing Industry

·         Sebastian Delgato, General Manager & VP Sales, Krones: Packaging Technology for the Craft Brewing Industry

·         Ken Belau, Former Head Brewer, Bell’s Brewery: Making a Berliner Weisse Style Beer (includes guided tasting of a test batch produced by Ken Belau & Jon Downing, Niagara College)

·         Kevin Jones, President and CEO, Bloom Centre for Sustainability: Integrating Sustainability into Business Strategy and Operations to Build Long-Term Success for the Craft Brewing Industry

·         Robert Rubenstein, President, Target Marketing Research: State of the Industry Report

The Suppliers Marketplace will be open for networking during the conference meal breaks from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Participating suppliers include:
Anton - Paar
Berg Chilling Systems Inc.
Brand Concepts Source Solution Inc.
Canadian Beverage Supply
Cask Inc.
Crivellar Group
Diversified Metal Engineering
Keg Club Inc.
Krones Machinery Co. Ltd.
Kruger Krupack Packaging
Niagara Research
Pall Corporation
Promotional Wood Products Limited
Qualtech (Formerly: PCM Fabrication)
ROLEC Prozess- und Brautechnik GmbH
Sealed Air
United Bottles & Packaging

“This will be Ontario Craft Brewers’ industry event of the year,” says Britton.


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