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Foodiepreneur: The Business of Food - March 28, 2017

February 8 , 2017

What is the recipe for starting and running a successful food business?
On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, join the Halton Region Small Business Center, at the Halton Region Center, for a unique event called Foodiepreneur: The Business of Food to learn the best recipe for starting and running a successful food business. The event will feature sessions prepared with flavour in mind in order to meet the needs of new and existing food operators and entrepreneurs.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Halton Region Centre, Auditorium
1151 Bronte Road, Oakville

Hear from our spotlight speakers

Tess Gonzalez – Bread ‘N Batter
As the founder of Bread ‘n Batter, Tess has always had a passion for baking and has been experimenting with various recipes for as long as she was allowed to use an oven. Between her passion for baking and full-time employment as a Productivity and Quality Facilitator, her desire to serve the community her freshly baked goods could no longer be contained.

Farooq Ahmad - Big Grill Shawarma & Kabob
Big Grill Shawarma & Kabob is an authentic Arabian, Afghani, and Pakistani restaurant in the heart of Oakville that serves fresh and healthy Halal meals prepared to your liking. Their specialities are traditional shawarma, kabob and falafel. Farooq will talk about his business and what it means to own and run a restaurant in Halton Region.


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.  Registration and Networking

9:00 – 9:10 a.m. Welcome

9:10 – 9:30 a.m. Local spotlight speakers:

Tess GonzalezBread ‘N Batter Inc.
Ahmad Farooq - Big Grill Shawarma and Kebobs

9:30 – 10:20 a.m. Licenses, permits and health regulations

Nik Tymoszewicz - Supervisor Food Safety, Healthy Environments & Communicable Disease, Health Halton Region
Kathleen ChafeLicensing Officer, Milton
Selena CampbellSupervisor, By-law Services, Oakville
Kim Galione - Senior Manager, Legislative Services, Oakville
Tracey BurrowsManager of By-law Enforcement, Licensing and Animal Services, Burlington

10:20 – 11:00 a.m. Networking Break

11:00 – 12:00 a.m. Panel of experts

Nik TymoszewiczSupervisor Food Safety, Healthy Environments & Communicable Disease, Health Halton Region
Susan Powell - Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor at Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, serving Halton and Peel Regions
Barb Shopland - Director of Strategic Partnerships and Research, FreshSpoke
Meaghan RichardsonFood Procurement Manager, Food for Life
Jamie ReaumeCEO, Country Heritage Park (Commercial Kitchen)

12:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Registration: $35 per person including full breakfast

Dial: 311 or 905-825-6000 or Toll-free 866-442-5866

Register early to avoid disappointment! Seating is Limited!
Registration Deadline: Thursday, March 23, 2017

For more information, visit or dial 311

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