New addition this year, the SIAL Podcast hosted The Food Professor who interviewed at the show various food innovators and entrepreneurs, creators and makers from many facets of the food industry.

Join Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, Senior Director, Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University in Halifax with host Michael LeBlanc from The Voice of Retail podcast as they look at the hot issues in the food, foodservice, grocery and restaurant industries. Discussions covered topics such as the popularity of plant proteins, olive oils, vinegar, food safety, cheese trends, upcycling and new green refrigeration systems for grocers.

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epISODE 1 (57mn)

Live from SIAL Montreal: The Food Professor

Welcome to the first of several special SIAL bonus episodes of the SIAL Podcast hosted by The Food Professor!

Sylvain and Michael were thrilled to be the official podcast of the SIAL food innovation trade show held in Montreal in April; for many, the first in-person event since the COVID era began two years ago. They had the opportunity to meet and get to know many food innovators and entrepreneurs, creators and makers from many facets of the food industry. 


ePISODE 2 (19mn)

In this episode: Pierre-Yves Cote, President of Vivanda Boreal.


ePISODE 3  (18mn)

In this episode: Jacqueline Day, Founder & CEO, Real Treat Kitchen Ltd.


ePISODE 4  (20mn)

In this episode: Meera Sunny Director of Research & Development and Ingredient Sales, CanMar Foods.

ePISODE 5  (18mn)

In this episode: Shawn Leggett, President/Founder at GroundUP Eco-Ventures, Gold Winner in SIAL's Innovation  Awards.

GroundUp eco-ventures is a unique company based on the concept of circular economies. Using clean technology, they are focused on creating value from upcycling the waste streams of both the coffee & craft brewery industries. Their goal is to create value through eliminating waste & while we love to nerd out on the process, we couldn’t be happier with the results as well.


EPISODE 6  (18mn)

In this episode: Gurth M. Pretty, President of the International Cheese Competition Jury and owner of Lakeview Cheese Galore.

Gurth is a passionate cheese and sales professional specializing in Canadian and international cheeses. His experience includes retail merchandising, sales analysis and review, distribution, marketing, branding, corporate training, special event coordination, judging international cheese competitions, recipe development and food costing.






About Dr. Sylvain Charlebois:

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is a Professor in food distribution and policy in the Faculties of Management and Agriculture at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He is also the Senior Director of the Agri-food Analytics Lab, also located at Dalhousie University. Before joining Dalhousie, he was affiliated with the University of Guelph’s Arrell Food Institute, which he co-founded. Known as “The Food Professor”, his current research interest lies in the broad area of food distribution, security and safety. Google Scholar ranks him as one of the world's most cited scholars in food supply chain management, food value chains and traceability.

He has authored five books on global food systems, his most recent one published in 2017 by Wiley-Blackwell entitled “Food Safety, Risk Intelligence and Benchmarking”. He has also published over 500 peer-reviewed journal articles in several academic publications. Furthermore, his research has been featured in several newspapers and media groups, including The Lancet, The Economist, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, BBC, NBC, ABC, Fox News, Foreign Affairs, the Globe & Mail, the National Post and the Toronto Star.

Dr. Charlebois sits on a few company boards, and supports many organizations as a special advisor, including some publicly traded companies. Charlebois is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Business Scientific Institute, based in Luxemburg. Dr. Charlebois is a member of the Global Food Traceability Centre’s Advisory Board based in Washington DC, and a member of the National Scientific Committee of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in Ottawa.



About Michael LeBlanc:

Michael is the Founder & President of M.E. LeBlanc & Company Inc and a Senior Advisor to Retail Council of Canada as part of his advisory and consulting practice.   He brings 25+ years of brand/retail/marketing & eCommerce leadership experience and has been on the front lines of retail industry change for his entire career. Michael is the producer and host of a network of leading podcasts including Canada’s top retail industry podcast, The Voice of Retail, plus  Global E-Commerce Tech Talks, The Food Professor  with Dr. Sylvain Charlebois and now in its second season, Conversations with CommerceNext!  You can learn more about Michael here or on LinkedIn. Be sure and check out Michael's latest adventure for fun and influencer riches - Last Request Barbecue,  his YouTube BBQ cooking channel!

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