Sunday, May 5th
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|10:00am – 5:00pm
10:00am – 11:00am Panel: Update from BAC Food Policy and Sustainability Committee
1:00pm – 2:00pm Culture Talk: Celebrating Diversity with Up-and-Comers in Canadian Baking, sponsored by
Join engaging bakers on an entrepreneurial journey. Our panellists will share cultural insights, values, and community experiences shaping their baking businesses. We’ll hear about moments and decisions that helped launch signature products, and how they contribute to the expanding consumer appetite, palate and tastes. Join us as we explore a definition of success that goes beyond a healthy bottom line.
12:00pm – 1:00pm The Most Surprising Opportunity for Your Bakery in Robotic Automation, sponsored by
With the current economic conditions, cost justification for robotic automation is more important now than ever for bakeries. From identifying the best applications to developing a cost justification model,
Rick Gessler, vice-president of engineering for Delkor Systems, will offer bakeries of all sizes real-world tools to guide them through their next automation project and reveal what has become the most surprising financial opportunity in robotic automation. (Hint: It is not labour savings.)
As you engage with robotic suppliers, it is important to understand the basics of robotics and to have the right list of questions to avoid gaps in understanding or shortcomings in the final system. From future packaging needs to employee engagement, maintenance requirements, and training, Rick will offer insights and real-world examples that can be put to use on your bakery’s next robotic automation project.
Presenter: Rick Gessler, Vice-President of Engineering, Delkor Systems
2:00pm – 3:00pm Time to Automate? Automation, Innovation and Your Bakery
How can small, medium and large bakeries determine if, when and how to automate or update their equipment? Join us as we tackle this question from multiple angles with the help of baking and automation experts.
In this session, you will learn from baking industry experts in bread, pastry and automation:
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about technological innovation, automation and how it can benefit your bakery!
4:00pm – 5:00pm
The Science and Nutritional Benefits for Your Customers of High-Fibre Amylose Flour, sponsored by
Presenter: Colleen Zammer, Vice President of Varietal Solutions Growth and Innovation for Bay State Milling
More than 95 per cent of Canadians are at least 50 per cent fibre deficient, but an international collaboration has found a solution to address public health endemics: high-amylose wheat. This non-GMO wheat varietal naturally provides 10 times the prebiotic fibre of traditional white flour and can transform the nutrition of many of our beloved baked goods without sacrificing their taste, texture, or performance. With per capita flour consumption up to nearly 130 pounds in 2022, imagine the potential nutritional impact on baked goods we love, including bread, pizza, and tortillas, as well as waffles, pancakes and muffins, if we integrate high-amylose wheat flour into them.
Bay State Milling (BSM) is the only company in North America offering refined flour made from high-amylose wheat. It’s already at work in foods and food service from Noodles & Co, Pastabilities, Golden Home pizza crust, and more.
BSM will speak to the science behind this innovative flour and how it can seamlessly integrate into existing products or power new offerings to reduce the fibre deficit without sacrificing enjoyment.
Trade Show Floor Opens #3
|11:00am – 11:15am
Official Opening (Main Demo/Competition Area)
|11:45am – 12:30pm
Bakery Showcase is an international event! Join Director of Food Nutrition and Policy Denise Lee and members of the Baking Association of Canada’s Food Policy and Sustainability Committee at 11:45 a.m. in the Visitors Lounge for an International Visitors Meet-and-Greet and a walkaround of the show floor!
|11:00am – 4:30pm
College-level baking and pastry students will illustrate what Canada means to them by presenting a themed, tiered cake and plated dessert to be finished a la minute! Students may highlight any aspect(s) of Canadian regional foods, ingredients and culture to be judged by experts on presentation, technique, creativity and taste.
Organized in collaboration with the Baking Association of Canada, this unique competition, sponsored by Dawn Foods, will test and showcase the skills of baking and pastry students from Ontario college baking and pastry programs, provide them with feedback from judges and allow them to make connections within the industry. Students will craft cakes ahead of the competition that will be on display throughout Showcase.
Meet the next generation of Canadian bakers and see what sparks their creativity and what skills they have to offer!
There will be two components:
There will be prizes!
|11:30am – 5:00pm
|9:00am – 4:30pm
|4:00pm – 5:00pm
Issa Niemeijer-Brown, founder of Gebroeders Niemeijer bakery in Amsterdam, will be at the BAC’s booth to meet, greet, sell and sign copies of his award-winning A Book About Bread: A Baker’s Manual.
2023/05/20 at 9:07 amLocation: BAC Booth
Trade Show Floor Closes
|6:00pm – 10:00pm
Baking Association of Canada Ontario Chapter dinner and social event
Monday, May 6th
|9:00am – 4:00pm
9:00am – 10:00am Taking a Successful Community-Based Bakery into the Future: Q-and-A with Tall Grass Prairie Bakery
Presenters: Colleen Cross, Bakers Journal, in conversation with Tabitha Langel and Ryan Stoesz of Tall Grass Prairie Bakery, Winnipeg, Man.
10:00am – 11:00am Using Soft Grains to Enhance the Nutrition, Taste and Texture of Bakery Products, sponsored by
11:00am – 12:00pm Panel: Strategies for Thriving in Adversity
Change is inevitable in any industry. Many factors affecting your bakery’s operation and future are out of your control. Learn how to control what you CAN change, look ahead and make your business, your team and yourself resilient.
Moderator: Colleen Cross, Bakers Journal
12:00pm – 1:00pm The Bakery Leadership Circle Information Session
Presenter: Karen Bornarth, Executive Director, Bread Bakers Guild of America
The Bakery Leadership Circle is a new program from the Bread Bakers Guild of America and Bakers4Bakers designed to support bakery owners and operators in tackling some of their stickiest business challenges through education and peer consulting activities. Meet BBGA Executive Director Karen Bornarth and learn more about this dynamic opportunity to grow your bakery business and grow as a leader.
Note: When you become a member of the Baking Association of Canada, you receive a complimentary one-year membership to the Bread Bakers Guild of America.
1:00pm – 2:00pm Careers in Baking Panel and Networking
2:00pm – 3:00pm Panel: Artisan Baking Into the Future
How do we define artisan baking? How can we keep the tradition and skills alive in bakeries and among the next generation of bakers? Is it more important to produce artisan baked goods of consistent, uniform quality or to allow bakers the latitude to be creative, develop their skills and put their own stamp on their artisan products?
Join us as we tackle these important questions for those who toil is passion to help keep this tradition alive and advance it into the future.
Moderator: Karen Bornarth, Bread Bakers Guild of America
3:00pm – 4pm Business Basics for Bakers
|Trade Show Floor Opens
Trade Show Floor Opens
|11:30am – 12:00pm
|11:00am – 5:00pm
Artisan Baking Challenge entries on display (Demo/Competition Area)
|12:00pm – 1:00pm
Anna Olson may be Canada’s baking sweetheart but she’s an accomplished savoury chef as well, and with her positive and common-sense approach in the kitchen, she has become one of the country’s most recognizable television chefs. Anna has appeared for two decades on The Marilyn Denis Show and Food Network Canada shows like Bake with Anna Olson and Great Chocolate Showdown. Her Oh Yum YouTube channel, which now has over 1.4 million subscribers, features her classic content, livestreams and fresh series such as “Food Travel Diaries.”
An expert in writing recipes with a practical sense, her work appears in magazines and best-selling cookbooks. Anna’s newest cookbook, Anna Olson’s Baking Wisdom: The Complete Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Make You a Better Baker became an instant bestseller upon release in 2023, and her previous book, Baking Day, received a gold medal at the Taste Canada cook-book awards.
Meet Anna and snag a copy of her latest book, Anna Olson’s Baking Wisdom!
Location: BAC Booth
Baking Demonstrations (Demo/Competition Area) – More details to come!
|1:00pm – 4:00pm
Trade Show Floor Closes
The 2024 Bakery Showcase will take place in the NORTH Building at the Toronto Congress Centre, 1020 Martin Grove Rd, Etobicoke.
North Entrance (1020 Martin Grove Road)
From Hwy 401 E – exit Hwy 409 W, follow until Martin Grove Rd exit, travel south on Martin Grove Rd, turn right into The Toronto Congress Centre
From Hwy 401 W – exit Hwy 427 N, exit Hwy 409 E, follow until Martin Grove Rd S exit, travel south on Martin Grove Rd, turn right into The Toronto Congress Centre
From Hwy 427 north – exit Hwy 409 E, follow until Martin Grove Rd S exit, travel south on Martin Grove Rd, turn right into The Toronto Congress Centre
From Hwy 427 south – exit Hwy 409 W, follow until Martin Grove Rd exit, travel south on Martin Grove Rd, turn right into The Toronto Congress Centre
From Hwy 407 – exit Hwy 27 S, follow until Belfield Rd and turn left, right onto Martin Grove Rd, turn right into The Toronto Congress Centre
From the Gardiner Expressway – exit Hwy 427 N, exit Hwy 409 E, follow until Martin Grove Rd S exit, travel south on Martin Grove Rd, turn right into The Toronto Congress Centre
Delta Hotel Toronto Airport
655 Dixon Rd, Toronto, ON M9W 1J3
The preferred hotel of the 2024 Bakery Showcase is the Delta Hotel by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre, located directly across the road from the Toronto Congress Centre.
A room block has been setup at the Delta Toronto Airport Hotel. The Delta is conveniently located across the road from the Toronto Congress Centre, home of the Bakery Showcase.
A block of rooms has been booked between Friday, May 3 and Monday, May 6. Rooms under our special rate are available on a first come, first serve basis. Our special rate of $189 (Deluxe Queen / Deluxe Two Queens) will be held until Friday, April 12, 2024. After the cut-off date, room rates and availability cannot be guaranteed.
You will also receive the discounted parking rate of $20 per vehicle, per day.