2024 Conference Agenda

Championing Craft's Future

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Canada’s top craft brewing industry conference and trade show

Join the Canadian craft brewing industry for two+ days of education, networking, social events, and business development in the largest craft brewing conference and trade show in Canada. This is THE industry event of the year and the ultimate opportunity to pick up best practices, hear the latest updates from thought leaders and gain first-hand information on industry dos and don’ts from colleagues from Canada, the US and Europe. OCBC’s high-quality education agenda brings together industry experts covering every area of the craft brewery trade, offering topics of interest to all levels of staff, including:

  • Significant focus on technical topics, brewing, innovation, and procedural subject matter for brewmasters, brewers and production staff
  • Business, finance, and operations to help you run a successful, sustainable company for brewery owners, senior management & HR
  • Leading-edge sales, marketing and digital information by leading experts targeted to brewery sales management and their teams
  • Updates on retail, government and industry policies affecting the brewing industry from AGCO, LCBO, TBS, and policy-makers

2023 OCBC Education

Keynotes:

  • Rebuilding a Culture of Connection in Ontario, One Beer at a Time (Pete Bombaci, The GenWell Project)
  • Craft’s Complicated Marketplace (Bart Watson, Chief Economist, Brewers Association)
  • Trillium’s Modern Approach to Hospitality (Esther & JC Tetreault)

Brewing/Technical:

  • New Developments in Yeast (Escarpment Labs)
  • Yeast Updates (White Labs)
  • Microbiologic Updates & Exogenous Enhancements of Low & Non Alcoholic Beer (Lallemand)
  • Aromatic Nutrients as Beer Flavour Boosters (AEB)
  • Advancements in Hop Products: CO2/Cryo/CGX/Spectrum
  • BSG Crop Update (BSG)
  • CIP Best Practice: Manual to Automated (Lakeside Process Controls)
  • Lager Brewing 101 (Escarpment Labs)
  • Low Alcohol & No Alcohol Beer Production through Fermentation (Fermentis)
  • Panel: Low Alcohol Beers (Fermentis, Lallemand, Brew Culture, Cowbell)
  • Beer Soluble Hop Compounds: Translating Raw Hop Aroma to Finished Beer Aroma (Yakima Chief Hops)
  • Process Controls in the Brewhouse (Burkert Fluid Controls)
  • How is the Quality of your Beer? A New System for Canadian Craft Brewers (Niagara College & Durham College)
  • Reliable Fluid Technology for Modern Brewing Systems: Process Optimization in the Brewery (Blood Brothers Brewing, Burkert)

Business/Operations:

  • OCB Update & What’s in it for Me? (Scott Simmons, OCB)
  • CCBA Federal Advocacy & Canada Beer Cup Update (Christine Comeau, CCBA)
  • Q&A with BA Chief Economist (Bart Watson)
  • Why Should Brewers Care about Intellectual Property? (CPST, GLB, Clifford Brewing)
  • Navigating Ontario Building and Fire Codes for Breweries (LRI Engineering, Clifford Brewing)
  • Pennies to Pints: The Economics of Draught Quality
  • Burnout in 2023: A Real Problem with Real Solutions (Homewood Health Inc.)
  • The Ethics & Economics of Diversity in Craft Beer (Link Up; BAOS)
  • Practical Business Tips to Gain a Deeper Understanding of Your Operations and Drive Business Forward
  • Pints & Politics: Effectively Advocating for the Craft Brewing Industry
  • Brewery Roundtable Discussions

Regulatory & Retail:

  • Government Relations (Policy Concepts)
  • Knowing the AGCO (AGCO)
  • LCBO: Navigating a Successful Product Recall (LCBO)
  • LCBO Sales, Trends & Insights (LCBO)
  • Beer Store Programs for Ontario Craft Brewers (TBS)
  • Taproom Operations (Dominion City Brewing, Calabogie Brewing, Town Brewing & Kichesippi Brewing)

Sales & Marketing:

  • Beer Rep Diaries
  • Maximizing your Brewery’s Direct to Consumer Platform
  • Connecting the Dots: Transforming Your Brewery Into An Ecosystem (Not Your Hobby Marketing Solutions)

  • Would ChatGPT Recommend your Brewery to New Drinkers? (Market Your Craft)

  • Venturing Off The Beaten Path – Engaging New Audiences for Craft Beer & Beyond (Muskoka Brewing)

  • Building a Strategic Social Media Presence (Bellwoods Brewery)

2023 Industry Socials

It’s not all beer business at OCBC! We’re offering some fun opportunities to socialize and connect through tasty craft tastings, industry celebrations and entertainment.

OCBC23 Official Kick-Off Party at Fieldstone at Bench Brewing (Beamsville)

Sponsored by

Tues, Oct 24, 6 pm–10 pm

$11.30 (incl. HST)

Open to OCBC Registered Attendees ONLY. Let’s kick off OCBC23 with great beer from Bench and local area breweries, tasty food from retail concessions, live music & industry fun. Ticket incl: complimentary beer sample, meal coupon & return shuttle bus through the evening. First bus leaves Niagara Falls Convention Centre at 5:30 (first come, first seated on the bus); last bus from Bench at 10:30pm, returning to NFCC at 11 p.m.

Registration required!

CCBA Canada Beer Cup Awards Ceremony

Wed, Oct 25, 7 pm

The Canada Beer Cup™, a national competition celebrating independently owned and operated breweries across Canada, showcases quality and innovation in craft beer from coast to coast to coast. Hosted by The Canadian Craft Brewers Association, the Awards Ceremony for the 2023 Canada Beer Cup will take place on October 25, 2023 in conjunction with the Ontario Craft Brewers Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario. There will also be awards streaming parties happening live in breweries, bars, and restaurants across Canada.

Registration Required!

OCBC23 Official Closing Party

Ontario Craft Brewers Conference & Marketplace badge

Thurs, Oct 26, 5:30 pm–9 pm

Let’s make it official and close out the 11th annual OCBC with an old school industry shindig! This tap-room themed party, organized by the good folks at Shawn & Ed Brewing, will be MCed by Yuk Yuks Comedian Justin Shaw (Jokes on Hamilton) and features the cool, indie-folk-rock sound from Hamilton super talents Wreckless Harbour and classic-rock-meets-heartfelt-harmonies from the Martin Brothers Collective.

Registration Required!

Tickets must be purchased from the OCBC registration site; not included in your conference pass.

Agenda

Check out the agenda below (subject to changes/additions).

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