Conference Agenda

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

OCBC Education

Stay Tuned for Updates & See Detailed Agenda Below

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

Brewing/Technical:
New Developments in Yeast (Escarpment Labs)
Yeast Updates (White Labs)
Aromatic Nutrients as Beer Flavour Boosters (AEB)
Advancements in Hop Products: CO2/Cryo/CGX/Spectrum
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)

Business/Operations:
OCB Update & What’s in it for Me? (Scott Simmons, OCB)
CCBA 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)
Brewery Financing
Brewery Roundtable Discussions

Regulatory:
Government Relations (Policy Concepts)
Knowing the AGCO (AGCO)
LCBO Lab Updates (LCBO)

Retail:
LCBO Marketplace Trends (LCBO)
TBS Overview (TBS)
Taproom Updates (Town Brewing & Kichesippi Brewing)

Sales & Marketing:
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)
Crafting Community Through Cause Marketing (BAOS)
Venturing Off The Beaten Path – Engaging New Audiences for Craft Beer & Beyond (Muskoka Brewing)
Effectively Managing an Image on Social Media (Bellwoods Brewery)

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 Bench Brewing

Tues, Oct 24, 6 pm–10 pm

CCBA Canada Beer Cup Awards Ceremony

Wed, Oct 25, 7 pm

OCBC23 Official Closing Party

Thurs, Oct 26, 6 pm

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

Request for Proposals

OCBC23 Planning Committee is seeking topic and speaker suggestions for educational sessions. Content must be objective, impartial and non-commercial with no direct sales pitches for products or services.

Submit a Proposal

Agenda

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

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