National Annual Education Conference


Each fall CIPHI host the National Annual Education Conference for our members. The conference provides an opportunity for members to connect, learn and network with colleagues from across Canada.

2023 Annual Education Conference

Sept 17th to 20th, 2023

Join us in beautiful Saint John, New Brunswick for the 87th CIPHI National Education Conference. Seize the chance to learn, collaborate, and network with partners and colleagues in Canada’s oldest incorporated city!

The conference will allow you to earn a significant numbers of professional development hours to apply to you CIPHI continuing professional competencies annual profile.


Saint John, New Brunswick


Delta Hotels Saint John



Registration is now closed. If you wish to attend, either in-person or virtually, please email

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The 2023 program is now available. The array of topics will be sure to meet the educational needs of all attendees, along with opportunities to network and connect.


Alain Bossé, The Kilted Chef

Keynote Speaker

Alain Bossé, also known as the Kilted Chef, has travelled the world from kitchens to convention centres sharing his expertise and love for buying and eating local ingredients with people near and far. With his signature tartan kilt, proud Acadian heritage and undeniable flair for cooking with local, he has earned a reputation as Atlantic Canada’s culinary ambassador. Chef Alain has cooked for global dignitaries and has worked in kitchens and on event stages alongside top chefs from around the world. He firmly believes that if you live local, then you should buy local. For more than 10 years, Alain has promoted local commodities such as lobster, mussels, apples and wild blueberries to name a few. His travel has included trips across South America, North America, Europe and Asia too, offering enlightening and entertaining presentations. Alain also runs a busy consulting business where he helps restaurateurs and producers. Alain has been a frequent guest instructor at culinary schools where his lectures focus on “the 101 of lobsters and mussels”, which educates students on the use of sustainable Atlantic Canadian seafood. Chef Alain is also a frequent guest on radio and TV, a prolific recipe creator, food writer and cookbook author. He also offers private group cooking lessons and culinary experiences at his farm in Nova Scotia. Chef Alain is not just a food expert; he is a food industry expert whose experience in the kitchen and with senior management roles in the food & beverage industry allows him to share his expertise on the beauty of food and the business of food.

Dave Smith, Storyteller

Keynote Speaker

Dave has 20+ years of experience in customer service. He is passionate about the environment and reclaiming his culture through learning and sharing with you on one of our experiences. Dave has a unique point of view on Indigenous culture as a result of growing up outside the First Nations community due to the “60’s scoop”. This “two-eyed seeing” approach allows him to see both sides of the relationship between Canada and his people and he has a passion to learn as much as he can to help facilitate better relation-ships between the two Nations as well as reclaiming his own culture. A self-motivator, he feels at home in nature and spends a lot of his time re-searching and learning about regenerative ecology. He believes he is a steward of nature and is always looking for technologies and ideologies that further this. This unique position affords him a point of view that allows him to share his culture and its history from an understanding that is uncommon. Dave is passionate about reclaiming his culture and sharing it with you.

Peter Chapman

Keynote Speaker

After 30 years in the food industry, Peter has a passion for seeing others succeed in this business, he relishes the opportunity to share his in-depth knowledge of the retail landscape and consumers with food producers and food processors, who want to grow their sales. The food industry is challenging for producers and processors. Our industry is changing so fast and there are no easy categories. There are opportunities for your products and Peter will help you find them. His knowledge of the food industry started in a store, then he worked with Canada’s largest food retailer for 19 years and since leaving Loblaw, he has worked with producers and processors from coast to coast to help them get their products in the shopping cart. In 2014, he published a la cart, a supplier’s guide to retailers’ priorities. The book was written for suppliers, to help them better understand where their customers are focusing their efforts. There is a chapter devoted to each of the retailer’s priorities and suggestions for how suppliers can develop products and programs to support these initiatives. It has become very clear to him that success in this industry is not about making great products to sell; it is about selling the great products you make.

Thank you to our sponsors!


Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts is now closed for the 2023 Annual Education Conference. If you are interested in presenting at an upcoming CIPHI Education session or future conferences, please send us an email.

Travel information

Getting here

The Saint John Airport is located eight miles northeast of the central business district with daily flights from Air Canada or Flair.  Another option is to fly into the Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport (YQM) and drive 155 km to Saint John. Come early and you can even take some short detours to the Hopewell Rock Provincial Park or Fundy National Park of Canada.

Where to stay


Delta Hotels by Marriott Saint John

Hotel Booking

About the city

Saint John, New Brunswick is a special place where the St. John River meets the Bay of Fundy. Saint John and its distinctive nearby towns are bursting with history, culture, character and adventure!