Agenda

Each year, our keynote speakers, panelists and master class presenters address the critical areas within the rapidly expanding and evolving Food Tourism industry.

We are excited about the engaging presenters and educational topics for 2017. There will be several programming sessions occurring simultaneously, it is recommended to bring several company representatives in order to "divide and conquer" all educational components of the conference.

Sunday

EzTix Welcome Soirée

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Join us Sunday evening to help kick-off the GFTC as we welcome attendees. Mix and mingle with fellow colleagues from around the globe while enjoying delicious food & drink at one of Montreal's landmark culinary venues. The EzTix Welcome Soirée will serve as the initial networking event to kick-off GFTC17 in Montreal while also providing the opportunity to check-in early for the conference.

EzTix Welcome Soirée location will be revealed closer to the conference. This event is included with conference registration and limited to attendees and speakers wearing conference passes.

Monday

Check-in and Breakfast

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Check-in with the EzTix team and pick up your conference badge.

Start the day right with an included, delicious breakfast served from Boulangerie chez Guillaume, Montreal's premiere artisan bakery featured on GFTC17 City Hosts Local Montreal Tours. Fruit, coffee and tea will also be served during this networking opportunity with new and old colleagues.

Opening Remarks & Welcome To #GFTC17

8:30 AM - 8:50 AM

Speakers: Shane Kost

Global Food Tourism founder, Shane Kost, talks about the present and future of GFTC. He will also give you the A to Z on getting the most out of your conference experience.

Conversion or Engagement? Making Sense of The Online Marketing Ecosystem

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Speakers: Eulanda and Omo Osagiede

Keynote Session - Space D (4th Floor)

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Facebook is NOT a PR Strategy

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Speakers: Taryn Scher

Keynote Session - Space A (Main Floor)

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Staying Small and Loving It: Strategies of a Boutique Culinary Tourism Business

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Speakers: Daisann McLane

Keynote Session - Space A (Main Floor)

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Supersize Me: Scaling a Tour Business in the Travel Industry

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Speakers: Stephen Oddo

Keynote Session - Space D (4th Floor)

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Spending Time in the Data Layer: People, Processes, Projects and Priorities

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Speakers: Terry Rice

Keynote Session - Space A (Main Floor)

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Brand Continuity: How To Create Small-Business Crisis Management & Succession Plans

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Speakers: Suzanne Urpecz

Keynote Session - Space D (4th Floor)

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Food Truck Lunch and Networking Break

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Food Trucks are a big deal in Montreal with over 60 trucks to choose from. GFTC has partnered with the #1 Rated Food Truck, Grumman 78, which specializes in outstanding tacos, fresh salads and seasonal vegetables. Gumman 78 will be parked just outside of Centre Phi promptly at 12pm and remain until 1:30pm. Lunch is not included with the Conference pass, however Grumman 78 and GFTC staff will direct attendees on where and how to place an order and make payment for a quick and efficient process. Enjoy this awesome, local Montreal experience!

Content is King: How To Build a Customer Focused Marketing Machine

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Speakers: Joseph Martin

Master-Class Workshop - Space D (4th Floor)

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The Idea Method: A Proven Framework for Clarity in Business Communication, Decision Making and Growth

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Speakers: Dolores Hirschmann

Master-Class Workshop - Plateau Space (Main Floor)

Read More

SEO 101 – Optimize Your Google Ranking Like a Pro

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Speakers: Casey Markee

Master-Class Workshop - Space A (Main Floor)

Read More

City Host Tribute Experience by Local Montreal

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join GFTC colleagues, speakers and partners at the official Monday evening event produced by this years City Hosts, Local Montreal Food Tours. The City Host Tribute Experience is a unique food and cultural experience carefully crafted and curated specifically for the Global Food Tourism community.  

These experience are not included in with GFTC17 registration. Friends and family of attendees are welcome to register for these experiences!

Get tickets before they are sold out. Buy today! Click here.

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Tuesday

Breakfast & Networking

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Join your collegues on the final day of GFTC17 with an included breakfast serving iconic bagels and toppings from Bagel St-Viateur, a 60-year local icon in Montreal. Fruit, coffee and tea will also be served during this networking opportunity with colleagues and friends.

Breaking Onto the Beaten Path: Exposing Unsung Food Scenes

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Speakers: Ashley Day

Keynote Session - Space D (4th Floor)

Read More

Understanding the Consumer Food Psyche: The Undiscovered Key to Unforgettable Food Experiences

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Speakers: Sophie Egan

Keynote Session - Space D (4th Floor)

Read More

Leaders Digest: Food Tourism and The Art of Storyfinding®

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Speakers: Warren Etheredge

Keynote Session - Space D (4th Floor)

Read More

Meet the Author: Sophie Egan “Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies– How What We Eat Defines Who We Are”

11:50 AM - 12:30 PM

Speakers: Sophie Egan

Book Signing Session - Plateau Space (Main Floor)

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Open Lunch & Networking Break

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Centre Phi is in the heart of Old Montreal, with incredible lunch options all within walking distance and we want you to get out and explore this wonderful part of Montreal!  GFTC City Hosts Local Montreal have put together a top-notch list of their favorite locations for you to consider for this Open Lunch & Networking Break.  

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Ticketing & Technology Workshop – EzTix Intensive

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Speakers: Jeremy Mitchell

Join the EzTix team, including CEO Jeremy Mitchell, for an intensive Technology Workshop designed to help you learn more and make the most of your ticketing platform and available options.

Open to all attendees, learn how to truly leverage the automation and features available to help your business save time while taking your business to the next level. EzTix will be announcing new technology enhancements and major software updates that will have considerable impact on the Food Tourism industry for years to come.

Official GFTC Awards & After Party

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Relax after the conference with new found friends and colleagues as we celebrate industry successes with an award ceremony and the conference after party.

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM - Conference Close
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Awards Ceremony
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM - After Party

The Official GFTC Awards & After Party is included with conference registration and limited to those with full-conference access.

Sunday

EzTix Welcome Soirée

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Join us Sunday evening to help kick-off the GFTC as we welcome attendees. Mix and mingle with fellow colleagues from around the globe while enjoying delicious food & drink at one of Montreal's landmark culinary venues. The EzTix Welcome Soirée will serve as the initial networking event to kick-off GFTC17 in Montreal while also providing the opportunity to check-in early for the conference.

EzTix Welcome Soirée location will be revealed closer to the conference. This event is included with conference registration and limited to attendees and speakers wearing conference passes.

Monday

Check-in and Breakfast

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Check-in with the EzTix team and pick up your conference badge.

Start the day right with an included, delicious breakfast served from Boulangerie chez Guillaume, Montreal's premiere artisan bakery featured on GFTC17 City Hosts Local Montreal Tours. Fruit, coffee and tea will also be served during this networking opportunity with new and old colleagues.

Opening Remarks & Welcome To #GFTC17

8:30 AM - 8:50 AM

Speakers: Shane Kost

Global Food Tourism founder, Shane Kost, talks about the present and future of GFTC. He will also give you the A to Z on getting the most out of your conference experience.

Conversion or Engagement? Making Sense of The Online Marketing Ecosystem

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Speakers: Eulanda and Omo Osagiede

Keynote Session - Space D (4th Floor)

Read More

Facebook is NOT a PR Strategy

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Speakers: Taryn Scher

Keynote Session - Space A (Main Floor)

Read More

Staying Small and Loving It: Strategies of a Boutique Culinary Tourism Business

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Speakers: Daisann McLane

Keynote Session - Space A (Main Floor)

Read More

Supersize Me: Scaling a Tour Business in the Travel Industry

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Speakers: Stephen Oddo

Keynote Session - Space D (4th Floor)

Read More

Spending Time in the Data Layer: People, Processes, Projects and Priorities

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Speakers: Terry Rice

Keynote Session - Space A (Main Floor)

Read More

Brand Continuity: How To Create Small-Business Crisis Management & Succession Plans

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Speakers: Suzanne Urpecz

Keynote Session - Space D (4th Floor)

Read More

Food Truck Lunch and Networking Break

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Food Trucks are a big deal in Montreal with over 60 trucks to choose from. GFTC has partnered with the #1 Rated Food Truck, Grumman 78, which specializes in outstanding tacos, fresh salads and seasonal vegetables. Gumman 78 will be parked just outside of Centre Phi promptly at 12pm and remain until 1:30pm. Lunch is not included with the Conference pass, however Grumman 78 and GFTC staff will direct attendees on where and how to place an order and make payment for a quick and efficient process. Enjoy this awesome, local Montreal experience!

Content is King: How To Build a Customer Focused Marketing Machine

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Speakers: Joseph Martin

Master-Class Workshop - Space D (4th Floor)

Read More

The Idea Method: A Proven Framework for Clarity in Business Communication, Decision Making and Growth

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Speakers: Dolores Hirschmann

Master-Class Workshop - Plateau Space (Main Floor)

Read More

SEO 101 – Optimize Your Google Ranking Like a Pro

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Speakers: Casey Markee

Master-Class Workshop - Space A (Main Floor)

Read More

City Host Tribute Experience by Local Montreal

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join GFTC colleagues, speakers and partners at the official Monday evening event produced by this years City Hosts, Local Montreal Food Tours. The City Host Tribute Experience is a unique food and cultural experience carefully crafted and curated specifically for the Global Food Tourism community.  

These experience are not included in with GFTC17 registration. Friends and family of attendees are welcome to register for these experiences!

Get tickets before they are sold out. Buy today! Click here.

Read More

Tuesday

Breakfast & Networking

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Join your collegues on the final day of GFTC17 with an included breakfast serving iconic bagels and toppings from Bagel St-Viateur, a 60-year local icon in Montreal. Fruit, coffee and tea will also be served during this networking opportunity with colleagues and friends.

Breaking Onto the Beaten Path: Exposing Unsung Food Scenes

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Speakers: Ashley Day

Keynote Session - Space D (4th Floor)

Read More

Understanding the Consumer Food Psyche: The Undiscovered Key to Unforgettable Food Experiences

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Speakers: Sophie Egan

Keynote Session - Space D (4th Floor)

Read More

Leaders Digest: Food Tourism and The Art of Storyfinding®

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Speakers: Warren Etheredge

Keynote Session - Space D (4th Floor)

Read More

Meet the Author: Sophie Egan “Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies– How What We Eat Defines Who We Are”

11:50 AM - 12:30 PM

Speakers: Sophie Egan

Book Signing Session - Plateau Space (Main Floor)

Read More

Open Lunch & Networking Break

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Centre Phi is in the heart of Old Montreal, with incredible lunch options all within walking distance and we want you to get out and explore this wonderful part of Montreal!  GFTC City Hosts Local Montreal have put together a top-notch list of their favorite locations for you to consider for this Open Lunch & Networking Break.  

Read More

Ticketing & Technology Workshop – EzTix Intensive

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Speakers: Jeremy Mitchell

Join the EzTix team, including CEO Jeremy Mitchell, for an intensive Technology Workshop designed to help you learn more and make the most of your ticketing platform and available options.

Open to all attendees, learn how to truly leverage the automation and features available to help your business save time while taking your business to the next level. EzTix will be announcing new technology enhancements and major software updates that will have considerable impact on the Food Tourism industry for years to come.

Official GFTC Awards & After Party

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Relax after the conference with new found friends and colleagues as we celebrate industry successes with an award ceremony and the conference after party.

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM - Conference Close
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Awards Ceremony
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM - After Party

The Official GFTC Awards & After Party is included with conference registration and limited to those with full-conference access.

Presenters

The #GFTC17 agenda format includes several programming sessions occurring simultaneously, it is recommended to bring several company representatives in order to "divide and conquer" all educational components of the conference.

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