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Wednesday, June 28 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Plenary Session # 1: Collaboration: A Case Study and the Potential of Harmonization Across North America

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Plenary Session # 1: Collaboration: A Case Story and the Potential of Harmonization Across North America

This plenary session will cover two separate issues, with two separate panels of speakers involving examples of a past and a future collaboration.

The first panel discussion involves a case study of an issue where a consumer product had false markings.  The panel will discuss how retailers, government regulators, and test laboratories collaborated to resolve the matter showing how a crisis can bring stakeholders together to resolve compliance issues.

Moderator:

  • Tabatha Bauer, Director, Logistics & Compliance, Staples Promotional Product

Panelists:

  • ·         Vaneet Khurana, Director Product Safety & Compliance, Walmart Canada Corp.
  • ·         Franco LaRiccia, Unit Head, Risk Assessment Division, Health Canada
  • ·         Jason McLinton, Vice President, Grocery Division and Regulatory Affairs, Retail            Council of Canada       

The second panel will present an idea for harmonizing a standard in the U.S. and Canada.  Existing protocols will be discussed for each country and a demonstration of what testing can potentially occur in the future to bring the countries closer together to a harmonized standard.
In addition, the second panel will also briefly discuss collaboration among regulators in cross border recalls.

Moderator:

  • Tabatha Bauer, Director, Logistics & Compliance, Staples Promotional Product

Panelists:

  • Duane Boniface, Deputy Executive Director, Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Joan Lawrence, Vice President, Standards and Regulatory Affairs, Toy Industry Association, Inc.
  • Nicholas Shipley, Manager, Compliance and Enforcement Division, Risk                        Management Bureau, Consumer Product Safety Directorate, Healthy                            Environments and Consumer Safety Branch (HECS), Health Canada



Moderators
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Tabatha Bauer

Director, Logistics & Compliance, Staples Promotional Products
Tabatha Bauer is the Director of Logistics & Compliance for Staples Promotional Products, the largest distributor in the promotional products industry.  She is responsible for a team who oversee product safety, social responsibility, C-TPAT compliance, haz mat transportation and... Read More →

Speakers
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Duane E. Boniface

Deputy Executive Director, Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Duane E.. Boniface has over 20 years of experience in government and private practice addressing safety, security and environmental protection issues for a wide variety of government agencies (DHS, DOD, etc.). Mr. Boniface served on Active Duty in the Coast Guard, eventually retiring... Read More →
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Nancy Cowles

Executive Director, Kids In Danger
Nancy Cowles is the Executive Director of Kids In Danger (KID), a nonprofit dedicated to protecting children by improving children’s product safety.  Nancy has over 30 years experience conceiving, building and directing organizations to investigate a wide variety of consumer issues... Read More →
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Vaneet Khurana

Director of Compliance, Product Safety and Health & Wellness, Walmart Canada Corp.
Vaneet Khurana is Director of Compliance, Product Safety and Health & Wellness for Walmart Canada. Vaneet is responsible for oversight of legislative services, product testing, product removals, reporting & analytics. He is also responsible for compliance of pharmacy operations in... Read More →
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Franco LaRiccia

Unit Head, Risk Assessment Division, Health Canada
Franco LaRiccia is currently the Electrical Products Unit Head for the Risk Assessment Division (RAD) of the Consumer Product Safety Directorate, HECS, HC.  In this role he is responsible for the safety related assessments of Electrical Products at HC. In addition to almost 10 years... Read More →
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Joan Lawrence

Senior Vice President, Standards and Regulatory Affairs, The Toy Association
Joan Lawrence is Senior Vice President of Standards and Regulatory Affairs for The Toy Association. In her 20+ years with the Association, she has managed product safety programs encompassing the development of safety standards as well as industry and consumer safety education.  Her... Read More →
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Jason McLinton

Vice President, Grocery Division and Regulatory Affairs, Retail Council of Canada
Jason McLinton is the Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, of the Retail Council of Canada (RCC). He chairs the RCC’s Product Safety and Recall Committee which provides comments to government on regulatory initiatives but also manages major product safety investigations and recalls... Read More →
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Nicholas Shipley

Manager, Compliance and Enforcement Division, Risk Management Bureau, Consumer Product Safety Directorate, Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch (HECS), Health Canada
Nicholas Shipley joined Health Canada's Consumer Product Safety Directorate in April of 2015, where he is the manager of compliance and enforcement. Prior to joining CPSD, Nick held a variety of roles in the regulation and compliance and enforcement of health products, such as drugs... Read More →


Wednesday June 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel - Salon E/F/G/H