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OCS Conference 2008

Please join OCS at our 4th Annual Conference & AGM.

Come out for a day of networking and education focused around our favourite subject… Cheese!

We have an exiting and intriguing day planned, full of informative educational sessions, good conversations, lots of networking and of course excellent local cheese.

When: Monday, April 28th 8:30 am to 6:30 pm

Where: Hart House at the University of Toronto

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Keynote Address:

“The raw truth about cheese safety.”

Dr. Catherine Donnelly from the University of Vermont will be leading us in a discussion about the regulation of Raw Milk Cheese. This should be an interesting discussion full of food for thought.

Cheese is a food which has enjoyed a long history of microbiological safety. However, due to the globalization of the food industry, governments around the world are increasingly requiring assurance of cheese safety. While many recognize the safety of traditional cheeses manufactured from raw milk, others are demanding pasteurization of all milk intended for cheese making. But do cheeses made from pasteurized milk really pose less of a microbiological risk than raw milk cheeses? This presentation will explore this complex topic


Join us for a Beer & Cheese Tutored Tasting hosted by Ralph Morana, owner Bar Volo. Yes that’s right Beer & Cheese: they seem like an unlikely pairing to some, but to a tutored palate they can be a match made in heaven. Ralph will lead us on this angelic exploration of his favourite subject; pairing Artisan Beer & Cheese.


This years concurrently run sessions are designed to speak to all of our varied membership interests. We’ve got something for everyone. We’ll help you spruce up your website, get one started or take it to the next level with e-commerce, e-newsletters and social marketing sites in our Culturing Web Marketing seminar. Retailers take note we’ve got plenty of tips to make cheese fly off your shelves in our Retail Merchandising session. Cheesemakers— you’ve mastered the basics of European cheeses now broaden your horizons and check out the opportunities that Canada’s diverse Ethnic markets have to offer.

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Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for a creative individual to source and wrap gifts for our speakers. This task should not take too long…5 to 8 hours max and can be completed anytime in March / early April. If you have any ideas for products or gadgets or fun cheese paraphernalia that would make a nice speaker gift please contact: Kathleen Mackintosh at [email protected]

Our Sponsors

Present your company to Ontario’s most dedicated cheese professionals. If you offer a product or service related to cheese consumption, production, marketing or manufacturing this is the group to connect with!. To learn more about 2008 OCS conference sponsorship opportunities please download our benefits package or contact Kathleen Mackintosh [email protected].