Canadian Pizza Magazine

Virtual Event
Canadian Pizza Virtual Summit
October 19, 2020 at 1:00pm EST

We can’t be together in person this year but we can get together virtually! Canadian Pizza is hosting a live, half-day Virtual Canadian Pizza Summit to promote conversation and fresh ideas for your pizzeria. It features live roundtable talks with experienced, innovative operators and experts, video demonstrations, a product showcase, our Great Pizza Box Fold-Off, and best of all, exciting news about our contest – it’s changing for 2020-21 to Pizzeria of the Year!

This event is FREE to participants.

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1:00pm - 1:15pm
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Pizza operators and your teams, this is a chance to get together virtually and get inspired by your peers! - Speaker: Colleen Cross, Editor, Canadian Pizza

1:15pm - 1:30pm
Message from Keynote Speaker

Speaker: TBA

1:30pm - 2:15pm LIVE SESSION
Cross-Country Check-In with Pizzerias

COVID-19 hit the restaurant industry hard. Yet many pizzerias have adapted to these huge challenges with creativity and business smarts. In a roundtable discussion, we talk with operators across Canada to learn how they are rolling with the punches and even thriving in this year of uncertainty with streamlined menus, new revenue generators and a renewed focus on at-home pizza kits.
Panellists: TBA
Moderator: Colleen Cross, Editor, Canadian Pizza

2:15pm - 2:30pm SPONSORED SESSION
Demonstration: Modern Mixers

Sponsored by Faema Canada

Chef Michael Bou-Younes, lead instructor at Faema Culinary Academy, will take us through a demonstration of spiral and twin-arm mixers, discussing the relative balance between mixing techniques, hydration levels and the differences in the type of pizza produced. Pizzaiolos will see two batches of dough mixed side by side in two different mixers to help them decide which mixer or style of dough makes sense for their business.

2:30pm - 2:40pm

We’d like to thank our generous Premier sponsors Ardent Mills and Faema Canada, Prime sponsor, EM Bakery Equipment, and Great Pizza Box Fold-Off sponsor, Lallemand Baking, who made this event possible. Please take 10 minutes to get yourself a coffee, check on your staff or deal with other pressing matters. Join us back here at 2:40.

2:45pm - 3:00pm
Demonstration: Windsor-Style Specialty Pizza

Dean Litster, aka Professor Zaaa, is owner of Armando’s Pizza in Amherstburg, Ont., and our 2019 Canadian Pizza Chef of the Year (Open). Chef Dean takes us through a favourite specialty pizza he makes available to customers by special request.

3:00pm - 3:45pm LIVE SESSION
Building Resilience in Your Pizzeria Through Marketing Strategies

You’ve perfected your menu, you’ve got a strong concept and superior customer service. Maybe you’ve revamped your business, changed your hours, streamlined your menu or started offering something different to satisfy your customers’ requests. What is the best way to spread the word to your regular and new customers? This brainstorming roundtable will give you actionable ideas from marketing experts who work in and around the pizza industry.
Panellists: TBA
Moderator: Colleen Cross, Editor, Canadian Pizza

3:45pm - 4:00pm LIVE SESSION
Great Pizza Box Fold-Off

Sponsored by Lallemand Baking

Three fast-folding finalists – chosen from submitted, timed videos – will compete by folding 10 large boxes in a timed showdown. The folder with the best time will pocket $100 and be featured in Canadian Pizza magazine! See details and rules here!

Closing Remarks

Learn details about our 2021 Pizzeria of the Year competition!

Product Showcase

Pizza-Focused Products, Videos, Services and Expert Advice!
The Product Showcase will be available all day during the live event. It will continue to be available – along with the full Virtual Canadian Pizza Summit program – after the event has wrapped up.

Premier Sponsors
Prime Sponsors
Pizza Fold-Off Sponsor
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Frequently Asked Questions About Canadian Pizza Virtual Summit

When & Where?

Canadian Pizza Virtual Summit will take place virtually via GoToWebinar on October 19, 2020 at 1:00pm EST.

There will be a 15 minute break between live sessions.

Why Virtual?

The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers, and community is our number one priority. By making this event an online experience, it eliminates the need for attendees and sponsors to travel in-person, while enabling them to still benefit from the event content.

What’s Included?

Your registration provides you with access to watch the virtual keynote, all live sessions, and on-demand recorded content and product demonstrations.

How do I access?

We will email you an access link to the virtual event the morning of October 19, 2020.

If you don’t see an access link in your email inbox, please check your junk folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, contact Tara Jacobs.