Conference Agenda 2018

Conference Agenda 2018


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Day 1 - March 21, 2018
Business and Management Day

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Opening Address on Business Change
Michael Jackson, Global Professional Speaker, South Africa
Opening Remarks by Content Advsior
Colm Clarke, Partner, Consultancy Exempla Management & Consulting, Belgium
A New NAFTA - What's Next?
Suzanne Blanchet, Strategic Advisor, Canada
China’s Industrial Strategy – Outlook and Implications
Rodger Baker, Vice President of Strategic Analysis, Stratfor, USA
Tackling Water Scarcity with Big Data
Julie Lindley, Marketing Director, Nalco, An Ecolab Company, USA
Consumer Tissue in North America: Operating in a Market Ruled by Fundamentals
Svetlana Uduslivaia, Head of Industry Research, Euromonitor International, USA
Supply Side Dynamics
Esko Uutela, Principal, RISI, Germany
What’s in Store: 2018 and Beyond
Jordan Rost, VP, Consumer Insights, Nielsen, USA
Today’s Retail Realities – What Does it Take to Compete?
Patrick Boateng, Leader - Global Sourcing, The Kroger Co., USA

 

Deep Dive Sessions

DEEP DIVE 1

Global Trade Shifts -Sourcing and Supply Chain Impacts

Having learned more on the national interests driving global trade negotiations, and having seen how some of these policies manifest themselves as sourcing and supply-chain headaches for the Tissue industry, this session is designed to dig into the issues that matter most when it comes to business planning and forecasting.

We will look at potential impacts across the Tissue value chain, which business or supply chain models are most exposed, and how these issues matter for different market segments.

Panelists:
Esko Uutela, Principal, RISI, Germany
Suzanne Blanchet, Strategic Advisor, Canada
Rodger Baker, Vice President of Strategic Analysis, Stratfor, USA
Donna Harman, President and CEO, American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), USA

Moderator: Jonathan Roberts, Partner, Pryor Roberts Communications, UK

DEEP DIVE 2

Big Data, Big Impacts?

With Tissue mills already embracing the latest manufacturing technology, and high degrees of automation is leveraging Big Data the next step in finding the additional efficiencies and performance improvements manufacturers crave?

This session will explore:

• State of today: what is already up and running? How has success been measured? What are the challenges and issues that have been encountered?
• What’s next: short – medium term outlook – what is (or should be) possible? Are there barriers to implementing the phase of innovation?
• New business models and joint-ventures that reach outside the production facility to other stakeholders – such as the Ecolab – Microsoft collaboration, and Valmet’s Industrial Internet partners Tieto and Kemira.

In addition to the technical and process benefits, we will examine management considerations, for example, looking at new business models – what does this mean in terms of the new services to exploit or questions of data ownership that these innovations bring with them.

Panelists:
Julie Lindley, Marketing Director, Nalco, An Ecolab Company, USA
Kent Nika, Sales Manager, Valmet
Dr. Sudipta Dasmohapatra, Director, Masters in Statistical Science, Duke University, USA

Moderator: Stéphane Rousseau, Vice-President, Services and Major Projects, Cascades Tissue Group, Canada

DEEP DIVE 3

They Want It All and They Want It Now - Customers in Focus

Customers for Tissue in developed markets are more demanding than ever, and have ever increasing expectations based on their shopping experience for other products and services.

This session will allow our panellists to expand on their earlier presentations, and to take questions from the audience addressing their specific challenges.

Specifically, we will look at:

• How to align the interests of consumer, retail, and manufacturers?
• E-commerce – what do viable models look like?
• Arrival of discount chains in North America, and impacts on Private label.
• AfH – mass procurement / facilities procurement? Insights / impacts?

Panelists:
Patrick Boateng, Leader - Global Sourcing, The Kroger Co., USA
Jordan Rost, VP, Consumer Insights, Nielsen, USA
Shaw Shahery, President/CEO, Convermat, USA

Moderator: Michael Jackson, Global Professional Speaker, South Africa