Peer Support Group

During these unprecedented times, Meat & Poultry Ontario (MPO) realizes the challenges our industry is facing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We have been working closely with the government to keep them informed and help build solutions that protect the food supply chain and your businesses.

We’re here for you!

In order for us to stay informed, we have created a Peer Support Group for the Meat & Poultry Sector. The goal of this group is to bring our sector together to find ways we can help on another, share information and resources, and to understand challenges that we can inform the government on.

Weekly Conference Call
MPO will be hosting a conference call with the group now only once a week as of May 5th, 2020.  Each week we will invite subject matter experts to share insights on the challenges discussed during our calls. Calls with take place on:

  • Tuesdays at 3:30 PM

Join the Peer Support Group

This group is open to anyone in the working sector that is facing challenges or can provide insights and solutions.  To join the group please email Franco Naccarato at  with the Your Name, Business Name, Title, Email and Phone Number

COVID-19 – Peer Support Group Meeting Agenda 

Please note that starting Tuesday, May 5th , MPO Peer Support Group meetings will be held once a weekoccurring every Tuesday at 3:30 PM. 

Next Meeting

Agenda for Tuesday, May 26 – 3:30 PM



Please check below for confirmed speakers and topics for our upcoming meetings. Meetings still happen every Tuesday and this page will be updated as speakers and topics become confirmed.

Click on the dates below to download/print summarized notes on past Peer Group Meetings.

March 18th, 2020 – Ministers Message and Q&A Session Summary

March 24th and 26th, 2020 – Peer Groups Concerns and Employee Moral Summary

March 31st and April 2nd, 2020 Summaries

March 31st, 2020

Cher Mereweather, President & CEO, Provision Coalition
7 Urgent Questions for Food & Beverage Manufacturers Dealing with COVID-19

April 2nd, 2020

Alex Barlow, Business Development Executive, Mentor Works Canada
Assistance Programs for Employees and Businesses

Justin Coffey & Clinton Buttar, Farm Credit Canada
Cash Flow Management for Businesses & Overview of Support Programs

April 7th and 9th, 2020 Summaries

April 7th, 2020

Carrie Warring, Senior Policy and Program Advisor, Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Public Health
Public Health Precautions in Food Processing Plants

April 9th, 2020

Karen Sample, Owner & President 31st Line Strategic Communications
Click to Review: Leading Through Communications in Time of Adversity PowerPoint

April 14th and 16th, 2020 Summaries

April 14th, 2020

Betty-Jo Almond, General Manager
Click to Review: AgSights Online Store PowerPoint

April 16th, 2020

Patrick Maher,  Principle Consultant
Aon Resilience Lead
Click to Review: COVID-19 Resilience – Business Continuity Management PowerPoint

April 21st and April 23rd, 2020 Summaries

April 23rd, 2020

Neil Connolly, Director of Client Success
Bright Immigration
416-229-0857 x 114
M: (647) 696-4411

Blayne Kumar, President & CEO
Bright Immigration
416-229-0857 x 101
M: (416) 578-7464
Click to Review: Temporary Foreign Worker Program Update

April 28th and April 30th, 2020 Summaries

April 28th, 2020

Doris Valade
The Malabar Group Inc
Mike Sherrard
Sherrard Kuzz LLP
416-420-0738  (24 Hour​)
416-603-6035  (Fax)
Click to Review:COVID-19 FAQ for Employers PowerPoint

April 30th, 2020
Craig Klemmer
Farm Credit Canada

May 5th, 2020 
Demetre Eliopoulos
SVP & Managing Director, Public Affairs
Angus Reid
Click to Review: Grocery Trends During the COVID-19 Crisis PowerPoint

May 12th, 2020

Adam Meyers – Manager, Canadian Agricultural Partnership, OMAFRA

Roger Dunlop – General Manager, Meat Inspection Program, OMAFRA

Click to Review: Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP):Targeted Cost-share Overview