Conference Speakers

Confirmed Speakers
Kenneth Cote

Kenneth Cote

Vice President- Food, SGS, North America

Kenneth Côté is the Vice President Food, North America for SGS. As VP, Ken is responsible for overseeing financial and operational growth for the food and dietary supplement testing business within the US and Canada as well as securing any growth capital needed for expansion.  Prior to joining SGS, Ken spent 15 years at Intertek growing the Agriculture and Food verticals globally while working his way up from a local Grain Inspector to Operations Coordinator and finally ending his tenure as the Director, North America Food & Agriculture USA.

Ken earned his MBA with a concentration in International Business in 2021, and a BS in Accounting and Finance with a Minor in Marketing graduating Cum Laude all from Southern New Hampshire University.

In his spare time, Ken enjoys the Great Outdoors.  You can find him hiking, mountain biking and fishing with his boys. Ken is originally from New Orleans, LA where he owns, operates, and invests in several small to medium sized businesses.

Sonny Brar

Sonny Brar

Vice President, Health, Safety and QA, Fiera Foods

Sonny Brar is currently working as the Global Vice President of Quality Assurance and Occupational Health & Safety for the second largest manufacturer of baked goods in North America-Fiera Foods. His role ensures overall compliance with quality assurance, food safety and workplace health, safety and law regulations. He oversees regulatory compliance for North America, Japan, and Mexico. And also teaches Food Safety and Centre for Disease Control at York University. Previously to this, he had similar leadership and executive roles for Corporate IKEA, Corporate Maple Leaf Foods, Corporate ToysRUs and BabiesRUs and Corporate Sobeys Canada.

Dr. Ganesh Ramamurthi

Dr. Ganesh Ramamurthi

Chief Operating Office, National Commodities Management Services Limited

  • Had an eleven-year career, as HOD, department of  microbiology at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Hyderabad.
  • At NCML – National Commodities Management Services Limited,  have been involved in establishing and running one of the largest network of food  testing laboratories across India as Head-Testing and Certification. I am the President-Elect for AOAC-International India Section
  • Currently, as Chief Operating Officer, handle the operations of the enterprise. The testing  division  and the R&D team continues to be mentored by me.
  • I have been driving the  implementation of integrated  management system across the enterprise.  Ensuring operational integrity and efficiency through building skills, motivating and managing large teams with a clear drive, winning mentality and creative mindset is my major focus.
  • Identify and mitigate or transfer various types of enterprise risks.
  • Identification and adoption of technology in all the processes for making it efficient, effective and sustainable.
Simon Palupcik

Simon Palupcik

Country Chief Executive, Bureau Veritas

Deepak Gupta

Deepak Gupta

Sr. Market Research Analyst, MarketsandMarkets

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