2024 CBA Conference


Seminar submissions are now closed

We are thrilled to open seminar applications for the Canadian Brewing Awards (CBA) Conference in 2024. In order to enhance and optimize the educational experience for attendees, we are introducing organized seminars by topic areas. This will allow breweries to better plan their time around specific areas of interest. Please carefully review the following information to understand the process for submitting seminar proposals for the limited spots available in each topic area.

Thank you for your interest in this year’s CBA Conference. All seminar spots have been filled. Please reach out to admin@canadianbrewingawards.com if you would like to submit a seminar for the 2025 Conference.

2024 Conference Seminar Guidelines

Submission Details

To submit your seminar proposal, kindly complete the online submission form available on our website. Every proposal will be reviewed by our dedicated Seminar Committee, who will evaluate the submissions based on relevance, originality, and expertise in the brewing industry. Please submit the following information:

  • Seminar title
  • Brief description (maximum 200 words)
  • Speaker bio and credentials
  • Proposed seminar duration (typically between 45 minutes to 1 hour)
  • Preferred date and time slot (if applicable)

Suggested Seminar Topics

As you brainstorm your seminar proposal, here are the tracks that seminars will be grouped in and potential topics to inspire you. These topics serve as a reference for potential speakers and are not meant to be an exhaustive list. They highlight the topics that brewers have expressed interested in learning.  While speakers are encouraged to think outside of the box, they should consider if their topic fits in one of the following:

Brewing Techniques and Innovations

  • Exploring New Hop Varieties and their Impact on Beer Flavor
  • Harnessing the Power of Yeast: Advances in Yeast Strains
  • Techniques for Brewing Sour Beers: From Kettle Sours to Barrel Aging
  • Introduction to Advanced Filtration Methods in Brewing
  • Innovations in Low-Alcohol and Non-Alcoholic Beer Production

Marketing and Branding Strategies for Breweries

  • Building a Strong Brewery Brand Identity: Storytelling and Authenticity
  • Effective Digital Marketing Strategies for Breweries: Social Media, Influencer Marketing, and SEO
  • Creative Packaging and Label Design: Creating Memorable Brand Visibility
  • Brewery Event Marketing: Engaging the Local Community and Building Brand Loyalty
  • Navigating Brewery Distribution Challenges and Expanding Market Reach

Quality Control and Assurance in Brewing Processes

  • Ensuring Consistency and Quality in Beer Production: Best Practices and Key Metrics
  • Quality Assurance Testing: Tasting, Sensory Analysis, and Lab Techniques
  • HACCP Principles in Brewery Operations: Identifying and Mitigating Hazards
  • Preventing Oxidation and Spoilage in Beer: Techniques for Extended Shelf Life
  • Implementing Effective Cleaning and Sanitation Practices in the Brewery

Sustainability and Environmental Practices in the Brewing Industry

  • Sustainable Water Management in Brewing: Conservation and Reuse Strategies
  • Energy Efficiency in Brewery Operations: Renewable Energy Sources and Equipment Upgrades
  • Waste Reduction and Resource Efficiency in Brewing: Composting, Recycling, and Packaging Innovations
  • Brewery Sustainability Certifications: Benefits, Requirements, and Pathways
  • Carbon Footprint Reduction in Brewing: Carbon Offsetting and Sustainable Supply Chain Practices

Craft Beer Trends and Consumer Insights

  • Exploring New Flavor Trends in Craft Beer: Fruit Infusions, Unique Ingredients, and Innovative Adjuncts
  • The Rise of Canned Craft Beer: Packaging, Market Trends, and Consumer Preferences
  • Understanding the Millennial Craft Beer Consumer: Tapping into their Preferences and Buying Habits
  • Beer Tourism: Craft Beer Destination Marketing and Creating Memorable Brewery Experiences
  • Exploring the Intersection of Craft Beer and Food: Pairing Recommendations and Culinary Collaborations

Business and Operations Management for Breweries

  • Financial Planning and Budgeting for Breweries: Managing Costs and Maximizing Profitability
  • Effective Brewery Operations and Supply Chain Management: From Raw Materials to Distribution
  • Taproom and Brewpub Management: Creating a Memorable Customer Experience
  • Brewery Expansion Strategies: Scaling Up Production and Maintaining Quality
  • Distribution Models for Breweries: Understanding Direct-to-Consumer and Wholesale Channels

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Breweries as Catalysts for Inclusive Communities: Strategies for Fostering Diversity and Equity
  • Amplifying Underrepresented Voices in the Brewing Industry: Empowering Women and Minority Brewers
  • The Business Case for Diversity: How Inclusion Drives Innovation and Success in the Beer Industry
  • Building an Inclusive Brewery Culture: Strategies for Recruiting, Retaining, and Advancing Diverse Talent
  • Collaborative Partnerships for Diversity and Inclusion: Engaging with Non-Profit Organizations and Community Initiatives

Hospitality Management of Brewpubs and Taprooms

  • Creating an Exceptional Taproom Experience: Design, Layout, and Customer Flow
  • Effective Staff Training and Customer Service in Brewpubs and Taprooms
  • Events and Entertainment in Brewpubs: Engaging Customers and Driving Foot Traffic
  • Menu Development for Brewpubs: Pairing Food and Beer, Innovation, and Seasonal Offerings
  • Managing Brewery Events: From Beer Launch Parties to Beer Dinners and Tastings
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