One of Safe Food Canada’s top priorities is to develop pan-Canadian food safety competency models for industry and government workers. Safe Food Canada is structuring a working group who collectively represent:
Members of this group are to embark on an initiative that is likely to be a multi-year effort, with several streams of work.
As we can observe, the face of the global food supply chain is shifting tremendously. Canadians are facing new technologies, the growth in new food businesses, the emergence of new pathogens and food hazards, trade agreements, as well as the increased complexity of food protection management and risk assessment.
These ongoing challenges have compelled regulatory agencies and businesses to engage in more collaboration, cross-industry dialogue and joint research. When looking at designing and implementing food safety and protection training, industry, government and academia all recognize a lack of consistency and comprehensiveness.
The foundation for developing consistent, high quality training is a competency model. There is a vast amount of information available through existing resources and key informants that offer insights on how to create competency models and curriculum programs for food safety and protection. However, these offer piecemeal information and do not present the landscape of food safety learning requirements for food workers, regulators or policy developers across the food industry in Canada.
For these reasons, the Safe Food Canada Competencies Working Group has been formed.
As a member of this working group, you will help Safe Food Canada develop the high level framework for the competency models that will form the basis for a best in class competency model that includes all competencies for all job roles in the Canadian food industry and government related to food safety.
Based on defined priorities, develop a high level competency framework that articulates all major competencies related to food safety for all industry sectors and sub-sectors and all levels of government. This model will identify and distinguish between “common to all/many”, and “specific to few”.
The framework is intended to be used to pinpoint highest priorities in learning. It will also be used as a starting point for developing detailed competency models. Lastly, the framework will create a common language and understanding of pan-Canadian food safety learning for industry and government.
The near-term process steps are described below. Detailed processes to tackle individual competency models will be determined as a part of Step 6.
This working group will ideally be formed by a complement of volunteer subject matter experts and key informants including volunteer representatives from industry, government, and academia with representation from:
Scope of expertise
This working group will require representatives who are experts in and can articulate:
As a member of the Safe Food Canada Competencies Working Group, a unique work assignment is presented to you where you will directly impact the frame of collaboration across the entire food supply chain.
Estimated five one- to two- hour meetings and a minimum of three all-day sessions to complete the initial competency framework.
Additional time commitments will be determined upon completion of the framework. Competency development is anticipated to be a multi-year effort and structured to enable members to participate in sub groups with shorter accountabilities (i.e., 3-6 months).
We’re looking for key informants and subject matter experts with the following technical expertise and experience. If you see a fit , don’t miss the kick-off meeting and contact us right away:
1. Regulatory expertise
2. Industry expertise
Preference will be given to representatives with expertise in more than one industry/sector.
3. Technical expertise
Preference will be given to representatives with content development design and development experience in one or more courses/programs in food safety.
If you have any questions at all, please write to [email protected] as soon as possible. We will get back to you promptly.