General Session

Monday, 25 September

Cold Chain Café | 2:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

The Cold Chain Café is designed to spark thought-provoking discussions. Participants selected 3 topics from 10 total topics to discuss with groups over the course of the one-hour program. At the end of the session, participants share lessons learned.

Opening General Session | 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Welcome and Global Cold Chain Update

Matthew R. Ott, President & CEO, Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA)

GCCA and GCCF Chairmen Remarks

Mike McClendon, GCCA Chairman and Global Advisor, Lineage Logistics

Greg Laurin, GCCF Chairman and President, Conestoga Cold Storage

Keynote Presentation 

Tuesday, 26 September

General Session | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

More information coming soon.

Wednesday, 27 September

General Session | 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

More information coming soon.

General Session & Lunch | 11:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

More information coming soon.

Closing General Session | 3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Keynote Presentation

Focus Sessions

GCCA Member Volunteers and Staff are in the process of developing the educational content for the convention. Please check back shortly for more information.

Cold Chain Café


Monday, 25 | 2:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m.

The Cold Chain Café is a roundtable discussion component of the program where attendees will participate in valuable dialogue with their peers. Participants will engage in up to 3 fast-paced, 25-minute discussions and choose from over 10 different topics.

How will this work?

Each topic will correspond to a numbered table on the patio. Participants join the table/topic of their choosing and spend the next 20 minutes discussing that topic with their peers. The goal is that in 20 minutes each group will share tools, ideas, and have a stimulating conversation about a particular topic. That will happen two more times. By the end of the entire session, each participant will have spent 20 minutes with 3 different topics/issues/questions.

Why are we doing this?

The Cold Chain Café format allows attendees to share and discuss relevant topics important to them and their business. This format of informal, peer-to-peer conversation is an innovative yet simple way to encourage discussion and have conversations that matters. As each round occurs, the conversation can continue to build, and even carry beyond the session and into networking time.

Who will facilitate the discussions?

We have chosen a group of your peers to facilitate the discussions. As a table facilitator, their role will be to keep conversation flowing with a table of 10 participants (including yourself). They will start the conversation, possibly lead it, direct it, guide it, encourage it, but not talk the entire time. (This isn’t a presentation.)

Past Topics Included:

Food Safety Regulations

Refrigeration Regulation and Compliance

Supply Chain Disruptions and Solutions

Food Rescue

New Technologies

Talent: Recruitment, Retention and Development

Energy Procurement Strategies & Contingency Planning

Electrification of Refrigerated Transportation

Maximizing Rail Utilization

Value Added Services

Date Range
September 24-27, 2023

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Event Type
In Person

Event Category

United States


GCCA Global NextGen Award

Organized by the Global Cold Chain Alliance, the GCCA Global NextGen Award recognizes outstanding future leaders in the cold storage industry around the world.

Larna Jodamus of CCS Logistics was named the winner of the 2022 Global NextGen Award!

Candidates for the GCCA NextGen Award are the winners of the following regional and country awards:

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 Networking Hub & Supplier Showcase

Designed to offer conventioneers a place to meet, relax and recharge, the Networking Hub & Supplier Showcase is open daily and located in a central location. Wondering where to meet peers or partners, look no further! The Hub includes refreshments, lounge seating and meeting tables to be utilized by attendees. The Hub also plays host to the Supplier Showcase where attendees can connect with the top industry solutions providers and stay informed on new automation solutions, equipment, technology, construction trends and other industry solutions to innovate their businesses.


Networking Hub & Supplier Showcase Hours:

Monday, 25 September

Opening Night Reception                                  6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, 26 September

Breakfast in the Supplier Showcase                    8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Refreshments in the Supplier Showcase            10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


Wednesday, 27 September

Breakfast in the Supplier Showcase                    8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Refreshments in the Supplier Showcase            10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Refreshments in the Supplier Showcase            2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.



Supplier Showcase Floorplan:

Coming Soon!


Supplier Showcase Participants:

*As of 28 February, 2023.




+1 865 210 8061

Products or Services:

  • Clothing and Personal Protective Equipment
  • Insulated Materials


Evapco Inc.

+1 410 756 2600

Products or Services:

  • Refrigeration Machinery
  • Refrigeration Engineering Services and Support
  • Valves or Refrigeration Equipment Parts


Green Span Profiles

+1 281 807 7400

Products or Services:

  • Insulated Panels
  • Roofing and Roofing Products


Kingspan Insulated Panels

+1 877 638 3266

Products or Services:

  • Insulated Panels



+1 919 864 2264

Products or Services:

  • Energy Management/Monitoring Equipment or Services
  • Solar/Alternative Energy Solutions



+1 260 234 2151

Products or Services:

  • Refrigeration Machinery


SSI Schaefer

+1 704 944 4500

Products or Services:

  • Material Handling Equipment
  • Pallets
  • Racking
  • WMS and TMS Products and Support


Tippmann Innovation

+1 260 424 2222

  • Construction Services
  • Design/Build or General Contractor
  • Refrigeration Machinery


Vapor Armour

+1 503 799 7067

Products or Services:

  • Construction Services
  • Consulting Services
  • Energy Management/Monitoring Equipment or Services
  • Thermal Envelope Services

Interested in participating in the Supplier Showcase?

Contact James Rogers at