CIFST is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by its members.  The Board of Directors is empowered, through the By-laws of CIFST, to act on behalf of members in order to carry out the goals of CIFST.

The Board of Directors is comprised of:

  • President (also Chair of Executive Committee)
  • President Elect (member of Executive Committee)
  • Past President (Member of Executive Committee)
  • Director – Section Advisory Council Liaison
  • Director – Subject Interest Division Advisory Council Liaison
  • Director – Committee or Special Projects Liaison
  • Director – Committee or Special Projects Liaison
  • Executive Director (non-voting member)

National activities of the CIFST are managed by an Association Management Company (AMC) and an Executive Director.  The Executive Director’s responsibilities include providing governance support to the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and Sections, as well as the coordination of National Committees, membership, communications and office operations.

Mr. Robert Kowal - President


Organization: Kriscor & Associates
Position: President

T: 416-566-3826


Dr. Michael Nickerson - Past President

Organization: Dept. Food & Bioproduct Sciences, University of Saskatchewan
Position: Saskatchewan Research Chair and Professor



T: 306-966-5030

Dr. Amy Proulx - President Elect

Organization: Canadian Food and Wine Insitute at Niagara College
Position: Professor and Academic Program Coordinator

T: 289-219-4819


Mr. Louis Ayotte - Director

Organization: Barry Callebaut Canada Inc.
Position: Regional Sales Manager

T: 450-774-9131


Dr. Steve Cui - Director

Organization: Guelph Research and Development Centre, AAFC
Position: Research Scientist

T: 226-217-8076


Mr. Nasir Hameed - Director

Organization: Acadian Seaplants Ltd
Position: Senior Director

T: 902-481-8612



Dr. H.P. Vasantha Rupasinghe - Director

Organization: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture
Position: Professor

T: 902-893-6623


Ms. Jenny Tian - Director

Organization: Loblaw Companies Limited
Position: Product Developer

T: 519-829-0963


Dr. Yvonne Yuan - Director

Organization: Ryerson University
Position: Associate Professor

T: 416-979-5000

Ms. Constance Wrigley-Thomas, CAE - ex officio


Organization: Canadian Institute of Food Science & Technology
Position: Executive Director

T: 1-844-755-6679