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Our National Conference page is being updated frequently so please visit often.

Please select one of the options below to learn more about our program as well as sponsorship opportunities for you and your company to enhance their brand.



Early Bird – Until April 14, 2018

Full Delegate – Member $650
Full Delegate – Student Member $260
Full Delegate – Student Non-Member $360
Full Delegate – Non-Member – $795


After April 14, 2018

Full Delegate – Member $750
Full Delegate – Student Member $310
Full Delegate – Student Non-Member $410
Full Delegate – Non-Member – $895


The location for the 2018 Annual Conference is the White Oaks Resort and Spa. White Oaks is a four diamond, five star resort in the heart of wine country, Niagara-on-the-Lake. It offers regional cuisine and an inspired dining experience in 4 Diamond LIV Restaurant, a world class spa, state of the art fitness centre, 220 luxurious guestrooms, and a 27 hole Golf Course, Royal Niagara. It is located in the very heart of the destination, minutes away from the old town, Niagara Falls, shopping, attractions, theatre and of course wineries.


White Oaks Resort & Spa
253 Taylor Road SS4
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Canada L0S 1J0


Resort: 1-800-263-5766
The Club: 905-688-2550
The Spa: 905-641-2599


Plan your stay in Niagara-on-the-Lake – arrive early or stay late:

  • Great Gaming at Niagara Casinos
  • Shaw Festival Theatre live performances
  • The Village of Niagara on the Lake
  • The Amazing Wine Route
  • Majestic Niagara Falls
  • Top Notch Golf Courses
  • Canada’s Largest Outlet Mall

To reserve your room(s) please click this link or copy and paste the URL:

You can also make your Reservation online by using a Group Code. Our Group Code is: CIFST2018. Please follow these instructions: :

1) Go to:
2) Click on the “Rooms” tab at the top of the screen
3)Enter in their check in and check out date
4) Enter in the Group Code where requested

PLEASE NOTE: The cut off date to make your reservations online is April 26, 2018. 



The 2018 CIFST National Conference is taking place from May 27 to 29. This must-attend food and beverage sector event is being held at the White Oaks Resort and Conference Centre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

While details are still being finalized by the Conference Committee, opportunities are now available to submit an abstract to be an official presenter as part of the technical program in support of the conference theme Healthy Food Revolution: Challenges, Innovations and Future Directions.

We are seeking presentations addressing relevant topics including nutrition and health, product innovation, locally sourced foods, macronutrients, bioactives, novel processing technologies, food safety and regulations, nutrigenomics, nanotechnology and consumer food trends.

The 2018 CIFST National Conference will provide an excellent opportunity to showcase research to Canadian food scientists, food and beverage sector partners and the brightest food science students from across the country. It’s also an excellent forum to network among peers and to develop new collaborative relationships.

To submit your abstract, CLICK ON THIS LINK


In addition to sponsorship opportunities, the conference will also feature an exhibitor area on the first day of the conference. Only 25 table top exhibits are available so purchase early to avoid disappointment.

Participating as an exhibitor at the 2018 CIFST Conference Expo is an excellent opportunity for businesses and individuals to receive maximum marketing exposure in addition to gathering knowledge and networking with key government officials and industry peers.

Reasons to exhibit:

  • Meet face-to-face with decision makers
  • Introduce and/or showcase new products and services
  • Increase your market share
  • Develop and nurture relationships with professionals and organizations representing government and business
  • Opportunity for collaborating with leading researchers



CIFST’s Annual Conference will have over 250 delegates in attendance. This is an opportunity for your company to get in front of your target audience.

We have several sponsorship opportunities available, each designed to help you promote your brand and enhance your exposure. Click on this link to view the Sponsorship Brochure.




Air Canada will provide CIFST Annual Conference delegates with a 10% discount on flights to Ontario cities between May 20th and June 5, 2018. To book a flight with your promotion code, access and enter your promotion code in the search panel. The code is 4FGJWQ61.


Via Rail will provide CIFST Annual Conference delegates with a 10% discount on transportation from all stations in the via system to St. Catharines, Ontario and return. Here are instructions if you are choosing this mode of transportation:

Identification: Participants must reference the event’s VISA convention discount code: 13649

Discount: 10% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper class. “Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied.”

Valid: May 21 to June 2, 2018


  • Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking.
  • One complimentary stopover is allowed at no additional charge.
  • For travel on all fare plans in Business class, the first stopover is allowed at no additional charge, provided that this stopover takes place in Toronto, Montréal or Ottawa only.
  • Discount dies not apply in any Escape fares and Prestige Class