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

Mr. Tim Stover, CAE - ex officio

Organization: Canadian Institute of Food Science & Technology

Position: Executive Director

T: 1-844-755-6679