The Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) is a standing committee of CIFST and report to the Board through the Co-Chairs.

CIFST’s Scientific Advisory Panel will include the following permanent seats:

  • Food chemistry
  • Food process engineering
  • Food safety and microbiology
  • Functional Foods and nutraceuticals
  • Regulatory and labeling

The committee will also include 2 to 4 ‘emerging seats’ to address shorter term trends, along with two Co-Chairs assigned from the Board of Directors.


The purpose of the SAP is:

  • Increase CIFST’s identity, professionalism and voice through the development and sharing of expert views and information. A mailing list will be generated by allowing CIFST members to indicate their interest in SAP subjects, when they renew their membership.
  • Assist with the organization of conference sessions. The SAP will be contacted by the Conference Technical Committee during the initial planning stages so that there is opportunity to incorporate the ideas of the SAP into the program.
  • Develop and provide content for CIFST’s various knowledge transfer platforms, position papers (2 papers will be generated annually), webinars and Directions e-newsbrief.
  • Participate in government consultations on behalf of CIFST.
  • Respond to media requests on behalf of CIFST.
  • Ensure SAP succession planning and increase the Institute’s volunteer capacity by actively identifying and recruiting future potential SAP members.
  • The SAP will develop an annual plan, that supports the strategic priorities of CIFST and identify budget needs if any. Planning, achievement of goals, deliverables and outcomes is encouraged.
Michael Nickerson - Co-Chair / Food Chemistry

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

T: 306-966-5030

H.P. Vasantha Rupasinghe - Co-Chair / Functional foods and nutraceuticals

Organization: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture
Position: Professor

T: 902-893-6623

Susan Bach - Food Safety and Microbiology

Organization: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Position: Research Scientist

T: 250-494-6398

Andreas Boecher - Consumer Behaviour and Marketing

Organization: University of Guelph

Douglas Chapman - Product Development

Organization: Douglas Chapman and Associates Inc.
Position: President

T: 519-574-3096

Laurette Dube - Food Policy

Organization: McGill University

Peter Eck - Nutrigenomics

Organization: University of Manitoba

Hosahalli Ramaswamy - Food Process Engineering

Organization: McGill University MacDonald Campus, Dept of Food Science
Position: Professor


T: 514-398-7919

Mike Rogers - Food Nanotechnology

Organization: University of Guelph

Sara Zborovski - Regulatory and Labeling

Organization: Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
Position: Partner

T: 416-216-2961