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We are excited to announce that the program of the National Conference of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) is well underway. The 53rd edition of our National Conference will be held in Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario at the White Oaks Resort and Spa on May 27 to 29. It is our great pleasure to invite all CIFST members and anyone working in the food profession to take this great opportunity of engaging in the timely theme of this year conference: Healthy Food Revolution: Innovations, Challenges, and Future Directions.

For more than 50 years, CIFST has been the national organization for the food and beverage sector. We have held an annual or biennial conference with the primary focus on the science, technology, research and regulatory affairs of the Canadian food and beverage industry.

One of the national and global challenges to advance the food and beverage industry is to provide healthy food and beverage to the mass market. To accomplish this, the 2018 CIFST National Conference will bring together experts in food, nutrition, and health from across Canada to speak about various aspects of interconnection among disciplines to achieve the ultimate goal of a Healthy Food Revolution.

The first plenary session on Food, Nutrition, and Human Health is devoted to review the fundamentals of developing healthy foods. The second plenary session on Food Innovation will bring national industry leaders in food manufacturing to discuss the current progress and challenges of improved food product development. The concurrent sessions consist of macronutrients and health, food bioactive, novel food processing technologies, healthy food-safe food, nutrigenomics, nanotechnologies, prebiotics-probiotics-fermented food, local food and consumer trends in healthy foods.

Beyond the technical program, the CIFST National Conference is always a valuable opportunity for food professionals to learn, brainstorm, exchange information and network.  Some of the highlights of this year conference package are a welcome reception, net-working and poster presentation sessions, exhibits, banquet, our annual general meeting, and post-conference tours with wine tasting.

We would also like to give a warm welcome to all of our students from universities and colleges across the country. We hope the national food product development competition for students will become a spotlight of this year’s conference. There is no better venue for understanding the landscape of our Canadian food and beverage industry and finding your future mentor or employer within the food sector.

We are sure you will enjoy everything this year’s event has to offer. We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 CIFST National Conference in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Warm regards,

Michael Nickerson, Brad McKay, Rob Kowal and Vasantha Rupasinghe

CIFST-2018 National Conference and Program Co-chairs



Early Bird – Until April 14, 2018

Full Delegate – Member $550
Full Delegate – Student Member $260
Full Delegate – Student Non-Member $360
Full Delegate – Non-Member $755


After April 14, 2018

Full Delegate – Member $650
Full Delegate – Student Member $310
Full Delegate – Student Non-Member $410
Full Delegate – Non-Member $855


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

Room Rate: $165 plus taxes and fees.

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.


We have negotiated a budget rate for students attending the Annual Conference at the Resident & Conference Centre – Welland. This location is approximately 23 minutes from White Oaks Resort & Spa. A shuttle will be available to transport students to the conference venue and back.


110 Niagara College Blvd
Welland, Ontario

Location Map


Telephone: 905-732-9700

Room Rate: $79.95 based on double occupancy plus taxes. Rooms include:

  • Two separate private bedrooms, each with its own double bed with linen, satellite television, display telephone with free local calls and voice mail, and high speed internet.
  • Kitchenette with microwave and full size refrigerator.
  • Private three-piece private washroom, and air-conditioning with individual climate controls
  • Daily housekeeping including linen service.
  • Sleeps of maximum of 4 occupants – 470 square ft.
  • Includes coffee & tea service with assortment of fruit, free parking & internet access.

Instructions to book online

  1. Availability will only be on a first come, first serve basis so I would encourage you inform your guests to book quickly. Please send out the below link.
  2. Please have your guest’s book online at:  Enter the arrival and departure dates, and within the Promotional Code box enter 7109 and click on apply. Then proceed to click on Show Rates.
  3. Once the rate appears click on Book to reserve.
  4. Please make reservations by April 27, 2018. Any rooms not booked by this date will no longer be available at the discounted group rate and availability.

Instructions to book by Phone:

To reserve by phone, call us at 905-732-9700 and reference your promo code: 7109 – CIFST Conference



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 being finalized by the Conference Committee, opportunities are still 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.

Please note: The deadline to submit abstracts has been extended to February 28!

To submit your abstract, click here to download the document.


Welcome to the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) Tabletop Exhibit being held in conjunction with the National Conference.

Participating as an exhibitor at the 2018 CIFST Tabletop Exhibit is an excellent opportunity for your organization 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

The Exhibit Fees are:

  • $550.00 Members
  • $750.00 Non-Members

Click here to download the Exhibitor Prospectus


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 here to download 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