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 - Past President/Interim President

Organization: Kriscor & Associates
Position: President

T: 416-566-3826



Mr. Louis Ayotte - Director


Organization: ROHA Group
Position: B2B sales Professional & Leader

T: 450-622-9025



Dr. Steve Cui - Director

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

T: 226-217-8076


Ms. Tanya Der - Director

Organization: Pulse Canada
Position: Director of Food Innovation & Marketing

T: 204-925-3783


Dr. Marcia English - Director

Organization: St. Francis Xavier University, Department of Human Nutrition
Position: Professor

T: 902-867-5935


M. Francois Girard - Director
Mr. Nasir Hameed - Director

Organization: Acadian Seaplants Ltd
Position: Senior Director

T: 902-481-8612



Ms. Dana McCauley - Director

Organization: University of Guelph
Position: Director, New Venture Creations

T: 519-824-4120


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, DES - ex officio


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

T: 1-844-755-6679