The Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) recently announced its 2019/2020 Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting of Members held Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the Westin Hotel Nova Scotian in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Robert Kowal was appointed CIFST’s new President.

Rob is president of Kriscor & Associates in Mississauga, Ontario. Since receiving his Food & Pharmaceutical Science diploma from Durham College in Oshawa Ontario in 1981, he has enjoyed a rewarding career in the Canadian Food & Beverage industry with considerable leadership experience and expertise in R&D, Sales and Sales management, Operations, and General Management. Before starting Kriscor & Associates in 2006, Rob worked for many well-known food and food ingredient companies including, Hostess Foods (now Frito-Lay), Firmenich, Kerry Ingredients, The NutraSweet Company, Quadra Chemicals and WILD Flavors. Rob has an extensive network, supported by his long-term association with CIFST Ontario Section, where he served as chair from 2009 to 2013. He has also served in various other volunteer roles outside of the food industry including  Chair of the Mississauga Board of Trade in 2005.

During the Annual General Meeting, Rob acknowledged the significant leadership of Dr. Michael Nickerson of the University of Saskatchewan who led the association through a three year transition. President since 2016, Dr. Nickerson moved into the Immediate Past President role.

It was also announced that Dr. Amy Proulx of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College will be President Elect.

The 2019/2020 CIFST Board of Directors includes:

President – Mr. Robert Kowal, Kriscor & Associates

Past President – Dr. Michael Nickerson, University of Saskatchewan

President Elect – Dr. Amy Proulx, Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College


Mr. Louis Ayotte, Barry Callebaut Canada Inc.

Dr. Steve Cui, Guelph Research and Development Centre, AAFC

Mr. Nasir Hameed, Acadian Seaplants Ltd.

Dr. H.P. Vasantha Rupasinghe, Dalhousie University

Ms. Jenny Tian, Canada Bread/Grupo Bimbo

Dr. Yvonne Yuan, Ryerson University

For more information, please contact Constance Wrigley-Thomas, CAE, Director of Operations for CIFST –