CIFST is now accepting speaker proposals for CIFST’s Annual Food Summit in Winnipeg, Manitoba – June 3 to 5, 2020 at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel. We are seeking presentations that cover the broad spectrum of food science and technology. Speaker submissions from academia, government and industry will be considered with the aim to create balance and interest for all attendees. 


Our theme this year is “Called to the Table – Ideas to Action”

At this summit, responding to the Senate Report on Agrifood and the Economic Strategy Tables, our aim is to build a collaborative strategy to use our national food science community to meet these challenges and grow Canadian food’s presence in the world.

Here is a high level overview of our program:

  • Day 1, June 3 – The skills and labour market gap – our call to action as educators and employers
  • Day 2, June 4 – The innovation opportunity – our call to action as the food ideas people, scientists and entrepreneurs
  • Day 3, June 5 – A Western Canada Opportunity – our call to action for industry growth and value-add

Here is the event schedule for concurrents sessions:

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 – 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 4, 2020 – 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, June 5, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Each concurrent presentation will be a maximum of 30 minutes.

Workshops and keynotes will be 60 minutes.

We will also be introducing Pecha Kucha style presentations. These lightening rounds will be presented between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 5th.

Topics being considered include:

  • emerging ingredients
  • nutrition and health
  • food processing
  • consumer attitudes
  • food security
  • food safety
  • sustainable food systems
  • food policy
  • industry trends
  • human resources

Please complete your submission(s) by the deadline: November 29, 2019 – 5:00 p.m. EST