We’re aware that many of you are asking questions about CIFST’s Canadian Food Summit given that COVID-19 is currently presenting a global challenge regarding travel.

We feel strongly that it is our collective responsibility to focus on the facts and to act with common sense and sound judgment, taking the advice of the relevant authorities and scientists. We are also considering the realities being faced by our delegates and exhibitors concerning their corporate policies around travel.

Mindful of our duty of care, the Board of Directors for the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology has considered all the facts and has determined that it would be in the best interest of the association, its members and stakeholders, to postpone our annual conference until next year. While we regret having to make this decision, we know that it is the right decision.

It is our hope that the threat by COVID-19 will diminish over time and that we can get back to some normalcy in the weeks and months ahead. In the meantime, we will be working with our hotel partner to secure a suitable date for 2021 and will make an announcement once it is secure.

For anyone who has committed to a sponsorship, booked a tabletop or registered as a delegate, please be patient with us as we work to refund your payment.

Thank you for your understanding and your support as we negotiate around this unfortunate set back.

Rob Kowal
CIFST President
Tel: 416-566-3826