The Canadian Food Science and Technology Institute believes that a stronger food and beverage sector will only be made possible by investing in, and supporting the growth and development of young leaders emerging from universities and colleges across the country.

With this in mind, the Board of Directors has approved and introduced two membership initiatives designed to encourage membership in CIFST to those directed towards a career in food science and technology. The new membership initiatives have been designed to benefit both recent graduates and those currently enrolled in studies through an accredited institution.

“As a professor at the University of Saskatchewan, I am very aware of the gaps our students face in terms of soft skills training and networking opportunities with industry,” said Mike Nickerson, CIFST President. “Most of them also lack the ‘big picture’ view of the food industry, as they tend to be focused only on the courses, missing potential opportunities as they pass them by.”

The two new initiatives include a transitional membership fee for recent graduates that gives those new to the workforce deeply discounted membership fees for two full years post-graduation. Meanwhile, institutional bulk membership rates allow educational institutions an opportunity to purchase large numbers of memberships on behalf of its students giving those students access to CIFST’s full member benefits including communications, resources and event notifications.

For more information, please contact the CIFST National office.