OFPA Board Of Directors 2017

Meet the food industry professionals who are working hard to shape the direction of OFPA

President - Katherine Di Tommaso

President - Katherine Di Tommaso

Katherine Di Tommaso is Director of Food Safety and Quality Control for Wal-Mart Canada Corp. and operates out of Wal-Mart Canada’s home office in Mississauga, Ontario. She leads a team that is responsible for supplier food safety and compliance, food recalls, food safety at store level, and food safety and quality control within the distribution centres. Em: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

Vice President  - Ananth Kasic

Vice President - Ananth Kasic

Ananth Kasic is a graduate of the Nagpur University, India in Microbiology program and has a post graduate program in Microbiology from SRTM University, India. He is also completed program in Quality Management from University of Manitoba. He has 12+ years’ experience in the regulatory affairs and related food processing quality assurance field. He worked in various product categories like meat, dairy, condiments , retort canning and Deli meats. In his position as Manager, Quality Assurance, his team is responsible for the food safety, recall, regulatory and quality assurance activities of TMF Foods, Stoney Creek facility which is BRC certified. He has worked in various roles of HACCP Coordinator, SQF Practitioner and BRC Quality Champion in past career. He has worked with various auditing bodies like NSF, Silliker, GFTC , Gluten free certification and Procert for organic. He also worked very closely with CFIA and USDA

Treasurer/ Executive Assistant - Shirley M Chalouh

Treasurer/ Executive Assistant - Shirley M Chalouh

Shirley graduated from the University of Toronto with an honours Bachelor of Science in the Microbiology Specialist Programme. After working 8 1/2 years at Nabisco - "Mr. Christie" and "Peek Frean" cookies in the lab and sanitation, Shirley joined Health Canada in 1989. For the past 25 years at Health Canada she has held numerous positions such as food inspector, food safety evaluator, senior project leader and district manager. Currently, Shirley is the Food Policy Liaison Officer for Ontario Region, Health Canada. Her position has 2 main duties - working on various policy files with Health Canada's Food Directorate; and liaising with various stakeholders involved in food safety, including all 3 levels of government, industry and their associations, health professionals, academia, and consumer groups. She is also very active in food safety education and outreach to the general public. In her spare time, Shirley likes to read and to do crafts like needle-point, knitting and glass art.

Scholarship Committee - Angela Bernoski

Scholarship Committee - Angela Bernoski

An experienced Food Safety and Quality Assurance professional with over 20 years’ experience in the food industry. Angela started her career at JM Schneider’s working in the chemistry lab and then moved to Campbell’s Soup where she became the Plant Microbiologist. The last 16 years she has spent her time at Piller’s Fine Foods in Waterloo Ontario. She joined as a QA/ Lab Technician, was promoted to a QA Manager, and most recently to her current position as Director of Food Safety and Quality Assurance where she oversees two GFSI / HACCP Certified manufacturing facilities and the distribution warehouse. Angela graduated from Seneca College’s Biotechnology Program and she completed further studies at the University of Guelph Food Science division. Angela is a proud graduate of Dale Carnegie’s Organizational Leadership program certified by The University of Central Missouri. Angela eagerly brings her years of industry experience in food manufacturing, plant sanitation, microbiological analysis, auditing and her strong leadership abilities to the OFPA team of directors.

Director-at-Large - Andrew Sweet

Director-at-Large - Andrew Sweet

Andrew graduated from the University of Guelph with a B. Sc. Honours in Microbiology. Beginning his career in the Pharmaceutical Industry, Andrew moved to Food Science and Safety while working for Maple Leaf Foods in their Microbiology Laboratory as a Microbiology Lab Technician. Over the course of the next 5 years, Andrew moved his way to becoming the Manager, Technical Services for the Central Microbiology Laboratory overseeing a team dedicated to the analysis of environmental and food samples from within Maple Leaf Foods. Since 2015, Andrew has been with Maxxam Analytics in the role of a Senior Technical Sales Representative in the Food Safety and Sciences Division where he can work with clients from any Food Sector from Ontario and west to Alberta. Andrew can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Awards Committee - Martha Palomar

Awards Committee - Martha Palomar

Colonial Cookies – Division of Weston Foods 135 Otonabee Drive,, Kitchener, Ontario, N2C 1L7, Bus: (519) 893-6400 ex 4053, Fax: (519) 893-1464, Em: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Newsletter Committee -Joseph Myatt

Newsletter Committee -Joseph Myatt

Joe graduated from the University of Guelph in 1987 with an honours degree in Applied Food Microbiology and Agricultural Science. He has worked in the food industry over the last 28 years at Peter Macgregor Meats, Ault Foods, Agropur-Natrel, Parmalat and Kraft Foods. Joe has held a variety of positions at the Plant and Corporate levels; i.e. Plant Quality Manager, Corporate Quality Assurance Manager/Director, Plant Manager and most recently Corporate Sanitation at Kraft Foods-Northeast (ON, QC, NY). Joe is a Certified HACCP Auditor with the American Society of Quality, and completed the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 6 with Merit. Joe is a Registered Microbiologist with the Canadian College of Microbiologists (RMCCM). He has taught Food Packaging, Quality Assurance and Microbiology at Seneca College (Toronto) and has presented at the Ontario Food Protection Association and the Food Safety Symposium in Southwest Ontario. Joe also is adept at conducting Sanitation Kaizen Events for food processing facilities. Joe brings 25 years of experience of using his microbiological and sanitation knowledge while working collaboratively with plant sanitarians to provide uncompromising food safety and superior quality .

Social Media Committee - Tatiana Koutchma

Social Media Committee - Tatiana Koutchma

Tatiana Koutchma (Ph.D.-Food Processing and Engineering), now is a Research Scientist in Novel Food Processing at Guelph Food Research Center of AAFC, Graduate Faculty at the Food Science Department of University of Guelph, and an Associate Editor of the Food Science and Technology International. Dr. Koutchma started her career in novel food technologies at McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and continued as an Associate Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT, NCFST currently IFISH) working with U.S. FDA at generating new knowledge in novel food technologies such as ultraviolet light treatment, pressure assisted thermal sterilization and microwave pasteurization. Currently Dr. Tatiana Koutchma’s research focuses on issues related to technology transfer and validation, application of novel UV sources to enhance microbial safety and functionality of foods, studies of ultraviolet light at various wavelength to destroy mycotoxins, address concerns of chemical safety of novel foods including regulatory approvals. Dr. Koutchma is an author of the books, 10+ book chapters and 60+ peer reviewed publications. She is an invited speaker of numerous international venues and delivers training for industry and government professionals.

Memebership Committee - Rocio Morales

Memebership Committee - Rocio Morales

Rocío Morales is currently the Manager at the Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety, Dept. of Food Science, University of Guelph. She fosters collaborations between professors and food safety stakeholders; from small to medium size companies to provincial and federal governmental representatives, for research projects related to food microbiology. Rocío holds a doctorate degree in Food Science from the University of Guelph and a Masters degree in Biotechnology from CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico. As a researcher, she supports the Food Safety and Quality assurance program, at the University of Guelph, supervising graduate students. Rocío is also part of the food safety programs in the Department of Chemistry, University of Queretaro, Mexico.

Past President - Peter Stein

Past President - Peter Stein

He graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1983 and has spent the past 30+ years working in the processed meat/food, and specialty chemical industries. He has developed strong Food industry experience working as Production supervisor, QA Technician, and R&D Manager before joining Piller’s. He worked for many years in the specialty chemical industry as a trainer and Food Safety consultant to the processed meat and poultry industry. Peter’s work history includes working for Coca Cola, Labatt’s Brewing, Bittner Packers, Kretschmar Foods, Shopsy’s Foods, JohnsonDiversey, and currently Piller’s Fine Foods.

Past President - Moustapha Oke

Past President - Moustapha Oke

Over 25 years of cumulative experience in food industries, academia and government of which 10 years in the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs (OMAF/MRA) in various capacities including Food Safety Advisor, Food Safety Research Analyst and Biostatistician. I currently work as a Senior Performance Evaluation Scientist with the Ministry of Environment – Laboratory Services Branch. I have a Ph.D. in Food Science, an MSc in Food Science and an MSc in Food Safety and Quality Assurance.
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