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About The Ontario Food Protection Association

AboutOFPA

Who We Are

The Ontario Food Protection Association provides a common forum for those associated with food safety & protection within the Ontario food industry and beyond. OFPA encourages the exchange ideas, experiences and information between members in industry, academia, government, retailers, consultants, diagnostic labs and sector associations. This encompasses:

  • bringing the membership of the latest research in food safety, along with regulatory updates, training opportunities, trends and advances in technologies.
  • providing all members with the Association’s award winning newsletter Food Safety Guardian which provides a platform to publish news of direct relevance to the Ontario food industry along with featured articles such as Opinions on current events, Spotlight on member organizations and Backgrounders on a range of subjects such as pathogens, sanitation, in addition to novel technologies.
  • recognizing those professionals making extraordinary contributions to food safety with the Board of Directors Award for Exceptional Merit, Honorary Life Membership and the Sanitarian of the Year Award.
  • providing scholarships and awards for university and college students excelling in the fields of food microbiology and food safety.

OFPA members include food safety professionals from every facet of the food industry: Meat and Poultry, Bakery, Brewery, Fruits and Vegetables, Processed Meats, Dairy, Snack Foods, Foodservice, Beverage, Fish and Prepared Foods. In addition, our members represent food manufacturers from all commodities, supply and service businesses (i.e. sanitation supplies and equipment), as well as municipal, provincial and federal governments, academia, research and testing laboratories, and public health. 

Our Mission + Objectives

OFPA's mission is: “The Ontario Food Protection Association will represent industry, government and academia by bringing professionals together in a forum to promote, educate and communicate innovation in food safety.”

OFPA's objectives are:

  • To assist in improving the professional status of those involved with food safety.
  • To collect and distribute to its members and interested parties, information pertaining to sanitation and food safety.
  • To encourage improvements in food safety practices.
  • To provide a forum to discuss current concerns in food protection and other topics of mutual interest.
  • To communicate with various regulatory agencies on issues of sanitation and food protection.
  • To cooperate with other professional groups in development and advancement of public health, food safety practices and general and environmental sanitation.

OFPA is a non-profit educational association.

 

Get In Touch With Us

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Telephone: 647-573-4940

P.O. Box 53128
Royal Orchard
Thornhill, ON   L3T 7R9

Constitution & Bylaws

 

Constitution and Bylaws

Previous Version: October 18, 2016

Approved at the OFPA 59th Annual General Meeting, November 22, 2017 at the Mississauga Convention Centre, Mississauga, Ontario.

ARTICLE I NAME:

The name of the Association shall be:

ONTARIO FOOD PROTECTION ASSOCIATION INC.

ARTICLE II MISSION STATEMENT AND OBJECTIVES:

The Association shall have as its mission:

“The Ontario Food Protection Association will represent all Food Industry commodities, service industries, government and academia by bringing professionals together in a forum to promote, educate and communicate Industry Best Practice and innovation in food safety and Sanitation.” (Rev. 01/04/16)

The Association shall have for its objectives:

  1. To collect and distribute new technologies, plant hygiene and best practice programs to its members and all Food Industry Commodities and Food Industry service providers, information pertaining to sanitation and food safety (Rev. 01/04/16).

  2. To encourage improvements in food safety practices.

  3. To provide a forum to discuss current concerns in food protection and other topics of mutual interest.

  4. To communicate with various regulatory agencies on issues of sanitation and food protection.

  5. To communicate innovation and Industry Hygiene Best Practice and Food Safety practices (Rev. 01/04/16)

  6. To be an information and technology resource for the food industry in Ontario. To collect, distribute new technologies and plant hygiene Best practice (Rev. 01/04/16)

  7. To cooperate with other professional groups in development and advancement of public health, food safety practices and general and environmental sanitation.

  8. To be a resource source to the Food Industry from all sources including Government Agencies, other Provinces etc...(Rev. 01/04/16)

The Association shall be a non-profit educational association.

ARTICLE III AFFILIATION:

  1. The Association shall be affiliated with the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR FOOD PROTECTION (IAFP)

ARTICLE IV MEMBERSHIP:

  1. Membership categories shall include professional, honorary, student, sustaining and retired.

ARTICLE V FEES:

  1. There shall be an annual fee for each member and each sustaining member. The amount to be determined by the Board of Directors.

  2. Annual fees shall be payable to the Association and collected by the Executive Director on behalf of the Secretary/Treasurer.

  3. Annual fees shall be due by the first day of January each year and membership benefits expire by December 31 of that same year. (Rev. 11/30/11)

ARTICLE VI MEMBERS MEETINGS:

  1. The Robert Rules of Order1 shall govern procedure at all meetings. (Rev. 01/04/16)

  2. The Annual Meeting shall be held during any month of a calendar year. The time and place shall be fixed by the Board of Directors, and announced to members at least two months in advance.

  3. In all meetings, a quorum shall consist of 25 members. In case there is no quorum present to transact necessary business, the Board of Directors is authorized to act for the best interest of the Association.

ARTICLE VII OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS:

  1. The Executive Officers of the Association shall consist of a President, Vice- President, Immediate Past President, and Treasurer.

  2. Inaddition,thereshallbeaminimumofeight(8)DirectorsandtheNewsletter Editor (nonvoting member) at the discretion of the President. The Executive Officers together with the Directors and Newsletter Editor shall constitute the Board of Directors. (Rev.01/04/16) Four of the eligible voting Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum at any duly called meeting of the board necessary the Board of Directors shall meet at the call of the President or at the request of any three members of the Board.

  3. The Board shall meet in person a minimum of 8 times per calendar year. Attendance exceptions of any Board Member shall not exceed three meetings.

  4. All Board members must attend monthly Board meetings either in person or by call in. Unless previously approved by the President (Rev. 01/04/16).

  5. All members of the Board of Directors must be members in good standing.

ARTICLE VIII AUDITOR:

  1. The Auditor shall be appointed by OFPA Board of Directors prior to the scheduled Annual Meeting for the calendar year. The OFPA books shall be examined and the Treasurer shall present an Auditor’s statement at the annual meeting.

ARTICLE IX NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS:

  1. There shall be a nominating committee, chaired by the Past President, which will submit to the Annual Meeting a slate of four (4) Officers, eight (8) Directors and one (1) Newsletter Editor.

  2. Nominations of Officers and Directors may also be made by the General Membership in writing at least 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting. Nominations must be seconded.

  3. All new Officers and Directors shall be elected annually and shall take office January 1 of the calendar year following the Annual Meeting.

  4. All terms of office shall be for one year commencing January 1st of the calendar year following the annual meeting.

4.1  Unless otherwise stipulated or agreed to by officers, all elected officers and directors may serve a maximum of 6 consecutive 1-year terms.

4.2  Board Members can exceed the 6 year term to a maximum of 2 years at the discretion of the current Board.

4.3  Inaugural year a Board Member joined will be part of their information displayed on the Associations web site (Rev. 01/01/15).

4.4  The President automatically becomes the Immediate Past-President for one year following the completion of his/her term of office i.e. the Immediate Past-President is a non-elected position.

4.5  The Vice-President is president-elect and automatically assumes the position of President following the completion of the President’s term of office unless:

4.5.1  The membership votes by a 2/3 majority of those present at the annual meeting to reopen the nominations for this position.

4.5.2  He/she declines the position in writing at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting.

4.6  In the event of an early departure of an officer the succession of roles happens immediately (VP to President, etc...) and a new election is held for the new vacant VP – Slot (Rev. 01/04/16). 

ARTICLE X COMMITTEES:

1. The President shall appoint such committees as deemed necessary.

ARTICLE XI AWARDS:

1. There shall be a Sanitarian and Food Safety Professional of the Year Award made to the Member of the Association deemed to have contributed outstanding service to the Food Industry. The selection shall be made by the Board of Directors and need not be made annually.

2. The OFPA Board of Directors Award of Merit may be presented to a professional, honorary, sustaining or retired member of the Association deemed to have contributed outstanding service to the Ontario Food Protection Association Inc. The selection shall be made by the Board of Directors and need not be made annually.

3. The OFPA Board of Directors Lifetime Achievement Award may be presented to a professional or retired member of the Association and recognizes individuals who have made substantial contributions to the objectives of the OFPA through many years of active service in the Association. The Lifetime Achievement Award grants the winner honorary lifetime membership in the Ontario Food Protection Association. The selection shall be made by the Board of Directors and need not be made annually.

4. Ontario Food Protection Association Scholarships may be awarded to university or community college students majoring in Food Science/Technology or related fields. The criteria for the awards shall be determined jointly by the Board of Directors and the institutions designated annually by the Board for consideration. Generally, only students who have successfully completed at least one year of study and who have demonstrated leadership and proficiency in related disciplines will be eligible. The final selections and the amount of the scholarship awards shall be determined by the Board of Directors. Scholarship winners shall be invited by the President of the OFPA, to receive their award certificates at its Annual Meeting. Award winners will also receive a one-year complimentary membership in the OFPA. Scholarships need not be presented annually.

ARTICLE XII AMENDMENTS:

1. The constitution may be amended at any regular business meeting of the Association, at which there is a quorum, by a two-thirds vote of the members present, provided the Board has previously considered the merits of the amendment. All amendments must be submitted to the Board in writing and signed by at least five-members in good standing. No amendment shall be put to vote unless the Board has approved the proposed amendment by the last Board meeting prior to the next regular business meeting and members of the Association have been given adequate notice in writing. Such notification may be provided at the time of the business meeting at the discretion of the Board.

BY-LAWS

SECTION 1- MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES:

PROFESSIONAL MEMBER

HONORARY MEMBER

STUDENT MEMBER

RETIRED MEMBER

SUSTAINING MEMBER

All Members in good standing shall be entitled to vote.

1.1 A professional member shall be a person who is interested in the objectives of this Association and is engaged in food research, quality control, food inspection, public health services, education, supervision or practical application of sanitation in the food production chain from the farm to the consumer, administration or other aspects of food protection.

1.2 An honorary member shall be a person who, on account of his/her substantial contributions to the objectives of the Association, has been nominated and selected by the Board of Directors.

1.2.1 Honorary members shall not be required to pay dues, but are entitled to vote, and may attend the meetings of the Association and be accorded the privilege of the floor.

1.3 A student member shall be a person taking full, part-time or a correspondence course directed to a career in the food industry. A student member shall become eligible for full membership on January 1 of the year following graduation.

The student membership fee shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

1.4 A sustaining member shall be a commercial company, corporation, organization or other association, which contributes financially to the Association for furtherance of its objectives.

1.5 A member of the Association may join the International Association for Food Protection.

1.6 International membership fees should be directly forwarded to the International Association for Food Protection Head Office, Des Moines, Iowa.

1.7 Retired members who are no longer receiving compensation for work relating to the objectives of the OFPA and who have been regular or sustaining members for at least 10 years are entitled to membership at one half the dues of regular members. Retired members shall be entitled to vote and hold office. They may serve on committees, as Affiliate delegates and as appointed representatives of OFPA.

SECTION 2- DUTIES OF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS:

2.1  The President shall preside and maintain focus during all meetings of the Association. He/she will be the executive officer and shall execute the will of the Association and shall have general oversight and charge of the Association between meetings. He/she shall be an ex-officio member of all committees, except the nominating committee (Rev. 01/04/16).

2.1.1  The President shall be responsible for the general correspondence of the Association.

2.1.2  At the Annual Meeting, the President shall present the Sanitarian of the Year Award and receive the Past President’s gavel.

2.2  The Vice-President, in the absence of the President, shall preside at all meetings and perform the duties of the President. In the event the office of the President becomes vacant, the Vice-President will immediately succeed to the position of the President and shall assume all duties as outlined in Section 2.1.

2.2.1 The Vice-President shall directly succeed the President when the latter’s term expires.

2.3 The Executive Assistant, on behalf of the Secretary/Treasurer, shall keep a true and correct record of all meetings of the Association. He/she shall have custody of all records and papers belonging to the Association, unless otherwise provided for. (Rev. 11/30/11)

2.3.1  The Secretary/Treasurer shall present a detailed financial report at the Annual Meeting of the Association and, at other times upon request of the Board of Directors.

2.3.2  Disbursements shall be made by cheque under the signature of any two of the following: President, Past President, Vice- President or Secretary/Treasurer. (Rev. 11/30/11)

2.3.3  The Executive Assistant, on behalf of the Secretary/Treasurer, shall keep a list of the members and collect all monies due to the Association, giving his/her receipt therefore. He/she shall record the amount of each payment with the name and address of the person so paying. He/she shall care for all monies entrusted to his/her keeping, paying out the same only with the approval of the President and maintain a record of all transactions. (Rev. 11/30/11)

2.3.4  The Executive Assistant, on behalf of the Secretary/Treasurer, is the custodian of the Association’s seal. (Rev. 11/30/11)

2.3.5  The Executive Assistant shall purchase sundry items as may be required to transact the business of the Association. (Rev. 11/30/11)

2.3.6  The Executive Assistant, shall coordinate the preparation details of all events other than the agenda details, and work with the event coordinator to ensure all details are completed in a timely fashion (Rev. 01/04/16).

2.4  The Immediate Past-President shall be chairperson of the nominating committee.

2.5  Following completion of their term of office as Immediate Past-President, all Past-Presidents shall be ex-officio members of the Board of Directors of the OFPA. As ex-officio members, they will be welcomed to attend board meetings, to express their opinions and offer their advice; however, they will not be entitled to an official vote.

2.6  Every Director or Officer of the Association and his heirs, executors and administration, and estate and effects, respectively, shall, from time to time and at all times, be indemnified and saved harmless out of the funds of the Association, from and against:

2.6.1  All costs, charges and expenses whatsoever that such Director or Officer may sustain or incur in or about any action, suit or proceeding that is brought, commenced or prosecuted against him in or about the execution of the duties of his office; and

2.6.2  All other costs, charges and expenses that he may sustain or incur in or about or in relation to the affairs thereof, except such costs, charges or expenses as are occasioned by his own, willful neglect or default.

2.7  In this by-law and in all other by-laws of the Association hereafter passed unless the context otherwise requires words importing the singular number or the masculine gender shall include the plural or the feminine gender, as the case may be, the vice versa, and references to persons shall include firms and corporations.

2.8  The Executive Board shall hire an Executive Assistant or Office Manager to perform the following duties:

2.8.1  Keep a current list of names and contact information of OFPA members and the publications they are entitled to receive;

2.8.2  Issue notices of all meetings, conduct correspondence pertaining to the affairs of OFPA and perform other duties incident to the office as the Executive Board may authorize;

2.8.3  Receive all monies due OFPA, giving receipt and keeping account thereof;

2.8.4  Faithfully care for all monies received, paying out expenses as authorized by the Executive Board and keeping account thereof.

2.8.5  Provide a detailed report of the financial condition of OFPA at the Annual Business Meeting.

2.8.6  Provide other services as directed by the Executive Board as described in the position description of the Executive Assistant.

2.8.7 Executive Board shall perform a competency review of the Executive Assistant on a Bi-yearly basis. (Rev. 01/01/15)

2.8.8  Executive Board shall review the Executive Assistant’s compensation package upon completion of the competency review (Rev. 01/01/15)

2.8.9  If an increase in compensation is agreed upon by a majority of the Executive Board, the increase shall be based on Revenue Canada’s previous years Consumer Price Index + a discretionary percentage as deemed appropriate by the Executive. (Rev. 01/01/15)

2.8.10  Executive Assistant’s competency and compensation activities must be completed so any increases can be accounted for in the subsequent years budget. (Rev. 01/01/15)

SECTION 3- DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

3.1  The Board of Directors shall conduct, through its officers, the authorized policies of the Association.

3.2  The Board of Directors shall authorize all expenditures and shall not create any indebtedness of the Association, nor disburse funds for purpose non- essential to the objectives of the Association.

3.3  The Board of Directors shall determine the date, time and place of the annual and other meetings and shall instruct the Secretary/Treasurer, Executive Director or appointed person to issue the call for such meetings.

3.4  The Board of Directors shall recommend names for the honorary membership.

3.5  The Board of Directors shall hold regular meetings. Out of 10 meetings, Directors must attend 5 in person, an additional 2 verbally, and 2 to 3 absent from. At least half of board members must be present at monthly meeting or meeting is rescheduled. Regular day of the month will be set to facilitate personal schedules.

3.6  It shall receive committee reports and recommendations and shall submit to the Association at the regular meetings, recommendations which it has approved, affecting the administration of policies of the Association.

3.7  Should a vacancy occur in any office other than the President, the Board of Directors shall appoint a member of the Association to fill the unexpired term.

3.8  A member of the Board of Directors acknowledging a conflict of interest shall so declare and abstain from voting.

3.9  The Board of Directors shall have the books and accounts audited annually for the fiscal year of January 1, to December 31.

SECTION 4- VOLUNTEER CODE OF CONDUCT FOR DIRECTORS (Rev. 10/24/17)

OFPA has developed a Board of Director’s Code of Conduct to promote sustainable, effective Volunteering and long-lasting collaboration.

PLEASE NOTE: Excerpts of this code have been taken directly from the “Volunteer Code of Conduct” that can be found at

http://volunteeralliance.org/volunteer-code- conduct?gclid=CJ66q4a8_9QCFcW4wAodT3MPuQ

4.1 Each Volunteer to the OFPA Board of Directors and to the Executive Board of Directors, no matter which position they hold, must agree to follow the following Code of Conduct.

4.2 RESPECT

4.2.1 Treat all individuals with a sense of dignity, respect, and worth.

4.2.2 Be courteous and polite in all actions.

4.2.3 Avoid profane and abusive language and disruptive behavior that is dangerous to self and others. 4.2.4 Abstain from the use of photo, audio or video recording equipment unless given consent.

4.2.5 Respect all confidential information. Volunteers are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of all proprietary or privileged information to which they are exposed while serving as a volunteer, whether this information involves a single staff, volunteer, client or other person.

4.2.6 Not to pressure anyone to accept another’s political, cultural, or religious beliefs.

4.2.7 Make a personal commitment to be nonjudgmental about cultural differences, living conditions and the life-style of each person with whom they work with.

4.3 PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

4.3.1 Be dependable, recognizing the commitment and responsibility to the volunteer assignment that has been taken on.

4.3.2 Accept assignment(s) consistent with each person’s interests, abilities, and available time.

4.3.3 Accept assignment with an open mind and a willingness to learn.

4.4 SAFETY

4.4.1 Not use, possess, or be under the influence of illegal drugs at any time.

4.4.2 Appropriate use of alcohol when occasion warrants.

4.4.3 Abstain from all illegal activity.

4.4.4 Wear appropriate clothing. All items of clothing must be suitable for the work environment and should not contain offensive or objectionable material.

4.4.5 Follow safe workplace practices, including participation in applicable education sessions, using appropriate personal safety equipment and reporting accidents, injuries, and unsafe situations.

4.4.6 Report suspicious activities to the appropriate legal authorities.

4.5 COLLABORATION

4.5.1 Be a team player. Keep an open mind and value the input and suggestions of fellow volunteers, hosts, co-workers, and colleagues. Come to decisions democratically. Seek consensus.

4.5.2 Be patient when working on group projects. React with grace when your idea is not the one chosen. Support your project to the best of your ability.

4.6 CONFLICTS OF INTEREST 

4.6.1 Avoid conflict of interest situations and refrain from actions that may be perceived as such. (Volunteers should reveal any potential or actual conflicts of interest as they arise).

4.6.2 Be aware when conflicted due to employment or other projects involved in.

4.6.3 Abstain or delegate decisions that may be seen to be of self-interest to you.

4.6.4 Participate in a project with the goal of improving OFPA mandate. When in doubt, ask for a second opinion.

4.6.5 Perceived conflicts of interest are important to address; as a board member, act to ensure that decisions are credible even if they must occasionally be unpopular, difficult or favorable to the interests of one group over another.

4.7 ISSUES AND CONCERNS

4.7.1 Issues and concerns should be reported to the President or Past President.

4.7.2 An investigation can be initiated by the decision of the President and/or Past president if deviations have been observed and/or if issues and concerns have been reported by the other Board Members. This may depend on the severity and/or number of issues and concerns reported or deviations observed.

4.8 INVESTIGATION

4.8.1 The investigation may entail:

4.8.1.1 A polling of the remaining Board members (on an individual basis) to see if they have similar issues and concerns. These Board members may be asked to put their thoughts into a memo to file.

4.8.1.2 A meeting of the remaining Board of Directors where they will be polled and asked to speak freely about their issues and concerns. This may be followed by a discussion of the course of action for the board member in question.

4.8.2 A record of the investigation must be kept in the files.

4.9 COURSE OF ACTION

4.9.1 Course of action may include:

4.9.1.1 A discussion of the concerns, issues and deviations with the Board Member in question and a plan for improvement.

4.9.2 Monitoring for improvement.

4.9.2.1 If improvement has not been noted, a convening of the other Board Members for a possible vote to ask the Board Member in question to leave the OFPA Board of Directors.

4.9.3 A record of this meeting will be taken and filed.

Scholarships

The Ontario Food Protection Association acknowledges the contributions that students have made to the food safety profession in Ontario.  To encourage students to enter the food safety profession, the OFPA Academic Awards Program annually provides:

  • Conestoga College Student Food Science Award: $1000
  • Centennial College Student Food Science Award: $1000
  • George Brown Student Food Science Award $1000
  • University of Guelph JD Cunningham Scholarship in Food Safety & Quality Assurance $2000
  • Durham College Student Food Science Award: $ 1000

List of Scholarships and Bursaries

Conestoga College

Name of Award: Ontario Food Protection Association Award
Deadline for Application: Award recipients are selected in February for awards to be distributed in March.
How to apply: No application required from students. Faculty select students annually based on the criteria described below.
Qualifications for this award: Criteria:
  • enrolled full time in the Food Safety and Quality Assurance program
  • the highest average in the class
  • the best project related to Food Safety
  • the most complete and accurate HACCP-based Food Safety plan.
Amount: $1000.00 - typically split into 2 x $500 awards
School Contact for this Award: Manager, Donor Relations & Stewardship
Advancement Office |  Transforming Together
award
299 Doon Valley Drive, Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 4M4 Canada

Centennial College

Name of Award: Ontario Food Protection Association Award
Deadline for Application: No deadline for application. Students are nominated by teachers.
How to apply: The School of Engineering, Technology and Applied Science will select the candidate, followed by verification from Student Financial Services.
Qualifications for this award: The recipient must be:
  • Enrolled Full-Time during the Fall Term
  • Enrolled in the Food Science Technology (#3620) program
  • Must be a 3rd year Student in the Fall term
  • The recipient will be the student who best meets two of the three following criteria:
    • (1) has the highest mark in the course related to Food Safety (including Food Safety and Food Microbiology),
    • (2) submits the best project related to Food Safety,
    • (3) has the most complete and accurate HACCP, based on Food Safety plan.
Amount: $1000.00
School Contact for this Award: Director, Operations; Office of Development and Alumni Engagement; Centennial College,
P.O. Box 631, Station A; Toronto, ON Canada M1K 5E9
OR
Donor Relations Officer; 941 Progress Avenue, Toronto, ON M1G 3T8

George Brown College

Name of Award: Ontario Food Protection Association
Amount: $1000.00
School Contact for this Award: Development Officer, Annual Giving; George Brown College Foundation,
St. James Campus; 200 King Street East; Toronto, Ontario M5A 3W8

University of Guelph

Name of Award: Ontario Food Protection Association - JD Cunningham Scholarship in Food Safety & Quality Assurance
Deadline for Application: No deadline for application. Students are nominated by teachers.
How to apply: No application required from students.  Faculty select students annually based on the criteria described below.
Qualifications for this award: The award is given to the student with the highest grade in FSQA *6000 Food Science Communication during the previous Summer and Fall offerings. The student awarded the scholarship will be encouraged to present the results of their research at the OFPA Fall meeting in the year following receiving the award.

Full-time students registered in the MSc. Food Safety and Quality Assurance Program who have completed FSQA*6000 (Food Safety & Quality Assurance Seminar) in the previous Summer or Fall
Amount: $2000.00
School Contact for this Award: Senior Development Manager; Alumni Affairs & Development; University of Guelph Johnston Hall, Rm 161; 50 Stone Rd E; Guelph, ON; N1G 2W1

Durham College

Name of Award: Ontario Food Protection Association
Deadline for Application: No deadline for application.
How to apply: No application required from students.  Faculty select students annually based on the criteria described below.
Qualifications for this award: Full time student enrolled in any program under the School of Science and Engineering Technology. Awarded to the student with the highest overall marks in the last year of their specific program.
Amount: $1000.00
School Contact for this Award: Student Awards Coordinator; Durham College, Student Services Building SSB, Room 205H
2000 Simcoe Street North; Oshawa, Ontario; L1H 7L7

Awards

Award of Merit:

The OFPA Board of Directors Award of Merit may be presented to a professional, honorary, sustaining or retired member of the Association deemed to have contributed outstanding service to the Ontario Food Protection Association Inc. The selection shall be made by the Board of Directors from the nominations presented before the Fall Meeting.

Award of Sanitarian and Food Safety Professional of the Year:

There shall be a Sanitarian and Food Safety Professional of the Year Award made to the Member of the Association deemed to have contributed outstanding service to the Food Industry of Ontario.  The selection shall be made by the Board of Directors from the nominations presented before the Fall Meeting.

pdfDownload the Nomination Form

 

OFPA Board Of Directors 2018

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

President  - Ananth Kasic - Joined Board of Directors 2012

President - Ananth Kasic - Joined Board of Directors 2012

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

Vice President & Chair of Partnership Committee - Angela Bernoski - Joined Board of Directors 2015

Vice President & Chair of Partnership Committee - Angela Bernoski - Joined Board of Directors 2015

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.

Treasurer & Chair of Finance Committee - Joe Myatt - Joined Board of Directors 2016

Treasurer & Chair of Finance Committee - Joe Myatt - Joined Board of Directors 2016

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 .

Membership and Sustaining Corporate Membership (SCMs) and Chair of Social Media Committee - Rocio Morales - Joined Board of Directors 2017

Membership and Sustaining Corporate Membership (SCMs) and Chair of Social Media Committee - Rocio Morales - Joined Board of Directors 2017

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.

Lead Editor of Newsletter - Hanie Ahmadi - Joined Board of Directors 2018

Lead Editor of Newsletter - Hanie Ahmadi - Joined Board of Directors 2018

Hanie Ahmadi now is a Researcher at Guelph Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. She holds a doctorate degree in Food Science with a specialization in food microbiology, chemistry and safety and master’s degree in Food Safety and Quality Assurance from University of Guelph. Her research focus has been on food safety of products by controlling food-borne disease using bacteriophages and high-pressure processing, encapsulation of bioactive compounds, and thermal processing effects on microorganisms’ inactivation kinetics. Beyond her successes as a researcher for more than seven years, she has had extensive experience working in industry including dairy, meat and cereal for as quality assurance, food engineer and R&D engineer.

Chair of Scholarship Committee - Kristen Green - Joined Board of Directors 2018

Chair of Scholarship Committee - Kristen Green - Joined Board of Directors 2018

Kristen has been with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) since 2008, most recently as the Manager of the Monitoring and Analysis Unit in the Food Inspection Branch. Her team at OMAFRA uses risk-based evidence and data analytics to drive continuous improvement in inspection delivery and regulatory compliance to improve food safety. Prior to joining OMAFRA , Kristen worked as an industry consultant for Mallot Creek Group Inc. developing and implementing food safety and traceability programs across the agri-food sector. Kristen holds a Master of Science from the University of Guelph, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario, and recently completed the Executive Education program at the Harvard Kennedy School in Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies.

Chair of Website QA and Maintenance - Nadia Narine - Joined Board of Directors 2018

Chair of Website QA and Maintenance - Nadia Narine - Joined Board of Directors 2018

Nadia Narine has 20 years of experience in various Quality Assurance/Technical roles in the food industry delivering technical leadership and market development expertise. She has worked within a variety of food manufacturing facilities, as well as retail, which include industries such as bakery, confectionery and dairy. Nadia has expertise in Quality Assurance, Quality Control, food safety, and hygiene. She has strong audit and training skills. She is currently an approved auditor for GFSI standards such as BRC and SQF. In addition, she is a current auditor to unaccredited standards such as the Gluten Free certification program, GMASAFE, HACCP, and GMP. Nadia is a BRC Approved Training Provider for BRC: Food, Storage & Distribution, Packaging, Brokers and Agents. In addition to an approved SQF: Auditor and trainer, Nadia is an approved trainer with IHA. She is an auditor to (accredited and unaccredited) food facilities and a certified consultant for SQF and BRC. Nadia has worked with globally recognized organizations including Cadbury Chocolate, Maple Leaf Foods- Canada Bread and SAI Global, and SGS. Nadia is currently the Owner/President of Lumar Food Safety Services Ltd and has recently been awarded the Approved Training Partner and Consultant of the year for BRC - 2018.

She is currently a member of The American Institute of Quality and International Association of Food Protection -IAFP, the Vice Chair of the Sanitation and Hygiene PDG. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Food Protection Association- OFPA.

Nadia’s educational background includes Industrial Microbiology honors diploma, Marketing bachelors, certificate in management, Six Sigma, and ongoing courses for professional development in food safety. She has attended University of Toronto, Centennial College, and York University.


Chair of OFPA, IAFP Award and Nomination Committees - Rupali Sanas - Joined Board of Directors 2018

Chair of OFPA, IAFP Award and Nomination Committees - Rupali Sanas - Joined Board of Directors 2018

Rupali Sanas is a Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety at DOM International Limited. She holds a Master’s degree in Microbiology. She has extensive experience in quality assurance, food safety, regulations and, research and development in various food categories such as bakery, snacks, confections, produce, dairy, meat, grocery & seafood. She is involved in compliance of various government and industry programs such as QMP, QMPI, Organic, MSC, ASC & BRC. Rupali has worked with companies such as Danone, Cadbury & Loblaw.

Executive Assistant (EA) and Membership and Sustaining Corporate Membership (SCMs) - Shirley M Chalouh - Joined Board of Directors 2013

Executive Assistant (EA) and Membership and Sustaining Corporate Membership (SCMs) - Shirley M Chalouh - Joined Board of Directors 2013

Shirley is a recently retired Food Policy Liaison Officer for Ontario Region, Health Canada. As Food Policy Liaison Officer, Shirley worked closely with various stakeholders involved in food safety, including all 3 levels of government, industry and their associations, health professionals, academia, and consumer groups. She was also very active in food safety education and outreach to the general public. Previous to her 27 years at Health Canada, Shirley worked for 8 1/2 years at Nabisco - "Mr. Christie” and "Peek Frean" cookies in the lab and sanitation. Shirley graduated from the University of Toronto with an honours Bachelor of Science in the Microbiology Specialist Programme.

Chair of Sponsorship Committee - Peck Yap - Joined Board of Directors 2017

Chair of Sponsorship Committee - Peck Yap - Joined Board of Directors 2017

Peck Yap is a dynamic Food Safety and Quality Professional with 27 years of progressive experience in food safety and quality management, policy and procedure development, process validation, project management, process improvement, product development, plant sanitation legislation and regulations. She holds a Master’s degree in Food Science from the University of Guelph and earned a Six Sigma Green belt from McGill University. She has worked in the processed meat/food industry as Food Technologist, Project Coordinator, R&D Manager, and Quality Assurance Manager. Peck is now a Technical Consultant with Prime Quality Safe Food Solutions, providing professional technical services to the food sector, helping food companies in issues solving, food safety and quality program development, as well as achieving a GFSI certification.

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