Who We Are
Founded in 1958 as a non-profit educational association, OFFA's main objective was and still is to provide a common forum through a series of educational events that allow our members to exchange ideas and information, make connections and build contacts with like-minded professionals. The organization strives to provide members with hot topics and industry updates in food manufacturing in Ontario specific to food safety that will affect your business. Collectively, we offer student scholarships, provide an informative and timely newsletter and recognize excellence through industry associated awards. The association is also proud to be affiliated with the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP).
A Snapshot of Our Annual Events
Annual Spring Technical Meeting and Clive Kingsbury Video Competition
The Annual Spring Technical Meeting and Clive Kingsbury Poster Competition is our kick-off signature event and exhibits for the Ontario Food Protection Association. This event gives those associated with food safety the unique opportunity to connect with speakers, exhibitors and colleagues to share best practices, exchange information and network. Our speakers cover a broad and diverse range of timely topics ultimately providing delegates with valuable takeaways and learnings. The agenda also includes a financial review and student poster competition.
Every year the OFPA hosts a golf tournament open to our members, partners and colleagues in the food safety industry. This sought-after tournament includes a wide range of participants from industry, government, academia and service providers making this a much anticipated event every year. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or have never stepped onto a course, this is an excellent opportunity to network and show your support for the food safety and protection industry. As an added bonus, attendees can also register for a technical session before the golf tournament.
Social Networking Mixer
The OFPA Social Networking Mixer is one of the best ways to get out and meet new people in a community of like-minded professionals. This casual event is held in September is an excellent opportunity to make new connections, share ideas, learn from others and even discover new opportunities. Attendees can also sponsor this event. Networking is always more fun with more people, so bring your coworker and let's get together for drinks and hor d'oeuvres…..you never know who you are going to meet!
Fall Food Safety Symposium & AGM
The Ontario Food Protection Association hosts an Annual Fall Food Safety Symposium and Annual General Meeting in November, providing our members with information on current and emerging food safety issues. This meeting features speakers, workshops and panels that present timely information on industry issues. Attendees can also exhibit and sponsor this event to build awareness of their products and services along with the unique opportunity to network and share ideas with industry peers.