OFPA Board Of Directors 2019
Meet the food industry professionals who are working hard to shape the direction of OFPA
President; Co-Lead Website Maintenance & Quality Assurance - Angela Bernoski - Joined Board of Directors 2015
An experienced Food Safety and Quality Assurance professional with over 25 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 18 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 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. Angela graduated from Seneca College’s Biotechnology Program and she completed further studies at the University of Guelph Food Science Division. She is a proud graduate of Dale Carnegie’s Organizational Leadership program certified by The University of Central Missouri and received the NSF International 2017 Food Safety Recognition Award for Leadership.
Vice-President; Lead 2019 Fall Meeting & Member of the Newsletter Committee - Joe Myatt - Joined Board of Directors 2016
Joe has worked in the food industry over the last 28 years at Peter Macgregor Meats, Ault Foods, Agropur-Natrel, Parmalat and Kraft Foods. He 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 also 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 is also adept at conducting Sanitation Kaizen Events for food processing facilities. He 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. Joe graduated from the University of Guelph in 1987 with an honours degree in Applied Food Microbiology and Agricultural Science.
Treasurer; Chair Finance Committee - Rocio Morales - Joined Board of Directors 2017
Rocio is a food microbiologist with more than 10 years of experience working with academia and industry. She has worked with diverse food companies on different microbial issues such as quality of dairy products, validation of meat processes, risk assessments, and natural antimicrobials, using a science-based approach. Some of the companies that she has collaboratively worked with include GayLea, BioMérieux, and Neogen. Rocio currently oversees the microbiology activities at Agat Laboratories in Mississauga, Ontario. She is also a lecturer, (as a food virology expert) for the Food Safety Programs at the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Queretaro, Mexico. Rocío holds a doctorate degree in Food Science from the University of Guelph and a Masters degree in Biotechnology from CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico.
Past President; Member of Membership Committee - Ananth Kasic - Joined Board of Directors 2012
Ananth has 12 plus years of 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 at “The Meat Factory (TMF Foods)” in Stoney Creek, his team is responsible for the food safety, recall, regulatory and quality assurance activities at this BRC certified facility. Ananth has worked in various roles of HACCP Coordinator, SQF Practitioner and BRC Quality Champion in past employment roles. He has worked with various auditing bodies like NSF International, Siliker Laboratories, Gluten Free Certification and Procert for Organic. He also works very closely with CFIA and USDA. Ananth is a graduate of the Nagpur University, India in the Microbiology Program and has a post-graduate program in Microbiology from SRTM University, India. He has also completed a program in Quality Management from the University of Manitoba.
Lead Editor of Newsletter - Hanie Ahmadi - Joined Board of Directors 2018
Hanie is a Researcher at the Guelph Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. 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 in quality assurance, food engineering and R&D engineering. Hanie holds a doctorate degree in Food Science with a specialization in food microbiology, chemistry and safety and a master’s degree in Food Safety and Quality Assurance from the University of G
Co-Lead of 2019 Spring Meeting Planning Committee; Member of Newsletter Committee - Steve Boloudakis – Joined Board of Directors 2019
Steve is the Chair of the Applied Biology and Environmental Science Department at Centennial College. He has over 15 years of experience in quality assurance and microbiology. He has worked at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), BioMerieux, and Kraft Foods to name a few. In his current role at Centennial College. Steve is actively seeking partnerships with industry to enhance opportunities for students and graduates of the Food Science Technology Program, and the other applied science programs (i.e. Biotechnology, Environmental Technology, and Biomedical Engineering Technology) in his department. Steve holds a Master of Science in Food Safety and Quality Assurance from the University of Guelph.
Chair Scholarship Committee; Chair Membership 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 Social Media Committee - Nadia Narine - Joined Board of Directors 2018
Nadia has over 20 years of experience in various Quality Assurance/Technical roles. 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, and has strong auditing and training skills. She is currently a registered auditor for GFSI standards such as BRC, FSSC, and SQF. In addition, she audits to unaccredited standards such as the Gluten Free Certification Program, HACCP, and GMP. Nadia is a BRC Approved Training Partner for Food, Storage & Distribution, Packaging, and Agents, Brokers & Retail. With SQF, she is a certified consultant, auditor and trainer. Nadia has worked with globally recognized organizations including Cadbury Chocolate, Maple Leaf Foods- Canada Bread, SAI Global, and SGS.
Nadia is currently the Owner/President of Lumar Food Safety Services Ltd. She is the recipient of the Approved Training Partner and Consultant of the year for BRC 2017 and received the Alumnus of Distinction Award from Centennial College in 2018. Nadia is currently a member of The American Society of Quality, IAFP, and OFPA. She is the Vice Chair for the Sanitation and Hygiene Professional Development group, the SQF Training center technical advisory committee representative. 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 OFPA, IAFP Award & Nomination Committee - Rupali Sanas - Joined Board of Directors 2018
Rupali is the Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety at DOM International Limited. She has extensive experience in quality assurance, food safety, research & development, and regulations in various food categories such as bakery, snacks, confections, produce, dairy, meat, grocery, and seafood. Rupali is involved in compliance of various government and industry programs such as QMP, QMPI, Organic, MSC, ASC and BRC. She has worked with companies such as Danone, Cadbury, and Loblaws. Rupali holds a Master’s degree in Microbiology.
Chair Partnership Committee - Laurie Sawyer - Joined Board of Directors 2019
Laurie has over 15 years experience in the food processing industry. Right after graduation, she was employed by Quaker at the Peterborough location as a QA tech, Maple Leaf Consumer foods in North Battleford Saskatchewan as a HACCP Coordinator, Maple Leaf Animal Nutrition in Mississauga as the senior lab technician, and at Golden Valley Farms she started as a QA tech and was promoted a year later to Quality Assurance Manager. In this position, she hardened her skills with CFIA regulation/inspection for meat processing and Food Safety/Qualit
Currently, she is enjoying her position at Baldinger Sons Bakery in Brampton where she is the QA Manager overseeing all Food Safety/Quality/SQF/customer specific requirements.
Laurie is a graduate of Durham College where she earned her Advance Diploma in Applied Sciences for Food and Pharmaceutical Technologies.
Lead of 2019 Golf Tournament; Member of Newsletter Committee - Greg Vallee – Joined Board of Directors 2019:
Greg is the Sales Manager with Maxxam Analytics and as an OFPA Board of Director, organizes the Golf tournament and sits on the Newsletter Committee. Greg also sits on the CMC technical committee and participates in sub-committees while also attending many industry tradeshows, workshops and conferences to stay abreast of the ever-evolving food industry. With a passion to help others succeed, Greg leads the Maxxam sales team across Canada supporting FSQA and R&D professionals in analytical testing and support. He played a key role in expanding Maxxam’s portfolio of services to include challenge studies both in pathogen outgrowth and inactivation. Prior to joining Maxxam, Greg occupied various roles in FSQA/regulatory for Pillers Fine Foods over a 10-year span. Greg holds a degree in food science from the University of Guelph. As a foodie at heart, Greg is excited to be part of the OFPA board.
Chair Sponsorship Committee - Peck Yap - Joined Board of Directors 2017
Peck 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 has worked in the processed meat/food industry as Food Technologist, Project Coordinator, R&D Manager, and Quality Assurance Manager. Peck is currently 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. Peck holds a Master’s degree in Food Science from the University of Guelph and earned a Six Sigma Green Belt from McGill University.
Executive Assistant (EA); Co-Lead Website Maintenance & Quality Assurance - Shirley May Chalouh - Joined Board of Directors 2013
In 2017, Shirley retired from Health Canada, Ontario Region. In her last position (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 plant sanitation. Shirley graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science in the Microbiology Specialist Programme.