OFPA Board Of Directors 2020
Meet the food industry professionals who are working hard to shape the direction of OFPA
President: Website Maintenance & QA - 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.
Past President: Website Maintenance & QA; 2020 Spring Planning Committee - 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 2020 Fall Meeting; Lead Awards Committee; Website Maintenance & QA - 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.
Treasurer: Lead Finance Committee; Lead September Networking Social Event; Website Maintenance & QA; 2020 Spring Planning Committee - Nadia Narine - Joined Board of Directors 2018
Nadia has over two decades 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. She has strong auditing and training skills. She is currently a registered auditor for GFSI standards such as BRCGS, FSSC, and SQF. In addition, she audits to unaccredited standards such as the Gluten Free certification program, HACCP, and GMP. Nadia is a BRCGS Approved Training Partner for Food, Storage & Distribution, Packaging, Agents and Brokers, and 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 and SAI Global, and SGS. Nadia is currently the Owner/President of Lumar Food Safety Services Ltd and is the recipient of the Approved Training Partner and Consultant of the year for BRC 2017, Auditor of the year 2019 BCRGS, and the Alumnus of Distinction Award from Centennial College in 2018.
Nadia is currently a member of, IAFP, and OFPA. She is the current Chair for the Sanitation and Hygiene Professional Development group for IAFP, the SQF Training center technical advisory committee representative, she is also on the board of directors with OFPA, as the treasurer. 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.
Executive Assistant (EA): Administration; Website Maintenance & QA; 2020 Spring Planning Committee - 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.
Director: Lead Poster Contest at 2020 Meetings; Lead 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.
Director: Lead Partnership Committee - Laurie Sawyer - Joined Board of Directors 2019
Laurie Sawyer is the Food Safety/Quality Assurance Manager at the vertical
farm GOODLEAF Farms. She has 15 years in the food processing industry.
Laurie has experience in commodities such as cereal; cereal bars; meat
processing; baking and is now enjoying her time on the farm growing
microgreen and baby greens.
She graduated from Durham College with her Advance Diploma in applied
sciences: food and pharmaceutical technologies and has a passion for food
When Laurie isn't on the farm she is experimenting in the kitchen or being a
leader for the organization, Girl Guides of Canada.
Director: Lead 2020 Golf Event; Lead Sponsorship 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.
Director: Lead Social Media Committee; Co-lead 2020 Spring Event - Gwynne Sitsker - Joined Board of Directors 2020
Gwynne is a food safety and quality specialist with a strong passion for the strategic development of food safety and quality management systems. She has over 10 years of experience holding various quality assurance and technical roles within the bakery industry. Currently, Gwynne holds the position of Quality Manager at Embassy Ingredients – where she leads the Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Maintenance and Sanitation programs and maintains various certifications such as BRC, organic, gluten free (GFCP), non-GMO verification project, kosher and halal.
Gwynne is currently a member of IAFP and OFPA. She is PCQI certified, maintains a BRC Professional status and holds a B.Sc degree in biological chemistry from Guelph University.
Director: Lead Website Committee - Denise Horseman - Joined Board of Directors 2020
Denise Horseman is a creative and energetic marketing and events
professional with exceptional communication, management and entrepreneurial
expertise. She is an ideas person with strong execution skills through a
combination of effective planning, research, critical thinking and
determination. Recently retired from her marketing role at NSF
International (a global leader in food safety, training, quality and
technical solutions), where she implemented new and existing marketing
strategies to highlight and boost the NSF brand. Denise is an avid golfer,
loves to garden and has a passion for interior design. First and foremost,
Denise's personal interests and activities get put aside to allow her to
spend time with her five grandchildren.
Director: Lead Membership Committee - Brett Dooley - Joined Board of Directors 2020
Brett Dooley offers over a decade's worth of experience in defining
strategies and approaches necessary to deliver core business solutions while
simultaneously demonstrating an uncompromising emphasis on client service
and account performance excellence. He is a strategic thinker with a keen
acumen for seeing the big picture; easily able to establish rapport with
clients, colleagues, and senior leadership. Brett currently holds the
position of Food Safety Consultant with AFCO / Zep and works every day to
promote Food Safety by providing industry-leading products and services.
Brett has a true passion for Food Safety and helping his clients. When he is
not working, Brett also has a passion for travel and always looks forward to
Director: Lead for Newsletter Committee - Paul Damaren - Joined Board of Directors 2020
Paul Damaren is the Senior Vice President, Food Safety & Supply Chain with Perry Johnson Registars Food Safety Inc "PJRFSI". Prior to joining PJRFSI, Paul worked for 15 years in the food and certification industry working with clients for their food safety, supply chain, brand protection, quality, environmental, health & safety, automotive, aerospace, medical and information techology requirements. Prior to working in the certification industry Paul was a professional Chef/consultant for 20+ years working in major hotel chains, resturants, private golf courses and food service organizations such as Aramark. Further, Paul was a member of the National Canadian Federation of Chefs and Cooks (C.F.C.C.) for 14 years, member of teh Region of Waterloo Culinary Association (R.W.C.A.) for 14 years, President of the R.W.C.A for 3 years, special Events chairment - R.W.C.A 1998-2000 and National Culinary Ambassador to Russia for 5 years.