Past Board of Directors
President ; Chair Social Network Committee; Lead September 2021 Networking Social; Lead 2021 Fall Event - Joined Board of Directors 2018
Lumar Food Safety, CEO/Auditor/Consultant
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. 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 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, the Alumnus of Distinction Award from Centennial College in 2018, and Auditor of the year 2019 BCRGS.
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. 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.
Treasurer ; Finance Committee; Lead 2021 Spring Event - Joined Board of Directors Jan 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 Department and maintains various certifications such as BRCGS, organic, gluten free (GFCP), non-GMO verification project, kosher and halal. Gwynne is currently a member of the BRCGS Global Professionals Group, 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 ; Chair Awards Committee Chair Partnership Committee; Lead Revenue Generation Committee; on Marketing Committee - 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.
Laurie graduated from Durham College with her Advance Diploma in applied sciences: food and pharmaceutical technologies and has a passion for food safety. When Laurie isn’t on the farm she is experimenting in the kitchen or being a leader for the organization, Girl Guides of Canada.
Administrator ; Chair Nomination Committee; Website QA - Joined Board of Directors Jan 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 ; Chair Podcast Committee; Chair Marketing Committee - Joined Board of Directors Jan 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 new opportunities.
Director ; Chair Newsletter Committee - Joined Board of Directors Apr 2020
Paul Damaren is the Senior Vice President, Food Safety & Supply Chain with Perry Johnson Registrars 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 technology requirements. Prior to working in the certification industry, Paul was a professional Chef/consultant for 20+ years working in major hotel chains, restaurants, 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 the Region of Waterloo Culinary Association (R.W.C.A.) for 14 years, President of the R.W.C.A for 3 years, special Events chairmen – R.W.C.A 1998-2000 and National Culinary Ambassador to Russia for 5 years.
Director ; Co-Chair Website QA Committee - Joined Board of Directors Aug 2020
Megan Ruddy has worked in roles within the food industry for over the last 10 years. She started her career in quality assurance and food safety within the produce sector where she implemented and maintained a HACCP program and prepared the facility for GFSI certification. She moved on to the bakery industry were she held progressive roles including QA Customer Care Team Leader, Supplier Quality Team Leader, and also worked in confectionary goods as a Compliance Manager. She has experience maintaining facility certifications such as BRC, Kosher, Organic, and RSPO. She is currently the Innovation Quality Manager at Restaurant Brands International.
Along with her Advanced Diploma in Pharmaceutical and Food Science from Durham College, Megan believes in continuing to build her knowledge. She is a BRC Global Standards Professional, is PCQI certified, and plans to continue to build on her professional knowledge with relevant certifications and courses. During her personal time she enjoys cooking Hungarian food with her grandmother at their family cottage, and spending time with her daughter.
Director ; Chair Scholarship Committee; Lead Poster Competition - Joined Board of Directors Nov 2020
Aaron Aboud is a food safety and quality specialist with over 13 years of progressive food manufacturing experience. He is currently the Quality Control Manager at Trophy Foods, leading a team of quality and sanitation professionals at the BRCGS A+ certified facility. Before joining Trophy, Aaron worked for a number of sauce and beverage companies in product development, process improvement, and food safety & quality roles. He is PCQI and Six Sigma Green Belt certified, has a diploma in Illustration from Sheridan college and graduated from the University of Guelph Food Science program. He is loving his current role at Trophy where he is working on several continuous improvement strategies with his fantastic team. Aaron has a passion for sports and fitness, loves spending time with his family outdoors and painting in his studio.
Director ; Chair Membership Committee; Co-Chair QA Technical Articles & Event Posts - Joined Board of Directors Nov 2020
Andrew is the Senior Director Quality Assurance at Loblaw Companies Limited where he heads a dedicated team responsible for supplier approval, performance management and the overall safety and quality of Control Branded products through a diverse global supplier network. Andrew holds a BSc Food Technology and MSc Food Safety Management. During his career Andrew has worked in a variety of professional roles associated with food safety and quality management in several geographical locations, holding various positions in food manufacturing, food service and retail sectors, and food law enforcement in the for the UK Food Standards Agency.
Additionally Andrew is active in a number of organizations and associations supporting the advancement of food safety on a global scale, including serving on the BRCGS Advisory Board and several GFSI Working Groups for many years. An active member of the International Association for Food Protection, during 2020 Andrew was awarded the IAFP Harold Barnum Industry Award for his dedication and outstanding service to the public, IAFP and the food industry.
Director ; Revenue Generation Committee - Joined Board of Directors 2021
With over 18 years of experience, Jessica began her career in an environmental and food testing laboratory. Following that, she held various roles in quality assurance and food safety in the food manufacturing industry, where she helped multiple companies strengthen their food safety systems and achieve GFSI certification. Jessica has held multiple roles within BRCGS, including Technical Specialist for the Gluten-Free Certification Program and Plant-Based Global Standard, and Senior Technical Manager for the Americas region. In her current position as Delivery Partners Relationship Manager, her role is to support BRCGS Delivery Partners in delivering world class service, through collaboration, facilitation and technical education.