2019 OFPA Scholarship Recipients
Michael Balde is the recipient of the 2019 recipient of the Ontario Food Protection Association (OFPA) Scholarship at Centennial College. Here he is with Joseph Myatt our OFPA Vice-President, at the Centennial College Student Award Night. Michael is in the Food Technology, Applied Science program and he likes Food Microbiology. He is in his final year at the Centennial College Progress Campus. He would like, upon graduating to work in a food manufacturing lab and work his way up to QA Manager. Micheal was very thankful to be awarded our OFPA $1000 scholarship. Congratulations!
Cailyn Muir, recipient of the 2019 Ontario Food Protection Association Scholarship was presented with her award by Dr. Lisa Duizer, Chair of the Department of Food Science. Cailyn is in her 4th year of a Bachelor of Food Science at the University of Guelph. She hopes to work in product development for a few years learning more about the food industry and would eventually like to stoke her entrepreneurial spirit by starting her own business. She hasn’t ruled out grad studies, but for now she wants to experience the working world full time after graduation and she is very interested in the industry position she has been offered for the summer. Cailyn says that thanks in large part to our generous scholarship, she did not have to worry about working during the school year, allowing her more time to concentrate on her studies, but also more time to be very involved with the Food Science Club Executive and school events, such as College Royal. Congratulations!
Halli Berry is the 2019 recipient of the Ontario Food Protection Association (OFPA) Scholarship at George Brown College. Halli is enrolled as a full-time student in the Chef School within the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at George Brown College. She is extremely grateful to receive this OFPA scholarship. She expresses that this financial support will help her fund her tuition for the year, cover her expenses and allow her to continue to participate in her extensive extracurricular activities. Congratulations!
2018 OFPA Scholarship Recipients
||Our 2018 recipient of the Ontario Food Protection Association Scholarship Durham College is Sinthujah Paskaran. Sinthujah graduated from the Pharmaceutical and Food Science Technology Program at Durham College in June 2019. Before starting this program, she had decided that she wanted to have a career in laboratory testing. She wanted to work somewhere where she could be part of the in-production and post production testing of consumer products. In the Pharmaceutical and Food Science Technology Program, Sinthujah has obtained diverse skills and knowledge in both the pharmaceutical and food science fields. She hopes to establish a successful career, using her new skills and knowledge in microbiology, analytical chemistry and analytical instrumentation pertaining to both pharmaceutical and food science fields. Congratulations!
||Dianne Kristine Olaires, the 2018 Ontario Food Protection Association (OFPA) Scholarship recipient was presented with her award at the Centennial College Student Awards Ceremony by OFPA Director Nadia Narine. This is what Diana wanted us to know: “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to show my parents the product of my hard work. It makes me so happy to see my parents so proud and moreover, it makes me happy to know that I am able to pay my college loans with help.” Congratulations!
||Janikka Blair Murray is the 2018 Ontario Food Protection Association (OFPA) Scholarship at George Brown College. Rocio Morales, our OFPA Treasurer was with Janikka when she received the Scholarship at the George Brown Awards Ceremony. Janikka is enrolled as a full-time student in the Chef School within the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at George Brown College. Janikka was very thankful for this gift from OFPA. Congratulations!
2017 OFPA Scholarship Recipients
2016 OFPA Scholarship Recipients
Brandon Herron is the 2016 Ontario Food Protection Association (OFPA) Scholarship at Centennial College. Brandon is a 3rd year student in the Food Science Technology Program at Centennial College. Brandon expresses his appreciation to OFPA “This scholarship will greatly help me offset tuition and related costs. I dedicate my life to my studies, and receiving a scholarship is a great reward for my hard work and a definite confidence booster.” Congratulations!
2015 OFPA Scholarship Recipients
2014 OFPA Scholarship Recipients
Anamika Sarkar was this years recipient of the OFPA scholarship award in recognition for her academic performance in the area of biotechnology. She was awarded the $1000 cheque by Dr. Moustapha Oke of the OFPA (left) and Yves Deschenes, Associate Vice President, Human Resources (right) at the Centennial College Awards event held on the 15th March 2015.
Congratulations to our 2019 Winners!
Congratulations to all of the nominees into the Clive Kingsbury Poster Competition. A total of 8 research projects were selected. The top three projects, as voted by the attendees of the meeting, were:
First Place: Dianne Olaires - Cinnamaldehyde-based disinfectant as an alternative to QUAT-based sanitizers against Listeria innocua. - Centennial College
Second Place: Rafael Spurio - Can we kill Salmonella Enteritidis inside the egg? - University of Guelph
Third Place: Sakina Bano - Detection of fish mislabeling through DNA barcoding, pathogenesis and antimicrobial activity of seaweed in sushi from Toronto retailers. - Centennial College
Shirley May Chalouh
Executive Assistant (EA)
The executive board for 2020 was presented to the OFPA membership at their 61st Annual Fall Food Safety Symposium and Annual General Meeting on November 20, 2019. We have welcomed one new Board Member for 2020 – Gwynne Sitsker. Gwynne brings a lot of energy to the OFPA and we thank her for the many contributions that she has already made.
Ananth Kasic who was our Past President in 2019 has left the Board after the completion of his duties on the Executive. As well, Peck Yap and Rupali Sanas have resigned from the Board. We thank Ananth, Peck and Rupali for their dedication and hard work in keeping OFPA the great Association that it is! Moving to the President position for 2020 will be Joe Myatt with the Vice President position being filled by Rocio Morales. Nadia Narine has moved into the position of Treasurer and Angela Bernoski will hold the position of Past President for 2020. We wish them well in the pursuit of greatness for the OFPA over the next year.
To OFPA Members, Partners, Industry Colleagues, and Friends:
It’s hard to believe that 2018 is behind us now! I hope that you had a chance to enjoy some time with family and friends over the holiday season and recharged your batteries for the upcoming challenges ahead in 2019. The OFPA Board of Directors is eagerly planning the 2019 events schedule which will include a Spring Technical Meeting, a Fall Food Safety Symposium with our Annual General Meeting, a Breakfast Session, and potentially bringing back the Golf Tournament. We are eagerly building agendas for these sessions that will contain current, hot topics with exceptional Key Note Speakers. If you are willing to speak at an event, volunteer, want to join as a member or perhaps form a partnership agreement with the OFPA, please reach out and let’s get connected! As a not-for-profit organization, our success depends on the generosity of our volunteers, partnerships, and members.
If you have not renewed your membership for 2019, don’t wait please do so today! Note that it has been a number of years since we increased our membership dues, so don’t be alarmed if you notice a small price increase for 2019.
On-line membership renewal is on our website at www.ofpa.on.ca/membership
I’d like to take a moment to thank those who we had partnership agreements within 2018 and we hope to continue these agreements into 2019. A special thank you to NSF International for always showing their support at all our OFPA events and providing some top-notch speakers. And to Strategy Institute for providing an excellent opportunity for us to share the objectives of the OFPA at their Food Safety, Regulatory and Quality Symposiums. We look forward to expanding our partnership agreements with Global Food Safety Resources, the University of Guelph Food Science Division, and TrainCan. Building these partnerships directly supports the OFPA’s mission to represent Industry, government, and academia by bringing us together in a forum to promote, educate and communicate innovations in food safety! Food safety is not a secret, it’s everyone’s business. So, let’s continue to learn and share together to make 2019 and the years to come safe for our loved ones.
I am honored to represent the OFPA in 2019 as President and very proud of our board of directors as we have a wonderful team of volunteers from all sectors of industry, academia, and government. I look forward to seeing you all at the upcoming OFPA events.
The OFPA Board of Directors met on the 15th Dec for the final meeting of 2015. The board has undergone a roller coaster ride in 2015 but has come through stronger for the experience. From left to right; Greg Vallee (outgoing), Keith Warriner (outgoing), Tatiana Koutchma (Website and social media), Shirley Chalouh (Membership), Martha Palomar (Awards), Lynne Fruhner (ougoing), Azadeh Namvar (Executive), Angela Bernoski (scholarship), Katherine Di Tommaso (Vice-President), Andrew Sweet (Membership) and Moustapha Oke (President). Wishing all out members a Happy Holiday and look forward to a productive 2016.