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.
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.