GUELPH, Ont. Canada - The selection committee for the fourth annual Food Safety Recognition Awards has been chosen by NSF-GFTC, part of NSF International’s Global Food Division. NSF-GFTC created the awards to recognize excellence in food safety and quality and encourage companies and individuals to strive for continuous improvement and efficiency to raise the level of food safety and quality in Canada.

To judge the 2016 award nominations, NSF-GFTC has brought together a diverse group of food and beverage industry leaders. The selection committee’s backgrounds, accomplishments and experiences reflect the diversity of the food and beverage industry in Canada. The members of the selection committee are:

  • Susan Abel, Vice President, Safety & Compliance, Food & Consumer Products of Canada
  • Albert Chambers, President, Monachus Consulting
  • Sharon K. K. Beals, Vice President, Food Safety & Quality, Maple Leaf Consumer Foods
  • Carmine (Carmen) DeRenzis, Director, Quality Assurance and Food Safety, Canada Bread Company Limited
  • Tom Graham, Director, Domestic Inspection Division / National FSEP-HACCP Manager, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • John Kukoly, BRC Global Standards
  • Don Lacey, Private Consultant
  • Trevor Smith, Quality Integration Solutions
  • Keith Warriner, Professor, University of Guelph, Department of Food Science

In announcing the selection committee, NSF-GFTC Managing Director, Food Safety Consulting and Technical Services, Frank Schreurs, stated, “We are delighted these exceptionally talented and experienced individuals have agreed to serve as our selection committee members for the NSF-GFTC Food Safety Recognition Awards. This awards program seeks to recognize Canadian individuals and companies who embody the high standards of food safety and quality. I am confident our selection committee members will bring their extraordinary knowledge and understanding of food safety and the food industry to that goal.”

The awards submission period opens August 1, 2015, and nominations will be accepted until October 23, 2015. Award recipients will be announced at the 2016 NSF-GFTC food safety symposium in February in Brampton, Ontario. To learn more about the awards, view previous years’ winners, award criteria and frequently asked questions, please visit the award home page

To be eligible, the companies, facilities or individuals that are nominated must be located in Canada (Canadian facilities of international companies are eligible). Please visit the award pages listed below for full eligibility criteria.

About NSF-GFTC: The NSF Global Food Division, which now includes NSF-GFTC, provides expertise and accredited services across all supply chain sectors, from agriculture, produce, processing, distribution, retail and restaurants. NSF is the leading certifier to Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) in North America (certifying to SQF, BRC, GLOBALG.A.P., FSSC 22000, IFS, BAP and CanadaGAP) and offers expert auditing, consulting, training and technical services, including packaging, food labeling, HACCP validation and inspection, organic food certification through Quality Assurance International (QAI), and specialty food verification and certification. NSF is also the leading certifier of foodservice equipment, nonfood compounds and bottled water/beverages.


Lise Smedmor, NSF-GFTC
Phone: 519-821-1246, ext. 5024