New board chair at Canadian Food Innovators

24 September 2018

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New board chair at Canadian Food Innovators

Winnipeg, 24 September 2018 – There is a new board chair at the Canadian Food Innovators (CFI). Joe Lake of McCain Foods assumed the role at the organization’s annual meeting last week with Dr. Rotimi Aluko becoming the new vice chair.

“Canada has a real opportunity to leverage its strengths in agriculture and agri-food, particularly in the food processing innovation space,” says Lake, who coordinates McCain Foods’ NEXT program, a global innovation platform targeting transformational growth. “It’s an honour for me step into this leadership role with CFI and work with a team of food industry leaders to help move our sector forward.”

Lake is Manager, Global Sciences at McCain Foods. During his career, he has worked in various positions from the world of whales to the finer points of brewing yeast. He joined McCain Foods in 2009 and has held different technical management roles before taking on his current assignment in the company. Lake holds a PhD in Food Science and Technology from Dalhousie University.

Aluko is a Professor and Associate Head in the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He holds a PhD in Food Chemistry with a focus on proteins from the University of Guelph and is a Certified Food Scientist.

“The food processing industry is a critical contributor to Canada’s economic strength and global leadership in food innovation,” says Aluko. “Therefore, I am very honoured to be part of this research cluster that aims to improve the access of Canadians to wholesome and nutritious foods in addition to enhancing the global competitiveness of Canada’s food industries.” 

CFI has engaged past chair Dave Shambrock from Food and Beverage Manitoba as its new Executive Director. Shambrock served as Chair of CFI since its inception in 2013, and was instrumental in the founding of Food and Beverage Manitoba. He previously worked for Manitoba’s Economic Innovation and Technology Council, and served as the Director of the Food Development Centre in Portage la Prairie. Dave holds graduate degrees in Food Science and Business Administration and is a Certified Management Consultant.

“I’m looking forward to assuming these new responsibilities with CFI,” says Shambrock. “This is a time of exciting opportunity for innovation in the food and beverage sector.”

Canadian Food Innovators is a federal not-for-profit corporation that brings together a critical mass of scientific research expertise in industry, academia, and government to accelerate food and beverage processing research and innovation.


For more information:

Joe Lake, Chair, or 506-392-2515
Dave Shambrock, Executive Director, or 204-982-6372