2017 Food Safety Research Forum

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The Food Safety Research Forum is a great opportunity to share information and connect with other researchers, industry representatives, other stakeholders and ministry staff interested in Ontario's food safety.

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Purpose of the Forum

The Food Safety Research Forum is for you to:

  • learn about the ministry's food safety research projects and programs
  • hear from researchers, government and industry on their food safety priorities
  • network and participate in knowledge sharing activities, including a plain language research poster session
  • join the discussion about food safety research needs for the sector
  • The Forum is delivered as part of ministry's Food Safety Research Program, a competitive research fund to support innovative food safety research projects.

Event details

  • Date: Friday October 20, 2017
  • Location: Conference Centre, 1 Stone Rd W, Guelph, ON
  • Time: 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


If you are interested in sharing, collaborating, networking, or learning about Food Safety Research - register today! Registration is free, but space is limited so sign up early! This event will also be available via webinar. Please register using the form below or E-mail ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca or call 1-877-424-1300 (Ontario only). Registration deadline is October 9, 2017.

Student Poster Competition

Students are invited to apply for the student poster competition.


  • Poster abstracts with a maximum of 200 words should be emailed to Tieghan Hunt at tieghan.hunt@ontario.ca
  • Deadline:Friday, September 22nd, 2017 by 4:00p.m.

Abstracts must include:

  1. project title
  2. name of student
  3. a brief explanation of the project
  4. why the project is important
  5. what the specific benefit of the project has been/could be
  6. who has benefited or is expected to benefit from this research


A review committee will select abstracts for poster display and notification of acceptance with poster guidelines will occur by e-mail by September 26th, 2017.


  • Posters must address any of the food safety research program priorities of: detection and surveillance, pathway analysis, and prevention and control of disease.
  • Posters should describe research projects addressing current issues in food safety in clear language using the poster template provided at the link below.
  • Poster template link
  • Posters are due to tieghan.hunt@ontario.ca on or before October 10th, 2017 in PDF and PowerPoint formats.

Students - There will be prizes for the best student posters:1st place - $250, 2nd place - $150, 3rd place - $100


8:45 - Opening Remarks - Christine Primeau, Assistant Deputy Minister of Research and Corporate Services Division (OMAFRA)

9:00 - Food Safety Keynote - Dr. Volker Gerdts, Associate Director of Research-Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac), University of Saskatchewan

Session 1

9:40 - OMAFRA Dairy Food Safety Programs

9:50 - Principal Investigator#1 - Shu Chen, University of Guelph

10:00 - Principal Investigator#2 - Dele Ogunremi, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

10:10 - Question Period

10:25 - Student Poster Presentations

10:45 - Morning Break

Session 2

11:05 - OMAFRA Veterinary Inspection & Audit Unit

11:15 - Industry Speaker - TBC

11:25 - Principal Investigator #3 - David Pearl, University of Guelph

11:35 - Question Period

11:50 - Student Poster Presentations

12:10 - Lunch

Session 3

1:10 - OMAFRA Food Safety Science Unit

1:20 - OMAFRA Foods of Plant Origins Unit

1:30 - Industry Speaker - Jeff Hall, Canadian Produce Marketing Association

1:45 - Principal Investigator #4 - Claudia Narvaez, University of Manitoba

1:55 - Question Period

2:10 - Afternoon Break

Session 4

2:30 - OMAFRA Monitoring & Analysis Unit

2:40 - OMAFRA Meat Inspection Programs

2:50 - Industry Speaker - TBC

3:05 - Principal Investigator #5 - Vahab Farzan, University of Guelph

3:15 - Principal Investigators #6 - S. Balamurugan, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

3:25 - Question Period

3:40 - Wrap Up: Summary of the Day & Future - Oswald Zachariah, Manager of Innovation & Knowledge Management (OMAFRA)

3:50 - Poster Awards & Thank You! - Jen Liptrot, Director of Research and Innovation Branch (OMAFRA)


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E-mail: research.omafra@ontario.ca