CAFP Ryerson

CAFP Ryerson is part of a national association that provides opportunities for professionals and students to network, mentor and develop in the foodservice field.

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Meet Laura McCann

“While working as a pastry apprentice, I struggled with the lifestyle that came along with working in kitchens.  My personal health has always been important to me.  Seeing the lack of interest and knowledge (in health and nutrition) others had around me persuaded me to learn more about it.  I wanted to be a positive influence on others versus what I felt was not so positive through the pastries I’d prepared… I didn’t know what occupation I’d end up in but having grown up working in restaurants, I always felt that I would do something related to food… It took me quite some time to determine that I wanted to be a dietitian.  It took some major life events for me to build the courage and make the decision to go back to school.  I was considered a ‘mature’ student but in reality I was still quite young when I did this.  For those who are not happy with their current path, I’d like them to know that it’s never too late to go back to school or change careers.  Life’s too precious to spend doing something you don’t enjoy.”

Laura McCann is a Registered Dietitian (RD) who received her Bachelor of Science Honours Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics from Brescia University College at the University of Western Ontario.  Upon graduating, she completed her Dietetic Internship with ARAMARK to become a RD. She also holds a diploma in Culinary Management and a certificate in Baking both from George Brown College and is a registered Baker/Patissier apprentice with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Laura is passionate about combining her culinary and dietetic skills and knowledge to teach others how to prepare and enjoy nutritious foods.

If you would like to hear more from Laura and get a chance to network with her in person come to our Dietitians of Canada Business and Industry Network on September 22, 2016 in TRS, Cara Commons. Please RSVP at

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Meet Carol Dombrow

“I decided I wanted to be a dietitian in Junior High right after I started taking Home Ec.  In fact, I almost went to a high school out of my district so I could take Home Ec in high school but I chickened out. When I was ready to apply to University I told my parents if I didn’t get into Nutrition that I didn’t want to go to University.  Well I got in. I couldn’t have chosen a better profession.  Being a dietitian has presented me with so many wonderful opportunities from working in Public Health and non profit organizations and some of these opportunities allowed me to work with many other dietitians. It is a very giving profession and one I am proud to be a member of.”

Carol Dombrow is a nutrition consultant for the Heart and Stroke Foundation both provincially in Ontario and nationally. She provides strategic advice on nutrition issues for the Foundation. She is the Foundation’s media spokesperson on nutrition issues and acts as the government liaison with Health Canada (1999 to present). Carol is also a freelance nutrition consultant for other organizations including the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. Carol received the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.  Carol was also the winner of the Dietitians of Canada Business and Industry Network, Dietitian of the Year 2016.

If you would like to hear more from Carol and get a chance to network with her in person come to our Dietitians of Canada Business and Industry Network on September 22, 2016 in TRS, Cara Commons. Please RSVP at

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Meet Libby Roach

“I began shooting [photographs] while I was just a kid…my father was an avid amateur photographer who kept a darkroom in our basement. I was always around photography but didn’t consider it a career path until my early thirties after attending George Brown college to learn digital photography and specifically Photoshop. After taking a few courses I was really keen and stuck around to finish the program. One of the electives was food photography and I was hooked! I honestly didn’t even really realize what a big market food photography was. From websites to restaurants to commercial to media, well, the list goes on and on. When I was a child I wanted to be like Angela Bauer from Who’s the Boss, a self made woman with a handsome maid. The self made part happened, but if you know of a good house cleaner I’m all ears! It takes time to develop your style. [Don’t] give up if you don’t get it right the first time. One of my favourite aspects is that it’s mostly about problem solving. Lighting, whether natural or studio, both present pros and cons, and it’s all about how to know when to use what. If you’re a quick thinker and enjoy that aspect of problem solving then it’s a great fit. Also, it’s a fairly physical career. The gear, the setups, the squatting to get the angle, there’s a lot of moving parts that can be quite physically challenging.”
After studying Food Photography at the Digital Photography program at George Brown College, Libby quickly became completely engrossed in capturing and creating beautiful food photos. Working with popular media outlets like BlogTO, Post City Magazine and Vv Magazine allowed Libby to engage with a wide audience in Toronto, further building her connections with features in the National Post. Libby is skilled in using both natural and studio strobe lighting to perfect her photos. Clients also include local restaurants, chefs, PR companies and food manufacturers. Recently Libby has been sharing her love of food photography in her studio and in workshops with students looking to take their digital photography up a notch.
If you would like to hear more from Libby and get a chance to network with her in person come to our Dietitians of Canada Business and Industry Network on September 22, 2016 at TRS, Cara Commons. Please RSVP at

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Meet Sue Mah

“I grew up in a family that values health, wellness and food as medicine. My grandfather was the first acupuncturist doctor in Toronto and my dad is a Chinese chef. As an athlete in high school, I experienced firsthand how nutrition could affect my performance, and thus became very interested in sports nutrition. As a child, I actually had wanted to be a doctor but I gave up that dream when I realized that the sight of blood almost makes me faint! I am a nutrition entrepreneur and have three different businesses today. Keep your mind open to new opportunities, partnerships and possibilities!”
Sue is a Registered Dietitian and nutrition entrepreneur. She is President of Nutrition Solutions, a company that specializes in nutrition and media communications. Working with food industry, NGOs, government, marketing agencies, media and PR firms, Sue acts as a content creator, media spokesperson and strategic communications consultant. With over 200 media features to her name, she has also been the expert dietitian for 7 national TV shows and has appeared in 12 nutrition-focused TV commercials. Sue is the Co-Founder of Nutrition for NON-Nutritionists, a comprehensive nutrition training program for food and beverage professionals across North America. She is also the Co-Founder of Media Training Boot Camp, providing workshops, webinars and coaching to build the media skills of dietitians and nutrition professionals.

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SAVE THE DATE: May 26th – Ambition Nutrition Symposium


George Brown College’s Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts is holding their first annual Ambition Nutrition Symposium on May 26th and you’re invited!

THEME: Bridging the Gap Between Nutritional Science and Culinary Arts

“Join academic professionals, dietitians, culinary experts, and industry leaders for an interactive day filled with discussions, workshops and presentations. This symposium will focus on nutrition in theory and practice, examining the gaps and opportunities that exist between research, education, nutrition, diet, and culinary arts.”

More information can be found here:

** CAFP Ryerson student members eligible for student rate on ticket purchases

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Recap: Foodie Entrepreneurship Night

Guest Post by: Sienna Lee-Coughlin | Photography by: Alina Bykova

Students gathered at the Ted Rogers School of Management Thursday evening for a night of mingling and inspiring presentations by Ryerson alumni. The event, hosted by Ryerson University’s student branch of the Canadian Association of Food Professionals, offered students the chance to learn from entrepreneurs who have made their mark in the food industry. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres provided by Peter Chiu of Basil Box, one of the night’s four guests of honour, while Glenn Brown, president of Bento Sushi, told students to: “Network like crazy, and never be shy to talk to people.” The other alumni included Cara Rosenbloom, a dietician and journalist who married her love of food and words with her communications company Words to Eat By, and pub guru Jamieson Kerr of Broadcloth Hospitality (Queen and Beaver Pub, The Oxley Pub, and The Wickson Social).

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CAFP Ryerson Recruitment

Calling all CAFP members:

Applications are now open to be part of the CAFP executive team for 2016-2017! 

Why be a part of the team? It is a great way to meet new people, a chance to enhance your skills including leadership, teamwork and communication, as well as boost your resume. Joining CAFP Ryerson is a great way to network and connect with leaders in the industry and to develop both personally and professionally!

If you are interested, please send an email to and include:

  1. What position(s) you would like to be considered for
  2. A 100-150 word blurb as to why you think you would fit well for that role
  3. Your resume in word or pdf document

**See below for position descriptions

Deadline to apply is March 25th but we encourage early applications to fill positions quickly! 

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The following positions are required to be filled:

  1. Events– Have ideas for some amazing and fun events the CAFP can organize for next year? Mention them in your blurb and come join our team!
  1. Fundraising – This role will be the perfect test of your networking and people skills. Asking other people for money is harder than it looks, but is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn and practice vital communication skills.
  1. Communications – Are you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter 24/7? Do you like writing blogs and increasing your writing/communication skills? Well, that’s going to be a good thing in this position!
  1. Marketing – Do you like building interesting marketing tools to promote events? Are you a creative person or want to improve your marketing skills? Candidates with innovative ideas to get our school’s attention for the various events and activities are encouraged to apply.
  1. Liaisonsfor our student targets are always needed to help spread the word about our organization. You will be required to do classroom announcements, so presentation and people skills are an asset. All liaison roles this year include sharing the role of being secretary at CAFP executive teammeetings throughout the year. We are looking for 3 liaisons (please note being a student in the respective program is a requirement to obtain this position):

– SOPHe Liaison (1 person)

– Nutrition Liaison (1 person)

  1. Photographer – Are you great with a camera? Do you want to improve your photo-taking skills? We’d love to have you on our team!


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Foodie Entrepreneurship Night

CAFP - Foodie Entrepreneur


Join us for an evening of guest speakers and mingling with Ryerson’s top entrepreneurial alumni. We will be hosting Peter Chiu of Basil Box, Glen Brown Bento Sushi, Jamieson Kerr of Broadcloth Hospitality Inc. and Cara Rosenbloom of Words to Eat By. Munchies will be provided!


March 31, 2016 at 6 p.m.


CARA Commons TRS1-148 (Ted Rogers School of Management, 55 Dundas West)

RSVP Required!

Click here to secure your spot. Seats are limited.