The FoodGrads Podcast takes you on a fascinating journey into the hearts and minds of the amazing people who work in the food, beverage and hospitality industries. From Food Scientists to Farmers, Chefs to the Plant, QA Technicians to Dietitians, R&D to Sales, no matter what your passion–there’s something for everyone in Food–we’ll help you find it!

We share insights from professionals at all stages in their careers. Find out what they do, why they do it and how they change the world one day at a time. Featuring episodes with your host Veronica Hislop this podcast will showcase careers and opportunities you didn’t even know existed!

Want to find an episode?  This page is a directory of all of the episodes we produce.

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List of Episodes

Research and Development

Chloe Hoang, Product Developer Assistant at Give & Go Foods

Morgan Genge Innovation Project Manager at Arterra Wines

Rachel Odolski- Flavorist in Training at the Prinova Group

Danielle Szostak – the Director of Product Development at Give and Go Prepared Foods

Michelle Lang – Food Scientist

Ridhima Phukan – Associate Product Developer at Danone

Amelia Laplante – Research and Development Scientist at Yoso

Elizabeth Hagerman – Food Scientist at the Warrell Corporation

Sonya Turvey- R&D Packaging Project Lead at PepsiCo

Registered Dietitians

Jennifer Shrubsole- Clinical Dietitian & Foodie for NaturallyNu


Valerie Ivanova, R&D Nutrition Label Developer and Coordinator at Ventura Foods

Food Safety/ Quality Assurance

Vasudha Sabharwal, Food Safety Professional

Aaron Aboud, Quality Assurance Manager at Trophy Foods Inc.

Ariful Islam- Food Safety Professional

Tina Gettis, IIT/IFSH Manager, Business Development & Communication at the Institute for Food Safety and Health

Jill Kersten, Senior Corporate Manager of Supply Chain Quality at Morton Salt, Inc.

Luna Guiot- Brewing Quality Assurance Analyst with Labatt Breweries of Canada

Nasir Hameed- Sr. Corporate Director of Global Quality & Food Safety Systems at Acadian Seaplants

Katrina Pukitis – Winery Laboratory Technician with Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate

Fatema Bastawala – Quality Assurance and HACCP Specialist at Toppits Foods.

Aylene Peter – QA/RA liaison at the Canopy Growth Corporation

Victor Muliyil- Technical Director of the Risk Optimization Resource Centre

Sashana Chattoo-Edwards – Quality Assurance Technician at Waterloo Brewing Company.

Sean Xia- Manager of Operations & Quality with Clear Ocean Seafood

Production, Supply Chain and Operations

Robert Cunliffe – Maintenance Manager/Millwright at Flamaglo Foods Limited

Taylor Carr – Millwright Apprentice at Karma Candy Inc


Anthony Pius Bassey- Ph.D. Student at the National Center of Meat Quality and Safety Control

Chefs Warren Ford and Riley Bennett – Professors and Course Coordinators at George Brown College

Lori Stahlbrand and Caitlin Scott – Professors at George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario.

Dr. Amy Proulx- Academic Program Coordinator of Culinary Innovation and Food Technology at Niagara College

Nicole Gallace and Dr. Darin Detwiler, LP.D., M.A.Ed., the Assistant Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies


Trish Paterson – CEO of Copper Branch Foods

Joe Baker – OTEC’s Systems Leadership and Integrated Strategy Advisor


Melissa Norem, Enterprise Director of Origination at Scoular

Danielle Collins – Economic Development Policy Analyst at Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Sales and Marketing

Marc Wall- VP of Sales at Sandy Shore Farms Ltd.

Sarah Condruk – Marketing Coordinator at Give and Go Prepared Foods

Somayeh Salemi – Business Development Specialist at Klever Equipped Inc.

Kim Chackal – Director of Sales & Marketing at Equifruit, Inc.


Tanguy Etoga,Msc, 6? BB, CEO & Founder at NORMEX inc.

Jennifer Crandall – Owner/Founder/CEO of Safe Food En Route, LLC

Karen Cardona – Founder and Owner of True Leaves Consulting

Bernard Verkaaik- the Founder and Operating Manager of the Greater Goods

Charity/ Non- Profit Sector

Sai Kranthi Vanga Ph.D – Project Specialist at Protein Industries Canada

Lori Nikkel- CEO of Second Harvest


CareersNow! Mentorship Series

Nicole Gallace – FoodGrads Founder

Veronica Hislop – Molecular Science Graduate Student and Career Partner with FoodGrads