September 2021 Virtual Meeting

Programming Committee

Thursday, September 30, 2021


Co-Sponsored by
ΦTΣ Phi Tau Sigma, The Honor Society of Food Science and Technology – University of Minnesota Chapter

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Overview: The Minnesota section of IFT and the Minnesota chapter of Phi Tau Sigma invite you to attend the virtual September kickoff virtual dinner meeting. This year, we will have a presentation on the featured topic: “The Implications of a Dietary Shift to Plant-based Foods: Sustainability, Health, Technology and Regulatory Perspectives.” Recently, in several parts of the world, there has been a large dietary shift to plant-based foods/flexitarian diets driven by a wide range of factors such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, COVID, animal welfare, populism, and new technologies. This presentation will examine the implications of a global shift towards alternative protein sources, primarily plant-based ones, and their potential impacts to agricultural production, new and innovative technologies, human health, and regulatory environments. The presentation will feature Dr. Rickey Y. Yada, Professor and Dean from the University of British Colombia. The event will be held virtually on Thursday, September 30th through Zoom from 4:30-6:00pm CT zone. It will begin with a 40-minute live presentation from Dr. Yada at 4:30pm followed by a 10-minute Q&A session. We hope to see you join us for this exciting presentation!


Dr. Rickey Y. Yada, PhD
Professor and Dean, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia

In 2014, Professor Rickey Yada was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. Prior to UBC, Dr. Yada was at the University of Guelph where he held numerous leadership roles, including Chair, Department of Food Science, Assistant Vice President Research, Canada Research Chair in Food Protein Structure, and Scientific Director of the Advanced Foods and Materials Network (Networks of Centres of Excellence). He is, currently, one of the coeditors in chief of Trends in Food Science and Technology as well as serving on the editorial board of several journals.

Dr. Yada serves on several research and industry organizations, some of which include Board of Bioenterprise Inc.; Board of Trustees of the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition; External Advisory Committee Member – Arrell Food Institute; Member of the Scientific Advisory Panels – Riddet Institute (New Zealand) and AgResearch (New Zealand). Presently, he serves as the President of the Deans Council of the Faculties of Agriculture, Food and Veterinary Medicine in Canada; is also a Past President and Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology and the International Academy of the International Union of Food Science and Technology, as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists. Dr. Yada has an honorary DSc from the University of Guelph and was the 2019 Harraways 1867 Visiting Professor, University of Otago, New Zealand.


On-line credit card payment is required. Reservations are due by Thursday, September 30 at 5:30 PM. If you have additional questions or need to cancel, please email Muthu Muthukumarappan at

NOTE: Everyone needs to register to receive the Zoom meeting login information.


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

3:00 – 4:00 PM Board Meeting
4:00 – 4:30 PM Networking
4:30 – 5:00 PM Dr. Yada Presentation
5:00 – 5:10 PM Q and A session
5:10 – 5:20 PM Recognitions from MN-IFT and Phi tau Sigma
5:20 – 5:30 PM Closing Remarks

Cost: FREE!

Reservations must be made by Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 5:30 PM

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