Work with an Academic Division at George Brown

Winnie Chiu is an experienced food scientist with over 20 years of research and development experience in both consumer packaged foods and the flavour ingredient business. Over her tenure at GBC, she led  dozens of research projects with private companies and the healthcare sector ; these encompass both product commercialization and healthy recipes development, offering unique and valuable hands on experience for students.

She led her team on projects for organizations such as Sobeys Inc., General Mills Canada, Smucker’s Canada,  Princess Margaret Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, Live Well with Parkinson’s Inc. and Dr. Glen Berall Clinic.

Prior to George Brown College, Winnie worked for the Uncle Ben’s division of MARS Canada and two internationally renowned ingredients company.

Winnie received a B. Sc. (Hon) from the University Of Westminster (U.K.) and subsequently gained her M. Sc. in Food and Management Science from King's College at the University of London (U.K).

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Robert McCurdy brings considerable academic and industry experience to his role as the Applied Research Food Scientist at George Brown College. Rob has undergraduate Bachelor’s and Master's degree in Food Science, both from the University of Guelph.

Rob has more than 18 years of experience in product development, project management, quality systems design and development, scientific writing and experimental design within the food industry. Rob's retail & food service experience includes roles as a Quality Scientist (Royal Canin Canada), Senior Scientist (Masterfoods USA), and Product Development Manager (Lyons Magnus).

Rob's expertise includes product formulation, nutritional compliance testing, process & product optimization, thermal processing, consumer testing, sensory evaluation, technical writing, food chemistry, bench-top to production scale-up, regulatory compliance, and food production management.

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Candace Rambert is the Culinary Technician at the Food Innovation and Research Studio. She is an alumni of George Brown College, graduating from the Culinary Management program and the Culinary Arts – Italian Postgraduate Program. While in Italy, she attended ALMA, La Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana near Parma, Italy, after which she had the unique experience to travel and work for several months in a very rural area in Northern Italy to learn about local foods and wines.

Candace works closely with the FIRSt team and students at the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, applying her culinary techniques and experience to meet the needs of the studio’s various industry partners. Candace is the award recipient of the 2015 Ontario Hostelry Institute’s Top 30 under 30.

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Dan Reilly is our Senior Project Manager. Dan has managed projects at George Brown College in a variety of sectors including health sciences, green technology, website development, education, and food science. He has served as a project manager on projects for Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), Scouts Canada, CAMH, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and many local SMEs. Mr. Reilly graduated from George Brown College with an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration and was the recipient of the GBC Project Management Award of Distinction. After spending 2014 in the role of acting Senior Project Manager for Research and Innovation, Mr. Reilly assumed the role of Senior Project Manager for the Food Innovation and Research Studio (FIRSt) in early 2015.

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Morgan Kierinkiewicz is our Project Manager. She graduated from George Brown College’s Business Administration Program in April 2014 with a specialization in Project Management. Morgan has three years of experience in and around the Food & Beverage industry, as well as two years in the healthcare and sport entertainment sectors, respectively. Morgan uses the insight from these diverse industries to promote and support partners every day at FIRSt.

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Lorenza Carandang joins the team as Administrative Assistant, bringing extensive experience in managing operations and administration, with diverse skills ranging from client management, financial and wealth management to investor and shareholder communications and budgeting.

Prior to joining FIRSt, she worked at Kingsdale Shareholder Services in Client Management, as well as nine years as Operations & Administrative Officer - Investment Operations and Control for AIG Philippines. Lorenza has designed implemented and monitored procedures, business processes and improvements to achieve operational effectiveness ensuring quality service delivery to customers and internal business units. She also has extensive experience in streamlining management reporting and budgeting of the investment portfolios of AIG Philippines.

Her considerable history of office management ensures that our partners and projects are supported by streamlined operations and an efficient infrastructure. Lorenza has a B.Sc. degree in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines.

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