Food In Canada

CIFST welcomes new executive director

By Food in Canada Staff   

Business Operations Canadian Institute of Food Scientists and Technologists CIFST

The CIFST board of directors, in conjunction with Essentient Association Management, promotes Heidi Loney to the role of executive director.

Loney joined Essentient Association Management in 2018 and was appointed to the associate executive director role for CIFST in 2021.

Before working for Essentient, Loney studied theatre at the Toronto Metropolitan University and worked as a costumer in Toronto theatre and film. While raising her two boys, she also enjoyed a career as a blogger and YP author before launching her very successful Costume CO channel – The analysis of Cinematic Costume – on YouTube. Loney loves to give back to her community by helping support the settlement of newcomers (most recently Afghan refugees). As well, she provides support to a family living in Nunavut.

Loney’s creativity, project management skills and social media expertise have made her a valuable asset to the CIFST team.


In 2021, Loney received the prestigious CSAE Donna Mary Shaw Award for Emerging Leader. Loney commenced her pursuit of the Certified Association Executive (Designation) in 2021.

Constance Wrigley-Thomas, CAE (owner of Essentient Association Management), will continue to be a member of the CIFST team in the role of director of operations.

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