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Dennis Group and IFAB have teamed up to better serve food manufacturers in Canada

Food in Canada Staff   

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Dennis Group has entered a formal partnership with IFAB Engineering Partners of Cambridge, Ontario with an emphasis on primary and secondary protein processing.

“After serving the food industry in Canada for decades, we opened our first Canadian office in Toronto in 2018,” said Tom Dennis, CEO of Dennis Group. “With so much opportunity, our goal was to build depth so we could offer our full services locally. We’re very pleased and fortunate to have found a partner like IFAB that, like us, works exclusively in the food industry and has a reputation for excellence. We are looking forward to continuing to grow our local presence in this important market.”
The partnership is part of a strategic long-term growth plan by the two companies. According to Statistics Canada, the total capital expenditures for construction and repairs in Canada’s food and beverage sector exceeded two billion Canadian dollars in 2019 and represented a quarter of all manufacturing construction.

“It’s rare to find a company like ours that is so highly specialized in hygienic design,” stated Ron Usaty, CEO of IFAB. “IFAB and Dennis Group’s expertise and capabilities are very complementary, and we’re excited to offer expanded services including packaging integration, automation, modeling, and construction management. Together we can execute full-scale projects of any size.”

IFAB will maintain its name and headquarters in Cambridge, Ontario and will continue operations under its current leadership. Dennis Group will also maintain their existing Toronto, Ontario office.


About Dennis Group
Ranked the “#1 Food and Beverage Design Firm” for six consecutive years by Engineering News Record, Dennis Group has been providing architecture, engineering, and construction management services exclusively for the food industry since 1987. Complex, fast-track design-build projects are a specialty. Headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts, Dennis Group executes projects worldwide with an in-house team of more than 500 employees based out of eight offices located throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Portugal. For more information or to learn about career opportunities visit

IFAB is a privately-held company based in Cambridge, Ontario that provides consulting, design, engineering, and project management services exclusively to the food industry. IFAB works across a broad range of food and nutraceutical projects, with a particular expertise in primary and secondary protein processing. With more than 30 employees and an extensive client portfolio of Canadian food and beverage manufacturers, IFAB is considered a national expert. For more information or to learn about career opportunities visit

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