Speaker Bios

Brian Emmerton, RD, CFE5

Brian, RD, CFE5 has an executive career in executive leadership and management in Nutrition, Food & support services and Supply Chain channels. He has been with Aramark Canada Ltd for over 20 years and is currently the Vice President & General Manager for Complete Purchasing Services Inc,. 



Lisa MacNeil - GFS:  Lisa graduated with an honours degree in Business from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1988.

This was the same year her career started in the food service industry, when she joined Canada Packers as a Quality Control Technician. From that beginning, Lisa’s career has spanned across three major corporate acquisitions (Canada Packers, Maple Leaf Food Service and Gordon Food Service). Her diversified professional experience has taken her through many positions including Customer Service, Sales, Key Account Manager, Director of Human Resources, Vice President Independent Food Service Sales, Director of Marketing and Procurement, Director of Multi-Unit Sales for Gordon Food Service in Ontario and General Manager for United Restaurant Supplies, a smallwares and equipment company that GFS acquired in 2012. Most recently, Lisa has taken on the role of President for Gordon Food Service Ontario.

Lisa has also served on the Executive Committee of WFF (Women’s Food Service Forum) as Vice-Chair of Events and is also on Advisory Council for Humber College Hospitality Management – Hotel & Restaurant Program and is a member of CEO Global.

As a wife and mom of two children, Lisa has found the pursuit to achieve equilibrium between a professional career and a nurturing family life has provided her with a balanced approach to her leadership roles.



Jim Chan -  Jim began my career as a Public Health Inspector 1977 with 36-year experience in managing and implementing public health programs/activities and as media spokesperson on food safety issues. I retired from Toronto Public Health in 2013 and became a food safety consultant promoting public health and food safety. My recent adventure is teaching a food safety course to public health inspectors at Conestoga College in Canada.



Richard Weil, CFE

Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, University of Houston, Houston, TX; minor in Food Science.

Richard Weil, Senior Consultant, National Restaurant Consultants has been part of the foodservice and hospitality industry for six decades. NRC is a National and International Foodservice and Hospitality Industry.  Richard served as chairman of the board of the Colorado Restaurant Association and Chairman of the International Food Service Executives Association.




Vittoria Wikston, CMP, CMM
President & Peak Performance Trainer | LuvVITT Solutions

As one of Niagara’s first Certified Meeting Professionals (CMP) as well as attaining her Certified Meeting Management (CMM) designations, Vittoria brings with her a wealth of domestic and international industry experience. Excelling in sales, marketing and front-line operations, Vittoria has held the reputation as being one of the best in the hospitality & tourism industry. Her passion, persistence and determination have not only secured her a successful & rewarding career; but have also driven her to the summit heights of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Everest Base Camp and through the Peruvian Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Unafraid to poke her head above others, Vittoria has become known as the “Creative Idea Guru”. It’s one thing to have an idea – but Vittoria’s success is a result of taking that idea to that next step. From creative development to innovative implementation, she’s strategically aligned employers, clients and affiliated associations for profitable growth & development.
In developing outstanding performance teams, she believes that “we’re humans serving humans” and through effective communication, trust, collaboration and focused dedicated leadership that any obstacle can be overcome and any mountain climbed. Vittoria demonstrates the understanding that “she who who-heartily wins the support of her troops; wins the war.”

Professional portfolio highlights include:

  • Director, Business Development, Niagara Falls Tourism
  • Partner – Redchair Branding & Marketing
  • VP | Sales & Marketing – White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa & The CLUB at White Oaks
  • Professor – Niagara College; Hospitality & Tourism Management

AND most recently has returned to her post as President & Project Manager – LuvVITT Solutions.

  • A soccer player…
  • A certified Spinning Instructor…
  • A Wife to Donald…
  • A Mother to Christina…
  • A Nonna to Sofia…

Whose everyday mantra is “you don’t have to get sick to get better!”
We welcome Vittoria Wikston….


About Us

Originally founded over 110 years ago, CAFP has withstood the test of time by maintaining its relevance in a continually changing business environment. By listening to our members, tracking their needs, and those of the foodservice and hospitality industry, we have adapted our programs to meet these evolving requirements. CAFP is one of the originators of change management.

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