The Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals/Association canadienne des professionels des services alimentaires (CAFP/ACPSA) announced Natalie Carrier, PhD, RD, CFE as the 2015 Kraft National Food Executive of the Year at its annual conference held in Fredericton, NB from May 28-30.
CAFP/ACPSA is a national association whose mission is to promote professional and personal growth and develop alliances leading to excellence in the foodservice and hospitality industry and currently has 11 professional branches and 18 student branches across Canada.
Natalie Carrier is pictured receiving the Food Executive of the Year award from Thomas Holzschuher, CFE, Cafp National President (see attached). This award is presented in recognition of outstanding commitment and achievement in the foodservice and hospitality industry, as well as for service within CAFP (ACPSA) and community involvement.                                                              
Natalie Carrier began her career as a foodservice supervisor at the Campbellton Regional Hospital over 20 years ago. She then completed her Master’s in Food and Nutrition at the Université de Moncton, after which she became the Moncton Facilitator for Health Canada’s Nutrition Survey. In 1997 she started her career as professor of Food and Nutrition at the Université de Moncton. After three years she decided to pursue her PhD in nutrition at l’Université Laval. Her PhD focused on the influence of foodservice and dining environment on nutritional risk and quality of life of long term care (LTC) residents. While completing her PhD she continued teaching courses in foodservice management, food quantity production and foodservice design at the Université de Moncton. She was also instrumental in the development and implementation of the integrated dietetic internship program that is now part of the B.Sc. Nutrition. She finally obtained her tenure and got promoted to associate professor in 2011. That same year she took on the role of Director of the School of food sciences, nutrition and family studies.  
Dr Carrier is a leader and educator in food and nutrition. Over the course of her career she has published in collaboration with other researchers, dozens of research papers and book chapters, has presented at over twenty conferences and workshops, and has obtained over 1.3 million in research grants. Dr Carrier is currently conducting a research project related to mealtimes in LTC in collaboration with three other universities in Canada.
Dr Carrier has also volunteered in various associations and organizations related to food and nutrition throughout her career, such as : member of the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam (CDRE) committee, chair of the French CDRE committee, member of the Dietitians of Canada (DC) Vision 2020 Group, member of the DC Atlantic leaders group, DC Graduate Award


Selection Committee member, DC Atlantic Regional Conference Planning Committee, TrainCan Food Safety training instructor and the New Brunswick Dietitian Association (NBAD) Disciplinary committee.
Dr Carrier has been a member of the NB Branch of Cafp since 2002 and has obtained her credentialed food executive (CFE) in 2007. She has held several executive positions at the Branch level (branch president, branch secretary, awards’ chair, branch education program planning committee member, 2010 National conference planning co-chair, as well has VP Student Development at the National level.  She has also participated in numerous charity fundraiser events organized by Cafp.
Dr Carrier has been a mentor not only to her students at the Université de Moncton, but to all student branch members especially during her term as VP student development. In 2013, she was instrumental in helping to start the Université de Moncton Cafp Student Branch. Since then, she has taken on the role of Faculty Advisor and Branch Liaison for the Cafp Student Branch and over 40 student members joined the branch last year. Cafp Student branch members can benefit from over a dozen bursaries from different food industry companies. Several students from the Université de Moncton have already benefited from these bursaries.
The Food Executive of the Year Award is made possible with the support of Kraft Foods. Kraft Foodservice Inc. has been proudly serving Canadian foodservice operators for decades. Their portfolio of powerhouse brands has been proven marketplace acceptance across the nation.
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