Dana McCauley

Foodie. Trend watcher. Innovator.

Dana McCauley has a nose for the news and she uses it to sniff out the latest food trends that will affect the way we eat and cook today and tomorrow. Dana’s 25-year career has had touch points at almost all points along the agri-food chain. Originally trained as a chef, she has been a food editor, a cookbook author, a television personality and a food manufacturing executive for several international food manufacturing companies. Since 2015 she has leveraged her food trend insights and product development skills to help entrepreneurs to launch successful agri-food companies.

Dana is SIAL Canada’s Innovation Ambassador, which keeps her on the forefront of international grocery trends.  In 2017, Dana was recognized as a Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner, an honour celebrating fearless female leaders whose efforts to succeed inspire others. In June 2016, Dana was profiled in Canadian Grocer Magazine.

For over 20 years, she has been Canada’s most trusted food trend expert. Her success in this space hinges on her ability to share the why and how others can leverage trends to improve their business success.

How do we describe Dana? Foodie. Innovator. Problem solver. Connector.

 “Dana has a definite passion for food and the art of culinary. With a proven track record throughout her career, she was able to bring her innovative approach to product development and marketing communications for the organization. She was a pleasure to work with and will undoubtedly continue to bring new ideas and approaches to the organizations and initiatives that she works closely with.”

– Jeff Pontes, Director, Digital Strategy, Sobeys

Achievements and accolades:

  • Named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women – Top 100 Award in 2017
  • On-air judge for seasons one and two of reality TV show Recipe to Riches
  • Founding Executive Director for Food Starter, a trail blazing food business incubator and accelerator and Premier’s Award winner for Agri-Food Innovation
  • Associate Director of New Venture Creation in the Research Innovation Office at the University of Guelph

Previous clients and events:

  • SIAL Canada Annual featured Keynote presenter 2015 to present
  • Star Women Awards Keynote Speaker 2016
  • CIFST Annual Conference Closing Keynote 2018
  • MC for MPP Lloyd Longfield’s Smart Cities Launch Event 2019
  • Women in Food Industry Management Gala Keynote Speaker 2015