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Emily Robinson

Post-Graduate Researcher and Food Education Manager, University of Guelph

I have a focus on research with impact-
In my Master of Science I researched barriers to reducing single-use plastics in restaurants. Other significant research I’ve done has focused on assessing the sustainability initiatives and barriers in SME restaurants, diving into the challenges of managing foodservice sustainability initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of food waste in institutional settings, and the effectiveness of sustainability education training for foodservice employees.

I am an experienced food educator-
Professionally, I have taught and developed materials for foodservice management and food science courses at a University faculty level.
In my most recent role have also managed the Anita Stewart Memorial Food Lab on the UofG campus, overseeing events and courses in the lab.
On a volunteer basis, I have developed and taught environmental outreach programs in local schools.

I have a solid industry foundation-
I have worked for local SME restaurants, as well as world-renowned brands such as Four Seasons and Relais & Chateau.

Recent Accolades-
Governor General Gold Medal Nominee
D.F. Forster Medal Magistrate Nominee
OMAFRA Highly Qualified Personnel Scholar
Kostuch Media Top 30 Under 30 in Canadian Hospitality


  • –present
    Food Education Manager, University of Guelph


  • 2022 
    University of Guelph, MSc. / Tourism and Hospitality
  • 2020 
    University of Guelph, BComm. / Hotel and Food Administration


  • 2023
    British Food Journal, Investigating food waste generation at long-term care facilities in Ontario
  • 2022
    University of Guelph Atrium, Identifying How Attitudes and Self-Directed Learning Affect the Perceived Barriers to Reducing Single-Use Plastics in the Back-Of-House of Ontario Restaurants
  • 2022
    Journal of Foodservice Business Researh, Managerial decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the sustainability initiatives of Canadian foodservice businesses