Welcome To
The Maple

This contest is open to CIFST student members enrolled in Food science and Culinary Arts programs at Canadian institutions.

The Challenge

A competition specially created for food science and culinary arts students across Canada; through a collaboration between QMSP, The Maple Treat Corporation and the CIFST.

The Prize


  • A gift basket with The Maple Treat products
  • Recognition on social media platforms
  • Feature advertisement of winning team
  • Consultation with a local CFIN Regional Innovation Director (Canadian Food Innovation Network)


  • Educational value
  • Team building
  • Group and School Recognition
  • Resume building opportunity
  • Networking contacts
  • Professional guidance

The Directives


Students representing the same school will work in groups of 3-5 to create an idea for a finished good that incorporates maple flakes and/or maple sugar. The group will submit their ideas through video via Instagram #mapleinnovationchallenge.


Video submissions will be accepted starting Friday September 16th until October 21, 2022 midnight EST.

Register HERE.


A written submission must be entered through themapleinnovationchallenge.ca as well. Videos will be evaluated for interest level and the originality of the idea.


The initial submission doesn’t need to include the finished good, but the team should describe the innovation.


Must include maple sugar and/or maple flakes.

The Next Step

Groups that qualify for the 2nd round will be notified by November 2nd and a maple starter kit will be sent. Each group must prepare a brochure, spec sheet and nutritional data. Innovations need to be shelf stable. The deadline for receiving the finished goods and supporting materials is November 25th. 

Announcement – The winning group will be announced virtually in January during a conference call (date to be determined)

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