Meet Our Class Instructors
David Andersen started his career in food business at a small sausage processor. Working with Dutch and German sausage makers, he acquired his knife skills and learned how to make many different ethnic sausages After 5 years learning from the masters, he went on to make ham and bacon at Canada Packers. From there, he went to work for Woodward Foods at their Deli Farm plant where he ran the sausage kitchen and packaging departments, developing new products for Woodward’s Deli along the way.
Next up was a career in sales working for a western spice company called UFL. After a stint there, helping customers develop new exciting products, David was lured back to work for Lilydale as Director of Research and Product development. A change in management saw David out of a job, and before long he was working at the food processing development center in Leduc where he stayed until he was called back to work for UFL, who had since been sold to a US company called Newlyweds Foods. He was the western sales manager there for 15 years and looked after accounts such as Maple Leaf and McCains among many other medium and smaller customers.
Chris Giffen is an industry Operational Resource Specialist with more than 27 years of experience specializing in innovative management and operational solutions for meat processing enterprises. Chris maintains a strong focus on operational management, process design, traceability, regulatory compliance, food safety, meat processing, and infrastructure feasibility issues. He has also been a key resource on several industry training and traceability development projects throughout the USA, Asia, Africa, UAE, and South America.
On a personal note, Chris is an avid outdoorsman with a passion for hunting, archery, horse packing in the mountains, ATV's and competitive mounted shooting throughout the USA. He has eight horses and a miniature mule and loves to travel.
Aaron McLaughlin has been active in the meat industry for the past 15 years. He has had the opportunity to gain experience in almost every avenue of meat cutting and processing. His interest in sausage making was developed at a young age when he would make family recipes in the kitchen with a hand press. From there his career took him to small butcher shops, abattoirs, large grocery chains and high-end butcher shops. He now finds himself at Olds College working in the National Meat Training Center.
Formally trained at SAIT in the Retail Meat Cutting Program Aaron knew his education was far from over. He spent 10 years in the fast paced meat market of Calgary, realizing that the education in Meat Sciences is never really over. He is excited to see where his career journey takes him next.
Aaron and his wife Chelsea recently made the move from Calgary to Didsbury. They own a home and a flower shop in Didsbury and are settling into the small town life.
Brian Kosinski was trained as a professional butcher/chef and hails from a long line of sausage makers, stemming back to his European Grandfather who emigrated to Canada during the depression years. His family is still producing fine smoked goods in Europe to this very day. This knowledge, combined with over 31 years in the education field, rounds out Brian’s ability and skill set to inspire the beginner and intermediate sausage maker alike.
Trained professionally in sausage making, Brian brings a vast knowledge of smoking and culinary skills to the table with many tips to help you out.
Brian has trained students of all ages and ability over the years and is willing to answer any questions on products, smoking and recipes in order to get you well