New Partnership Forms the Largest Food Design Firm in Canada


TOTONTO, Ontario– Dennis Group, ranked the largest food and beverage design firm in North America by Engineering News Record, has announced a formal partnership with IFAB Engineering Partners, a privately-held company in Cambridge, Ontario that provides design and engineering services to a broad range of food and nutraceuticals sectors, with an emphasis on primary and secondary protein processing.

“After serving the food industry in Canada for decades, we opened our first Canadian office in Toronto in 2018,” said Tom Dennis, CEO of Dennis Group. “With so much opportunity, our goal was to build depth so we could offer our full services locally. We’re very pleased and fortunate to have found a partner like IFAB that, like us, works exclusively in the food industry and has a reputation for excellence. We are looking forward to continuing to grow our local presence in this important market.”

The partnership is part of a strategic long-term growth plan by the two companies. According to Statistics Canada, the total capital expenditures for construction and repairs in Canada’s food and beverage sector exceeded two billion Canadian dollars in 2019 and represented a quarter of all manufacturing construction.

“It’s rare to find a company like ours that is so highly specialized in hygienic design,” stated Ron Usaty, CEO of IFAB. “IFAB and Dennis Group’s expertise and capabilities are very complementary, and we’re excited to offer expanded services including packaging integration, automation, modeling, and construction management. Together we can execute full-scale projects of any size.”

IFAB will maintain its name and headquarters in Cambridge, Ontario and will continue operations under its current leadership. Dennis Group will also maintain their existing Toronto, Ontario office.