INAF – Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods

Sponsor of the Canadian Cannabis Conference

The Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF) is the largest grouping of researchers in Canada dedicated to research and innovation in the area of foods and health. Nearly 775 scientists are working synergistically to come up with solutions to complex issues of the sustainable food supply for the benefit of a healthy bio-food sector, population, and planet.

Founded at Université Laval in the early 2000s, the INAF is a multi-faculty institute whose experts come mostly from the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, as well as the faculties of medicine and pharmacy. Recognized and funded by Université Laval and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et Technologies (FRQNT), the INAF acts as a strategic grouping in food for Quebec. Its 127 researchers are from the three major sectors of Quebec research (nature and technology, health sciences, society, and culture) and come from 15 universities and affiliated research organizations.

Some 500 graduate students are benefiting each year from supervision in this exceptional environment and more than 200 private and community partners collaborating with INAF scientists in research and development.


Contributing to a sustainable food supply through:

  • leading-edge RESEARCH,
  • TRAINING of highly qualified personnel,
  • TRANSFER of knowledge and technologies,
  • INNOVATION support in industry and professional practices.


Becoming a real driver of change in food thanks to committed scientists, interdisciplinary, participatory and cutting-edge research approaches as well as actions aligned with the community needs.


Excellence, ethics and transparency, rigour, collaboration and sharing, creativity, commitment, social utility.