TrainCan Inc. was established in early 2000 and introduced the Canadian basic employee-level training program (course book and
on-line version) called BASICS.fst. In addition,
ADVANCED.fst was introduced under license from the NRAEF
(ServSafe®) as a Canadian training option at the management level. Both of these programs conform to the Canadian Food Retail and Foodservices Regulation and Code. Unlike the ServSafe® program, the administrative support for these new programs is handled through the Toronto office. (Note:
"fst" stands for food safety training)
TrainCan's owner, Mitch Kostuch, pursued his interest in advanced education at York University in 1972 when he became the first person in Canada to graduate from a Masters MBA program without an undergraduate degree. Upon graduating in 1974,
Mitch began a 30-year effort to educate the Foodservice Industry as the owner and publisher of Foodservice and Hospitality Magazine. In 1974 under Mitch's direction Foodservice and Hospitality Magazine assisted in starting the first Top Management Night with its Top 50 in Foodservice list and presenting the first awards. Mitch is also the
founder of the Friends of We Care Scholarship
Fund, a program aimed at helping children with physical disabilities attend
hospitality schools across Canada. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Guelph School of Hospitality and Tourism
In 1995, under Mitch's direction, Kostuch Publications Limited, publishers of Foodservice and Hospitality, acquired the Canadian sales rights for the ServSafeā management
food safety-training program from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
(NRAEF) in Chicago. Thus began his journey into the area of food safety
education. During this time Kostuch Publications promoted and marketed ServSafeā with administrative support for the NRAEF offices in Chicago. Work also began on a Canadian employee certification program and a Canadian management level program.
In June of 2002 Jim Kostuch joined TrainCan as Vice President and CEO. TrainCan has established itself with a database of over
17000 individuals certified across Canada.
In addition to the above, on February 16, 2004 TrainCan along with several media sponsors are introducing
Food Safety Forum 2004, Canada's first national conference on Food Safety providing the industry with up-to-date information. This, along with the 2nd edition of Basics.fst to be introduced February 1, 2004, is TrainCan's newest addition to
continuing education and communication.
Training & Educational Resources Include:
Employee Level: BASICS.fst (also available on-line)
Management Level: ADVANCED.fst ServSafe®
Train the Trainer: For trainer certification and approval
Videos: set of 6 food safety training videos
Teaching Aids: Lesson Plans, Power Point Presentations, Games etc.
HACCP: Video's and CD-Rom program