Glad you asked – here’s what makes food safety leaders better than any food safety training program out there today:

Expert instruction by a Certified Public Health Inspector with decades of experience in food safety – (scroll down to learn more about the instructor – Michael Sidra)
Food Safety training with personalized support! Have a question or having trouble understanding a key concept? No problem! You can contact the instructor directly or ask other students in the course!
Do you prefer to learn in-class or online? We’ve got you covered – sign up for our in-class courses or learn online. Classroom courses are held in Edmonton and Calgary.
We’re a little biased, but we think our Food Safety Guidebook is amazing! Don’t take our word for it, find out for yourself.
The exams are easy – well they’re only easy for our students since our training materials are so well laid out and easy to understand…again a little biased here.



Identify food safety hazards

Prevent foodborne illness

Create a food safety system

Handle food safely

Comply with food safety laws

Apply basic HACCP Principles



Working in food safety and Public Health for over a decade, I’ve seen plenty of unfortunate incidents where men, women, parents and children were affected by food-borne illness. Some were mild but others were a parents’ worst nightmare.

I witnessed food businesses destroyed and food business owners devastated.

If it wasn’t a food safety incident that destroyed their business, it was the lack of planning or business knowledge that was the knock out blow. I found that many people, especially new Canadians, started a food business because they can cook – and oh boy can they cook!

The problem is being a good cook doesn’t make you a good business owner.

So what does? I’ve always been interested in answering this question. What works? What doesn’t? What can I learn and what can I share to help others?

It’s what drives me!.

It’s why I devour books, attend at and speak in seminars, teach at Concordia University, why I completed an MBA degree, and a food safety/public health degree and of course food safety and HACCP auditing and inspection.

It’s why I started LeanRhino and food safety leaders!

I help people start and run amazing food businesses. Some of them, will change the world!


The short answer is everything you need to be certified! While others charge extra for things like manuals and tests, that’s all included in our pricing.  Here’s what you get;

  • Expert Instruction with over a decade of experience in food safety
  • Printed Manual (over 100 pages)
  • Exam fees included
  • Certificate of successful completion – digital and printed
  • Your questions answered – even after the course you can contact us and ask us any food safety question – we’d love to help!
  • Information on how to build a food safety culture and protect your brand

What else do you need? Contact us!

The passing grade for the exam is 70%. We are very confident that you will be able to pass the exam.  We always aim to make sure our classes are clear, focused and fun.

We are so confident you will pass the exam that if you don’t, we will enroll you in our online classroom and allow you to take the test again – all free of charge.

No there is no difference! The two courses have the same content. Some people prefer to learn in the classroom while others prefer to learn in their underwear in bed – either way we’ve got you covered.

  • In a nutshell – everyone that works in a food facility. This course meets Section 31 requirement in the Alberta Food Regulation.

Yes! Michael has worked with hundreds of food businesses and can do training specific for your business or franchise. He is also an expert on HACCP systems and modified HACCP programs so if food safety is what you are looking for – go no further.

Contact Michael!

LeanRhino is a name and brand that represents what we want do to give back to the food industry. In order to succeed, food businesses need to be agile, not wasteful (hence the Lean part of the name) and diligent to protect their customers and brand. In many ways this is similar to the magnificent creatures called Rhinos:

  • Rhinos seem like slow, lumbering beasts, but can actually run between thirty to forty miles-per-hour.
  • Every successful Big business started small, but they didn’t stay small.
  • Despite weighing in between two to three tons, Rhino’s can jump and change directions quickly.
  • Big business that continually reinvent themselves stay big, by acting small.
  • Rhinos have poor eyesight but excellent sense of smell and hearing.

Too many business owners only see what they want to see. Sniffing and listening turn up more opportunities and customers.
A group of rhinos is called a “crash.”

So is too many businesses with no differing factor, other than lower price. The reason all the chain restaurants huddle together on corners of an intersection is because it works. The reasons chain restaurants are successful is consistency – customers often accept less taste and less guest experience over receiving consistency – you need to offer something new…

Rhinoceros skin is very thick, up to one and a half cm.

The more successful your business, the more that comes against you. Expect it. Don’t worry about it and don’t fight them. Spend all your time and energy and money on delighting the customers you already have and they will bring you more business than you can handle. The whiners & complainers die eventually.

Rhino’s often cover themselves in mud to protect their skin from insects and the sun.

There is a time for camouflage. You don’t have to yell an scream. Build a exceptional product and service and let the wowed customers do all the promotion for you. People believe what their friends tell them and recommended to them…its better to sell then to yell.

So now that you know a little about the name LeanRhino, we also called our food safety course, Food Safety Leaders because without strong leadership, a food safety culture is no possible.

Your food business is important to you – it’s important to your family and it’s important to your community so when you are looking for the best food safety training for you and/or your employees, why not go with the experts. The single biggest difference between a successful business and one that doesn’t make it is leadership.

To us, leadership means an unwavering commitment to food safety, great food and expert business management.

Surviving and thriving as an entrepreneur requires leadership – our Food Safety Leaders course gives you the tools to be lean, efficient and effective in building your company culture.

Michael is committed to teaching and doing whatever it takes to help you succeed. Contact Michael.


Food Safety Leaders Course April 19th
April 19th 2018
$ 100 PAY >>
Food Safety Leaders Course April 20th
April 20th 2018
$ 100 PAY >>
Food Safety Leaders Course May 9
May 9th 2018
$ 100 PAY >>
Food Safety Leaders Course May 10
May 10th 2018
$ 100 PAY >>
Food Safety Leaders Course August 22
August 22nd 2018
$ 100 PAY >>
Food Safety Leaders Course August 23
August 23rd 2018
$ 100 PAY >>
Food Safety Leaders Course Oct 24
Oct 24th 2018
$ 100 PAY >>
Food Safety Leaders Course Oct 25th
Oct 25th 2018
$ 100 PAY >>

Important Notice:
Registration can be cancelled with full refund up to 14 days prior to the course.  Cancellations must be sent in writing.  

Substitutions are always welcome. We reserve the right to cancel courses or change course locations. Should we cancel a course a full refund will be issued.