The Canadian Produce Marketing Association has announced its new board of directors, which was elected at the Annual General Meeting, held during CPMA’s 92nd Annual Convention & Trade Show, May 9-11 in Toronto.
The Executive Committee members of the board are: Chair Rick Alcocer of Duda Farm Fresh Foods; Past Chair Sam Silvestro of Sam Silvestro Consulting Co.; First Vice Chair Les Mallard of Chiquita Brands North America; Second Vice Chair Oleen Smethurst of Costco Wholesale Canada; and Executive Committee Member Davis Yung of Fresh Direct Produce Ltd.
“I’m privileged to lead CPMA over the next year,” Alcocer said in a press release. “During my term, I plan to focus on CPMA’s three pillars: connect, advocate and grow. Within those pillars, I will work with the industry on three key areas of importance: food safety; open and free trade; and member growth and development.”
“It was an honor to have been Chair of CPMA,” Silvestro said in the release. “Over the last year we were able to make progress in areas such as food safety, with a dedicated resource, industry education, through our training programs, and consumer health, through the Half Your Plate program.”
“CPMA’s strength lies in the involvement of the produce industry in our association. Our board of directors is integral to that success. Through alternating directors, we benefit from the changing perspectives of many different industry professionals on our board,” CPMA President Ron Lemaire said in the release. “As we enter our 93rd year, we look forward to working to achieve our goals and continuing to be the voice of the produce industry in Canada.”
In addition to the executive committee members, here are the members of CPMA’s 2017-18 board of directors:
Murray Driediger of BC Fresh Vegetables Inc., George Pitsikoulis of Canadawide Fruit Wholesalers Inc., Byron Bellows of Colemans Food Centres, Guy Milette of Courchesne Larose Ltée., Steve Bamford of Fresh Advancements, John Corsaro of The Giumarra Cos., David Dube of Krown Produce, Frank Gambioli of Loblaw Cos., Mimmo Franzone of Longo Bros. Fruit Markets Inc., Mario Masellis of M.L. Catania Co. Ltd., Tim York of Markon Cooperative Inc., Joe Sbrocchi of Mastronardi Produce Ltd.
Steve Boulianne of Metro Richelieu Inc., Andrea Palmer of Nova Agri Inc., Steve Young of The Oppenheimer Group, Kendra Mills of PEI Potato Board, Brian Hampton of The Produce People Ltd., Michèle McMillan of Sobeys National Procurement, Keith Kuhl of Southern Potato Co. Inc., Colin Chapdelaine of The Star Group, Brian Slagel of Sunkist Growers Inc., Stephan Schmekel of Vegpro International Inc., Mike Ecker of Vineland Growers’ Co-operative Ltd., Robert Pereira of Walmart Canada Corp. and Aaron Bregg of Westcoast Produce Wholesalers.