Board of Directors
Gary C. Sorenson
President & Chief Operating Officer Georgia Main Food Group Limited
Gary Sorenson, who was raised in Alberta, has been in the grocery business for over 35 years. Gary’s experience includes working at Loblaws, Penner Foods, Oshawa Group in Calgary and most recently, Thrifty Foods in Vancouver, leaving there in 2010 to join H.Y. Louie Co. Limited as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer and now is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of Georgia Main Food Group Limited.
Vice-President, Marketing, Metro Inc.
Mr. Boulanger joined the marketing team of Metro in 1996. In 2002, he was appointed Vice-President Marketing for the Quebec division where he implemented the new Metro Plus Banner as well as the reusable grocery bags, now a standard in the industry. In 2008, he was appointed Vice-President, Marketing, Metro Inc. where he piloted the rebranding of the five conventional banners of the Ontario division to the Metro brand.
In 2009, Mr. Boulanger moved to become Vice-President and General Manager of McMahon Pharmaceutical Distribution, a division of Metro Inc., where he implemented the new Brunet Plus and Brunet Clinique pharmacies concept in Quebec. He also launched the “Ma Santé” Program; enabling patients to access their medical prescription history file on-line and renew their prescriptions, a first in the Canadian market.
Since May 2012, Mr. Boulanger acts as Senior Vice-President, National Procurement and Corporate Brands for Metro Inc. and manages Metro’s partnership with Vantage Food and Première Moisson.
Prior to Metro, Mr. Boulanger started his career in the accounting field, and then made a career change to marketing in the early 90’s, both in ad agencies and in retail as well.
Mr. Boulanger holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Université de Sherbrooke, with a concentration in accounting, as well as the C.P.A. title, both of which he earned in 1989. He acts as President of the board of United Grocers Inc. (UGI) and as a board member of GS1 Canada. He also worked at Centraide of Great Montreal from 2015 to 2018 and in February 2018, Mr. Boulanger was recognized as an outstanding Performer at the 33rd Gala Breakfast ‘’The Great Performer’’ by the Perform Group (World Executive Summit). He also acts as governor of the Faculty of Administration at Université de Sherbrooke since 2003.
Vice-President Ag and Consumer Business for Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL).
Ron Healey is Vice-President Ag and Consumer Business for Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL).
As Vice-President, he is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership to foster sustainable growth within FCL’s Food, TGP, Home and Building Solutions, Crop Supplies, Fertilizer and Feed Departments.
Shortly after receiving a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Ron joined FCL as a Regional Crop Supplies Sales Coordinator in 1998. In 2000, Ron left the organization to return to school, this time at the University of Alberta, where he completed his MBA, specializing in Natural Resources and Energy. He returned to FCL, initially as Regional Human Resources Manager, before moving back to Saskatoon in 2003 to become the Crop Supplies Marketing Manager. In subsequent years, Ron gained additional experience in procurement as the Crop Protection Manager before moving into the Crop Supplies Director role. In 2012 Ron was promoted to the role of Associate Vice-President of Ag & Home.
Throughout his career, Ron has led with vision and purpose, assembled high performing teams, and executed strategies to significantly grow the business. Ron is a member of the Board of Directors of United Grocers Inc., Interprovincial Co-operatives Limited, The Produce People and Hope’s Home.
Ron and his wife Cheryl have two sons and one daughter.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Dollarama Inc.
Neil Rossy is a member of the Board of Directors of Dollarama Inc. since 2004 and serves as its President and Chief Executive Officer since May 1, 2016. Prior to being appointed to this office by the Board of Directors, he had served as Chief Merchandising Officer of Dollarama since 2010. With the company since its inception in 1992, he has been involved in all aspects of Dollarama’s business, supply chain and day-to-day operations. Over the last two decades, Neil Rossy has played an increasingly important role in strategic decisions related to warehousing and distribution, direct sourcing, brand identity, product development and merchandising innovations that define Dollarama and underpin its success. He is a graduate of Queen’s University.
Executive Vice President of Retail, Save-on-Foods
With almost 40 years of grocery retail experience, Jamie Nelson is part of the senior executive leadership team of Save-On-Foods, a division of the Jim Pattison Group.
Beginning his career in the grocery business as a retail clerk in Mission, B.C., Jamie steadily rose through various levels of management before joining the company’s executive in 2012. Today, as Save-On-Foods’ Executive Vice President of Retail, Jamie holds overall management accountability for the merchandising, marketing and operations functions of the company’s four banners: Save-On-Foods, PriceSmart Foods, Urban Fare, and Bulkley Valley Wholesale.
Jamie is a respected leader known for his high standards of operational excellence, his ability to successfully facilitate team member engagement, and for his unwavering dedication to his teams, to Save-On-Foods and to the retail grocery industry.
Chairman of Freson Bros. Fresh Market and President of Altamart Investments (1993) Ltd.
Mike is the Chairman of Freson Bros. Fresh Market and President of Altamart Investments (1993) Ltd. He is the past Chair of the Independent Retail Grocers of Alberta, the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers and most pleased to be the Chair of the 'Kids with Cancer Society.' Mike is a board member of United Grocers inc (UGI)
Director of Procurement for Couche-Tard / Circle K in Canada
Marc Gélinas is Director of Procurement for Couche-Tard / Circle K in Canada, where he covers projects and leads contract negotiations nationwide. He holds a Master’s degree in Finance and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the HEC, Montreal.
Marc has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, merchandising and contract negotiating in the retail industry. He also participated to the major acquisitions of Couche-Tard in the past years in integrating teams, IT systems, marketing / merchandising platforms and contract conditions in the new stores. Marc did many roles in the Couche-Tard organization, from Store Manager, Market Manager, Operation Director, Trainer, Marketing / Merchandising Director to Director of Procurement.
Marc is a respected Project Leader known for his passion and his strong desire to have success. Outside of the Couche-Tard organization, he spent time as a Speaker in making conference in schools, public and private organizations to share his experience and best practices in business success.
Scott F. Findlay
Vice-President Canada Supply Chain-Core-Mark International
A 40+ year veteran of the food retail/wholesale/distribution business in Canada, Scott has extensive experience in Marketing, Merchandising, Operations, Wholesale Distribution and start-up business operations.
Scott’s career has spanned Silverwood Dairies (New Product Development), Silcorp-Mac’s Convenience Stores (Marketing, Merchandising, Store Operations, Sr. Management Turnaround Team), NorthWest Company (Marketing) and Core-Mark International, where he led the greenfield startup of their Ontario Division and most recently has developed their Consolidation Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.
Scott is an experienced, passionate leader known for his pragmatic approach to business building and strategic planning and execution
Chef de l’exploitation de Longo Brothers Fruit Markets
Michael has over a 40 year career in the grocery industry.
Forgione joined Longos in 2010 and his current responsibilities include, Merchandising, Operations, Supply Chain, ECommerce and Continous Improvement. Previously he has held the position of SVP Merchandising and Operations at Sobeys Ontario and Atlantic.
Forgione is currently serving as Board Chair of United Grocer Inc. and Advisory Board Member at Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.
President & CEO, The North West Company
Edward Kennedy joined The North West Company in 1989. He served in senior management positions including Chief Operating Officer of North West and Chief Executive Officer of the Alaska Commercial Company, the Company’s U.S. subsidiary located in Anchorage. Edward returned to Winnipeg from Alaska in January 1997 and assumed his current role. He is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The North West Company (International) Inc.
Edward was born and raised in The Pas, a northern Manitoba community, and attended high school as a boarding student at St. John’s-Ravenscourt in Winnipeg. He holds an Honours Degree in Business from the Ivey School at Western University and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to joining North West, Edward practiced law briefly in Toronto and then worked in investment banking.
Edward is a board member of The North West Company, United Grocers Inc., Canada West Foundation and Canada’s History Society. He is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization, the Associates of the Asper School of Business as well as a member and past officer of the Business Council of Manitoba. He was the Chair of the 2011 Winnipeg United Way Campaign and is a past board member of several for-profit and non-profit organizations. He currently participates on advisory committees for the United Way and the Build Winnipeg Partnership Taskforce.
Edward has received several national industry and community recognitions over his career.
Edward is a competitive athlete and his other pursuits include public policy with a focus on socio-economic development. Edward and his wife Stella make their home in Winnipeg and have four children.
Executive Vice-President, Canadian Food Procurement & Marketing, Focenco Limited
Michael Coleman is Vice President of Procurement, Wholesale and Distribution Operations at the Coleman Group. Mike joined the Company in 1976 and, since then, has occupied a number of increasingly responsible positions to his current senior executive role. His skilled leadership, grounded in rich experience, an inspiring work ethic and a fierce commitment to delivering to his team so that they can deliver to our guests, reveals his impressive command of the dynamics of the food industry; the financial metrics, category management, the criticality of the right mix of product, and, timely and reliable execution. Under Mike’s leadership, Colemans has successfully adapted to a constantly evolving marketplace. He is an experienced negotiator who well understands that forging and sustaining complex relationships are fundamental to the success of an independent enterprise.
Mike is highly respected by all with whom he interacts. His active engagement in the Canadian grocery industry is long standing. He is a past chair of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers, sits on the board of CFIG’s Distribution Council and is a board member of United Grocers Inc., one of Canada’s largest grocery buying groups. Mike studied Business Administration at St. Mary’s University.