Directors

Join Our Board!

The Nominations Committee of the BC Food Processors Association (BCFPA) is seeking members interested in serving on its Board of Directors for a 2 year term (June 2018-2020).

There will be positions available for both Processor and Associate members.  Consider joining our diverse, talented and dedicated board!

For inquiries or expressions of interest, please contact BCFPA CEO James Donaldson at james@bcfpa.ca or 604.371.4245

Jim Pratt (Chairman of the Board)

After graduating from the University of Western Ontario with an MBA in 1987, Jim became an investment banker at a national investment dealer in Toronto. In 1992 he invested in Sepp’s Gourmet Foods, a food manufacturing company located in Vancouver. The company grew from $1 million in sales to $88 million and was listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. He held various positions over the years, including CFO and ultimately CEO prior to selling the company to an NYSE listed company in 2010. Prior to joining Mazza Innovation as President in August 2017, he was Co-Owner of Prosnack Natural Foods, makers of healthy snack foods.  Jim has served as a Director of the Food Innovation Centre of BC, the Food Processors of Canada, Timia Capital, as Chairman of the Functional Foods Alberta Centre of Excellence and is the current Chairman of the BC Food Processors Association.

Dave Eto

Dave started working in the food industry in 1985 after graduating with a Bachelor in  Agriculture specializing in Food Science from the University of BC.  Starting as a Quality Assurance technician with Mrs. Willman’s Baking, Dave steadily moved into roles of increased responsibility – his first managerial role with Gourmet Baker as QA Manager was the beginning of many other managerial positions with several other companies:  Great Little Box Company (Operations Manager), Bread Garden/Creekside (General Manager), Premium Brands (Director Corporate Affairs), BC Dairy Association (CEO) and most recently Naturally Splendid (CEO) represents Dave’s diverse and extensive experience in the food sector. The last two positions as CEO were opportunities to exercise exponential strategic changes and forge major shifts in organizational culture that were embraced by everyone.

Concurrent to his roles in business Dave also participated in organizations that promote the food sector and mentor “up and coming’ leaders.  The BC Food Processors Association represents over 500 members and Dave was Vice Chair and Chair for nine years.  He participated on numerous governmental advisory committees such as the BC Food Safety Stakeholder group and Agri-food Advisory Council (hosted by Minister Norm Letnick) that introduced the provinces Agri-food and Seafood Growth Strategy in Nov 2015. 

Dave is also very honoured to be part of UBC’s Tri-mentoring program where he engages students in the faculty of Land and Food Systems and provides mentorship and coaching towards their graduation and entrance into the business world.  At UBC, where efforts to build BC’s first Innovation Centre have begun, Dave serves as the Chair of the Value Chain Working Group – a collection of stakeholders committed to developing the operational plan of the centre. 

In June 2017, Dave joined the Canadian Centre of Food Integrity Board focussing to enhance the knowledge and understanding by Canadians, the importance of our food system.

Jozef Hubburmin

Jozef Hubburmin has over 20 years of senior management experience that includes distribution, manufacturing, business services, high technology, and real estate development.  As CFO, Jozef currently directs all the support functions within Fresh Direct Produce Ltd. which includes accounting, finance, HR, IT, Administration, Marketing, and Public Relations.  Jozef quarterbacks Fresh Direct’s Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies submissions and the company has consecutively been awarded this honour since 2011.  In addition, Jozef coordinates the company’s strategic planning process and plays a key role within the company’s corporate acquisition program.

Jozef is currently the Association’s Treasurer, he was previously the Co-Chair for Association’s Marketing Committee for two years, he was a mentor within the BCFPA’s mentorship program, he delivered numerous business planning related presentations at three FoodPro West conferences and a multitude of peer group seminars, and he was the President of the Surrey Board of Trade for 2001-02.  He received his B.Comm (Specialist in Accounting and Finance along with a Major in Economics) at the University of Toronto in 1986, and subsequently he received his C.M.A. designation in 1992.

Rick Gibbs

Rick Gibbs is co-founder and President of Neutron Factory Works based out of Delta, BC. Established in 1999 as a small electrical contracting company with three employees, today, Neutron employs over 40 staff and works with a number of well-respected sub-contractors to provide innovative solutions to food processing and manufacturing facilities throughout BC and as far away as Shanghai, Japan, Washington, Alberta and Alaska.

Rick and his team understand the importance of giving back and have taken an active role in both their community and industry to share best practices and continue to work with likeminded organizations to raise the bar in BC and beyond;

Director, Delta Chamber of Commerce; Director, Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC; Chair, ITA’s Manufacturing Sector Advisory Board; Chair, Food Pro West, 2012, 2013 & 2014; Chair, Food Pro West Advisory Board, 2015; Vice Chair, BC Safety Charter CEO steering committee; Advisory Board, Earth Renu Enterprises; Events Coordinator/Volunteer/MC - Quest Food Exchange

David Guthrie

David is a Partner in KPMG’s Enterprise Practice.After obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University in 1999, David immediately joined KPMG and obtained his CA designation in 2001.  David was promoted to partner in 2011.  David is the Leader of KPMG’s Food and Agri-Services practice in the Fraser Valley and has extensive experience providing audit, accounting, tax and other advisory services to owner-managed businesses in the food sector as well as agricultural organizations.   He understands the dynamics of the food industry starting with the food producers, food processors, marketing boards and other agencies and the ending at the consumer plate.David is also passionate about Community and is a member of the Chilliwack Mt. Cheam Rotary Club and Director on the Chilliwack Children’s Foundation.   

Kay Woodland

An Electronics engineer that fell in love with the food industry and never looked back. She started in earnest with market research at Nestle Canada where she worked with brands like Lean Cuisine, Kit Kat, Carnation and Hills Science Diet. She followed her heart from Toronto to Vancouver and explored more about food, from the retailer perspective. She spent over 10 years with the Overwaitea Food Group (now Save-on-foods) in category management and Corporate Brand development. She was responsible for the development and launch of many items that are still carried today. Currently Kay is the Director of Marketing and Commercialization for Golden Boy Foods, a subsidiary of Post Holdings Inc.

 

Kirk Homenick

Kirk Homenick is the President of Naturally Homegrown Foods Ltd. (makers of Hardbite Chips).  Kirk has over 16 years’ experience in the consumer food and agri-food marketplace having previously worked at Houweling’s Nurseries, Forbes Medi-Tech, and BC Hot House Foods.  Throughout his career he has held roles in many different areas including sales, marketing, operations, general management, strategic planning, and corporate development.   Kirk holds a Masters of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Ally Bharmal

Ally Bharmal's growing practice focuses on corporate and commercial business advice for a variety of clients, with an emphasis on the technology sector. Ally also has extensive experience and a particular interest in the food sector, including natural food products. He provides legal counsel to food industry clients with respect to corporate matters, research and development, food processing and manufacturing, confidentiality agreements, quality agreements and delivery.

Ally principally represents private companies on a wide range of transactions, including start-up and incorporation issues, shareholders' agreements, debt and equity angel and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and advice with respect to ongoing business matters. Ally also advises on the commercial needs of his clients with respect to business and operational matters, including licensing, vendor and supplier arrangements, manufacturing, confidentiality agreements, collaboration agreements, promotional contests, website terms and conditions, development and outsourcing arrangements, distribution and representation agreements, and other matters.

Prior to joining Fasken Martineau, Ally completed his Bachelor of Science degree in the information technology field. He brings both technical and industry experience to assist his client

Robin Smith

Robin Smith has had an extensive career in the agriculture, food  and seafood industries across Canada and internationally.  Currently he is President of Foodwest Resources, an agrifood consulting company, and Chair of the BC Chicken Marketing Board. Some past positions include: CEO of the BC Dairy Foundation; Chairman/CEO of NuFood Pet Inc.; President/CEO of Protein Foods International with interests in Thailand, South Africa, Namibia, Turkey and Australia; CEO/Managing Director of two poultry processors in Jordan and Egypt; and management positions in the seafood processing industry in California, Alaska and BC.  Robin managed the agrifood practice of Price Waterhouse Associates and had his own management consulting firm for many years.  He was on the Board of the BC Food Processors Association for seven years and was Chair for three years.  Robin has a B Sc in food science and an MBA.

Jeff Novinger

Jeff Novinger is the President of The Pita Bread Factory in Burnaby which has been  baking a variety of goods for over thirty years.  Before taking on his role at PBF Jeff was VP Costco & Western Canada for Canada Bread and Zone Manager Western Canada for Nestle Waters.  Throughout his career Jeff has held roles in sales, operations and general management.  Having recently relocated to the lower mainland with his family Jeff is enjoying Beautiful B.C.

Mike Nunn

A lifelong learner…  Life never stops teaching, so I will never stop learning.  Adjust the margins.

Mike lives in Cloverdale with his wife Kylie and their two daughters, Isabella and Brielle.  In his spare time….  Wait, there’s no such thing as spare time!  In his personal time Mike enjoys family traditions, reading (business non-fiction & biographies), exercising/running/golf, attending his daughters’ highland dance competitions, writing, journaling and as many other value-added activities as he can cram in.

Thus far, Mike has grown his career at Ideon Packaging from junior sales to VP Operations.  In his role, Mike provides strategic leadership and coaching to the operations side of the business that includes Manufacturing, Logistics, Customer Service, IT, People Development, Safety and Lean/FITT.  Mike is an active member of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (former Advisory Board Member) and the BC Food Processor Association (Operations Peer Group Co-Chair). 

Mike is a graduate of the BCIT Marketing program, he earned a Greenbelt and Blackbelt in Lean Manufacturing, and has attended financial analysis courses at Sauder School of Business and BCIT.  His recent education also includes a full year working with an executive business coach.

 

“Go see, ask why, show respect.”
Fujio Cho

Ana Silva

“Ana is the CFO and has been with Daiya Foods since Nov 2015. Ana started her career in Environmental Engineering and switched to Accounting/Finance over 25 years ago. Ana is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA/CGA), and holds an Honors Bachelor of Commerce degree and a MBA.

Prior to joining Daiya, Ana’s roles as VP of Finance and Director of Finance were predominantly in manufacturing industries, so food processing was a logical next step. A natural relationship driven leader, Ana enjoys consolidating complex financial data into the stories that propel Daiya forward in the industry.

Originally from Lisbon, Portugal, Ana moved to Vancouver with her young family 20 years ago. Ana enjoys big family reunions, barbeques in the summer, traveling, and vacations by the ocean.”

Emily Tang

Emily Tang is the Sales & Marketing Manager for Fine Choice Foods.  With a degree in Interior Design, she started her career in the design field but quickly realized she wanted to be involved with the sales & marketing side of the industry.  IKEA Canada allowed her to realize this dream and while she started on the design side of things, she had the opportunity to take on a PR and Marketing role for 8 years.

In 2010, Fine Choice Foods, her family’s business, was looking for some help in the area of marketing and it was a challenge that Emily could not resist.  Leading a successful rebranding project which led to much increased brand recognition and taking the lead with the sales team allowed the company to achieve record growth. 

Emily has been a co-chair of the Sales & Marketing Peer Group for 3 years and looks forward to serving on the board for the BCFPA.

Jeff Zonneveld

Jeff Zonneveld, a Food and Beverage professional with more than 25 years experience in the industry, is the Vice President and General Manager of Meadowfresh Dairy Corporation, a subsidiary of Agrifoods which also own Earth’s Own, Happy Planet, First Choice Beverage, Soylutions and Organic Meadow. Jeff has held senior management positions with Lucerne Foods (Safeway/Sobeys), Agropur, and Leading Brands (Mike’s Hard Lemonade/Gatorade). He began his career at Royal Oak Dairy, a family startup company on Vancouver Island where he learned every aspect of running a business from the ground up.

Jeff is Past President and Secretary/Treasurer for the BC Dairy Council, a Director of the Western Dairy Council, a member of the Marketing and Nutrition Committee at the BC Dairy Association, a former Director of the BC Dairy Foundation, current chair of the BC Regional Dairy Committee, and has served as a member of the BC Delegation at the national level for the Canadian Milk Supply Management Committee. His business acumen and leadership abilities have enabled him to be a valuable asset to these industry organizations.

Jeff is married with 4 adult children and lives in Langley BC.