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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

Rick Gibbs (Chairman of the Board)

Rick Gibbs is co-founder and President of Neutron Factory Works. Incorporated in 1999, Neutron provides the Food, Beverage and Manufacturing industries with well trained technical tradespersons, innovative solutions and connections to industry leaders. Services range from rapid response industrial services, staff relief & preventative maintenance programs, to complete system upgrades and factory relocations.

Rick joined the BCFPA in 2010 and quickly became involved in helping to build the organization from the ground up. Rick was Chair of the Food Pro West organizing committee from 2011 to 2104, where he assembled and managed teams of volunteers to build and facilitate what is now becoming BC’s premier Food & Beverage industry event. Rick was nominated to the board in 2015 and was nominated as Vice Chair in 2017.

Awards include Profit Magazine Hot 50, BIV’s 40 under 40, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the year finalist, BCPFA’s Leadership Award, Delta Chamber Business of the Year, BCPFA’s Member of the year.

Additional board appointments include:

  • Vice Chair, Delta Chamber of Commerce
  • Director, A Better Life Foundation
  • Director, Grizzly Force
  • Chair, Manufacturing Sector Advisory Board for the ITA.
  • Events Coordinator/Volunteer/MC - Quest Food Exchange
  • Past board appointments include:
  • BC Manufacturing Safety Alliance
  • BC Safety Charter Steering Committee
Robin Smith (Vice Chair)

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 Zonneveld (Vice Chair)

Jeff Zonneveld is an executive-level management professional with extensive experience in the Food and Beverage industry. He has held senior management positions with Lucerne Foods, Sobeys, Agropur, Agrifoods ( Meadowfresh Dairy Corp) 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 was integral in every aspect of launching and running the business. His business acumen and leadership abilities have enabled him to be a valuable asset to many industry organizations in BC.

Jeff has recently completed the University of Toronto Director's Education Program (ICD.D), and holds an Executive General Management certificate from UBC. He is a member of Mackay CEO Forums and was voted by his peers to be the Most Valuable Participant (2018) of his cohort. In addition to Vice-Chair of the BC Food Processors Association, Jeff's previous Board Appointments include Chair of the BC Dairy Council, Chair of the BC Regional Dairy Committee, Director of the Western Dairy Council, and Director of the BC Dairy Foundation. He was also a member of the Marketing and Nutrition Committee for the BC Dairy Association, and a member of the BC Delegation of the Canadian Milk Supply Management Committee. 

David Guthrie (Treasurer)

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.   

Kae Woodland (Secretary)

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.

 

Pamela Ambriz

Pamela Ambriz is a Food Industry professional with 22 years of experience in different functional areas. She has international and domestic experience in R&D, product development, innovation and marketing and throughout her career she’s also been involved in different roles in operations, supply chain and technical sales.

Pamela is the Director of Product Strategy and Marketing at Vitalus Nutrition Inc. In her role she provides leadership to the overall product strategy and marketing direction for the local, national and global business channels. She is responsible for leading both the Product Development and Marketing teams to ensure Vitalus brings innovative, high value-added solutions to our customer base.

Pamela has led the team in the development and commercialization of VITAGOS ™ a dairy based prebiotic that was launched in January 2018. In conjunction with Sales she continues to support the market development and marketing efforts to grow this business.

Pamela holds a B. Sc in Biochemistry Engineering with a minor in Food Science. She also has an Executive General Management Certificate from Sauder School of Business and a Graduate Certificate in Values Based Leadership from Royal Roads University.

Pamela has been involved with the Community Innovation Partnership group in Abbotsford and it is also a mentor for Futurpreneur Canada.

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

Dave Eto

Dave obtained his Bachelor of Agriculture from the University of British Columbia in 1985 and has accumulated 34 years of experience in various private and public companies. He specializes in bakery, fresh, refrigerated and frozen foods in the Retail and Foodservice sectors focussing on strategic and operational continuous improvement principles developing excellence in management teams and culture. Dave is currently President of Qumai SA, a strategic advisory consulting firm.  Additionally, Dave is currently a Director of Geyser Brands Inc; Board Chair of Free Point Technologies; Advisory Board member of Peqish Foods based in Vancouver.

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.

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.

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.”