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Our Board of Directors apply their expertise and business acumen to help us find solutions to hunger in Canada. The Board guides our strategic direction, ensures financial accountability, and helps us achieve transparency in reporting to the public. 

Food Banks Canada Board of Directors

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Allan Cosman
Retired President & CEO | Ferrero Canada Ltd.

Allan is an Independent Board Director and President of his own consulting firm. He retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ferrero Canada following a multi decade career leading consumer good organizations in Canada and internationally. Prior to Ferrero, he worked 20 years at Procter and Gamble. His experience spans a variety of Board leadership roles (both for profit and not for profit) and extensive line management responsibilities in Sales, Marketing, Human Resources and General Management. Allan is multi-lingual and has worked in a global business and multi-cultural context throughout his career. 

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Carlos Piani
President | Kraft Heinz Company

Carlos is President of Kraft Heinz Canada, Canada's largest consumer packaged goods Company. Prior to joining Kraft Heinz Canada, Mr. Piani was the CEO of PDG Realty, S.A., one of the largest listed home builders in Brazil. He has also held a number of senior leadership roles in several Brazilian investment firms.

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Daman Thable Rayat
Legal Counsel | Office of the Conflict of Interest Commissioner

Daman Thable is counsel with the Government of Ontario where she has worked for over 10 years. She is currently Counsel for the Office of the Conflict of Interest Commissioner and provides advice on how to manage conflicts of interest and maintain a politically neutral public service. She is a frequent presenter at local and international conferences. Previously, Daman served as counsel for the Office of the Integrity Commissioner and represented the Family Responsibility Office at enforcement proceedings in court. Daman is a recipient of the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Prix Excelsior Award for Innovation. Daman was a volunteer member of the Board of Directors of Family Services of Peel for five years, and served as president for three years.

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David Armour
Director of Philanthropy | The United Church of Canada

David is the President of The United Church of Canada Foundation. He brings forth extensive fundraising and foundation experience from his work as Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Olympic Foundation, as president of the United Way of Canada—Centraide Canada, and as a regional director of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. David has also served as Senior Advisor to the Université Laval Foundation and has developed two new foundations, the Canadian Medical Foundation and the Canadian Olympic Foundation. In addition to committing his time to Food Banks Canada, David also supports other national organizations, including the Pembina Institute, the Canadian Red Cross, and the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy.

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Debbie O'Bray
Director, Marketing Projects, Operations & Transformation | IGM Financial

Debbie is the Director of Marketing Project, Operations, and Transformation at IGM.  Prior to joining Investors Group she worked as a management consultant in 30 countries around the globe, most extensively in China, Mexico and Germany. She has served on numerous Boards including the Canadian Cancer Society Manitoba Division, Meals on Wheels, Winnipeg, and the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation.  Debbie is a  past chair of the Downtown Winnipeg Business Improvement Zone, and the Project Management Institute. She was named a Fellow of PMI in 2009.

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Ilya Bahar
Managing Director, PWC Canada

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Geoffrey Lougheed
Board Director | Sudbury Food Bank

Geoffrey spent 38 years of service with his family firm, Lougheed’s Limited, operating three funeral homes and three flower shops in Sudbury. A founding member of Sudbury United Way, he served as President of the Red Cross Society, Sudbury Branch and is an honorary member of Red Cross Canada. In 1986, Geoffrey founded the Sudbury Food Bank and was a Chair and founding member of the McKee/Wong Centre. He has received accolades and awards such as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee and the Pontifical Honour of Knight of the Order of St. Sylvester Pope and Martyr from Pope Francis in 2015.

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Keren Taylor-Hughes
Executive Director, Winnipeg Harvest

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Greg Stewart
Retired President & CEO | Farm Credit Canada

Greg served as the CEO and President of Farm Credit Canada (FCC) from 2007 to 2014 with a career at FCC spanning over 27 years. He is an independent consultant and corporate director. Prior to joining FCC, he was a partner in an Edmonton-based construction firm. Greg has extensive experience in operations, farm financing, agribusiness and risk management. He has been a Director of AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. since June, 2016 and Bank of Canada since October, 2014. He holds a Chartered Director designation from the Directors College and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba. Greg commits his time as a board member with Food Banks Canada and Habitat for Humanity.

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Laurie Stewart
President, New Brunswick Association of Food Banks

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John Bayliss
Senior VP, Logistics & Supply Chain | Walmart Canada

John serves as the Senior Vice President of Logistics and Supply Chain for Walmart Canada. In this role, he leads the national logistics and transportation teams which support over 400 retail stores and the company’s ecommerce business. Prior to joining Walmart Canada, John worked for over 16 Years with The Boston Consulting Group. Most recently, he was a Partner and Managing Director with BCG Canada based out of Toronto.

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Linda Beairsto
Retired Chief General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer

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Lori Morrison
Retired VP, Research, Development & Quality | Kraft Canada Inc.

Prior to becoming the VP of Research, Development and Quality with Kraft Canada, Lori was Director of Global Coffee Research and Development for Kraft International (UK) and Manager of Research and Development Strategy with Kraft International in Germany. Along with being a member of the Food Banks Canada Board, Lori was also Executive Sponsor of the Kraft Canada Campaign with United Way Toronto.

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Marc Guay
Retired President | PepsiCo Foods Canada

Marc began his career at Procter and Gamble, holding a variety of sales and sales management positions from 1981 to 1986. He then joined Frito Lay (a Division of PepsiCo), in 1986 and eventually retired as President of PepsiCo’s Canadian Food Division in 2015. After retiring from active corporate life, Marc spent his time doing board work in both the corporate and non-profit space. Marc is also connected to a network of senior executives (Presidents of Enterprising Organizations) where he is a coach/advisor to a group of nine CEOs.

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Monica Donahue
Human Resources Executive

Monica is an HR executive who has developed and delivered human resource solutions in several industries – including consumer products, hospitality, industrial distribution supply chain, telecommunications/technology, and financial services. She has worked for well-known local, national and global organizations including TELUS Communications, McCain Foods, Acklands Grainger, Inc. Working with peers and business leaders, she has built teams with a focus on practical and timely solutions that have contributed to achievement of strategic and business results. She served previously on the board of one of Toronto’s Community Care Access Centres, and currently serves on an HR Committee, as well as a Management Advisory Committee as a Subject Matter Expert for 2 other not-for-profit organizations respectively.

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Nick Jennery
Executive Director | FEED Nova Scotia

Nick is Executive Director at Feed Nova Scotia – a charitable organization with a mission to “Feed Nova Scotians in need, and to reduce that need”.  Feed Nova Scotia collects, sorts and distributes 16,000 pounds of food each day to 146 food banks, shelters and meal programs across Nova Scotia.  56% of the food distributed are perishables, primarily fresh fruit and vegetables. Prior to joining Feed Nova Scotia, Nick spent most of his career in the food industry, leading a number of provincial and national trade associations, as well as his own consulting practice. 

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Rosemary McCrie
Finance Consultant | McCrie & Mundy Professional Services

Rosemary has 30+ years of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry at PepsiCo Foods Canada and currently delivering finance management consulting within the tech industry.  Along with being a board member of Food Banks Canada, she also acts as Director for PepsiCo Canada Foundation. Rosemary is experienced in governance, risk management, strategic change and integrated system implementation. She holds a Chartered Director designation from the Directors College, a joint venture of The Conference Board of Canada and McMaster University.

Food Banks Canada Management

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Chris Hatch
Chief Executive Officer | Food Banks Canada

As the CEO of Food Banks Canada, Chris leads a team dedicated to deepening collaboration across a national network of food banks and provincial associations and maximizing their collective impact to assist the more than 800,000 people who turn to food banks every month. Prior to joining the team in January 2018, Chris was Executive Director of The Mississauga Food Bank for nine years and was instrumental in numerous innovative projects such as the launch of the first aquaponics farm at a Canadian food bank. In 2012, Chris received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee for dedicated service to the community and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity where he was involved in the building of two new homes in Southern Ontario.

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of food distributed by Canadian food banks is fresh (eg. milk, eggs, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, bread)