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1.1 million

Canadians visited food banks nearly 1.1 million times in March 2019

Board of Directors

Food Banks Canada Board of Directors

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John Bayliss, Chair
Executive Vice President, Transformation Officer | Walmart Canada

John Bayliss serves as a member of Walmart Canada’s executive leadership team and is accountable for driving the strategy, innovation, corporate development, and transformation agenda for the company in Canada. Additionally, John is responsible for delivering the new store format, real estate, and omni supply chain network infrastructure strategies. Prior to this role, John Bayliss was the Senior Vice President of Logistics and Supply Chain of Walmart Canada. Prior to joining Walmart Canada in 2015, John worked for 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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Sophie Perreault, Vice Chair
Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer | Farm Credit Canada

Sophie Perreault is responsible for the overall management of Farm Credit Canada’s national operations and started her career as a Relationship Manager in 1994. Sophie has an eye on building relationship and has worked in various leadership positions in credit risk. She has served as Vice-President of Operations in Quebec, Vice-President of Enterprise Integration and Innovation and most recently as Vice-President of Agribusiness and Venture Capital. She holds a bachelor of science in agricultural economics from Laval University and the Institute of Corporate Directors designation. Sophie also acts as vice-chair of the Regina Food Bank’s Board of Directors.

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Ilya Bahar, Treasurer
Retired Partner | PWC

Until his retirement in 2018, Ilya managed PwC’s consulting practice for Consumer Markets in Canada, where he led strategic initiatives for leading clients in retail and consumer products. Prior to PwC, Ilya worked for ten years as a partner with IBM, where he held various executive positions in Canada and Brazil. He was also Managing Director with Premier Foods, Industrial Division, a company specialized in nutritional products for the institutional catering market in South Africa. Ilya has served on the Advisory Board of the Ryerson Retail Management School and advised the Food and Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) and Retail Council of Canada (RCC) on numerous industry initiatives.

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Mary-Jo Hewat, Secretary
Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Facilities | Genworth Canada

Mary-Jo Hewat brings over 25 years of human resources expertise and is currently the Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities at Genworth Canada. Prior to joining Genworth Canada, Mary-Jo was the SVP, HR Business Partnerships at the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS). She holds the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation and is a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE). Along with being a member of the Food Banks Canada Board, she sits on the Advisory Council to Ryerson University’s Human Resource Management and Organizational Design Programs.

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David Long
Chief Executive Officer | Greater Vancouver Food Bank

David has worked internationally in Ireland, Switzerland, Great Britain and Australia before settling in Canada in 1996. He has led many high performing teams and successfully made the bold career change from the kitchen to the CEO office in 2005. David has held senior positions in different disciplines as an Executive Chef, CEO, General Manager and Vice President of Operations before accepting the role as Chief Executive Officer for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Always a passionate engaging leader David builds high performing Teams and has a proven track record of bringing fun, success and inspiration to organizations.

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

Daman brings over 15 years of provincial public sector experience with a focus on oversight, ethics and governance. She currently serves as Corporate Secretary for Infrastructure Ontario, an agency of Ontario government. Previously, she was Director and Counsel of Public Sector Ethics for the Office of the Integrity Commissioner (Ontario) where she was responsible for leading the office’s oversight activities for several mandates including conflicts of interest, whistleblowing and public sector expenses. Daman has served on and advised several non-profit and public sector boards. Daman speaks Punjabi fluently and continues to try to develop her conversational French. She received her B.Sc (Forensic Science, Biology and Chemistry) from the University of Toronto and her LL.B. from the University of Ottawa.

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Dany Hétu
Executive Director | Moisson Rive-Sud

Dany Hétu served in the Canadian Armed Forces as an Infantry Officer. He has worked at all levels, strategic, operational and tactical, both at home and abroad. He was deployed on several missions including in Afghanistan. After more than 32 years of service, he joined Moisson Rive-Sud. Among his professional activities, Mr. Hétu was an Administrator for the Caisse Desjardins des Militaires. He has a Bachelor's Degree with Honours in Political Science from the University of Ottawa and is a Certified Corporate Director (ASC), having completed the University Certification Program in Corporate Governance of the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés de l'Université Laval.

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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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June Muir
Chief Executive Officer | UHC – Hub of Opportunities

June Muir has worked in the food assistance and charitable sector since 2000 when she undertook a career change and joined the team at UHC – Hub of Opportunities. As Chief Executive Officer, she leads a high-performing, interdisciplinary team working to ensure that the Windsor-Essex community is made aware of the ongoing needs of low-income individuals and families. June is a passionate, dedicated individual and a strong voice who makes a difference in the quality of life for those facing unemployment and financial hardship. June has been and continues to be at the forefront of developing partnerships with community service providers in Windsor to ensure there's a strong focus on rebuilding a stable future for UHC’s clients.

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Linda Beairsto
Retired Chief General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer

Linda is an Independent Board Director and Consultant at a top-tier Bay Street law firm. She retired as Chief General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corporation. Her experience spans a variety of Board leadership roles (both for-profit and not-for-profit). She also served in multi-functional executive management and senior legal leadership teams in various industries including power & utilities; pharmaceutical; healthcare; automotive parts; manufacturing; packaging; food; chemicals; commercial real estate; project development and financial services. She earned her Chartered Director (C. Dir) designation from the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. Linda was a Finalist in two categories of the 2017 National Post & ZSA Recruitment awards: 2017 Canadian General Counsel of the Year; and 2017 Deal Making.

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Marjorie Bencz
Executive Director | Edmonton’s Food Bank

Marjorie Bencz began with Edmonton’s Food Bank in 1987 as a volunteer and in 1989, she became the Executive Director. Over the years, Marjorie’s work and dedication have resulted in her being recognized with several community awards such as an honorary diploma in Health and Community Studies from Grand MacEwan Community College and being named Global TV’s Woman of Vision. Marjorie was honoured nationally for her ongoing service to Canadians and invested in the Order of Canada in the category of Social Science in 2006. In May 2012, Marjorie was honoured with a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, in the category of Community Service. Also in 2012, she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In June 2015, Marjorie was inducted into the City of Edmonton Hall of Fame. Marjorie continues to believe that this recognition is not for her role, but for the collective support she receives from Edmontonians, Albertans and fellow Canadians in reducing hunger in our communities.

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Peter Singer
Chairman | Thomas, Large & Singer Inc.

Peter Singer is President of Thomas, Large and Singer and has been since 1986. In 1999, he was additionally named CEO, and in 2020, Peter became the Chairman of both companies as his son, David, assumed the role of President. He has been extremely active in industry affairs. In 2000, he assumed the role of Chairman of that organization which is now a part of the Consumer Brands Association. Peter continues to be a member of the Executive Committee of the Food Industry Association of Canada and has acted as that organizations Chair and Chair of the Nominating Committee. Peter has been proud to have been awarded the food industry’s Golden Pencil award in 2008 and Life Member Designation of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers in 2012.

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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.

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Sylvie Cloutier
Chief Executive Officer | Quebec Food Processing Council (CTAQ)

Since 2010, Sylvie Cloutier has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Quebec Food Processing Council (CTAQ). She was first Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs at CTAQ between 2003 and 2010. Prior to joining CTAQ, she was Vice­President, Communications for the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors and Executive Director of the Canadian Grand Prix New Products Awards from 1999 to 2003. From 1993 to 1999, she worked as a public affairs and public relations consultant for Hill and Knowlton in Ottawa and independently with several companies and organizations including the Canadian Space Agency and the Canadian Mining Association. From 1984 to 1993, Sylvie worked in the federal government as Director of Communications Operations at the Privy Council, as Director of Communications for Canada 125 and as Press Secretary and Legislative Assistant to the President of the Treasury Board of Canada Canada and the federal Minister of Industry. Sylvie holds a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Ottawa and has pursued studies and training throughout her career.

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Tony Chow
President | Kellogg Canada

Tony Chow is President, Kellogg Canada and a key member of the Kellogg North American Leadership Team. He began his Kellogg career in Canada in 2003, serving in several customer leadership roles of increasing responsibility across the Canadian Sales organization. In 2010, he was promoted to Vice President, Sales, in the U.S. He repatriated to Canada in 2012 as Vice President, Sales and became Senior Vice President, Marketing & Sales in 2017. Prior to his current role, he served as President of the Kashi Company. Tony currently serves on the board at Food & Consumer Products Canada, The Grocery Foundation and, most recently, joined Food Banks Canada’s Board of Directors. Tony received his Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and completed the Harvard Business School Executive Leadership Program.

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