The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) is delighted to announce the participants for the 2021 Passion for Produce (PFP) program which will be delivered virtually during the weeks surrounding CPMA Fresh Week.
The PFP program was launched in 2010 to support the talent development of young professionals in the produce sector. CPMA members can nominate rising stars to take part in this program to accelerate their professional development through a unique mentoring and learning experience.
“Each year, we’re amazed by the bright, young talent the PFP program attracts and develops,” said Ron Lemaire, president, CPMA. “We value the opportunity to cultivate future leaders for our industry and are incredibly proud to continue mentoring these individuals as they grow throughout their career. As the program continues to grow, so do the participants’ careers, and it’s very inspiring to see the progress and success of PFP alumni as their passion takes them to new levels in our industry.”
A virtual format will mean expanded time with industry mentors, international facility tours, and more opportunities to network and connect with other young professionals in the sector.
The participants are: Raeanne Anderson, Consolidated Fruit Packers Ltd.; Sevag Artinian, Loblaw Companies Ltd.; Vicky Blais, Metro Inc.; Kevin Pedreira, Red Sun Farms; Steven O’Hora, Highline Mushrooms; Kevin Qu, Fresh Direct Produce; Gary Ghaliwal, BC Hot House; Stephen Di Girolamo, Metro; Anna Lisa Farina, The Wonderful Company; Jorie Rose, EarthFresh Foods; Karina Sommerkamp, Gambles Produce; Chris Stafford, Star Produce; Scott Hunter, Burnac Produce; Sebastian Kmiecik, Loblaw Companies Ltd.; Spencer Lightfoot, NatureFresh Farms; Marina Subic, Vineland Growers’ Cooperative; Sharon Tian, Peak of the Market; Sandra Ulewicz, Ontario Produce Marketing Association; Ben Murray, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association; Michael Wexler, Oppy.
Source: Canadian Produce Marketing Association March 12, 2021 news release