STEERING COMMITTEE

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Joseph Campbell
President & COO,
Acorn Packaging

Joe Campbell is the President and COO of Acorn Packaging a leading North American manufacture of flexible packaging. Joe has an extremely well rounded background in the packaging industry having held senior leadership positions in Flexibles, Pressure Sensitive Labels and Retail Corrugated Solutions. A true innovator, always striving to introduce new products, services and differentiating customer experiences to the marketplace. Some of the innovation’s Joe is most proud to have lead the development and implementation short run on demand flexible packaging, high definition flexography, corrugated digital printing solutions, the use of Augment Reality in Retail Packaging and the Easy To Do Business With customer centric culture.

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Tony Corsillo
General Manager,
Atlantic Packaging

Tony Corsillo has spent over 20 years working for two of the largest integrated Canadian paper companies in folding cartons, corrugated packaging and displays. He started out as a Marketing Specialist for mills and then moved into Director of Sales & Innovation, and now as General Manager of Atlantic Packaging's Retail Packaging & Display Division. With a heavy focus on corrugated packaging, Tony is leveraging multi-pass and soon single pass digital technology to move from brown to color and beyond in this digital age for the packaging of tomorrow.

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Elsie Cross
Strategic Procurement Manager, Nestle

Elsie is the Strategic Procurement Manager for Contract Manufacturing for Nestle Canada. She is responsible for the end-to-end business relationship with co-manufacturers, as well as working directly with them to develop and produce products for Canada under the Nestle name. Elsie has a strong packaging and raw materials background to support her role at Nestle.

 
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Jim Downham
President & CEO, PAC Packaging Consortium

As the CEO & President of the non-profit, PAC Packaging Consortium, Jim Downham has been dedicated to advancing the packaging community agenda. He is a passionate circular economy, sustainability and brand package design leader. Under Jim's leadership PAC has created several packaging programs including the PAC GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS; PAC NEXT and PAC FOOD Sustainability Programs; PACed Certificate Program; the IFS PAC secure GFSI benchmarked food packaging safety standard; and intelliPACK, A Smart Packaging Innovation Catalyst. Jim is a former package manufacturing CEO & President and current industry non-profit CEO. He is Chairman of LeaderLinx, executive recruiter connecting leading companies with industry leaders. In 2014 Jim was inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame.

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Steve Murphy
Manager of Packaging Optimization, Canadian Tire Corporation

Steve Murphy is currently the Manager, Packaging Optimization, for the Consumer Brands Division, of Canadian Tire Corporation. Steve is a packaging and graphics commercialization professional with over 20 years of experience working with fortune 500 consumer packaged goods companies. He has spent his career working with companies like Quaker, Green Mountain, SGK, and Pepsi, focusing on packaging design. In his roles he has led client cross functional commercialization teams comprised of marketing, finance, legal, regulatory, R&D and engineering. Steve completed his post-graduate in Sustainability Management at Ryerson University in 2017. He brings with him a wealth of CPG knowledge and experience.

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Thomas Pigeon
Founder & CEO, Pigeon Brands

Canadian Packaging Magazine recently referred to Thomas as "one of the country’s most knowledgeable and authoritative thought-leaders in the graphic package design and branding field.”

 
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Brandon Quinn
Creative Lead, Molson Coors Brewing Company

Brandon Quinn lives in Toronto with his wife, and their four children. At Molson Coors Canada, he is the Creative Lead, responsible for upholding the standards for their many brands. Prior to joining Molson Coors, he worked on the agency side of the marketing world. A well-rounded leader with over 20 years experience, Brandon has lead campaigns for Coca-Cola, Nestle and Maple Leaf Foods.

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Shaun Ramrattan
Professor, Humber College

Shaun Ramrattan is an avid blogger, Creative Designer, Manager, and Professor at Humber College.

I have been connected to the industry since age 16 while working at a small packaging company during my summers off from school. I completed the Package and Graphic Design program at Humber College and have been a Designer since 2007. I joined Humber college 2016 as a part-time professor and split time between the Graphic Design and Packaging programs. To become more well-rounded, I recently completed the Business Certificate program at Sheridan College. Professionally, my work has been recognized at AICC, PAC, and POPAI levels.

Personally, I like spending my time skating, renovating, hiking and staying in shape. A few goals for this upcoming year are to volunteer regularly, learn photography, and or course, travel.

 
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Stuart Werle
President, Werle Design

Stuart Werle is the President and Creative Director for Werle Design, a packaging / branding design firm located in Toronto. Werle has over 40 years experience working with many Consumer Packaged Goods companies for which he has won numerous national and international design awards. Werle also is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Graphic Design at OCAD University. He teaches two levels of Packaging Design to third year and graduate students. Werle is also heavily involved with the PAC Consortium and has been for many years. He has been the Chair of the Brand Marketing category for the PAC Global Leadership Awards for the past five design competitions, is on the PAC Global Leadership Awards Steering Committee and has juried numerous Global Leadership Awards.


JUDGES

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Marc Beauregard
President, Bo Branding & Design

Affectionately known as “Bo”, Marc successfully followed more than one path on his way to founding his agency in Montréal. From senior art director to senior brand strategist and accomplished project manager, he’s honed his skills at some of North America’s largest and most renowned design studios. It was this extensive experience & expertise that opened the way to the creation of Bo Branding & Design in 2007. Supported by a consummate team, Marc and Bo Branding have been at the helm of successful brand and packaging initiatives for such clients as Ultima Foods (iOGO), Cascades, Fruit d’Or, Keurig, Grupo Bimbo, Olymel, and Aliments Ouimet-Cordon Bleu to name but a few.  After having had the privilege of being a recipient, Marc is particularly honoured to have been asked to be a member of this year’s PAC Canadian Leadership Awards jury.

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Dennis Benoit
Creative Director, St. Joseph Communications Content

At St. Joseph Communications, since 2004 Dennis has been charged with development of award-winning national and private brand strategies in a client-facing role, providing design, photo direction and copy writing services for clients in food, beverage, haba (health and beauty aids), and hard goods. Dennis is fully bilingual and has worked in both of Canada's official languages, English and French. He is currently studying Spanish.

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Bob Boutilier
Creative Director, Pigeon Brands

Bob is a leader in Canadian brand design. Throughout his 34 year design career, Bob’s creative insight has helped elevate many brands such as Tim Horton’s, Canadian Tire, Molson, Maple Leaf Foods to iconic status. Having worked in, and for clients in the U.S.A, Germany, England and Italy he brings an international perspective to his work. His forte is brand creation, brand traveling and stewardship. His design leadership and expertise range from brand and corporate identity, packaging, sponsorship, point of sale, integrated marketing strategies and consumer communications has made him a driving force on the Canadian design landscape. Bob is a hands on designer and is involved at all stages of project development.

 
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Charlene Codner
Chief Creative Officer, Fish Agency

As Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Fish Agency Charlene has always believed in the transformative power of something well-designed. It’s why clients like Sobeys, Fujifilm, President’s Choice, Bank of Montreal and Hudson’s Bay Company seek out her counsel.

It’s what led to FISH winning numerous design awards, being awarded one of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies by Profit 500 and Charlene being recognized as one of Canada’s top 100 Women Entrepreneurs.

A creative visionary, Charlene applies her approach of Rigorous Design to lead the Fish out of Water creative teams to deliver strategic, integrated and creative design solutions for clients in the areas of brand identity, marketing communications, advertising, store design, package design, digital and social media.

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Diana Courtepatte
Marketing Manager, TC Transcontinental

Diana has over 25 years of progressive experience in Sales, Business Development, and Marketing in the print and packaging industries.   She has been with TC Transcontinental since 2005, in her current position as Marketing Manager for the TC Transcontinental Packaging Division, she is responsible for working with and supporting our Sales Team in growing revenue, building customer engagement, organizing TC Transcontinental University: Flexible Packaging Up Close training events, and for creating client facing sales communications.

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KAT DEAN
Sr. Manager, Design and Visual Identity Systems, Coca-Cola 

Kat is part of the Marketing Leadership Team at Coca-Cola Canada and oversees and manages the design development and production artwork process for the extensive beverage packaging portfolio. With over 20 years of experience developing strategic creative design and branding solutions for both national brand and retail brand clients, working both agency and client side. This included Nestlé Canada, as Creative Design Manager, overseeing the creative design and production artwork process for the full packaging portfolio. Prior to this 15+ years as Creative Director and designer developing strategic branding, packaging, POS, and retail store environmental branding systems.

 
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Kim Fearon
Director of Business Development, ASL Print FX

Kim Fearon, Director of Business Development at ASL Print FX offering Pressure Sensitive Labels, Digital print and printed Envelopes has had 26 years’ experience in the print packaging industry. Her focus from a sales perspective ranged from working in Canadian owned and Internationally owned companies sharing value add print offerings in many verticals.

Graduating from York University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Kim was also educated through the PAC Packaging Certificate Program Modules including the Sustainability Module. She is looking forward to coming back and being a repeat judge for the Packaging Consortium as an expert in her field.        

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Leonardo Giglio
Vice President Marketing, Tempo Plastics

Born into the flexible packaging industry, Leonardo Giglio is the son of Co-Founder and former President of Tempo Plastics, Joseph Giglio, and currently the Vice President of Marketing. Proud to be a part of the family business, Leonardo provides innovation and a fresh approach to expanding markets where there is demand for intelligent and environmentally conscious packaging. His varied interests compelled him to pursue his studies in Philosophy at Wilfrid Laurier University and later Business Marketing at Seneca College in Toronto.

At the age of 23, Leonardo was well equipped to take on the role of Sales Representative. This has provided him firsthand knowledge of customer needs and challenges, allowing him to work on new opportunities and technologies. In his current role as Vice President of Marketing, Leonardo also maintains his hat as a Sales Representative to ensure he is on top of the requirements of the marketplace and latest packaging trends.

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David Haslam
Consultant, DFH Consults

David Haslam started his career in the UK after he graduated from Manchester Polytechnic with a Bsc in Environmental Chemistry in 1988. He worked in the UK at Tronic Gravure until he moved to Canada in 1995. He joined Southern Graphic Systems as a production manager and rose to the level of V.P Operations. In 2015, David joined Transcontinental Packaging to manage the premedia portfolio for newly established packaging division and his role is VP Premedia. David is a board member of the Gravure Association of the Americas (GAA) and active member in PAC.

 
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Jason Hobson
Creative Director, Sobeys

Jason has over 20 years of experience developing some of Canada's biggest brands. He is a proven business leader with a passion for design and branding with years of experience in national brand and control brand packaged goods, working both agency and client side. Currently providing strategic, creative and brand leadership at Sobeys.

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Bri-Anne Kitka
Designer, Bridgemark

A designer for 12 years, Bri-Anne approaches each of her projects with big ideas and contagious enthusiasm. A strong collaborator, Bri-Anne has a passion for working with peers to create the best solutions possible. Clients include branding projects for Walmart, Loblaws, Effem Foods, and Edgwell Personal Care.

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Wendy Kufeldt
Managing Director, Anthem

With over 20 years experience driving integrated consumer and shopper engagement strategies for top 100 global brands, Wendy leads Anthem’s Canadian office, developing and activating brand solutions for client partners across North America.

 
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Ana Lankarani
Package Development Specialist, Irving Consumer Products

Ana leads packaging development of the US Private Brand tissue products at Irving Consumer Products. She has led execution of the first nutritional labeling on Hershey’s confectionary products packaging. Ana has over 15 years of experience in various segments such as design, prepress, and print production of the packaging goods. Having been one of the judges in the folding carton category, she has shared her passion and well rounded insight of packaging development in PAC Competition since 2013

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Guy Lanoue
Market Development Manager, ProAmpac

Guy has been involved for over twenty-five years in the CPG industry in various capacities.  Over eight years with Ontario based Food Broker, William M. Dunne and Associates, in Sales, Merchandising and Marketing Manager capacities. Diligently developing new accounts while helping to build awareness and incremental sales of key clients at retail level.

Over twelve years in the packaging end of things with Tetra Pak.  Marketing and Key Account Manager driving sales and new business opportunities in key categories such as Dairy, Food, Wine and Juices.

Most recently, for the past five years, as a Market Development Manager with one of North America’s top 10 Flexible Packaging players ProAmpac.  Maintaining and continuing to explore new opportunities to encourage using flexible packaging whether it be rollstock, pouches, monolayer or multilayer structures.

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Michael Lawrence
Packaging Consultant, Canadian Tire

Michael Lawrence is a Packaging Consultant at Canadian Tire Corporation. He is responsible for the execution of best-in-class private label packaging. As Lead Consultant on the international account, he works diligently with internal teams to execute projects for overseas markets. He is currently working closely with Transcontinental to implement an Esko software solution for Canadian Tire. Michael has dedicated the last ten years of his career to the pursuit of retail excellence and is excited to continue his journey in the packaging industry.

 
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James Lee
Director, Innovation solution group, Jones Packaging
Co-Chair, intellipack leadership council

James is the Director, Technology and Innovation with Jones Packaging based in London Ontario, a leader in folding carton, labels and contract pharmaceutical filling. In his role, James focuses on new packaging technologies for tomorrow and their potential impact and outcomes for consumers, patients and brandowners. James has over 20 years of experience in prepress and print production with organizations such as TC and Southern Graphic Systems. With successful projects run under a varying set of global verticals throughout his career, James brings a diverse understanding of the packaging market with an eye for reproduction quality under differing print methods.

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Louis Lemaire
Vice President Sales and Marketing, Graphic Packaging International

Louis has been with Cascades and Graphic Packaging for over 24 years. In his tenure, he’s been involved in the containerboard, paperboard and folding carton industries. He’s also been heavily committed and passionate about sustainability and corporate social responsibility. In addition, Louis has been engaged in various industry associations, including PAC, the Recycled Paperboard Alliance, the Paperboard Packaging Council, the Recycled Paperboard Technical Association and the Foodservice Packaging Institute.

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Afsana Mansoor
New Products & Packaging Solutions Manager, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited

Afsana is part of the Supply Chain team at McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada and manages the packaging category for new and existing products.  With over 20 years’ experience in the consumer packaging industry, with previous positions held with International Paper, she brings expertise in various materials such as flexible and paperboard packaging.

 
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Mike Millard
Director of Prepress Services, Ellis Group

I have been in the printing industry full time now for 35 years in all aspects of prepress from conventional film to modern CTP, colour management, multiple digital workflow systems, CAD design, server essentials, prepress system setups, flexo and litho press printing. I have spent 20 years in commercial printing and Direct Mail with Transcontinental Yorkville and 15 years with Ellis Packaging, a top end folding carton manufacturer in Canada, as their General Manager of Ellis Imaging and I now reside as the Director of Prepress Services for the Ellis Group. I have been on the Board of Directors for 12 years and was a past President of the Digital Imaging Association. My education has been in Engineering from Ryerson, R.I.T. in Lithography, Clemson University in flexo technology and various colleges in desktop and Adobe software training. I work closely with design companies on graphic creation and the approval process of the final concept before printing. I am also the Health and Safety Manager for Ellis Packaging.

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Jeff Mills
Design Manager, Cascades Containerboard Packaging - Bird

Jeff Mills is a Design Manager for Cascades Containerboard Packaging - Bird out of Guelph Ontario. He started with Domtar Packaging St.Marys in 1980 and throughout his 37 year career as Manager of Technical & Design Services he has had the opportunity to work with major customers from all over the world. Designing in several mediums,  from POP displays, foam, retail and automotive packaging, his experience as well as his ability to work in multiple substrates, allows him a great understanding of the packaging design industry.

Jeff has judged many packaging design competitions, and has been heavily involved in packaging programs at Mohawk, Humber and Conestoga College. He currently supports Conestoga College as a Professor, teaching multiple courses for the new Packaging Engineering Program that was introduced in 2015, and has introduced 3d and virtual reality technology in the schools ‘state of the art design lab

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Alicia Mulak
Founder and CEO of CVI Group Inc.

Alicia has led hundreds of strategic Brand redesigns and launches nationally and worldwide. Co-Founder of Art City in St. Jamestown, a non for profit youth art school, she believes in giving back to the community and supports children’s art programs that foster creative thinking and promote self esteem.

 
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Ken Norris
VP Sales, Labelink

40 years of experience in Printing and Prepress. The majority of years spent in Labels + Packaging printing Flexographicall

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Gary Oakley
Creative Director, Shikatani Lacroix Design

Gary brings both strategic insight and creative instinct to the table, uniting the left and right brain in an unusual, extraordinarily impactful package as Creative Director for retail and packaging design at Shikatani Lacroix Design.

Respected for his wealth of experience with brands such as Loblaws, Safeway, Home Depot, Mattel, Nestle, Kraft, General Foods, Molson, Rogers and Bell, Gary is also known for nurturing collaborative relationships with clients and designers, and bringing a welcome sense of humour to challenging projects. He approaches design with agility and a keen understanding of industry movements, gently pushing the limits towards unexpected ideas, with the flexibility to quickly change direction.

Gary aims beyond solving the current business challenge at hand: it is his perspective that all solutions can and should tie in to laying a greater foundation for the future of the brand. He has been recognized with numerous local and international awards for his work, and is a sought-after speaker, writer, and judge for competitions within the design community.

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Lisa Olay
Designer, Davis

A graphic designer for more than 19 years Lisa's approach to visual problem solving is a fine balance of rational thought and pure emotion. Inspired by all art forms, she best enjoys striking gold in the form of original and meaningful ideas. A specialist in the CPG space, she has enjoyed working relationships with Schick, ConAgra, Kraft and Mondelez.

 
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Wally Petrac
President, Strategica

Wally has held various Management, Sales, and Design positions working with Fortune 500 companies. As the Marketing Manager for Smurfit-Stone, Canada, and later as VP of Sales at PearceWellwood, he has been responsible for developing Sales and Design talent. He has provided strategic merchandising and packaging expertise and has conducted print, retail and packaging seminars to 100’s of clients across Canada. He is also the Scholarship Director for PAC and is an Ontario Council Member supporting educational institutions focused on promoting packaging and merchandising courses.

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Joel Porter
Package Graphics Manager, Coca-Cola

Over 25 years in the beverage industry with Coca-Cola, Cadbury Beverages and Canada Dry. 10 years in the printing/pre-press industry with DRG Packaging, Lawson Mardon and Southern Graphics Systems.

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Gerry Spector
Manager Design & Digital Printing, Atlantic Packaging - Retail and Display Division

Gerry brings 25 years of packaging experience to Atlantic, leveraging his extensive industry knowledge to meet a broad range of client printing and marketing needs. Having worked on both the supplier and client sides of the packaging business, Gerry’s pre-press, agency and branding expertise and diverse skill set lend themselves well to the ever-changing packaging world.

 
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Neil Strickland
Senior Engineer, Amcor Rigid Plastics

Graduate of Queen’s University with a B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering 1995.

Licensed Ontario P. Eng since 1999.

Worked at Plastic Moulders Limited in Etobicoke from 1996 to 2016 with increasing responsibility from Project Engineer to finally Engineering Manager.  PML was a custom injection moulding company running machines from 40tons to 600tons.  Responsibilities included product development, prototyping, tool building, and qualification.  Sectors served included automotive, medical, pharmaceutical, and food packaging including In-Mold-Labeling.  PML was acquired by Amcor in 2016 and I currently continue working in the injection moulding arm of Amcor as a Senior Engineer.

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Mirjana Suric
Manager of Graphics and Technology Training, Polytainers Inc.

Mirjana has 45 years’ of experience delivering outstanding quality, service and innovation across numerous dimensions of packaging for the food & dairy industry. This includes press & production operations, technology development, graphics development, sales & marketing and training. She has worked successfully with all levels of leadership and understands intimately how technology, process and people capabilities can be married with applied artistic design to deliver superior customer experiences.

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Marlene Tolomizenko
Brand Design & Pre-Press Manager, irving consumer products

Marlene leads graphic design initiatives for Canadian printed packages. With over 20 yrs. of global experience in consumer packaged goods, she works with Designers, Pre-press, Printers and Brand teams to manage and communicate requirements for quality and visually appealing packaging.

 
 
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Carla Tulli
Senior Account Director, Southern Graphic Systems

Carla is an account director for SGS with over 20 years experience in the industry, currently managing global accounts with particular emphasis on the Americas. Post University, Carla studied Packaging and Graphic Design at Humber College, and has since garnered a veterans knowledge of all aspects of the pre press process for Flexo, Gravure, Dry Offset and lithography, with particular emphasis on international digital and asset management.

 

sustainable judges

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Alan Blake
Director of PAC NEXT US and PAC FOOD, PAC Packaging Consortium

30 year career at Procter & Gamble with leadership roles in packaging R&D and sustainability. Followed by 4 years as PAC NEXT and PAC FOOD Waste Executive Director and PAC board member bringing industry together to find solutions to packaging and food waste challenges. Former board member of National Zero Waste Council and co-lead of the Product & Packaging working group.

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Jennifer Cooper
VP Strategy, Native Energy

With 20 years’ experience in sustainable product design, Jennifer leads NativeEnergy’s client strategy team, helping companies build new projects that reduce supply chain emissins. Since 1998, Jennifer has been busy supporting corporate sustainability leaders – from Volvo Car Corporation in Göteborg to Johnson & Johnson in New Jersey. Jennifer holds an M.S. from Lund University in Sweden and a B.S. from the University of Guelph in Canada. She has lived in both of those countries, as well as in Germany and Scotland. But she is currently trying out life in the USA with her husband and two young children near Pittsburgh, where the mountains are just rocky enough for racing her mountain bike, and just high enough for teaching her children to ski.

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Dave Faris Yousif
Project Manager, The Continuous Improvement Fund

Dave Faris Yousif is a Project Manager with the Continuous Improvement Fund, a group dedicated to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of Ontario’s Blue Box Program. With over 10 years of experience in the field of waste management, Dave has worked in the private sector and for several municipalities in Ontario and carried out waste management research in Guatemala and Vietnam. Most recently Dave was a Senior Consultant with Reclay StewardEdge. He holds a Masters of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, in the field of Geography. His Masters thesis examined Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s waste management system and the institutional arrangements necessary for community-based composting and waste management.

 
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Martin Gooch
Co-Founder & COO, VCMI

Dr. Martin Gooch is co-founder and CEO of VCMI, a global consulting company headquartered in Oakville, Ontario. Along with his team at VCMI, Martin has developed and implemented national and international initiatives designed to enable businesses to profit from reducing food waste. He has authored and co-authored numerous publications on this topic, including the January 2019 report, “The Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste.” Martin holds a PhD and Master’s degree in agri-food management, and a Bachelor of International Business. In 2013 Martin received Bayer Inc.’s “Outstanding Canadian” award for his contribution to “Food Chain Partnerships,” and was appointed Adjunct Professor at the College of Business and Economics, University of Guelph. In 2017, the Ontario Produce Marketing Association awarded Martin the Cory Clack-Streef “Produce Industry Person of the Year” award for assisting Ontario’s produce industry to benefit from reducing food loss and waste.

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Dan Lantz
Principal, Crow’s Nest Environmental

Dan is Principal of Crow’s Nest Environmental, his newly formed environmental consulting company. Dan has 30 years of experience in the recycling industry, working over 20 years as a consultant for various consulting companies. He has done and continues to do extensive consulting work packaging/stewardship issues for businesses and industry associations. He also worked with Stewardship Ontario helping develop the Blue Box Program Plan, where he wrote the infamous Pay-In-Model calculating Stewards’ fees. Dan also has more than six years of recycling operations experience gained from working with Cascades Recovery Inc. and he was the COO for Green by Nature EPR, the agency responsible for the processing and marketing of all residentially generated materials collected from across the entire province of British Columbia, Canada. Dan just joined PAC Packaging Consortium as the Director of PAC NEXT.

Dan has his is M.Sc. from U. of Dundee, Scotland; MBA from U. of Toronto and is currently working on his doctoral thesis on the impact of EPR on packaging design. He is a Canadian Environmental Professional (EP) in Waste Management, and Sustainability, a UK Member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (MCIWM). Dan has written or presented more than 100 papers on diversion.

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Andrew MacDonald
Professor, Ryerson University School of Graphic Communications

Andrew teaches Management Studies and Sustainability in Print & Packaging at Ryerson University's School of Graphic Communications.  Andrew is also a management consultant, and for many years was involved with the Eva's Phoenix Print Shop social enterprise.  Andrew holds an MA in Environmental Studies from York University.

 
 
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Mike Richmond
Principal, PTIS

Dr. Michael Richmond is a strategic business and technical leader with 35 years of experience across PTIS, Kellogg, Kraft, and Michigan State University, where he was an assistant professor in the School of Packaging. Mike has numerous achievement awards and commendations and is past head of the Industrial Advisory Committee for the Center for Advanced Food Technology (CAFT) at Rutgers University. Mike was  inducted into the PMMI Packaging Hall of Fame and The MSU School of Packaging Hall of Fame. In 2013, He was also recognized as the outstanding alumnus in the College of Ag and Natural Resources at MSU. In addition Mike has served on various technology Boards and Councils over the past decade. Mike published “Creating Value Through Packaging: Unlocking a New Business and Management Strategy”. Mike lectures at both Michigan State University and Western Michigan University in their packaging and food marketing programs.

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Claire Sand
Owner, Packaging Technology and Research

Claire Sand is an industry and academic leader who focuses on decreasing food waste with packaging, food engineering, and food science. Sand integrates material science, active and intelligent packaging, ingredient technology, and food processing strategies to launch new products and extend the shelf life of existing products. Dr. Claire Sand runs Packaging Technology and Research, where she provides project based strategy, technology, consulting and coaching services to food and packaging companies. Dr. Sand holds a doctorate degree in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Minnesota and MS and BS in Packaging from Michigan State University.