Wednesday, April 14 at 12:00 pm EDT / 9:00 am PDT
President and CEO, Giant Tiger Stores Limited
Paul Wood has the distinction of leading Giant Tiger and furthering Giant Tiger’s growth and expansion as President and CEO and formerly as President and COO. Previously serving as Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer for the proudly Canadian discount retail chain, Paul has gained experience overseeing finance, real estate, warehousing and distribution, supply chain and merchandise planning since joining Giant Tiger in 2003. His extensive knowledge of the business, customer-centric approach, and passion for the company’s core values make him the ideal person to lead Giant Tiger. Mr. Wood also serves on Giant Tiger's Board of Directors. A Chartered Accountant, Mr. Wood holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University.
Thursday, April 15 at 12:00 pm EDT / 9:00 am PDT
President, Sysco Canada
Since 2012, Randy White has led Sysco Canada as President. Having started his foodservice career in Vancouver over 40 years ago, Randy is a proud Canadian that sees the true potential of our changing Canadian marketplace!
His commitment to service excellence has driven the customer experience to new heights. Randy remains committed to growing Sysco Canada’s reach as a true partner with our Vendor and Customer communities.
Committed to rapidly expanding diversity and inclusion across our Canadian foodservice Industry, Randy sees outstanding career opportunities in foodservice for emerging generations of Canadians.
Friday, April 16 at 12:00 pm EDT / 9:00 am PDT
Darrell Jones embarked on his 45-year career in the food business in Cranbrook, British Columbia as a retail grocery clerk. From there, Darrell joined teams in 23 different stores and communities as he moved progressively through a series of senior operating roles with Save-On-Foods.
For the past two decades, Darrell has been a key member of the company’s senior management team, contributing to the strategic development of the company with his frankness, charisma and business savvy. In 2012, Darrell was promoted to company president. During his time at the helm, Darrell has played a key role in aligning his executive team on their shared goals, positioning the company as the leading grocery retailer in Western Canada on a path of rapid expansion. He also leads The Pattison Food Group, a Jim Pattison business comprising food, drug, wholesale and specialty retail operations with more than 30,000 employees and more than 280 stores.
In 2017, Darrell received the Golden Pencil Award – the highest distinction in the grocery industry – from the Food Industry Association of Canada for his immense contributions to the grocery industry.
Darrell channels his passions for the grocery industry and giving back into active participation on numerous industry boards, including those of The Grocery Foundation; GS1 Canada; the Food Marketing Institute (FMI); Retail Council of Canada GMC; BC Children’s Hospital Foundation; and the Telus Community Board for Vancouver, which recommends allocation of grants to grassroots projects, charities, and organizations and community groups. In his capacity as a member of these organizations, Darrell is a key advocate for the company and representative on both the national and international stages. In recognition of his commitment to community, Darrell was honored by Rotarians with a Paul Harris Fellow and in 2017 received an Honorary Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Darrell has culled a wealth of experience over more than four decades with the company, and he enthusiastically leads an increasingly diverse team of more than 22,000 people known for innovation, customer service and industry leadership in more than 150 Western Canadian communities.
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