FBC-ABC appoints new leadership and welcomes new members to its Board of Directors following Annual General Meeting

May 3, 2024 (OTTAWA) – Food and Beverage Canada (FBC-ABC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Conway, CEO of Food and Beverage Ontario, as its new Vice-Chair, and Gabrielle Fallu, Head, Public Relations and Government Affairs at Exceldor Cooperative as its new Corporate Secretary. Both Chris and Gabrielle have been elected for a two-year term. Additionally, Michael Burrows, CEO of Maple Lodge Farms, has graciously agreed to continue in his role as Past Chair.

FBC-ABC extends its deepest appreciation to outgoing Vice-Chair, James Donaldson of BC Food & Beverage. and Secretary, Del Rollo of Arterra Wines Canada, for their unwavering commitment to the association and its advocacy efforts in Ottawa. Del and James will continue to serve on the Board of Directors.

Additionally, FBC-ABC would like to announce the appointment of Marie Ly, Senior Director, Industry & Government Affairs at Gay Lea Foods to the Board of Directors for a three-year term. We are confident that with her experience and background, Marie will serve as an excellent addition to the organization.

The Annual General Meeting held this week also saw the release of FBC-ABC’s 2023-2024 Annual Report, which you can find here.

“I am deeply honoured to accept the role of Vice-Chair of Food and Beverage Canada’s Board of Directors. This appointment presents an exciting opportunity to further advocate for the growth and prosperity of our industry on a national scale.” – Chris Conway, CEO of Food and Beverage Ontario

FBC-ABC’s full Executive Committee includes:
Mike Bannister, Co-Chair FBC-ABC
President and CEO, Atlantic Poultry Inc.

Robert Eiser, FBC-ABC Co-Chair
President, Aliments LUDA Foods

Chris Conway, FBC-ABC Vice-Chair
CEO, Food and Beverage Ontario

Kathleen Sullivan, Treasurer, FBC-ABC
Vice President Government and Industry Affairs, Maple Leaf Foods

Gabrielle Fallu, Corporate Secretary
Head, Public Relations and Government Affairs, Exceldor Cooperative

Ted Lawson, Director at Large, FBC-ABC
Chief Commercial Officer, Nortera

Michael Burrows, Past-Chair, FBC-ABC
CEO, Maple Lodge Farms

Since its inception in 2018, FBC-ABC has emerged as a highly effective advocate for the national interests of the food and beverage manufacturing industry, making significant contributions to federal policies that advance industry objectives. The Board of Directors plays a pivotal role in ensuring robust engagement in policy development and advocacy, ultimately benefits both its members and Canadian consumers. To learn more about the benefits of membership, click here.

For more information or media inquiries:
Kristina Farrell
CEO, Food and Beverage Canada