2021 Star Women in Grocery winner Jenna Benn (Q&A)
Canadian Grocer staff
Farm Boy College and Bay, 777 Bay Street, Toronto
How did you get into the grocery/CPG business?
My first job at 15 was at A&P as a courtesy clerk pushing carts and helping bag groceries. I always dreamed of having my photo at the front of the store. I strayed to the world of clothing for a while but was swayed back with Farm Boy’s delicious ways and great opportunities to grow.
What are you proudest about in terms of your work?
I’m most proud of the people I mentor and grow. It’s so exciting to hire someone and have them reach out to you to share their accomplishments.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career?
COVID. I’ve been a manager for over 15 years, and the past year has been the hardest yet. It has also helped me grow the most. Being a woman has also sometimes proved to be difficult, but nothing gives me more pleasure than changing opinions one at a time.
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. It’s not the mistakes that define you, but how you learn and how you correct them.
What has been a career highlight or one of your greatest achievements?
Opening the door and greeting my first customer at the College and Bay location was an amazing moment I will never forget. All my hard work and dedication over the years had brought me to where I wanted to be.
What do you like most about your job?
People! I love customers and I love my staff. I am a people person, and finding connections and mentoring others is something I do in my own time and work.
Anything else you’d like to say?
I’m thankful for Farm Boy. I have never worked for such an amazing company. They have encouraged me to step up and really make a difference.
Click here for the full list of 2021 Star Women in Grocery award winners.