VP Innovation & Supply Chain
M&M Food Market
How did your path lead you to M&M?
I was working with an American-based organization and I wanted to get back to a Canadian company and M&M was an iconic Canadian brand that I grew up with. My parents served and grandparents served M&M products, so it was kind of like coming home. And I love being able to show people, ‘hey, I’m a part of this.’
What are you most proud of in your career?
I'm going to say the team that I've had the good fortune to work with and how we've been able to pivot and address concerns, particularly during the COVID situation. The team rallied. And I that's what I’m most proud of. My stores were happy.
What keeps you passionate about the work you do?
My MBA is in food and agri-business, and I just love everything there is to do with food—creating it, delivering it to customers. I just love it.
Has mentorship been important to your career?
It has. And I think what’s been most important regarding mentorship is knowing when you have to adjust or adapt your mentors. For instance, the mentor you had at the start of your career may not be the one you need in the middle or at the end of your career, because you’re growing. I’ve been so fortunate to have a lot of great mentors along the way.
How would you describe your leadership style?
Collaborative. My approach is that I don’t know everything, that’s why I hire great people. I’m a collaborative leader that lets people run the play, not micromanage. And I’ll never let somebody hang, I’ll be there to catch them.
When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time?
Oh, this is easy. I’m a cruiser. I have more than 50 cruises under my belt. I’ve been on two since COVID-19 restrictions lifted this year and I’ve got a third one planned for later this year and a big one next February (to Australia and New Zealand).
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