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2023 Generation Next winners revealed!

Canadian Grocer recognizes industry's rising stars
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2023 Generation Next Award winners

Twenty-seven young leaders in the grocery trade were recognized Monday (Nov. 20) with Canadian Grocer’s Generation Next Award.

Awards were presented during a ceremony at GroceryConnex, held at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.

Now in its 13th year, the Generation Next Awards recognizes emerging leaders and innovative thinkers under 40 who are having an impact on the grocery industry not only today, but in the years ahead. 

The 2023 winners are below.

Philippe Archambault, Vice-President Revenue Management, Category Management,           A. Lassonde

Jeff Robertson, Director, Environment and Sustainability, Bimbo Canada

Emilie Engerdahl, Content Manager, Calgary Co-op

Nieko Arnini, Manager, Human Resources, Conagra Brands Canada

Courtney Robertson, Food Business Systems Planning & Design Manager, Federated Co-operatives Limited

Julia Baldaro, Senior Brand Manager, Snacks, General Mills Canada

Leila Keshavjee, Founder & CEO, Happy Pops

Casey Eleusiniotis, Chief Development Officer, Jonluca Neal

Robin Poulain, Director of Sales, KIND Canada

Savith Miranda,Associate Director, Sobeys – National, Kraft Heinz Canada

Ryan Scanzano, Business Development Manager, Kruger Products

Natalie DeJong, Senior Brand Manager, Lactalis Canada

Maral Cheleyeva, Senior Manager, Analytical & Data Platforms, Loblaw

Nicole Lin, Senior Data Scientist, Loblaw

Paolo Leone, Store Manager, Longo's

Allison Benner, Senior Manager, Communications, Learning & Development, Longo's

Garima Dua, Sourcing Manager – Primary Packaging, Maple Leaf Foods

Ramzi Cotran, Senior Key Account Manager, Mars Wrigley Canada

Nick Derkach, Manager, Labour Management, Metro

Tatiana Njensi, Senior Manager, DC Automation & Continuous Improvement, Metro

Mark Salhany, Store Manager, Save-On-Foods Walden

Brooke Nelson-St Dennis, Store Manager, Save-On-Foods Brocklehurst

Julie van Wyck, Head of Corporate Strategy & Development, Sobeys

Chantelle Scola, Manager, Procurement, UNFI Canada

Rameez Gulam, Business Unit Lead – Ice Cream, Unilever Canada

Hailey Vasyliw, Senior OMNI Merchant, Commercial Bread, Walmart Canada

Hussain Bandali, Senior Director, Store Layout & Experience, Walmart Canada

Learn more about this year’s Generation Next winners in the December issue of Canadian Grocer and soon on

See the 2023 winners in the gallery below. 

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