The annual awards recognize the groups' key partners and independent retailers
Canadian Grocer staff
Vince's Market nabbed the Social Responsibility Award
DCI in association with the Canadian Independent Grocery Buyers Alliance (CIGBA) handed out their Star Awards at the groups' Business Summit 2022, which was held in Toronto earlier this week. The awards, which are presented each year, recognize DCI and CIGBA's partners and independent retailers.
Here are the 2022 Star Award winners:
Retailer of the Year: Pasquier
Partner of the Year: Maple Leaf Foods
Social Responsibility Award: Vince’s Market
Innovation Award: Sharpe’s Food Market
Leader of the Year: David La Mantia of La Mantia’s Country Market Fresh
Lifetime Achievement Award: Merlen Kropf (posthumously) of L&M Food Market. The award was accepted by the Merlen’s daughter Debra and grandchildren Alexis and Noah of The Geddes Street Market.
Partner of the Year Award: (L to R) Melissa Schaffer (Star Awards Host), Paul Chapman (Maple Leaf Foods), Stephen Carroll (Maple Leaf Foods), CIGBA Board Director Mike Sharpe (Sharpe’s Food Market)
Lifetime Achievement Award: (L to R) CIGBA/DCI Chair of the Board Nigel Oliver (Vince’s Market), Melissa Schaffer (Star Awards Host), Noah Ramage (The Geddes Street Market), Alexis Kropf (The Geddes Street Market), Debra Kropf (The Geddes Street Market
Leader of the Year: CIGBA/DCI Past Chair Robert Galati (Galati Market Fresh), Melissa Schaffer (Star Awards), David La Mantia (La Mantia Country Market Fresh)
Innovation: Melissa Schaffer (Star Awards Host), Mike Sharpe (Sharpe’s Food Market), CIGBA/DCI Vice Chair Gordon Dean (Mike Dean’s Local Grocer)