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Friday Briefs: Stephen Harper joins Couche-Tard board; Starbucks launches on Skip

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Jillian Morgan, female, digital editor for Canadian Grocer
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Stephen Harper.

Stephen Harper joins Couche-Tard board of directors

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has appointed former Prime Minister Stephen Harper to its board of directors.

Harper is chairman and CEO of Harper & Associates Consulting. The company provides strategic consulting on matters related to market access, management of global geopolitical and economic risk and maximization of value in global markets. He is also a founding partner and chairman of equity fund Vision One Management

READ: Alimentation Couche-Tard seeing low-income customers cut back on store visits, CEO says

He sits on the board of directors and governance committee of Colliers International Group Inc., and serves as the chair of the International Democracy Union and international Friends of Israel Initiative.

"I am honored to join Couche-Tard, a great Canadian company and a global leader in convenience and mobility renowned for its commitment to excellence and innovation," Harper said in a press release. "Throughout my career, I have always believed in the power of collaboration and forward-thinking to drive success. I am eager to contribute to Couche-Tard's continued success and to work alongside a team that is dedicated to making a positive impact on communities around the globe."

Skip adds Starbucks to network

Canadians can now order Starbucks from more than 600 locations across Canada through SkipTheDishes.

"With Canadians prioritizing more convenience in their lives, delivery remains a major opportunity for Starbucks to help us meet our customers wherever they may be," said Deborah Neff, VP of product and marketing, Starbucks Canada, in a press release. "With Starbucks now available on Skip, we're thrilled to provide more ways for our customers to connect with us and enjoy their favourite menu items at Starbucks."

FMI promotes several key staff

The Virginia-based Food Industry Association (FMI) has announced several recent promotions. 

Krystal Register is promoted to vice president of health and well-being; Diane Gill is named controller and vice president of financial operations; Steven Harris is named senior director of government relations and strategic initiatives; and Tom Cosgrove is now director of industry relations. 

“Our members recognize that the strength of FMI lies in its dedicated and talented staff and the pool of exemplary professionals we’ve promoted assures that our leadership trajectory remains stalwartly focused on the broader mission of the food industry. We commend these outstanding individuals for the accomplishments that secured their promotions, and we look forward to supporting their new and inspiring contributions offered on behalf of the food industry,” FMI president and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin said in a release.

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