Dalrymple led the Canada Pet Nutrition unit for Mars as general manager. Prior to that, she spent almost two decades at Procter & Gamble Canada.
She begins her transition into Gay Lea foods on Oct. 31. Barrett will retire on Jan. 31, 2023.
“Gay Lea Foods has achieved remarkable growth over the last eight years thanks to the vision, leadership and team that Michael has built within and surrounding our co-operative,” Board Chair Rob Goodwill said in a statement. “During his time as CEO, we have transformed our co-operative into a national business while setting it on a strong path toward our next phase of sustainable growth and our shared purpose of Enriching communities co-operatively. I am excited by the opportunities ahead as we look forward to further realizing our potential as a sustainable, growing foods co-operative with Suzanna Dalrymple as our incoming CEO.”