Directors and Management

The current Directors of the Corporation are as follows:
Name and Position or Office with the Corporation Biography
Sean Cheah

Mr. Cheah is a Senior Principal in the Relationship Investments group at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPPIB”). CPPIB is a global professional investment management organization that invests the funds not needed by the Canada Pension Plan to pay current benefits in the best interests of 20 million contributors and beneficiaries.

Prior to joining CPPIB in 2010, Mr. Cheah worked in the investment banking departments of TD Securities and Genuity Capital Markets (now Canaccord Genuity).

Mr. Cheah has more than 15 years of experience in principal investing and investment banking, with expertise in corporate strategy, capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Cheah holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Johnny Ciampi (1)

Mr. Ciampi is Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Maxam Capital Corporation and Maxam Opportunities Fund LP (“Maxam”). Maxam is a Vancouver-based private equity fund focused on investing in mid to small-cap Canadian public companies.

Mr. Ciampi was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Gibralt Capital Corporation, and a Partner in Second City Capital Corporation (private equity firms) until July 1, 2008, where he had responsibility for taxation, acquisitions, dispositions and legal matters.

Mr. Ciampi has extensive financial expertise including experience in private equity, corporate finance, public markets, and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Ciampi is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, with a degree in Commerce, and holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation. Mr. Ciampi articled at Deloitte & Touche LLP and was Controller and Treasurer of a group of public companies traded on the TSX.

Bruce Hodge (1)(2)
Director and Chairman of the Board

Mr. Hodge is Managing Director of Pender West Capital Partners Inc., a Vancouver-based private investment firm that invests equity capital in small to medium sized businesses. In addition, he is Chairman of Overland Container Transportation Services (a private drayage company) and Dynoflex Group L.P. (a private rubber surfaces manufacturing company).

In 1989, Mr. Hodge was a founding partner of CWC Capital Ltd. Prior to forming CWC, Mr. Hodge was a Vice-President and Director of Pemberton Securities Inc., a fully integrated investment banking firm.

Mr. Hodge has over 30 years of experience in investment and merchant banking, including financial reorganizations, capital raising and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Hodge holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a M.A. (Economics) degree from Queen's University.

Kathleen Keller-Hobson (2)(3)

Ms. Keller-Hobson is a corporate director and also serves on the Board of Directors of CCL Industries Inc. (“CCL”), the world's largest converter of pressure sensitive and extruded film materials, and of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (“GTAA”), which operates Toronto Pearson International Airport. Ms. Keller-Hobson is Lead Director and Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee of CCL, and is Chair of the Governance and Stakeholder Relations Committee and a member of the Planning and Commercial Development Committee of the GTAA.

Prior to 2015, Ms. Keller-Hobson was a partner at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP and, prior to October 2011, was a partner at Bennett Jones LLP, both international law firms. Prior to October 2006, she was a partner at Torys LLP, also an international law firm, where she practised law for 25 years including nine years as Managing Partner of its London, England office.

During her 35-year legal career, Ms. Keller-Hobson provided strategic advice to global businesses, boards of directors and special committees on significant transactions, critical business issues, and risk management. She has broad international experience and extensive experience in public and private mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and corporate governance.

Ms. Keller-Hobson obtained her law degree from the University of Ottawa in 1979. She is a holder of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Director designation (ICD.D).

Hugh McKinnon (2)(3)

Mr. McKinnon is a director and shareholder of Norscot Investments Ltd., a privately held company with extensive interests in media and residential/commercial developments in Washington, British Columbia and Alberta.

Mr. McKinnon has an extensive background in broadcast communications, having served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Okanagan Skeena Ltd. and Nornet Broadcasting Ltd.

Mr. McKinnon has extensive executive and senior management leadership experience, governance and executive compensation expertise.

George Paleologou
Director and President and CEO

Mr. Paleologou has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Premium Brands and/or its predecessors since May 2008. Prior to that he was President of Premium Brands from July 2001 to May 2008.

From October 2000 to July 2001, Mr. Paleologou was Chief Executive Officer of Direct Plus Food Group Ltd., a subsidiary of Premium Brands and from November 1995 to October 2000, he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Premium Brands. Mr. Paleologou joined Premium Brands as its Corporate Controller in 1987 and prior to that was with KPMG LLP.

Mr. Paleologou has also been a director of Premium Brands since July 2001.

Mr. Paleologou holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

John Zaplatynsky (1)(3)

Mr. Zaplatynsky was one of the founding partners and until August 28, 2010, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada GardenWorks Ltd., an independently owned and operated retail garden centre company with a number of locations in British Columbia.

Mr. Zaplatynsky is also a former Chairman of the Board, member of the Audit Committee, and Chair of the Compensation Committee, of Contech Enterprises Inc., a Victoria, British Columbia based manufacturer, importer and distributor of garden and pet products sold to the retail industry in Canada and the United States.

Prior to founding Canada GardenWorks Ltd. Mr. Zaplatynsky was employed by T. Eaton Co. Ltd. (from 1970 to 1984) in a variety of increasingly responsible positions in personnel management, merchandise management, and store operations in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, and Vancouver.

Mr. Zaplatynsky holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba.

Mr. Zaplatynsky has extensive executive and senior management leadership experience, and executive compensation and succession planning expertise, including in the agricultural sector.

(1) This individual is a member of the Audit Committee.
(2) This individual is a member of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee.
(3) This individual is a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.


The current Officers of the Corporation are as follows:
Name Principal Occupation
George Paleologou, CA Mr. Paleologou has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation since May 2008. Prior to that he was President of the Corporation or its predecessors from July 2001 to May 2008.
Will Kalutycz, CA Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation or its predecessors since 2000.
Douglas Goss, Q.C. General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Corporation or its predecessors since 1999.

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