OPMA celebrates leaders at virtual awards

Vince Pillitteri, winner of the OPMA Lifetime Achievement Award

Five of the Ontario produce industry’s hardworking individuals were honoured November 19 at the Ontario Produce Marketing Association’s (OPMA) Virtual Awards Ceremony. 

The Cory Clack-Streef Produce Person of the Year Award went to Peter Quiring, founder and president of Nature Fresh Farms for his relentless efforts to supply consumers with fresh, local produce. Peter and his team worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of their workers throughout the pandemic while pushing for more retail space for Ontario grown fruits and vegetables.

 
The OPMA Fresh Award was won by Tom Heeman, chair of the  Berry Growers of Ontario for his prominent leadership role in the industry and innovative spirit.

 

 

The OPMA Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Joe Sbrocchi general manager of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers.  He is recognized for his efforts to push the provincial and federal governments on tough issues such as COVID-related labour disruption and market access. Joe is a dedicated advocate for the fresh produce and greenhouse sector.

 
Lastly, the OPMA Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to two individuals.  The first is Gord Love from North American Produce Buyers for his many years of service to the produce industry and to the OPMA. Gord was a founding director of the OPMA and instrumental to the growth of the association and to mentoring new board members. He has helped steer the organization in its current direction. Even though he has now retired from the board, he continues to volunteer his time to the OPMA.  
 

The second recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award is Vince Pillitteri from Seaway Farms. Vince has been active in the Niagara Tender Fruit Industry since 1970. A prominent member of several organizations, Vince has dedicated his life to growing and improving the Ontario produce industry.

Source:  Ontario Produce Marketing Association November 20, 2020 news release

 

If latest news: 
Check if it is latest news (for "Latest News" page)
Publish date: 
Saturday, November 21, 2020

Click to leave a comment

CAPTCHA
For security purposes, please confirm you are not a robot!

RELATED NEWS

Peak of the Market adds to executive team

Winnipeg-based Peak of the Market appoints Deena Clarke as chief financial officer. And broadens the executive team with Jodi Johnson in the newly created position of marketing and communications.

UPGC general manager retires

A veteran of Canada’s potato industry, Kevin MacIsaac, plans to retire this fall after a decade as general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada. His diversified career spans 42 years as an extension agronomist, farmer, industry organizer and articulate advocate for agriculture. 

Greg Morrow named Nova Scotia ag minister

Long-time radio news director, Greg Morrow, is the new agriculture minister for Nova Scotia.  

Mucci Farms hires grocery veteran

Dan Branson starts a new role as senior director, business and product development on August 16, 2021. He’s had a 15-year run with Canada’s largest grocer, Loblaw Companies, earning him a reputation as a thought leader on large global initiatives. 

New directors elected to DRC

The Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation has announced that new directors were elected to the board at its annual general meeting held virtually from June 2-4, 2021. Representation is broad from Canada, the United States, Mexico and Chile.