Greg JohnsonMike Kostick (from left), salesman for The Oppenheimer Group, Vancouver, British Columbia, chats with Chris Kyriopoulos, director of procurement for Quebec and Ontario for Metro Inc., and Jim DiMenna, president of JemD Farms, on April 12 at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s annual convention in Calgary. CALGARY – The 87th annual Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s convention and expo opened April 12 amid a spring snow.
Attendees started the day with a breakfast session followed by workshops on social media and transportation to and from and within Canada. Fred Webber, president of the Dispute Resolution Corp., Ottawa, said the North American Produce Transportation Working Group website features guidelines on best trading practices in three easy documents.
“These are not for solving problems,” he cautioned. “They’re for keeping them from happening.”
The convention continues April 13 with expo hours, more general sessions and the announcement of The Packer’s Canadian Produce Man or Woman of the Year Award.