“She has been a great advocate for our industry. She is dedicated and tenacious in her efforts to secure nothing but the best for the produce industry,” said John Anderson, president and chief executive officer of The Oppenheimer Group.
Two others Canadian industry received awards April 19.
Stephanie Lariviere, regulatory manager and sales at Erie James Ltd. is the 2013 Mary FitzGerald Award, named after long-time Chiquita Brands International employee, who died in 2005. The award goes to a Canadian produce industry representatitive under 40 who shows passion and innovation in their career.
Lariviere brought her company into a new era of food safety oversight, making sure processes were in place to put Erie James on the leading edge of food safety. She thanked the company for "endless support in my endeavours."
Adrian Huisman, who recently retired as longtime manager of the Ontario Tender Fruit Marketing board, received the CPMA Lifetime Achievement Award. As the leader of the tender fruit board - serving that organization for almost 50 years - Huisman was instrumental in fighting the plum pox virus, which threatened crops for years. He also led similar Ontario groups for apples and grapes.