Fred Schaeffer was appointed President of Mother Parkers in February 2016. Prior to this, he spent ten years with McCain Foods as President of Canada and various international markets, last servings as Regional President for Asia, Middle East & North Africa. Fred also spent over 20 years with Kraft Foods in progressively more senior roles spanning sales, category management, brand, business development and strategy, ultimately leading to his appointment as President of Kraft Canada. He has held leadership roles in Canada, the U.S. and abroad and has worked in Foodservice and Retail channels. Fred has an MBA degree from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and has been an active member of many industry and charitable associations.
Mike Bate leads the human capital strategy and all Human Resources functions for Mother Parkers. Prior to joining Mother Parkers in 2013, Mike spent three years as the Executive Vice President of Global Human Resources for Spin Master Toys and seven years as VP - Global HR and Communications for Trane Commercial HVAC systems in the industrial technology sector. Mike built his core HR experience over 13 years working with the Campbell Soup Company. His senior executive roles provided him with significant international experience, living and working in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, and leading HR teams in Asia and Latin America. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Ivey School at the University of Western Ontario.
Kim Cunningham leads the category and marketing functions at Mother Parkers with responsibility for overall performance of the company’s main product categories: Coffee, Tea, and Single-Serve Capsules. She joined Mother Parkers in 2017 following several senior level sales, marketing and business development roles. As Director of Sales and Marketing for Starbucks Coffee Company, Kim led successful teams in driving growth through new platforms, channels and brands including the expansion of the single-serve format. She has extensive experience in the foodservice and office coffee channels with both Starbucks and Timothy’s World Coffee. In addition to 15 years in the coffee industry, Kim has held leadership roles in global shopper data analytics, and a highly successful craft brewery. Kim has taken an active role with trade and industry groups, including two years as a Board Member and Committee Chair of the Women’s Foodservice Forum, and has a strong commitment to leadership development.
Jerry Gilbert has extensive experience with private label sales in the food and beverage sector. He joined Mother Parkers as Vice President, Retail Sales in 2007 following a number of years with ConAgra Foods where he was General Manager of the Store Brands business unit and before that, sales lead for the company's Store Brands business at Wal-Mart. Prior to ConAgra Jerry spent more that 20 years in the U.S. biscuit industry, predominantly with Bake-Line Products, which ultimately became the private label division of The Kellogg Company. Jerry holds a degree in Marketing from Boston University's business school.
Rusty James joined Mother Parkers in 1998 as Regional Manager for Atlantic Canada. He has been promoted to progressively more senior sales roles in the company including National Accounts Manager, Canada, Vice President Sales, Canada and his current executive position as Vice President of Foodservice Sales for all of North America. In this role, Rusty is responsible for Mother Parkers relationships with its largest customers in the Quick-Service Restaurant channel, as well as many independent businesses across North America. Rusty is involved in numerous industry organizations, including the National Automatic Merchandising Association, NACS (the Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing) and the Canadian Restaurant Association.
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Bill VandenBygaart and his team are focused on developing new growth platforms and alliances for Mother Parkers. Prior to joining the company in 2010, Bill spent 12 years with Kraft Canada in progressively senior brand leadership and development roles, leading to his appointment as Vice President Beverages. Bill began his career at Maple Leaf Foods and moved through increasingly more senior roles in brand and private label marketing and sales. He holds an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from the Degroote School of Business at McMaster University.
Vice President, Shared Services
Vice President, Shared Services
Brian McClelland was appointed Mother Parkers’ Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Shared Services in January 2017. Brian is responsible for a number of the Company’s functional areas, including all aspects of Finance, Strategic Procurement and Commodity Sourcing, Information Technology, and Credit and Sales Operations. Prior to joining Mother Parkers, Brian was Vice President, Global Financial Planning & Analysis for McCain Foods, a position he moved into following four years as Regional Vice President, Finance & Development (Asia, Middle East, North Africa). Brian has also held senior finance, strategy, planning and sales positions with Molson Coors and Kraft Foods. In each executive role, he has provided leadership that contributed to value creation, commercial success and effective operations. Brian is a Certified Professional Accountant and holds an Honors Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
Heather Saranpaa was promoted to Chief Legal Counsel for Mother Parkers in January 2017 following three years as the Company’s Corporate Counsel. She provides legal and regulatory leadership and expertise to all aspects of the company and is also responsible for regulatory and quality assurance and compliance areas. Heather originally joined Mother Parkers in 2008 as Project Manager and Category Manager, Tea & Herbal Infusions, roles that gave her valuable insight into both operations and customer-facing functions of the Company. Prior to Mother Parkers, Heather held a management position in Purchasing for Parmalat Canada and legal counsel positions with Parmalat, EMI Music and The Song Corporation. Heather graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and was Called to the Bar in Ontario. She also holds a Masters and a Specialized Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from York University in Toronto.