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.
Darryl Rowe leads all of Mother Parkers' sales functions and customer relationship activities across retail and foodservice channels, in both Canada and the U.S. He joined the Company in June 2018, bringing significant leadership experience and a strong track record of success in both branded and customer label products. As President of Weston Bakeries, Darryl drove operational excellence throughout the business, underpinned by insights-driven decision-making and customer focus. Prior to his role at Weston Bakeries, Darryl was Vice President, Foodservice and Retail Sales as well as President of McCain Foods Canada. He has also worked in senior sales roles at the Coca-Cola Company and began his sales career at Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc. Darryl has been actively involved in many trade organizations and advisory boards during the course of his career, including terms as Board Chair of Food and Consumer Products of Canada and the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.
Jean-Pierre (JP) Rajotte joined Mother Parkers in November 2017 as Vice President of Operations, responsible for all of the Company's manufacturing and supply chain functions in both Canada and the U.S. JP has extensive operational leadership experience gained over nearly 35 years working in consumer food and beverage operations at both Kraft and McCain Foods. He began his career in the dairy manufacturing sector working in food technology and quality roles but progressed quickly to Plant Supervisor, Plant Manager and eventually to leading Kraft Canada’s Manufacturing Function with accountability for 13 plants and 4,500 employees. Following his time with Kraft, JP became Vice President of Operations for McCain Foods Canada, and eventually took leadership for North America Integrated Supply Chain specific to Prepared Foods and Health and Safety. He also served as a member of the McCain Global Manufacturing Council. Jean-Pierre holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Food Sciences and Technologies from Université Laval and has continued learning through numerous continuing education and professional development opportunities throughout his career.
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.