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Key Personnel

Blaine Hobson – Chairman

Blaine is an experienced manager with more than 30 years of business success in starting up, building and running companies in such diverse industries as automotive, manufacturing, medical devices and telecommunications. His multi-disciplinary background and experience brings to Protenergy a unique business perspective. He received his Degree from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Kevin Tracey – CEO

Kevin brings over 20 years experience in food processing and distribution to his role as President CEO of Protenergy. Having held executive leadership positions with Canada's largest bakery company and, more recently, a successful entrepreneurial enterprise, he is well positioned to guide the strategic direction and manage the operating performance of Protenergy. Kevin has been active in shaping the future of the industry having been an active member of numerous industry associations including a role as the Associate Member Council of CFIG.

Brent Lunn – Vice President, Business Development

Brent is responsible for defining and executing Protenergy's business development strategy. His 20 years of consumer goods sales and marketing experience will benefit Protenergy as the company continues to demonstrate aggressive growth within retail brand partnerships and national brand co-pack. As the only manufacturer in North America dedicated to the development of carton technology within soups, sauces, gravies, and broths, Protenergy continues to innovate in regard to product development and supply chain efficiencies. Our business development strategy is built on two fundamental beliefs; that the time has come for retail brands to lead through innovation, quality, and value and that national brand owners can experience significant benefits from outsourcing the manufacturing component of their business while concentrating on building their brands.

Michael DeBonis - Vice President, Human Resources

Michael, has achieved unique success across North America and globally as a Human Capital management executive in diverse high growth opportunities. His business competencies, success architecting high performing organizations, and ability to work as a trusted executive at all levels of the organization further strengthens our strategic ability to deliver compelling product experiences to our customers. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto at Mississauga and the Executive Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Martin Kent – Interim Chief Financial Officer

Martin has a broad and diverse background in financial leadership roles in high growth and entrepreneurial organizations. Martin is a Chartered Accountant and has extensive experience in all facets of financial management including strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, treasury and taxation.

Ian Fraser – Vice President, Operations and Supply Chain

Ian brings over 20 years of experience from the Consumer Packaged Goods industry including leadership positions in Supply, Operations and Marketing in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Latin America. With experience managing large plant and supply networks he will provide leadership in execution of class leading plant performance, supply network efficiency and customer service. Ian is a graduate of business program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada.

Bill Gamble – Vice President, Manufacturing Services and Process Authority

Bill began his career in the food industry in 1986 and has solid experience in food processing, packaging and distribution. Having worked for both multinational and smaller start up companies in low and high acid, processing, ESL, and shelf stable environments and packaging formats he is well versed in all the technical, quality and managerial aspects of running a food manufacturing organization at the highest standards. Bill is a certified Process Authority.

Mary Yorke –Director, Logistics

Mary has been with Protenergy since its inception and has been instrumental in its growth and development. She has extensive experience and skills in cross border shipments, customs, NAFTA and logistics. This has allowed Protenergy to provide excellent customer service to our U.S. based partners. Through her leadership and guidance, Protenergy, its carriers and warehouses are all C-TPAT certified giving our customers the confidence that their products have been produced, stored and transported under the securest of conditions.