From left: DCI presenter Melissa Lynne-Schaffer; Dave Powell, Atlantic Grocery Distributors, DCI past chair; Jim Bexis, Sun Valley Market, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award; and Barry Lanteigne, DCI vice president
DCI’s annual Business Summit 2019 and Star Awards was held June 20 in Toronto.
Themed “Road to Success,” the event gathered together suppliers and grocery retailers for the DCI Business eXchange, which provides retailers the opportunity to meet one-on-one with suppliers, afternoon business presentations and the DCI annual dinner and start awards.
Grocery Business attended the event.
Colleen Douglas and Jen Wilkinson, McCormick, and Shaun McKenna, The Grocery Foundation
Innovation Award: Summerhill Market - Melissa Lynne-Schaffer, DCI Star Awards presenter; Matthew Rogge, Summerhill Market; David La Mantia, La Mantia's Country Market and DCI chair; Christy McMullen, Summerhill Market
Bob Brema, Wm. Dunne & Associates Ltd. and Jim Slomka, Grocery Business Magazine
Leader of the Year Jeff O'Neill, Weston Foods with Melissa Lynne-Schaffer, DCI presenter and Barry Lanteigne, DCI vice president
Retailer of the Year: Vince's Market, Craig Cavin, Island Independent Buying Group and DCI board director, DCI presenter Melissa Lynne-Schaffer, Nigel Oliver, Vince's Market and DCI treasurer and Giancarlo Trimarchi, Vince's Market
Partner of the Year: Chapman's Ice Cream, Bob Brema, William M. Dunne & Associates Ltd. accepting on behalf of Chapman's Ice Cream, Melissa Lynne-Schaffer, DCI presenter and Nigel Oliver, Vince's Market & DCI treasurer
Social Responsibility Award: Kudrinko's Ltd. with DCI presenter Melissa Lynne-Schaffer, Robert Galati, Galati Market Fresh and DCI board director, and Martha and Neil Kudrinko, Kudrinko's
Lisa Jones and Jessica Embro, Sleeman Breweries