Pictured: Partner of the Year: Parmalat – Brent Stevens, Mike Turcotte and Sean Mateer
Distribution Canada Inc. (DCI) recently held its first Annual Business Summit, described by president Marc Fortin as an opportunity to build value for DCI’s independent grocer shareholders and their vendor partners.
In addition to the new Annual Business Summit and Gala Awards dinner, DCI, in conjunction with the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers, organized a successful charity golf tournament, creating an exciting new two-day event to add to the industry’s spring calendar.
In conversation with Grocery Business, Fortin said: “We are looking forward to building on this year’s success and creating better and stronger relationships for all in our industry. We will be back in early June next year with two amazing days filled with networking, learning and business opportunities.”
As part of the gala dinner event, several industry leaders were recognized for their contribution to DCI’s success:
Retailer of the Year: Country Grocer, Victoria, B.C. (represented by Peter Cavin)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Ben Pino, Pino’s Fresh Market, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
Innovation Award: Summerhill Market, Toronto (represented by Rick Knapp)
Social Responsibility Award: Sun Valley Market, Toronto (represented by Jim and Vicki Bexis)
Partner of the Year: Parmalat Canada
Leader of the Year: Mike Turcotte, Parmalat Canada