Michael Barrett, president and CEO of Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Limited plans to retire effective January 31, 2023. Suzanne Dalrymple will succeed Barrett and take on the new role February 1, 2023, although she will begin her transition on October 31.
Barrett has been with Gay Lea Foods for 22 years, serving as president & CEO since 2014. During his time as CEO, the Canadian co-operative has grown rapidly through several strategic acquisitions, including expansion into Western Canada, constructed the only nutraceutical-grade dairy ingredients facility in Canada, and made record investments to modernize and expand existing processing capacity and capabilities in Ontario.
Most recently, Dalrymple led the Canada Pet Nutrition unit for Mars as general manager. Prior to senior roles with Mars Pet Nutrition Canada, she spent almost two decades at Procter & Gamble Canada, working progressively through senior roles in brand management and sales. Throughout her career, she has had a passion for people, often sponsoring the Women’s Network, and driving inclusive succession planning.