Meet The Team

A winning team requires the right leadership, here are our leaders:

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Lisa MacNeil

Lisa MacNeil

President

Lisa MacNeil joined Tree of Life Canada as President on Monday October 12th, 2020.

Lisa graduated with an honours degree in Business from Wilfrid Laurier University and has spent the last 32 years progressing her career across multiple functions.

Lisa’s career has spanned across three major corporate acquisitions (Canada Packers, Maple Leaf Food Service and Gordon Food Service). Her diversified professional experience has taken her through many positions including Customer Service, Sales, Key Account Manager, Director of Human Resources, Vice President Independent Food Service Sales, Director of Marketing and Procurement, Director of Multi-Unit Sales for Gordon Food Service in Ontario and General Manager for United Restaurant Supplies, a smallware and equipment company that GFS acquired in 2012.

In 2015, Lisa was promoted to the role of President for Gordon Food Service Ontario.

Lisa has been married for 28 years to her husband Brendan and has two daughters Megan and Margaret. Lisa and her husband enjoy spending time at their cottage in Sauble Beach with family and friends and describes her family as being foodies. She loves to travel and try new things.

In 2019, Lisa was voted one of the top 100 Most Influential Women in Supply Chain. Lisa has also served on the Executive Committee of Women’s Food Service Forum (WFF) and is currently a member of the CEO Global Network. Some of you may recognize Lisa from the CEO Global, Women’s Leadership Summit in February 2020 where Lisa was a keynote speaker.

Lisa is a high profile, results oriented leader who builds relationships and develops the talent around her. Her people speak of her in glowing terms, remarking on her transparency, her communication skills and her caring, compassionate manner. These are all traits that make her the right person to take over at Tree of Life and we are thrilled that we were able to attract her to our business and have her join our family.

Patrick Heffernan

Patrick Heffernan

Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Procurement

Patrick has more than 20 years of experience in senior executive roles. His background includes the grocery industry with A&P, the drug industry with Lawton Drugs/Sobeys Pharmacy/Rexall and foodservice with Cara. He also held the position of VP of Supply Chain and Supplier Relations at UNFI Canada from 2016 to 2020 and most recently held the role of Managing Partner with REMBrands.

Patrick has also served on the board of Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA), GS1 Canada and several advisory boards within the package goods industry.

In his spare time Patrick enjoys spending his time cooking and baking and travelling with his family (wife and two kids).

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Tom Hatges

Tom Hatges

Vice President, Food Service

Tom joined Tree of Life in January 2017 as Senior Director Food Service. Since that time, Tom has played an instrumental role in successfully restructuring and growing Tree of Life’s food service business to what it is today.  Tom’s 32 years of food service management experience with tier one companies like Unilever-Best Foods, Starbucks, E.D. Smith, Sara Lee and Tyson Foods has served him well in managing the Tree of Life National Foodservice group with our Broker Partners.

Fun Fact:
Tom has an obsession for fast cars, especially ones from Germany, and hopes to one day drive on the Autobahn.

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Julie Hodge

Julie Hodge

Vice President, Human Resources

Julie joined the Tree of Life team in May of 2019. With an extensive background in Human Resources, Julie’s current role encompasses all aspects of Talent Management, Total Rewards, Payroll, Health & Safety and Wellness. Her previous experience includes HR roles with a large specialty retailer as well as a national food service company. A graduate of the University of Ottawa, Julie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and is a Certified Human Resources Leader. When not in the office, you can find Julie in the gym or on the golf course.

Fun Fact:
Julie completed all her education in French and is fluently bilingual. Incroyable!

Beth Carreon

Beth Carreon

Vice President of Finance

Beth joined Tree of Life Canada in 2022. She has over 25 years of finance experience gained from various industries such as consumer packaged, banking, accounting firms and cannabis. In her current role, she leads and oversees the entire Finance function of the company. Before coming to TOLC, Beth served as Chief Financial Officer for Entourage Health Corp. and prior to that was VP-Finance for Tilray – both companies being Licensed Producers of cannabis in Canada. Before her foray in the cannabis industry, Beth held progressive Finance roles over her twelve years at Nestle Canada Inc. with her latest role being Director of Finance. Beth holds a CPA designation in Canada. She earned her MBA degree from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Fun Fact:

Beth is an amateur gardener and baker.

Christopher Parker

Christopher Parker

Senior Vice President, Information Technology and Operations

Christopher Parker joined Tree of Life Canada in August of 2021 as the Vice President of Digital and Information Technology.

Prior to joining Tree of Life Canada, Christopher has worked for various industries and multinational organizations. He is skilled in IT strategy, mergers & acquisitions, core system transformation and e-commerce.

Christopher is a performance driven leader with a proven track record for delivering innovative IT solutions. Recognized in providing vision, leadership and expertise resulting in organic sales growth and cost efficiencies.

Christopher enjoys travelling the Caribbean in the winter; and spends leisurely time with his family at the cottage in the summer.

Fun Fact:

Christopher’s favorite food is spaghetti and meatballs.

TOL Canada Key Functional Leaders

Anne Mergelas in

Director Natural

Alain Larivee in

Director Customer Development – Quebec

Cathy Mitchell in

Director, Retail Development

Dave Clark

Director, Information Technology

David Rawlingson in

Director, Supply Chain

Glenn Grandy in

Senior Director, Seafood

Sonya Moniz in

Director, Human Resources

Howard Chong

Senior Director, Finance

Justin Arnet in

Director,  Customer Development – Western Canada

Leeola Zanetti

Senior Director, Marketing, Specialty & Fresh

Mike Watts in

Director, Sales Northbud

Scott Bakewell in

 Director, Food Service

Mario Delgadinho in

Director, Software Engineering

Henry VandenHoogen in

Senior Director, Customer Development

Bisola Opaleye in

Director, Financial Planning & Analysis and Costing