Meet The Team
A winning team requires the right leadership, here are our leaders:
Chris PowellSenior Vice President Customer Development
Mario PereiraVice President Operations
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.
Chris joined Tree of Life in 1991 after holding progressive management positions in Marketing/Sales at Kellogg’s and as VP Marketing at E.D. Smith. During his tenure with Tree of Life Chris has held senior Marketing position as well as Vice President Sales in Western Canada before coming to Toronto in 2005 to lead the National Sales team as Vice President Sales. In 2017 Chris was promoted to Senior Vice President, Customer Development. Chris is on the Advisory Members Council (AMC) of CFIG and an advocate of continuous learning as a long-term member of CEO Global Network.
Chris is an avid golfer both on the links and as a fan of the PGA!
Mario joined Tree of Life October 2020. Mario leads the Transportation, Warehouse Operations, and Supply Chain teams. During his tenure with TOL Mario has been instrumental in implementing many projects and process enhancements. He continues to foster an environment of continuous improvement through Lean principles that ensures TOL provides world class service level and on-time delivery at the lowest possible cost. Mario believes in transparency, collaboration, and performance.
Mario is a big collector of vintage toys. Specifically, from the ’70s and ’80s.
Tom HatgesVice President Food Service
Gordon E. WalkerVice President Finance
Christopher ParkerVice President Digital & Information Technology
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.
Tom has an obsession for fast cars, especially ones from Germany, and hopes to one day drive on the Autobahn.
Gordon E. Walker
Gord joined Tree of Life Canada in 2006. He has more than 30 years of relevant industry experience in branded consumer products and distribution. In his current role he leads and oversees the Finance team of the company. Before coming to TOLC, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Premium Beer, and prior to that was Controller of Bestfoods. He earned his CPA, CMA designation from the Society of Management Accountants of Ontario in 1989.
Gord enjoys watching and playing hockey…..and in one season led his league in penalty minutes.
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.
Christopher’s favorite food is spaghetti and meatballs.
Julie HodgeVice President Human Resources
Jamie MoodyVice Chairman, Tree of Life Canada ULC
Patrick HeffernanSVP Customer and Client Development
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.
Julie completed all her education in French and is fluently bilingual. Incroyable!
Jamie strives every day to own and model the company’s core purpose of “Helping Canada Eat Well and Live Well.” Being a passionate foodie means Jamie hits the gym pretty much every day! That passion also fires his enthusiasm for connecting great and innovative brands with the company’s route to market. And that route is extensive, reaching everywhere food is sold in Canada.
Jamie’s focus has always been to field the best team of people to bring to life the core purpose and get great brands in front of consumers in the best possible way. He is also energized by strong personal relationships with suppliers, retailers and people from the broader industry. After 20 years Jamie is more than ever, loving and proud of being part of Tree of Life.
While attending a food show in Germany, Jamie helped an elderly woman into a restaurant and to her seat. Afterward, several people asked Jamie, “Do you know who that is?” (he didn’t.) He was told, “That’s Dame Shirley Bassey- she sang the theme songs to 3 James Bond films, including “Goldfinger”, “Diamonds are Forever,” and “Moonraker.” He went back and said to her, “I think one of us is famous!” She was pleased to pose for a selfie.
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).