Corporate Governance

Management

  • Ennen
    Joseph D. Ennen
    Chief Executive Officer
    Ennen
    Joseph D. Ennen
    Chief Executive Officer


    Joseph D. Ennen was appointed as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and as a director of the Company on April 1, 2019. Mr. Ennen joined the Company from Columbus Manufacturing, a food processing company specializing in artisanal salami and other prepared delicatessen meats, where he served as President and CEO from early 2015 until its sale to Hormel Foods in December 2017. Before joining Columbus Manufacturing, Mr. Ennen was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Own Brands at Safeway, Inc., a leading supermarket chain, from 2009-2015. Prior to Safeway, Mr. Ennen spent four years as an executive at Pepsico/Frito Lay Division, including Group Vice President, Innovation and Vice President Marketing, Core Brands. Previously, Mr. Ennen held various leadership roles and general management, marketing and finance positions with ConAgra Foods, Kellogg’s Company and General Mills.

    Mr. Ennen graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in business (Finance and Marketing majors) and an MBA (with concentrations in Marketing and Corporate Strategy) from the University of Michigan.


  • Scott Huckins
    Scott Huckins
    Chief Financial Officer
    Scott Huckins
    Scott Huckins
    Chief Financial Officer


    Scott Huckins was appointed as the Company’s Chief Finance Office in September 2019.  Mr. Huckins previously spent 3 years as CFO of Claire’s Stores Inc., where he led the company’s recapitalization and change of ownership, implemented a series of large cost reduction initiatives, and actively managed the company’s cash flow and working capital.  Prior to Claire’s, Mr. Huckins was the VP-Treasurer and President of Sears Re, a captive reinsurance company operating in Bermuda.  At Sears, Mr. Huckins led a series of large financing transactions, managed the company’s liquidity, along with rating agency and banking relationships.  At RSC Holdings, an equipment rental company, Scott was VP-Treasury, Tax, and Investor relations.  While at RSC, he led the recapitalization of the company, which was ultimately sold to United Rentals.

    Mr. Huckins earned a Master of Business Administration (with concentrations in Finance and Management Strategy) from Northwestern University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Arizona State University.


  • Jill Barnett
    Jill Barnett
    Chief Administration Officer
    Jill Barnett
    Jill Barnett
    Chief Administration Officer


    Jill Barnett serves as Chief Administrative Officer and is responsible for human capital and the legal affairs of the company.  Prior to joining SunOpta in July 2014, Ms. Barnett spent more than a decade as in-house counsel for Best Buy, the world’s largest consumer electronics retailer, where she provided legal support to various areas of the business, including Best Buy’s global sourcing and exclusive brands business.  Ms. Barnett received her undergraduate degree from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law.


  • Rob Duchscher
    Rob Duchscher
    Chief Information Officer
    Rob Duchscher
    Rob Duchscher
    Chief Information Officer


    Rob Duchscher serves as Chief Information Officer. Rob brings 30+ years of experience in the areas of Software Engineering and Information Technology. Of those 30+ years, 17 years were spent in Industrial Process Control and Transportation Logistics. Most recently, he served as CIO at Starkey Hearing Technologies where he led the transformation of both the Information Technology and Software Engineering Departments. He holds a BS degree in Computer Science.


  • David Largey
    David Largey
    Chief Quality Officer
    David Largey
    David Largey
    Chief Quality Officer


    David Largey joined SunOpta as Senior Vice President, Chief Quality Officer in May 2017. He has been in Quality and Food Safety in the food, active nutrition and dietary supplement industry over 25+ years.  Before coming to SunOpta, Dave worked for The Nature’s Bounty Company as Vice President – Global Quality. At Nature’s Bounty, he was responsible for ensuring product quality and safety across the company’s global supply chain.

    Prior to joining Nature’s Bounty, he was Director of Quality and Food Safety Global Meal Solutions at Barilla America where he was responsible for emerging markets and North America. Dave also worked as the Director of the Global Quality Center of Excellence at Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company where he developed systems and processes for global vendor assurance, consumer feedback, laboratory services, crisis and specifications management.

    Dave began his career with Campbell Soup Company, where he had the opportunity to execute multiple technical roles in manufacturing, regional and corporate R&D and Quality functions in several locations in North America and Europe.

    Dave earned a B.A. in Biology from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He is an ASQ-Certified Quality Auditor, LRQA - ISO 9001 Assessor and obtained statistical methods and applications training from the University of Tennessee. 


  • Christopher Whitehair
    SVP, Supply Chain
    Christopher Whitehair
    SVP, Supply Chain



  • Barend Reijn
    Barend Reijn
    GM, Healthy Fruit
    Barend Reijn
    Barend Reijn
    GM, Healthy Fruit


    Barend Reijn was appointed as the General Manager, Healthy Fruit in September 2019. Barend brings a wealth of fruit experience to this role having spent the last 15 years working for Tradin’s fruit division in the US and Europe.  In his most recent role, Barend was the head of fruit sourcing and trading for Tradin US, where he oversaw the growth of the business, including the development of an expansive supplier base and over 200 external customers. 

    Originally from the Netherlands, Barend has a degree in Food & Business and an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management, part of Erasmus University.


  • Michael Buick
    Michael Buick
    GM, Beverage and Snacks
    Michael Buick
    Michael Buick
    GM, Beverage and Snacks


    Michael Buick is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Healthy Beverage and Healthy Snacks in addition to leading the Raw Material Sourcing and Supply business. Prior to joining SunOpta in February 2017, Mr. Buick was the General Manager of the Bars and Trail Mix business at TreeHouse Foods. Prior to TreeHouse Foods, Mr. Buick spent 10 years at ConAgra Foods in brand management roles across their consumer brand and private label businesses. Previously, Mr. Buick held leadership roles in marketing and finance with Kimberly-Clark and Bank of America.

    Mr. Buick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of North Carolina Charlotte and an MBA (with a concentration in marketing) from The Ohio State University.


  • Gerard Versteegh
    Gerard Versteegh
    GM, Tradin
    Gerard Versteegh
    Gerard Versteegh
    GM, Tradin


    Mr. Versteegh is the President of International Sourcing & Supply. Gerard joined SunOpta in April 2008 as President and co-founder of Tradin Organic Agriculture. Gerard has 30 years of expertise in the global sourcing of organic raw materials in a broad range of categories.


Board of Directors

  • Ennen
    Joseph D. Ennen
    Chief Executive Officer
    Ennen
    Joseph D. Ennen
    Chief Executive Officer


    Joseph D. Ennen was appointed as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and as a director of the Company on April 1, 2019. Mr. Ennen joined the Company from Columbus Manufacturing, a food processing company specializing in artisanal salami and other prepared delicatessen meats, where he served as President and CEO from early 2015 until its sale to Hormel Foods in December 2017. Before joining Columbus Manufacturing, Mr. Ennen was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Own Brands at Safeway, Inc., a leading supermarket chain, from 2009-2015. Prior to Safeway, Mr. Ennen spent four years as an executive at Pepsico/Frito Lay Division, including Group Vice President, Innovation and Vice President Marketing, Core Brands. Previously, Mr. Ennen held various leadership roles and general management, marketing and finance positions with ConAgra Foods, Kellogg’s Company and General Mills.

    Mr. Ennen graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in business (Finance and Marketing majors) and an MBA (with concentrations in Marketing and Corporate Strategy) from the University of Michigan.


  • Al Bolles
    Dr. Al Bolles (4)
    Independent Director
    Al Bolles
    Dr. Al Bolles (4)
    Independent Director


    Dr. Albert Bolles was appointed to the Board in November 2016 and currently serves as a member of the Corporate Governance Committee and the Operations Transformation Committee.

    Dr. Bolles most recently served as Executive Vice President, Chief Technology & Operations Officer of ConAgra Foods, a leading consumer products food company with net sales exceeding $16B.  Prior to this role, Al was Executive Vice President, Research, Quality and Innovation for ConAgra, championing the development and execution of multiple new and improved products, realizing incremental growth for ConAgra Foods and a multi-year pipeline to sustain and advance growth further.  Prior to joining ConAgra in 2006, Dr. Bolles served as Vice President, Worldwide R&D for PepsiCo Beverages and Foods, responsible for global R&D leadership for beverages (Pepsi, Gatorade, and Tropicana) and Quaker Foods including product, process, package and sensory R&D, Nutrition, Quality, and Scientific & Regulatory Affairs.  His prior appointment was with Gerber Foods for over 8 years up to R&D Director, overseeing infant and toddler global research and development. 

    Mr. Bolles currently serves on the Board of Directors of Landec Corporation and is a member of the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee for Landec.  He has a Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Food Science, and a Bachelors’ Degree in Microbiology, all from Michigan State University.


  • Derek Briffett
    Derek Briffett (1)(6)
    Independent Director
    Derek Briffett
    Derek Briffett (1)(6)
    Independent Director


    Derek Briffett was appointed to the Board in November 2017 and serves on the Audit Committee.

    Derek brings a unique holistic perspective on the CPG and Retail Industries, gained from 20 years of COO/CFO roles with Industry leaders in Branded Manufacturing, Private Label Manufacturing and Food Retailing in the US, Canada and International Markets, including China, India, Mexico and UK.

    Derek is a true business partner and change agent with a track record of consistently improving profitability while leading successful cross-functional transformative initiatives on Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions, Integrations, Turnarounds, Continuous Improvement, IT/ERP Systems and Best Practices with Fortune 500, Mid-Caps and Private Equity owned companies.

    Derek was previously Chief Operating Officer of a division of TreeHouse Foods and Chief Operating Officer of Associated Brands. He has served in many Executive Finance and Strategy positions including CFO of Associated Brands, Senior Financial Officer for the International Foods Group of ConAgra Foods, Senior Vice President of Finance for Loblaws Companies, CFO and VP of Strategy for Kraft Foods Canada and Division CFO of Kraft’s US Meals Group.  Derek began his career with Procter and Gamble. 

    Derek has served on the Board of Canadian Feed the Children where he held roles as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, Vice-Chair of the Board and Chairman of the Board. He also served on the Board and Audit Committee of Agro Tech Foods, a leading  publicly traded food producer in India.

    Derek has an MBA from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Memorial University.


  • Michael Detlefsen
    Michael Detlefsen (2)(4)
    Independent Director
    Michael Detlefsen
    Michael Detlefsen (2)(4)
    Independent Director


    Michael Detlefsen was elected to the Board of Directors in May 2013 and since that time has also served as a member of the Audit Committee.  He was appointed Chair of the Audit Committee in November 2016 and is a member of the Compensation Committee and Operations Transformation Committee.

    Mr. Detlefsen is Co-Managing Director of Muir Detlefsen & Associates Limited, a strategic advisory firm. He was Chief Restructuring Officer of Organic Meadow Inc. from 2014 to 2015. From 2013 to 2014 he was Interim CEO of Ceres Global Ag Corp. and from 2008 to 2013, he was President of Ceres. Mr. Detlefsen was also previously with Maple Leaf Foods Inc. where he held the position of Vice President, Corporate Development from 1999 to 2000, Executive Vice President Vertical Coordination from 2000 to 2004 and President of Maple Leaf Global Foods, the global sales, marketing and trading subsidiary of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. from 2005 to 2007. Prior to joining Maple Leaf Foods, Mr. Detlefsen was with BCE Inc. in Montreal where he was Vice President, Corporate Development at Bell Canada International, from 1997 to 1999, responsible for telecom investments in Korea, Brazil, Mexico and the United Kingdom, and Vice President Strategy/Business Analysis/Mergers and Acquisitions at Bell Canada from 1996 to 1997.

    Mr. Detlefsen’s work experience also includes roles as: a strategy consultant for Monitor Company, a Boston-based strategy consulting firm, from 1993 to 1996; Director, Corporate Strategy at Air Canada in Montreal, New York and Houston from 1989 to 1993; a consultant for Price Waterhouse’s Transportation Consulting Practice in Washington, D.C. from 1988 to 1989; and, a policy analyst for the Canadian Deputy Minister of Grains & Oilseeds in Ottawa, Canada from 1987 to 1988.

    Mr. Detlefsen is currently a Director of the State Street Bank and Trust (Canada), a Director of Phoenix Canada Oil Company Limited, a Governor of the Royal Ontario Museum, a member of the Investment Committee of The Ontario College of Art and Design University, a member of Harvard University’s Private and Public, Scientific, Academic and Consumer Food Policy Committee and a member of the Finance Committee and 150th Anniversary Campaign Cabinet of Trinity College School.


  • Fisher
    Becky Fisher (4)(6)
    Independent Director
    Fisher
    Becky Fisher (4)(6)
    Independent Director


    Becky Fisher was appointed to the Board in July of 2019 and serves on the Corporate Governance and Compensation Committees. 

    With a distinguished career spanning more than 20 plus years, Ms. Fisher brings extensive experience in human resources with expertise in human capital strategy, business and culture transformation, talent management and succession planning.

    Becky Fisher has broad set of experiences in consumer-packaged goods at PepsiCo and aerospace technology at Raytheon. Until late 2018, Ms. Fisher served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for PepsiCo. In this role, she led significant business and organizational transformation for a 20 billion-dollar North America Beverage business and prior to that led Talent Management for PepsiCo’s global functions, the Latin America sector and prior to that PepsiCo Americas Foods sector and held significant HR roles at Frito Lay. While at Raytheon, Becky held several HR leadership roles and gained extensive training in organizational development.

    Ms. Fisher recently retired from PepsiCo after 14 years with the company.  She spent 5+ years at Raytheon working in several divisions gaining extensive training in organizational development and executive coaching. 

    Ms. Fisher earned a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. 


  • Dean Hollis
    Dean Hollis (2)(6)
    Chair
    Dean Hollis
    Dean Hollis (2)(6)
    Chair


    Dean Hollis was appointed to the Board in November 2016 and serves as the Board Chair as well as Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee.

    Mr. Hollis presently serves as a senior advisor for Oaktree Capital and Chairman of the Board at AdvancePierre Foods Holdings, Inc.  Prior to retiring in 2008, Mr. Hollis served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Consumer Foods Division of ConAgra Foods from December 2004 to July 2008.  In that role, Mr. Hollis developed and executed a worldwide business transformation strategy, while overseeing the largest part of the ConAgra Foods portfolio.  During Mr. Hollis' 21 years with ConAgra Foods, he held many executive level positions, including Executive Vice President, Retail Products; President, Grocery Foods; President, Frozen Foods; President, Specialty Foods; and President, Gilardi Foods.  Mr. Hollis previously served on the board of directors of Diamond Foods, Inc., where he served on the audit and nominating and governance committees.  Mr. Hollis also previously served on the board of directors of Boulder Brands, Inc., where he served as Chair of the board of directors and on the audit committee.  Mr. Hollis also served on the board of directors of Landec Corporation, where he chaired the compensation committee. Dean has several privately held businesses and investments, ranging from transportation services, to specialized retail.  Mr. Hollis is a graduate of Stetson University.  Mr. Hollis also currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Brownell Talbot College Preparatory School.


  • Katrina  Houde
    Katrina L. Houde (3)
    Independent Director
    Katrina  Houde
    Katrina L. Houde (3)
    Independent Director


    Katrina L. Houde was elected to the Board of Directors in December 2000.  She served as Chair of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee until November 2016. In November 2016, Ms. Houde was appointed the interim CEO and serves as the Chair of the Operations Transformation Committee.  Ms. Houde has been an independent consultant since March 2000.

    From January 1999 to March 2000, Ms. Houde was President of Cuddy Food Products, a division of Cuddy International Corp. and was Chief Operating Officer of Cuddy International Corp. from January 1996 to January 1999. She is a Director of a number of private and charitable organizations.


  • Keating
    Leslie Keating (2)(4)
    Independent Director
    Keating
    Leslie Keating (2)(4)
    Independent Director


    Ms. Keating served as Executive Vice President of Supply Strategy and Transformation for Advance Auto Parts from March 2017 until her retirement in December 2018. While in that role, she led the development and execution of the re-architecture of the business model to deliver transformative financial value. Prior to joining Advance Auto Parts, Ms. Keating was with PepsiCo for over 31 years and served as the Senior Vice President of PepsiCo Supply Chain from 2008 until her retirement in 2017 with responsibility for Frito Lay’s North American Supply Chain.  In that role, Ms. Keating was accountable for all aspects of Frito Lay’s supply chain including manufacturing, warehousing and transportation.  Prior to her role as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, Ms. Keating served as Senior Vice President of Commercialization and Supply Chain where she oversaw the innovation commercialization and service agendas for PepsiCo. Ms. Keating has held numerous executive roles throughout her 31-year career at PepsiCo. Before joining PepsiCo, Ms. Keating started her career with Procter and Gamble.

    Ms. Keating currently serves on the Board of Directors of Chesapeake Energy Corporation where she serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees.  Ms. Keating earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and her MBA from Georgia State University. 


  • Brendan Springstubb
    Brendan Springstubb (2)(5)
    Independent Director
    Brendan Springstubb
    Brendan Springstubb (2)(5)
    Independent Director


    Brendan B. Springstubb was appointed to the Board in November 2016 and is currently a member of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and the Operations Transformation Committee.

    Mr. Springstubb is a Principal at Engaged Capital, a California-based investment firm and registered advisor with the SEC focused on investing in small and mid-cap North American equities.  In this role, Mr. Springstubb has been responsible for sourcing and managing a variety of Engaged Capital’s investments in the consumer, healthcare and technology sectors.  Prior to joining Engaged Capital, Mr. Springstubb held multiple roles with Relational Investors, LLC (“Relational”) a $6 billion activist equity fund, from June 2005 to April 2013.  At Relational, Mr. Springstubb was most recently the senior analyst covering the healthcare sector where he was responsible for identifying and overseeing activist investment opportunities and communicating with portfolio company management teams.   Prior to leading the healthcare group, Mr. Springstubb was a generalist covering investments in the telecom, financial and technology sectors.   Mr. Springstubb earned a Master’s degree in Biotechnology with a dual concentration in Biotechnology Enterprise and Regulatory Affairs from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Molecular Biology from Pomona College.  Mr. Springstubb is also a CFA Charter holder and a Certified Financial Risk Manager.



(1) Chair of Audit Committee
(2) Member of Audit Committee
(3) Chair of Corporate Governance Committee
(4) Member of Corporate Governance Committee
(5) Chair of Compensation Committee
(6) Member of Compensation Committee


The Board of Directors of SunOpta, Inc. (the "Company") sets high standards for the Company's employees, officers and directors. Implicit in this philosophy is the importance of sound corporate governance. It is the duty of the Board of Directors to serve as a prudent fiduciary for shareholders and to oversee the management of the Company's business. To fulfill its responsibilities and to discharge its duty, the Board of Directors follows the procedures and standards that are set forth in these guidelines. These guidelines are subject to modification from time to time as the Board of Directors deems appropriate in the best interests of the Company or as required by applicable laws and regulations.

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