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.

Derek Briffett, 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.

Dr. Al Bolles, 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.

Rebecca Fisher, Independent Director

Rebecca 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.

Rebecca 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, Rebecca 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, 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 L. Houde, 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.

Leslie Keating, 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.

Ken Kempf, Independent Director

Ken Kempf was appointed to the Board in June of 2020 and serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees.

Mr. Kempf is a senior analyst at Engaged Capital, LLC a California-based investment firm and registered advisor with the SEC focused on investing in small and mid-cap North American equities, which he joined in April 2020. Prior to joining Engaged Capital, Mr. Kempf was a senior analyst at Legion Partners Asset Management, LLC (“Legion Partners”), a small cap focused activist equity fund, from December 2017 to April 2020. Prior to Legion Partners, Mr. Kempf held multiple roles as a Director then Portfolio Manager at multi-strategy investment fund Tricadia Capital Management (“Tricadia”) in New York, from February 2015 to November 2017. Before Tricadia, Mr. Kempf held multiple roles with Relational Investors, LLC (“Relational”) a $6 billion activist equity fund, from March 2010 to August 2014. Before joining Relational, Mr. Kempf was on the investment team at Graham Partners, a manufacturing focused private equity fund, from August 2008 to February 2010. Mr. Kempf started his career in the investment banking division of Credit Suisse in New York. Mr. Kempf graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and is also a CFA Charter holder.

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.