Gary has invested his career in North American agriculture and food processing industries as a successful entrepreneur in both primary and value-added sectors.
In the last 15 years, he has directed the conception, development, and growth of Vantage Foods, a leader in the retail case-ready fresh meats market. Today the company has five Customer Service Centres, supplying leading food retailers in Canada and the U.S.
A life-long passion for positive change drives Gary’s commitment to championing the company's Brand Promise and Core Values, which support the Vantage growth strategy. Continually raising the bar on ensuring customer success, and developing the management competencies of the Vantage 1,200-member team, are his relentless pursuits.
Gary's advocacy for positive change has also extended to industry and community organizations, including directorships with the Olds College Centre for Innovation and AgriVest Capital Corporation.
An avid traveller, Gary maintains a global perspective on emerging food industry trends. Gary holds an International MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Vantage Foods is a private company held by the Haley family with equity participation of senior management.
A pioneer who has been in the retail case-ready meat business for 23 years, Leonal started North America’s first stand-alone, multi-species case-ready facility located in Canada and the first dedicated single customer, multi-species case-ready plant in the United States. Today, Leonal directs the growth and operation of Vantage Foods’ ventures in the United States.
A skilled communicator and a strong team player, Leonal has negotiated long-term case-ready contracts with the largest retailers in Canada and the United States, and built successful, enduring relationships with them.
Highly motivated to produce quality solutions for discerning retailers, Leonal draws on his knowledge of integrated supply chains (from conception to consumer), the competitive retail environment, and the realities of operating major case-ready meat plants. Leonal is a graduate in Accounting and Business Administration from Northwest Nazarene University.
Rob brings 20 years of comprehensive experience in case‑ready processing, plant process analysis, production supervision, and plant operations to his new role as President and Chief Operating Officer, Canada.
Rob initially garnered his skills in case-ready processing for beef and pork during his early years, at which time he played an integral role in the design of production lines and processes for a new case-ready facility. Rob joined Vantage Foods in 2002 as Production Manager in Winnipeg and has assumed increasing responsibility in various senior management roles including Customer Service Centre Manager in Chilliwack, where he took the facility through a major rebuild and expansion from start-up to full operation 2005–2008.
In 2010, Rob re-joined Vantage as Customer Service Centre General Manager in Winnipeg, where he was responsible for all aspects of facility operation, including corporate training to drive our corporate-wide lean manufacturing program in Canada and the U.S.
After assuming a key role in Vantage’s business development in Eastern Canada, Rob directed initial facility design and equipment procurement for our newest customer service centre in Belleville. In 2012, Rob also assumed the role of Vice-President, Canadian Operations East and Service Centre General Manager, Belleville.
Rob is a graduate of the University of Windsor with an Honours degree in Business Administration.
A seasoned professional in retail meat marketing and food processing, Doug has carved a distinguished 30-year career in the North American meat industry embracing plant management, retail product development, and retail meat merchandising—all in senior executive positions with North American retail market leaders. With an in-depth understanding of the retail business culture, Doug is a significant contribution to Vantage Canada's operations with responsibility for corporate business development in North America.
An advocate of new technology, a champion for quality, and a team player with the inside track on the needs of discerning retail customers, Doug is a core member of the Vantage Foods case-ready answer team.
Doug is a Business Administration graduate from Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario.
A Certified Management Accountant and a graduate of the Commerce program from the University of Calgary, Don has spent over 25 years in the Canadian food industry.
Beginning in wholesale with Associated Grocers, Don has worked as a controller and financial manager in both food processing and food retailing (The Overwaitea Food Group), and in so doing has acquired a keen sense of the North American food distribution system and the importance of strong retailer/processing relationships.
An advocate of timely technology, Don is a self-professed “early adopter” and champions the integration of state-of-the-art technology for Vantage Foods. Don directs financial management for all elements of Vantage Foods and has been with the company from its beginning.
A Bachelor of Commerce graduate of the University of Alberta, Jim brings significant experience in the areas of human resources and corporate services attained in the oil and gas, clean technology, and management consulting sectors.
Jim’s career as a human resource generalist includes a balance of strategic and tactical initiatives, including recruitment and selection, total rewards, career transition consulting, business processes, and human resource service delivery alternatives through restructuring and outsourcing efforts.
Active in both professional and community roles, he is past Chairman of the Calgary Seminar’s Committee for WorldatWork and holds a Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) designation from the Human Resources Institute of Alberta.
In his role as Director, Human Resources and Corporate Services, Jim is responsible for providing leadership in all human resource and corporate services matters, including employee and labour relations, organizational effectiveness, total rewards design and delivery, office and facilities management, as well as strategic and operational planning.
With his passion to build future leaders for the food industry, Yemi directs Vantage’s quality assurance and food safety teams and initiatives across North America.
Yemi joined Vantage Foods working out of our Chilliwack, British Columbia Service Centre in April 2001 as Best Practice Leader - HACCP/Quality Assurance for all Vantage Service Centres. He assumed the role of Chief Food Safety Officer in January 2012, prior to his March 1, 2016 appointment as Vice-President, Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Yemi was successful in leading the Service Centre teams in achieving Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) certification while ensuring the necessary food processes and related systems were in place in all locations
Yemi brings a vast network of industry contacts, along with a strong academic background in food and animal science, to his current role, supported by his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, along with graduate and doctorate studies from Kansas State University. He has published a number of research studies in peer-reviewed journals, and recently received the Certified Food Scientist designation from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).
Outside of work,Yemi’s main interests and time are spent with his family and another of his passions……soccer!
Scott brings a hands-on approach and focus on Continuous Improvement initiatives, along with his over 20 years of food processing experience, to his Service Centre General Manager role in Chilliwack.
Prior to joining the Vantage team in October 2011, Scott honed his skills through positions of increased responsibility with major meat plants in Alberta, including leadership roles in production, marketing, manufacturing, and fabrication.
Scott brings a reputation of driving innovation through lean manufacturing and product development, along with building and monitoring strong working relationships with his customers. His balanced perspective and demonstrated ability to learn and apply knowledge assist him in meeting the ongoing challenges of operational efficiency with employee engagement and creativity in the Service Centre
Norm is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Service Centre operations, including customer relationship management, in Belleville. With significant experience gained in the meat processing industry, both in Canada and the United States, through a variety of leadership positions, Norm brings his passion for excellence in day-to-day operations and continuous improvement to the Belleville team.
Of particular importance to Norm is delivering Vantage's value proposition to our customer, while contributing to a safe, healthy, and productive work environment for all.
As Customer Service Centre General Manager for Winnipeg, Yves is responsible for the operating profitability, organizational capability, and growth of our business in the Winnipeg Service Centre, while delivering on Vantage's Brand Promise to our valued customers.
Yves brings over 15 years of Canadian experience as Production Manager within meat processing environments in Alberta.
His passion for quality with the customer in mind is of particular importance to Vantage's operations, along with his grinds and sausage-making abilities. He also brings retail store management, sales, and operations management experiences gained in Switzerland.
Yves completed graduate studies in Chef de Cuisine, Butcher and Sausage Maker, and his Bachelor of Commerce degree in Bern, Switzerland.
Jon brings over 15 years of experience in logistics, inventory control, production processes and supervision, and plant operations to Vantage’s Camp Hill, PA, USA Service Center. He believes our commitment to quality and service delivers on Vantage’s Brand Promise, and his relentless pursuit of the customer’s success drives his strong work ethic.
Jon began his career with Vantage as a Service Center Coordinator, quickly progressing to the roles of Shipping Supervisor, Production Supervisor, and Production Manager prior to his recent appointment as General Manager in the Camp Hill Service Center. He played an integral role in the start-up and recent expansion to this facility. Jon has a track record for developing teams and building efficient processes, which will serve him well in his new role.
Jon is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.