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Canada Golden Pencil Award recipients announced


The Food Industry Association of Canada will recognize the 2019 recipients of the Golden Pencil Award for career contributions to the industry. The award is the grocery industry’s highest honour and recognizes individuals who have made significant and worthwhile contributions to the Canadian food industry, their respective companies and their community. This year’s recipients are:

  • Thomas A. Barlow of the Coca Cola Company.
  • Christian Bourbonnière is the executive vice president and Quebec division head of Metro Inc.
  • Cheryl L Smith has 30 years of consumer packaged goods experience and has helped to shape the grocery industry throughout her career through active volunteer contributions.

The Food Industry Association of Canada first presented the Golden Pencil Award in 1957 to recognize and celebrate the efforts of both buyer and seller in developing and improving the Canadian food industry. The symbol used for the award is a golden pencil, signifying the transaction between supplier and retailer by the stroke of a pen. On an annual basis, the Nominations Committee reviews suggestions made by both the Executive Committee comprised of active senior executives representing suppliers, brokers, food processors, wholesalers and retailers, and the industry at large. Past winners represent the Who’s Who of Canadian retailing, wholesaling, manufacturing, sales, marketing and supporting organizations.

The 2019 Golden Pencil Awards will be presented at a reception being held on Nov. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Ont.


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