CHILLIWACK, BC, Jan. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - The Food Innovation Centre of BC is
pleased to announce the selection of its new CEO, Mike Leslie. During
the coming weeks, he will work with the acting CEO, Patricia Summers,
to ensure a smooth transition as the Centre begins to develop and offer
its service programs.
"On behalf of the Board of Directors, I'm delighted to welcome Mike to
the Centre," said Chairman Robert Morgan. "He brings tremendous skills
and experience to the BC food industry."
Mr. Leslie has more than 25 years in the food industry, with experience
in both the domestic and international markets. Formerly based in
Alberta, he has worked with food processors on a wide range of
"Until this year, BC was the only province without a food product
development centre," stated Morgan. "Now, as we continue to build
staff, FICBC will begin to fill that role." In collaboration with
partners, suppliers, associations and government, the Centre will
deliver product innovation and commercialization services to BC food
processors, and natural health/functional food producers.
FICBC is funded by Growing Forward, an initiative between Canada's federal, provincial and territorial
governments to support the development of a profitable, innovative and
competitive agriculture and agri-food sector that is adept at managing
risk, responds to market demands and contributes to the health and
well-being of Canadians.
SOURCE Food Innovation Centre of B.C.
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