TORONTO, July 18, 2018 /CNW/ - Canada's Largest Food Rescue Organization, Second Harvest announced today that the Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Lori Nikkel as Chief Executive Officer, effective July 2, 2018. Lori succeeds Debra Lawson who announced her desire to retire earlier this year following a successful five-year tenure as Executive Director.
Says Debra, "The best time to retire is always with a strong succession plan and an identified successor at the ready; I leave knowing that the future of Second Harvest is well positioned for continued growth and innovation under such expert hands."
"The Board of Directors is delighted that Lori will lead Second Harvest as we enter our next stages of growth," says Barry Telford, chair of Second Harvest's Board of Directors. "Lori's twenty years of senior leadership experience in food security and environmental protection coupled with her leadership style and ability to bring together a wide-range of stakeholders will ensure our continued success."
"It's an honour, both professionally and personally, to be appointed to this role," says Nikkel. "I look forward to continuing to grow our effort to rescue and deliver the freshest, healthiest surplus food possible, to reduce our collective impact on the environment while providing the emergency food necessary for healthy communities."
Lori joined Second Harvest in 2014 as the Director of Programs and Partnerships successfully expanding critical Second Harvest programs. During this time, Lori created and directed the implementation of Foodrescue.ca, a web-based platform with a technological approach to rescuing and delivering surplus food. She has played a key role in growing Second Harvest's influence within the environmental sector.
About Second Harvest
Second Harvest is the largest food rescue organization in Canada and a global thought leader on food recovery. With a goal to drastically reduce the amount of food wasted while ensuring people have access to the good, healthy food they need for success, Second Harvest works across the supply chain from farmer to retail to capture surplus food before it ends up on the landfill and negatively impacts our environment.
Since 1985 we have rescued and delivered more than 127 million pounds of food and prevented over 70 million pounds of greenhouse gas equivalents from entering our atmosphere. Currently, Second Harvest rescues food from over 470 donors and delivers that food to 253 social service agencies in Toronto and food hubs across Ontario, providing enough food for 30,000 meals a day.
No Waste. No Hunger.
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