Board of Directors - Nominee Biographies

Biographies for Board of Directors Nominees

A portrait of nominee for the Board of Directors, Adam Martin

Adam Martin

Community Natural Foods Retailer Member

Adam joined Community Natural Foods in 2010 acting as the Food Service Category Manager and leading a project to complete a major renovation on the company’s flagship store. He has since become a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach which he utilized as an internal life coach to the staff at Community Natural Foods while leading the training and development efforts of the company. In 2015, he took on the role of Category Management Lead and oversaw the buying activities of the company. In 2016, he then transitioned to his current role of General Manager, Retail Operations where he oversees the management of all retail operations for Community Natural Foods and acts as the chief executive. Adam is a graduate of the Commerce program at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia where he specialized in Human Resources Management.

In 2015, Adam joined both the Retail Advisory Council and the Food Regulatory Advisory Council of CHFA. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the past three years, chairing the Governance Committee in his second year and the Human Resources Committee for the past year. Adam is confident that his experience leading a successful Western retailer will help him to continue to advocate for the needs of the retail membership of CHFA and that his strategic thinking and passion for the industry will help to move forward many of the strategic initiatives of the organization. He is also confident that his passion for emerging technologies and societal changes will allow him to participate in guiding CHFA to be successfully setup for coming generations.

A portrait of Board of Directors nominee, Mike Fata

Mike Fata

Fata & Associates, Inc. Supplier Member

Mike Fata is the Founder of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods. From 1998-2016, Mike ran all aspects of the company as Chairman of the Board and CEO. Previously, he spent five years in extensive studies of diet and nutrition as he made the life changing decision to lose over 100lbs and go from 300lbs to his current 190lbs. This remarkable accomplishment has given him an excellent knowledge of human anatomy, diet and nutrition.

Mike has won numerous business awards including Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2004), Socially Responsible Business Award (2006), Company of the Year (2010), CHFA Organic Achievement Award (2010), Spirit of Winnipeg (2014), CME Emerging Business Award (2014), EY Entrepreneur of the Year (2014), MFPA Presidents Award(2016) and OTA Organic Rising Star Award (2016). As well, he guided Manitoba Harvest to be on the Profit 100 list of fastest growing companies in Canada for five consecutive years. In July 2015, Mike guided a majority sale of Manitoba Harvest to The Compass Group with an enterprise value of $132 million dollars. In February 2019, Mike helped guide Manitoba Harvest acquisition by Tilray for $419 million dollars.

Mike has been on television, radio and quoted in newspapers and magazines countless times regarding hemp foods, nutrition and sustainable business. Mike is also currently Chairman of the Board of Sol Cuisine and Chairman of the Board of Om Organic Mushrooms. Mike has served as Chairman of the CHFA Board for the past year and in the past has served on the CHFA Food and Organics Advisory Council. With 20 years of experience running one of the largest health food companies in Canada and over 20 years of non-profit board experience, Mike believes he can continue to play a significant role as a CHFA board member.

A portrait of Board of Directors nominee, Stacey Kravitz

Stacey Kravitz

UNFI Canada Supplier Member

As Vice President of Sales and Customer Care at UNFI Canada, Stacey Kravitz is responsible for leading and profitably managing all aspects of sales and customer service for the Canadian Business Unit. Stacey is a dynamic results-oriented leader with a track record of strong performance in building sales, customer business structure, operations and strategic planning. With more than 25 years in progressive high-profile leadership positions within sales at Kraft Foods, then Kraft Heinz Company and UNFI Canada, Stacey has been the recipient of numerous sales and leadership awards including industry recognition, having been awarded the “Star Women in Grocery Award”, recognizing exceptional women who demonstrate influence, innovation, dedication and leadership in the Grocery Industry.

A graduate from McGill University and the Queens Executive Program, Stacey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and an Executive Education in Strategic Planning. When not hard at work creating collaborative relationships with her Customers, Vendor and Broker partners, Stacey enjoys cycling, traveling abroad and spending time with her family and friends at her home in Niagara-on-Lake

A portrait of Board of Directors nominee, Agnes Dahl

Agnes Dahl

Life Choice Ltd. Supplier Member

Life Choice Ltd. is my employer for the past 19 years, where I work as CFO. Before moving to Canada I was employed within large business structures as a financial specialist in a banking sector for almost 10 years. I speak 4 languages fluently, and I have chiseled my communication, critical thinking and finance skills with planning and implementation. My life experience combined with my work in education have provided me valuable skills that can be implemented and useful for the CHFA board and its members. With marketing, time management and negotiation skills I can offer helpful ways in order to negotiate for the best results for our industry, and for our membership as a whole. I am a solution finder; therefore I will work hard for the member’s best interests, offering them the value they deserve. As a business woman, I will bring the diversity and gender equality to this association. My quest is growing the CHFA membership of both suppliers and retailers in order to strengthen our industry. I will serve to the best of my abilities the membership, and support the CHFA leadership, members past and current; with a focus on future members in order to maintain and increase our industry’s strength. I will support the ethical values of the board, with transparent actions, and negotiation, which will bring benefit to the entire Canadian Health Food Industry and its association