Ron Lemaire, CPMA: Mr. Lemaire brings 27 years of extensive experience from a not-for-profit association perspective, with a focus on vertically integrated supply chains, sustainability, government relations, advocacy, marketing, public/private partnerships, capacity building and food systems thinking.
In his role as CPMA President, Mr. Lemaire has worked to represent the needs and interests of over 800 Canadian and international member companies who are responsible for over 90% of the fresh fruit and vegetable sales in Canada.
Working within the fresh produce world for over 19 years, Mr. Lemaire has become acquainted with the challenges and opportunities within the sector.
Mr. Lemaire works in a world of fast-paced change that manoeuvres through global regulatory swings, supply chain disruptions, variable climate, food safety outbreaks, disruptive technology advancements and ever-changing consumer demands and expectations.
Most recently, Ron has been supporting industry to navigate pandemic business impacts and a driving force to address the challenges of supply chain disruptions to the CPMA members domestically and abroad.