Executive Team and Board Members
James M. Saretsky, MBA, FCPA, FCMA, ICD.D
Chair of the Board, Chair of the FAC (Independent)
James Saretsky is the Board Chair at Three Farmers Foods Inc., having joined our Board on May 27, 2019. Prior to joining the Board, he provided business advisory services to the Corporation. Previously James was a Board Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Xact Downhole Telemetry Inc., an international developer and manufacturer of high-tech downhole acoustic telemetry tools that provided real-time technology solutions to the global oil and gas industry. James has also been a Board Director and Chair of the Governance Committee at Deaf & Hear Alberta, and a Board Director and Chair of the National Business Development Committee at Financial Executives International of Canada. For the 15 years prior to 2018 as the CEO he built an interim financial executive advisory services firm that worked with corporations in Canada, United States, and Africa.
He is committed to utilizing his in-depth multi-industry business acumen, leadership abilities, experiential wisdom, and knowledge of best governance practices coupled with his extensive chief financial officer experience and expertise to orchestrate enhancement of sustainable shareholder value. He modernizes decision-making practices by leading directors and senior executive discussions with his participative empathic leadership abilities of probing calm manner, measured deliberation, direct and clear strategic thinking, and thinking outside of the box.
Thomas has over 35 years of financial and operational experience partnering with entrepreneur businesses to
build and deliver the operational and financial infrastructure to support annual double-digit revenue growth. Core strengths include designing and implementing best in class financial reporting systems, delivering innovative and realistic financial plans and operational goals and strategies, leading and working with executive teams and negotiating the sale of companies to strategic and private equity investors.
Thomas’s experience has primarily been with Canadian private companies that were smaller start- ups that grew either through acquisition or organically, operating internationally and with revenues ranging from $50million to over $300 million. His industry experience includes construction, retail, wholesale and manufacturing, and has held senior financial and operating positions at MAC Cosmetics, Cover FX Skin Care, The Tridel Group and McCarthy/Beatties.
Thomas holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto and is a CPA.
Pamela Stevenson is currently Founder and President of Top Drawer Relocations, an executive relocation firm based in Toronto, Canada. She is also a Board member of Incorporate Massage, a workplace massage company operating across the USA, and the Park City Angels, an angel investing group, located in Utah. An experienced advertising and marketing executive, Pamela spent over 20 years in progressively senior positions in the U.S., U.K., and Canada for clients such as Procter & Gamble, General Foods, Intercontinental Hotels, PPG Industries, and HJ Heinz. After purchasing Smithbooks in 1993, and Coles in 1994, Pamela and her husband Larry founded Chapters, the book superstore company and Canadian success story. With the benefit of Pamela’s extensive marketing expertise, the company developed the AvidReader Card, Canada’s first paid loyalty card program. Chapters went public in 1996, after which Pamela joined CIBC as Director of Marketing for Delta+, the Bank’s largest-ever capital investment project. Pamela earned her BA at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, and an Executive MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. She has lived and worked internationally, including the US, Canada, London and Paris. Pamela is a Board Member of the US National Council for Adoption, an active volunteer Chair of many educational events for YPO Ontario, and a Sustaining member of the Junior League of Toronto. She currently resides with her husband in Toronto and is the mother of three adult children.
George Mitges P.Ag.
George has a passion for food, where it is grown and how we process it. George was an early leader in the pre-cut vegetable industry, including the bagged salad category in the United States. He has a very strong understanding of the food manufacturing sector, from Hazardous Analysis and Critical Control Points (HAACCP) to kosher certification and operating profitably in a food safe environment.
Successfully working as a partner with major national food retailers in Canada, George has helped agricultural organizations enhance the value chain with the retail sector. One major project included partnering with a national retailer that created a new category for Ontario-grown peaches. The program paid growers a premium for high quality peaches that answered several consumer demands and reduced the amount of loss at the retail store.
George is a member of the Ontario Institute of Agrologists and the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Director and Founder
Colin is a third a generation farmer and a founding member of Three Farmers Foods. His passion for sustainable agriculture and motivation to create more transparency between growers and consumers was the driving force behind the creation of this company. Colin has his Bachelor of Science from the University of Saskatchewan. He pioneered intercropping within the agricultural community, which he started experimenting with in 2004. He regularly speaks at various forums on intercropping, regenerative agriculture and soil health. He is firm in his belief that sustainability is rooted in our ability to take care of the soil and regenerate nutrients to grow healthier plants. His background in science and agriculture serves as an asset on the Board and his insights into sustainability continually push Three Farmers to be better and do better for the community and the World.
Colin Farms in Saskatchewan with his wife Leigh, who is a veterinarian and specialist in epidemiology. They have three young children, that no doubt, will carry on the family farm for years to come.
Director and Founder
Ron is one of the founding farmers of Three Farmers Foods. Ron is a 3rd generation farmer from Saskatchewan. He farms with his wife Lana and all four of his children now have a hand in the operations of the family farm. Additionally, Ron and Lana owned and ran a trucking company called Carl Brady Trucking that sold to the Mullen Group in 2006.
Ron’s passion for farming and commitment to quality is exemplified in his desire for continual growth. He plays an active role in the leadership and management of his operation. His contribution as a founder of Three Farmers Foods has been integral to the success of the organization. His commitment to the company has been unwavering and he continues to support them with his role on the Board of Directors and his work on the Finance and Audit Committee.
Director and Founder
Dan is one of the founding farmers of Three Farmers Foods. He is a 2nd generation farmer in Saskatchewan, his parents having migrated over from Holland in 1960. Dan continues to farm with two of his six children. He is the father of Elysia and Natasha and as such, has been an active supporter of Three Farmers Foods through its journey from a start up brand to an established Canadian success story.
Dan’s strong ethics and commitment to hard work have been a guiding light for the organization from inception. His desire for continual improvement and his innovative mindset exemplifies the values that Three Farmers stands for. His willingness to take an active role in a number of Three Farmers initiatives over the years has been crucial to the company’s success. His continued guidance as a Board of Director is greatly appreciated.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Director and Founder
Natasha Vandenhurk is CEO and one of the initial founders at Three Farmers Foods. She studied Economics at the University of Saskatchewan before partnering with three farmers from Southeast Saskatchewan to realize a dream of taking healthy wholesome foods to the marketplace.
Being CEO of a growing, natural foods brand has set Natasha on a journey of continuous learning and leadership. Her passion, dedication and tenacity has grown Three Farmers Foods from a young start up to a thriving international brand. As Three Farmers Foods continues to evolve into an established Consumer Packaged Goods brand, Natasha is adamant about building high performing teams throughout the organization that are dedicated to excellence, accountability and continual learning in this dynamically changing industry.
Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) and Founder
Elysia Vandenhurk is Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) and one of the initial founders of Three Farmers Foods. Elysia is a Red Seal Chef and has practiced with many well accomplished chefs, including globally renowned Chef Susur Lee. Elysia’s passion for the culinary arts and palate for great tasting foods has been integral to the development of the Three Farmers Foods product lines. Her creativity and vision have been the driving force behind the launch of Three Farmers Foods snack lines. Her ability to connect with customers is an integral piece of Three Farmers success in garnering distribution of their brand across Canada. As Three Farmers Foods evolves, Elysia’s motivation to understand the consumer and make products that fit their dynamic lifestyles will continue to be a key to success.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Lisa MacLean is Chief Financial Officer for Three Farmers Foods, having joined the team in 2019. Lisa is responsible for ensuring the business is positioned for success by leading, developing and executing the financial strategy.
Lisa brings more than 20 years of diverse executive experience in several sectors including manufacturing, distribution, logistics, financial services and more than 10 years as CFO in CPG Food and Beverage businesses. Lisa`s experiences include leading multi-disciplined teams (Finance, IT, Customer services, HR) and partnering with operations for ESKA Water, Maple Leaf Foods and British Petroleum in Canada and Europe.
Lisa is passionate about collaborating with entrepreneurs, implementing the processes and best practices of larger organisations with a nimble, urgent and common sense approach appropriate for entrepreneurial businesses.
Three Farmers Foods core values are a great fit with Lisa`s personal goals. Educating her children that good diet choices are not a compromise and natural allergen free, foods can be fun and tasty. Especially important since her youngest son was diagnosed with Celiac’s.
Lisa is a fellow of and holds her accounting designation with the Association of Chartered Certified accounts. FCCA.