Gerald (Jerry) Ford
Jerry has been active in the purchasing profession since 1981 including his holding the office of President Ontario Institute of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada. He has successfully worked for over 70 different companies both in the public and private sector. Jerry is a recognized expert in supply chain and risk management conducting work for various organizations across Canada.
Bob is a Founding Director and retired Vice President, Operations of High Performance Solutions, a consulting firm that specializes in assisting manufacturing companies along the road to “World Class”. Bob focuses on the development of a culture change at all levels in the organization and knows how to make “Lean manufacturing” work.
Peter has been active in the food industry since graduating from the University of Guelph, Food Science. He took on national responsibility within a global chemical distributor for the development of a growing portfolio of strategic relationships with ingredient manufacturers within the food, pharmaceutical and Personal Care industries. In his consulting company, Foodlinks, he is supporting the continued maturation and development of food processing SME’s and developing relationships from “Farm to Fork” in his pursuit to secure a safer food supply chain through traceability. Peter has a career long compliment of not- for –profit leadership roles that include The Chamber of Commerce, Ontario Dairy Council and CIFST.
Bob is President of HumanSystems: an applied research and technology development firm in Guelph. HumanSystems focuses on the systematic integration of people and technology. We believe that people not technologies are the most important and critical part of any system. We apply know-how about human characteristics and user needs during technology development as well as part of evaluation for purchasing decisions within the supply chain. Born in Singapore, Bob was raised and educated in Australia and Britain. He has experience with many industries in Canada. Past work includes ten years as a military engineer and over thirty years in applied research. Bob is a member of the Guelph Chamber Workforce Development Committee and the City of Guelph Open Government Leadership Task Force.