At Best Startup Canada we track over 100,000 Canadian startups and over 500,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. We use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and board members we think deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting.
This list showcases the top British Columbia based CEO’ operating in the Food and Beverage space. If you think a CEO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected].
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
Co-Founder and CEO of Freshline
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About Freshline: Freshline is an eCommerce & fulfillment SaaS software made for perishable food. We work with food suppliers and enable them to sell online.
Chief Executive Officer of Bellwether Coffee
Nathan is a veteran entrepreneur in renewable energy. Nathan is currently Chief Executive Officer of General Fusion, a worldwide leader in developing fusion energy. General Fusion is backed by venture capital firms and family offices and is based in Vancouver, Canada, and has raised over $100 million in pursuit of its breakthrough energy goals.Nathan is a frequent speaker on energy policy and recently testified at the U.S. Congress on energy innovation. From 2008 until 2012, Nathan was President and co-founder of Harvest Power, a leading renewable energy company that creates electricity and soil products from organic waste materials. He was also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with VC firm Kleiner Perkins. Prior to Harvest, Nathan was an Executive Vice President at Bain Capital, a consultant at Bain and Company, and graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with highest honors.
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About Bellwether Coffee: Bellwether Coffee develops hardware and software platform to transform the coffee industry.
Jimmy S. H. Lee
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Mercer International
Mr. Jimmy S. H. Lee is Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of Mercer International Inc. Previously, during the period that MFC Bancorp Ltd. was our affiliate, he served as a director from 1986 and President from 1988 to December 1996 when it was spun out. Mr. Lee was also a director of Quinsam Capital Corp. from March 2004 to November 2007 and Fortress Paper Ltd. from August 2006 to April 2008. During Mr. Lee’s tenure with Mercer, we acquired the Rosenthal mill and converted it to the production of kraft pulp, constructed and commenced operations at the Stendal mill and acquired the Celgar mill. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada.
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About Mercer International: Mercer International operates as a pulp business and produces NBSK market pulp.
Peter van Stolk
CEO of Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery
Peter van Stolk is the CEO at FoodX Technologies and Spud.com.
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About Food-X Technologies, Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery: Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery is an internet grocer of organic and natural foods.
CEO of Ready
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About Ready: Ready app is the fastest way to pay at restaurants! Review the bill on your phone, press pay and cruise on out.
Co-Founder & CEO of meowbox
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About meowbox: Meowbox is a monthly subscription box that consists of toys and food for cats.