About CFIG

The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) is a non-profit trade association founded in 1962 which continues to be a collaborative community, equipping and enabling independent, franchised and specialty grocers for sustainable success. We act as a strong and united voice for over 4000 independent grocery retailers, across Canada, providing programs for operational excellence and fostering solid relationships among retailers and suppliers.

Media inquiries please contact Nancy Kwon, Director, communications & marketing 416.492.2311 x225 or nkwon@cfig.ca

THOMAS A. BARLOW
President & C.E.O.
416.492.2311 x 229 tbarlow@cfig.ca
ANDREA ALMARZA
Executive Assistant to the President CEO and to the VP of Finance and Administration
416.492.2574 x239 aalmarza@cfig.ca

 


Government Relations

CFIG is the only retail association in Canada that advocates to all three levels of government, solely on behalf of retail grocers.  On many issues,  CFIG has been able to influence government decisions to achieve better results for our members, to head off measures that would have a negative impact on your business. CFIG has been able to achieve victories in areas such as Interac, Nutritional Labelling, Quota Regulations, Sale of Over-the-Counter Cough & Cold Remedies, and Food Safety that have provided members with a direct benefit.

 

GARY SANDS
Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Advocacy
416.492.2311 x 230
gsands@cfig.ca

 


Industry Relations

CFIG’s commitment to its members is to ensure that the needs of the independent are top of mind with manufacturers and suppliers, and to provide valuable input into industry policy.  Through CFIG’s representatives, we can forward specific concerns and comments directly to the manufacturer to ensure both parties continue to prosper in an ever-changing marketplace.

 

WARD HANLON
Vice President, Member Service
whanlon@cfig.ca
Tom Shurrie
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
416.492.2311 x 224
tshurrie@cfig.ca
JOE SAWAGED
Director, National Accounts & Business Development
416.492.1507
jsawaged@cfig.ca

 


Member Services

A membership with The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) provides an excellent vehicle for those in the food industry to keep informed about the industry, stay connected, and support the independent grocery channel – a channel representing significant economic activity; over 71.3 billion dollars in sales in 2006. (ACNielsen, State of the Industry Report 2006).

 

LAURA KNETSCH
Director, Member
Services & Event
Operations
416.492.2311 x227
lknetsch@cfig.ca
IRMELI KOSKINEN
Coordinator, Member Services
416.492.2311 x240
ikoskinen@cfig.ca

 


Communications

CFIG keeps its members informed and connected through a variety of communication vehicles, including the The Express Check-Out newsletter, the CFIG website, Facebook and Twitter @CFIGFCEI.

 

NANCY KWON
Vice President, Communications & Marketing
416.492.2311 x225
nkwon@cfig.ca
JASON CHONG
Web/Graphic Designer
416.492.2311
jchong@cfig.ca

 


Conference & Events

CFIG presents two annual  grocery expositions; Grocery Innovations Canada, in Toronto and Grocery & Specialty Food West, in Vancouver.

 

DIANA STEVENSON
Director, Conference and Events
416.492.2311 x242
dstevenson@cfig.ca

 


Trade Show

ROLSTER TAYLOR
Director, Sales
416.492.2311 x 223
rtaylor@cfig.ca
JASON AN
Sales & Operations Manager
416.492.1806
jan@cfig.ca
JESSICA HERDSMAN
Registration & Membership Coordinator
416.492.2311 Ext 255
events@cfig.ca

 


Finance & Administration

FRAN NIELSEN
Vice President, Finance & Administration
416.492.2311 x 236
fnielsen@cfig.ca
ANDREA ALMARZA
Accounting Assistant & Office Coordinator
416.492.2311 x 239
aalmarza@cfig.ca

 


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