As the new CEO of Agrifoods Cooperative, Brendan is no stranger to the Dairy industry. With a BSC in Dairy and Food Science, he began his career in the industry in Ireland, where he worked as a Production Manager for Kerry Foods and Dairy Gold. Upon immigrating to Canada, he got a job as a Management Trainee at Gay Lea Foods and worked in various positions across the organization, eventually becoming the VP of Operations. One of his highlights was building and commissioning the most advanced Evaporation and Spray Drying facility in North America, at the time.
After 20 years with Gay Lea under his belt, Brendan wrestled with the idea of making a change. This led him to the Executive VP of Operations role with Andrew Peller Limited, Canada’s largest premium family-owned wine producer. He quickly learned that the wine and dairy industries are very different and welcomed the challenge of trying something new. He believes that you always have to evaluate yourself and continue to grow and learn so that you can apply the learnings to help your team move forward.