Kent Thompson - Director of Finance and Food Tourism
Kent Thompson Bio
Morgan Martin - Marketing and Communications
Morgan Martin Bio
Mr. Inglis has most recently served as CEO of Co-op Atlantic. He joined Co-op Atlantic in 1986, starting his career with the Agricultural Marketing and Product Development Division. In 1996, Mr. Inglis moved to the Agricultural Division, where he served as Procurement Supervisor responsible for the grain brokerage and procurement functions.
In 2000, he was promoted to Vice-President of Agriculture, where he was responsible for Co-op Atlantic's Agricultural business including Feed, Farm Retail (Co-op Country Stores) and Grain Brokerage. In 2006, Bryan assumed the additional responsibilities for Co-op Atlantic's general merchandise and non-Co-op food business as Vice-President of Agriculture and Independent Food. In 2013, Bryan moved to Co-op Atlantic's Wholesale Food Division as acting Vice-President.
“The Board and staff are very pleased that someone of Bryan’s experience, integrity, and extensive relationships in Atlantic Canada and beyond, will be leading Food Island Partnership’s work,” said John Rowe, Chair of the Board. “With Bryan’s leadership, we have a challenging and exciting opportunity to accelerate growth and profitability with all value chain partners in the PEI food cluster, and really earn our Canada’s Food Island brand,” said Rowe. Mr. Inglis holds a diploma in Agriculture from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and a B.Sc. in Agriculture Economics from McGill University (MacDonald College). He is a member of the New Brunswick Institute of Agrologists and has extensive international agricultural experience. Mr. Inglis has served on the Boards of Country Ribbon Inc., IPCO Inc. and the Atlantic Council for Bioenergy Co-operative Limited, and is a past Board member of Atlantic Beef Products Inc, Co-op Research Farms, and Valley Fertilizers Inc.
The Food Island Partnership is an industry-led not-for-profit partnership of businesses, technology providers, and government agencies dedicated to the growth of the food and culinary sectors in PEI. Our food cluster builds on excellence in agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture products, and facilitates value-added opportunities that leverage our outstanding science and technology infrastructure.
Tyson MacInnis – Director of Company & Product Development
Tyson’s role is to help new and existing food companies grow by providing advice, connection to mentorship, expertise and partnership opportunities, and linkages to appropriate funding support.
Tyson is a partner in three seasonal tourism and food related businesses, and was previously the COO of PEI AgriAlliance and Manager of Innovation Programs at Innovation PEI. Tyson gained experience in food product development and grocery retail in his past role as Director of Commercial Development with the FoodTrust of PEI. During his time as Director, the company developed a patented premium potato merchandising branded system and unique ready-to-serve potato products that were sold in 300 grocery stores. Tyson holds an MBA from Dalhousie University and has completed courses in Venture Mentoring at MIT and Product Development at University of Guelph.
Heather Lizama - Corporate Administrator
Heather Lizama has a background in geomatics with over 10 years of IT experience, specializing in client services. Heather received her undergraduate degree in Geography from Trinity Western University in B.C. and a post grad in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) from the B.C. Institute of Technology. She excels in documentation design, solution architecture, time management, prioritization and management of enterprise databases and applications.
Heather has a variety of public and private sector work experiences across Canada at universities, remote sensing firms, Canadian Forest Products, the National Capital Commission, and numerous consulting firms. Through these diverse work experiences, she provides the following roles for the Food Island Partnership: coordinating and troubleshooting systems and software, URL maintenance, support to the CEO and FIP Board of Directors, and provides assistance in project and event execution.