Leadership

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DAVID BEVAN

OTTAWA, ONTARIO

David Bevan is Chairperson of the Board of Directors. David Bevan leads the Board with skills and perspectives from a public service career that spanned 39 years. He spent six years as Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for fisheries and aquaculture management, and four years as the Associate Deputy Minister with Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

TOM COLOSIMO

HAY RIVER, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

Tom Colosimo is a Senior Regional Manager with the Government of the Northwest Territories, working for the Department of Industry, Tourism & Investment. The Department is responsible for small business support and investment, including the fishing sector – experience that Tom brings to Freshwater Fish. He has over three decades of service with the Government of the Northwest Territories in various departments and roles.

VINCE CRATE

KOOSTATAK, MANITOBA

Vince Crate is a lifetime commercial fisher from Fisher River Cree Nation in Manitoba. He holds diplomas in business management and landscaping. Vince has served on numerous community boards and is committed to effective governance of his community. He has worked as an elected Band Councillor for Fisher River Cree Nation for many years.

KARLENE DEBANCE

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA

Karlene is the Chief Executive Officer of S.A.M. Management in Winnipeg.  Karlene began her career in the not-for-profit sector working with youth, refugees, and international program delivery.  During her time with the Government of Manitoba, Karlene’s innovative approaches to partnerships, project management, infrastructure development and strategic capital planning led to successful economic, social and environmental outcomes that have benefitted communities and sectors throughout Manitoba. 

DANA GREGOIRE

TORONTO, ONTARIO

Dana Gregoire is a lawyer at Fasken LLP, where he is engaged in a broad practice focused in corporate, commercial, and securities law. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Manitoba, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

STAN LAZAR

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA

Stan Lazar is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation. He is a results-oriented senior executive with extensive financial and operational experience gained over a career with national and international corporations. Stan’s professional background and strong organizational, analytical, and decision-making skills merge to provide effective leadership for Freshwater Fish.

MICAH MELNYK

OTTAWA, ONTARIO

Micah Melnyk is an economics and sustainability professional. He has significant experience analyzing and growing markets and enterprises, and developing strategic directions for flagship programming. He holds a B.Sc. in Civil Environmental Engineering, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Queen’s University, and an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge, UK. He completed the Global Solutions Program at Singularity University, USA.

SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM

DAVE BERGUNDER

VICE-PRESIDENT OF FIELD OPERATIONS

Dave Bergunder began his career with Freshwater Fish while a student at the University of Manitoba. Starting as a dock worker in Selkirk, he progressed to working in Fort Chippewa, Alberta, Lake Athabasca, Saskatchewan, and various locations in northern Manitoba. Dave was the area manager in Hay River, Northwest Territories from 1980 to 2000, transferring to Winnipeg first as manager and then director of field operations. Dave is a professional and well-respected contributor to the freshwater fishing industry.

ROB BLACK

VICE-PRESIDENT OF SALES AND MARKETING

Rob Black started his career at Freshwater Fish as the Frozen Sales Coordinator and has advanced over the past eighteen plus years to arrive at the position he holds today. He has extensive knowledge of the seafood industry in general and the lake fish sector in particular. His network of connections both domestically and globally bring considerable benefit to both the Sales and Marketing department and the corporation in general.

DAWN KJARSGAARD

DIRECTOR OF PLANT OPERATIONS

Dawn Kjarsgaard has extensive experience in food science and applied microbiology. She has held a position as Lead Auditor at ISO, and her career spans over two decades with most of that time at Freshwater Fish. Hired as the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Coordinator, she has contributed to Freshwater Fish’s success as Supervisor, Manager, and Director of the quality assurance department and in her current position as Director of Plant Operations.

DENIS LAVALLÉE

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Denis Lavallee has worked with a number of industry-leading organizations throughout his career. He is a professional with excellent analytical and systems development skills. Denis has a proven track record of providing strong financial leadership to the private and publicly-held organizations he has served.

STAN LAZAR

PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Stan Lazar is a results-oriented senior executive with extensive financial and operational experience gained over a career with national and international corporations. Stan’s professional background and strong organizational, analytical, and decision-making skills merge to provide effective leadership for Freshwater Fish.

SUSAN YOUNG

VICE-PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES AND GOVERNMENT SERVICES

Susan Young is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, with two decades of experience in Human Resources management. During her career with various industry-leading organizations, she has successfully developed and effectively implemented strategic initiatives related to improving culture, talent assessment, succession planning, performance management, and effective labour relations.