FBO welcomes Chris Conway as the organization’s new CEO. After many years of exceptional leadership, Norm Beal is stepping down to take a more active role in his business, Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery. Chris is a proven expert in advocacy and government relations in both the manufacturing and education sectors. He has led three associations, most recently as CEO for Career Colleges Ontario and prior to that President of Concrete Ontario, an organization that represents 80% of the concrete production in the province.
Chris has over 15 years of experience in provincial government relations and began his career with a number of years on Parliament Hill. Chris has an LLB from the University of London (UK) and MBA from Queen’s University. “I am looking forward to working closely with the FBO members, to ensure the association continues to be a powerful advocate and facilitator of success for all categories of the food processor business in Ontario and globally.” Chris Conway, CEO, Food and Beverage Ontario
The FBO Board of Directors, members and stakeholders are grateful to Norm Beal for his passion and skill in building the organization into the powerhouse advocate it is today. Norm leaves an impressive legacy for FBO as the authority on industry issues with governments and stakeholders. During his tenure, Norm established the organization as the leader in workforce development and shaped the Annual Conference into the industry’s premier event for exchanging ideas and business development. Over the last year, Norm committed himself 24/7 to solving Covid-19 challenges for processors.
“I want to thank Norm for successfully launching FBO. We are very excited about Chris joining as our second CEO to land food and beverage processing in the “new normal” and further realize our potential as the leading manufacturing sector in Ontario and contributor to a thriving economy.” Michael Burrows, Chair, Food and Beverage Ontario & CEO, Maple Lodge Farms