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Distribution Canada Inc is announcing the impending retirement of Brian Parker

Distribution Canada Inc is announcing the impending retirement of Brian Parker.  The Board of Directors of Distribution Canada Inc has accepted his resignation.  Brian will stay in his current position of President and CEO until a suitable replacement has been found to take over the helm of Distribution Canada Inc.

Mr. Parker reflected on his experiences over the time of his service:  “It is with some sadness but with fond reflection that I am announcing my retirement.  I started my journey with DCI as the Pres. /CEO in January of 2008 and have enjoyed the last 8 and a half years!  I believe I leave DCI in good hands and I will work closely with the new President, the Board and Chair to ensure the smooth transition over the next few months. I have met many people in the last 40 years and some I now call friends for life.

DCI has been big part of my life and I will continue to watch in amazement what our entrepreneurial Members will achieve.  I believe independents will not only survive but thrive in an unpredictable retailer environment.

To my Vendor partners. I appreciate the support you have given me and our DCI Members. Without our collaborative partners we could not have achieved the growth we have seen over the years.  The relationship between our Vendors of record and Members has been a cost effective win/win.  I believe the synergies achieved will serve the industry well into the future.”

Current Chair, Francois Bouchard wishes Brian well:  “Mr. Parker has been key in the development and the growth of DCI, and on behalf of the entire Board and membership I would like to thank him for his efforts and dedication to the continued success of the Independent Grocers and Retailers across this country.  We wish Mr. Parker and his wife Lisa all the best in this new phase of their lives.”

Distribution Canada is a national organization of independent grocers that foster collaborative relationships between its shareholders, manufacturers, and key stakeholders in the Canadian grocery industry.

The Board of Directors has established a Selection Committee who will be accepting application for the position of President and CEO of the organization.  Interested candidates should submit their resume and qualifications in confidentiality to careers@distributioncanada.ca before 4:00 pm on Monday February 22, 2016.

For additional information, please contact: Brian Parker, DCI President/CEO, contact info:    brianparker@distributioncanada.ca Francois Bouchard, Chair, contact info    fbouchard@onlinegrocer.ca

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