Joe Longo, chair of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG), Thomas A. Barlow, president and CEO, and the CFIG Board of Directors have announced Mike Lovsin of Freson Bros. in Stony Plain, Alta., as the 2015 recipient of CFIG’s prestigious Life Member Award in the Independent Grocer category.
Thomas A . Barlow, president and CEO of CFIG said, “Mike has worked tirelessly on behalf of Independent Grocers in Canada serving on a number of CFIG committees as well as being a board member (1999-2005) and board chair (2003-2004). As a second generation grocer, Mike knows firsthand the commitment that independent grocers must make to their business, their employees and their communities if they want to continue to be successful. Mike has invested hundreds of hours of his personal time to help ensure independent grocers in Canada continue to be a force in the grocery channel. Mike’s leadership style of ‘leading from the front’ is an inspiration to our association and we are very proud that Mike was chosen as this year’s retailer Life Member recipient.”
Today, Freson Bros. is the largest, family owned independent grocery chain in Alberta. Freson Bros. operates 15 stores and employs more than 1,000.