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BC Tree Fruits announces new CEO

November 30, 2016  By BC Tree Fruits

Stan Swales, CEO BC Tree Fruits BC Tree Fruits

November 30, 2016, Kelowna, BC – The B.C. Tree Fruits Cooperative board of directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Stan Swales as chief executive officer effective Nov. 28, 2016.

“After a long search, we are excited to move forward with our selection of Stan,” said B.C. Tree Fruits Cooperative President Jeet Dukhia. “The board of directors is confident Stan will build on the trust between cooperative members and staff while working towards a strong, sustainable industry for our members.”

Swales started in the industry in 1985 at Okanagan North Growers Co-Op in Winfield where he spent 20 years in various roles, including both horticulture and operations. From there, Swales moved to Growers Supply Co. Ltd. as the general manager where he remained for 10 years. For the last year, he was with BASF Canada as a business representative.

“I am thrilled to be back with the cooperative as the new CEO,” stated Swales. “Over the span of my career in the industry, I have worked in some capacity at almost every level. With that comes the understanding of the needs and challenges both the membership and the cooperative face and I feel I can draw on my experience to help guide our cooperative moving forward.”

Swales will be in the office full-time starting Dec. 27. Chief Financial Officer Warren Everton will remain acting CEO until then.

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