Contributing to strong, sustainable communities is our passion. We work hard to provide you with the knowledge, training and resources you need to build capacity and collaboration. Your success is our success.

The Team

Gayle Palas
Gayle PalasAgri-Food Training & Marketing
Gayle is an agri-food and tourism marketing professional with over 15 years of practical experience in digital and traditional marketing strategy development and implementation. The essence of her work is to create strategies with effective messaging at each stage of the customer journey that tracks results and converts visitors to clients. She is an award-winning marketer that has designed, implemented, and participated in multiple successful provincial, national and international campaigns for clients across a variety of industries. Above all, her professional approach honours each and every brand she works with. Her areas of specialty include content marketing, digital strategy, usability, social media, e-commerce, and persuasive storytelling. Gayle takes particular pleasure in workshop facilitation and one-on-one or group training.
 Mary Ellen Hodgins
Mary Ellen HodginsFood and Natural Health Products’ Industry Marketing Consultant
Mary Ellen has twenty-seven years of consulting experience in the agri-food economy. Her clients have included: Small to midsized companies; provincial, national and international organizations and government departments; and universities. Her areas of specialty are competitive and market intelligence, market entry strategies and training. She has been a principal trainer and coach in many programs including the Path to Commercialization in British Columbia, the Innovation Capability Programme in Ireland and a Train-the-Trainer program in Bulgaria. Mary Ellen has a PhD in food policy and an MBA. She is based in the lower mainland of British Columbia.
Cheryl Sullivan
Cheryl SullivanProduct Packaging Consultant
For over 35 years, Cheryl has been helping packaging buyers and manufacturers develop packaging for products. Her experience spans graphic design sales, flexible packaging, paperboard folding cartons, and corrugated products. Always evolving, Cheryl enjoys staying up-to-date with trends, innovations and sustainability practices and looks for every opportunity to share that knowledge.

We thrive on challenge, take care of each other and geek out on the latest industry trends.

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We find solutions through our knowledge, experience and connections.

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New Entrants

Get on the Shelf

Get food industry specific training and resources to accelerate your path to market.

Learn how to develop, produce and market your product to meet buyer requirements.

Established Companies

Develop strategies and resources to access new markets and grow your business.


Identify markets, acquire skills, develop partnerships and build your brand within your budget.


Create and implement innovative and engaging business development and social enterprise initiatives that achieve results.


Provide value to your clients or customers by delivering programs and services that they need.
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