Corporate Structure and Governance

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About Our Corporate Structure

High Liner Foods employs approximately 1315 people in Canada, the United States, China, Iceland and Thailand.

Our corporate headquarters are in Nova Scotia. Our registered Head Office is in Lunenburg, NS where our Corporate Shared Services primarily reside.  We also have a Corporate Head Office in Halifax, NS. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol HLF.

In Canada, High Liner Foods Sales, Marketing and Product Development is based in Mississauga, Ontario and focuses on serving the Canadian retail and foodservice markets. It is the home of High Liner, Canada's leading frozen processed seafood brand. Our processing plant in Lunenburg, NS completes the Canadian operations.

In the United States, High Liner Foods is headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and oversees the sales and marketing as well as production and distribution for all retail, club and foodservice markets in the USA.

High Liner Foods is the largest prepared seafood processing operation in North America, producing a wide range of products, from breaded and battered items to seafood entrees in its Lunenburg, NS, Newport News, VA, and Portsmouth, NH manufacturing facilities. Although our roots are in the Atlantic Canadian fishery, we obtain our seafood, raw material and some finished goods for the operation from supply channels around the world, including Europe, East Asia, South America and Alaska.

Finished product in North America is held in our modern cold storage facilities, located in Lunenburg, NS, Peabody, MA, Portsmouth, NH, Newport News, VA and at third-party cold storage centers, and is distributed throughout North America.

From our corporate headquarters in Nova Scotia, we have transformed our long and proud heritage into worldwide seafood expertise. We deliver on the expectations of consumers by selling seafood products that respond to their demands for sustainable, tasty, and nutritious seafood at good value.

Governance

High Liner Foods is committed to good corporate governance. 

We understand that our success is built on your trust. That’s why our Board of Directors undertakes an annual review of our governance structures and practices in reference to all regulatory requirements and good practices. The Board has continuously improved governance practices throughout the High Liner Foods’ organization.

The Statement of Corporate Governance's Practices in the Company’s most recent Management Information Circular provides a complete description of High Liner Foods’ approach to corporate governance. We have included on this page the policies and documents that help us to maintain a culture imbued with our core value of integrity. 

Governance Policies

Accessibility at High Liner Foods

High Liner Foods is committed to providing an accessible environment where all individuals have equal access to High Liner's goods and services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. High Liner is committed to providing equitable treatment with respect to employment and services to employees and customers, providing accommodation where required. We will identify, remove and prevent barriers for persons with disabilities and meet the needs of persons with a disability in a timely manner. Please see our:

Accessibility Policy:  HLF AODA Accessibility Policy 657

Accessible Customer Service Policy:  Accessible Customer Service Policy

Multi-Year Accessibility:  HLF AODA Multi-Year Accessibility Plan - Policy 658

Board and Its Committees

Director and Executive Positions

  Board of Directors

 

Website Alan BellAlan Bell
Human Resources & Corporate Governance Committee
Nominating Committee (Chair) and Executive Committee
Toronto, ON
Director since 2014

Corporate Partner of the Canadian law firm Bennett Jones LLP. Previous board member of Assisted Living Concepts Inc.


Website Joan Chow 1Joan Chow
Human Resources & Corporate Governance Committee
Oak Park, IL
Director since 2017

 

Holding many different senior executive roles over the course of her career, including Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, ConAgra Foods, Ms. Chow presently holds the role Chief Marketing Officer of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. She also serves on the board of Welbilt Inc. and is a member of their Governance Committee and Chair of their Compensation Committee.


Website James Covelluzzi 1Jim Covelluzzi
Audit Committee
Orchid, FL
Director since 2011

 

President of Crystal Cold Storage and Warehousing Inc., and Pier 17 Realty Trust  Inc. both in Massachusetts. Principal in Maplewood Ventures LLC and an investor in several private companies. Former CEO of Viking Seafoods Inc. until its sale to High Liner Foods in December 2010.

 

Website Henry Demone 1Henry Demone
Executive Committee (Chair)
Chairman of the Board
Lunenburg, NS
Director since 1989


Chairman of High Liner Foods, who previously served as Chairman & CEO from August 2017 until May 2018. Prior to that was Chairman from May 2015 until August 2017 and was President and Chief Executive Officer of High Liner Foods until May 2015. Past Chairman of the National Fisheries Institute (NFI), and an Executive of the Groundfish Forum. Director and Corporate Governance and Human Resource Committee member, Saputo Inc., and a Director of Emera.

 

Website Rob Dexter 2Rob Dexter, Q.C.
Human Resources & Corporate Governance Committee 
Halifax, NS
Director since 1992

 

Chairman and CEO of Maritime Travel Inc., operating in excess of 100 travel shops in Canada under the trade names “Maritime Travel”, and “LeGrow’s Travel”. Counsel of Stewart McKelvey, appointed Chairman of the Board, Empire Company Limited and Sobeys Inc.  Director of BCE Inc.

Jill Hennigar WebsiteJill Hennigar
Audit Committee
Halifax, NS
Director since 2018

 

Senior Manager in Human Resources at Emera Inc. Previously, Manager of Investor Relations at Emera Inc. Is a CPA, CA.

 

Website David HennigarDavid Hennigar
Executive Committee and Nominating Committee
Vice Chairman & Lead Director 
Bedford, NS
Director since 1984


Executive Chairman of Thornridge Holdings Limited, the holder of 37.5% of the common shares of High Liner Foods, and a director of other public and private companies.


Rod Hepponstall_white backgroundRod Hepponstall
Executive Committee
Portsmouth, NH
Director Since 2018



President & CEO of High Liner Foods as of May 1, 2018. Board member of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association. 

 

Shelly Jamieson resized(2)Shelly Jamieson
Human Resources & Corporate Governance Committee (Chair),
Executive Committee and Nominating Committee 
Toronto, ON
Director since 2012

Former CEO of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, a federally funded agency created to accelerate action on cancer control for Canadians.  Serves on the National Advisory Board of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Canada.  Formerly Ontario's highest-ranking civil servant as Secretary of Cabinet and Head of the Ontario Public Service.  Previously was Ontario's Deputy Minister of Transportation, President of Extendicare (Canada) Inc. (TSX:EXE). Serves on several not-for-profit boards.

 

Website Jolene Mahody 1Jolene Mahody
Audit Committee
Halifax, NS
Director since 2014



Is Executive Vice President & CFO, Chorus.  Previously held positions at Jazz Air LP, a subsidiary of Chorus, include Chief Operating Officer; Director, Finance; Director, Commercial and Resource Planning; Director, Six Sigma, and Director, Corporate Strategy. She serves on several not-for-profit boards and received her Fellowship Charter Accountant designation in 2013.


Website Andy Miller 1Andy Miller
Audit Committee
St. John's, NL
Director since 2012

 

Is Managing Director of Linco Foods Systems B.V. of Doesburg, Netherlands and is Chief Marketing Officer of Linco Foods Systems of Trige, Denmark. He is a board member of Baader Linco Inc., based out of Kansas City, a board member of Baader North America Corp and the Canadian Center for Fisheries Innovation. President of Andy Miller Consulting in St. John's, Newfoundland. 

Robert PaceRobert Pace
Audit Committee (Chair), 
Executive Committee and Nominating Committee
Halifax, NS
Director since 1998

President and Chief Executive Officer of The Pace Group Limited, a private holding company. Chairman Maritime Broadcasting System, owner and operator of 24 radio stations in the Maritimes. Mr. Pace is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Canadian National Railway Company and director of several private companies.

Website Frank van Schaayk 1Frank vanSchaayk
Human Resources & Corporate Governance Committee
Marion Bridge, NS
Director since November 2014

 

Held various executive roles within McCain from 1992 until his retirement in October 2014 with his most current role being Regional President - The Americas.   Mr. vanSchaayk holds a director role on various Boards for other private and not-for-profit entities and is Chairman of the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

Honourary Director

D.R. Sobey

Contact our Board

You may communicate with the Board of Directors through the Corporate Secretary's office in the following manner:

High Liner Foods Inc. Board of Directors
c/o Corporate Secretary
100 Battery Point, P.O.Box 910
Lunenburg, N.S.
B0J 2C0

OR

Email the Board of Directors

Matters relating to the Corporation's accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters will be referred to the Audit Committee. Other matters will be referred to the Board Chair or others as appropriate.