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Structure and Governance

About Our Corporate Structure

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. 

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. 

  • 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 Accessibility Policy

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

  • Our Board of Directors

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    The Honourable Scott Brison
    Audit Committee and Human Resources Committee

    Montreal, QC
    Director since 2022

    The Honourable Scott Brison is the Vice-Chair, Investment & Corporate Banking for BMO Capital Markets. He was elected MP for the riding of Kings-Hants seven consecutive times over 21 years. During his time in government, Mr. Brison served in many positions, including as the President of the Treasury Board, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and as a Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister with an emphasis on Canada-US relations. He is a member of the Trilateral Commission and serves on numerous boards, including the Canada-China and Canadian-American Business Councils. He has been Dalhousie University's Chancellor since 2020.

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    Joan Chow
    Audit Committee

    Oak Park, IL
    Director since 2017

    Ms. Chow has held many different senior executive roles over the course of her career, including Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, ConAgra Foods (now known as Conagra Brands) and Chief Marketing Officer of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. She also serves on the boards of Spectrum Brands and Energy Recovery Inc. where she is a member of the Audit and Compensation committees. She has previously served as Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Governance Committee of Welbilt Inc., and a Director of  The Manitowoc Company, RC2 Corporation and Feeding America. 

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    Rob Dexter, Q.C.
    Human Resources 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.

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    Andy Hennigar
    Director

    Wellington, NS
    Director since 2020

    Director of Thornridge Holdings Limited, the holder of 34.6% of the common shares of High Liner Foods, and was a previous director of High Liner Foods from May 2015 to May 2018. 

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    David Hennigar
    Director

    Bedford, NS
    Director since 1984

    Executive Chairman of Thornridge Holdings Limited, the holder of 34.6% of the common shares of High Liner Foods, and a director of other public and private companies.

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    Rod Hepponstall
    Executive Committee

    Portsmouth, NH
    Director Since 2018

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

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    Shelly Jamieson
    Governance Committee (Chair) and Executive 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 and is a director of Sienna Senior Living. 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.

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    Jolene Mahody
    Audit Committee (Chair), Executive Committee and Governance Committee

    Halifax, NS
    Director since 2014


    Is Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer of Chorus Aviation Inc. She has previously held the position of Executive Vice President & CFO, Chorus Aviation Inc. and prior to that held positions at Jazz Air LP, a subsidiary of Chorus, which included 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.

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    Andy Miller
    Human Resources Committee

    St. John's, NL
    Director since 2012

    Former Managing Director of Linco Foods Systems B.V. of Doesburg, Netherlands, former Chief Marketing Officer of Linco Foods Systems of Trige, Denmark and former CEO Linco Foods Systems A/S. He is a board member of Baader Food Systems USA (formerly Baader Linco Inc.), based out of Kansas City, a board member of Baader North America Corp and an executive board member of The Canadian Center for Fisheries Innovation. President of Andy Miller Consulting in St. John's, Newfoundland. 

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    Robert Pace
    Chairman of the Board, Executive Committee (Chair), Governance 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 23 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.

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    Frank van Schaayk
    Human Resources Committee (Chair), Executive Committee and 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. van Schaayk holds a director role on various Boards for other private and not-for-profit entities and is a member of the Board of Governors of Saint Francis Xavier University, the Board of the Verschuren Center for Sustainability.

  • 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.