Join your Chamber in celebrating this special holiday season!
We look forward to seeing you at this in-person event with an opportunity to network, enjoy great food, be inspired by our special guest speaker, win fantastic prizes and of course enjoy the holiday season!
Special Guest Speaker: Myles Hamilton – President at CanMar Foods Ltd.
Presentation Topic: Building Million Dollar Brands: Over 35 years of experience, with lessons you can apply to your business
Speaker Background: Myles is a graduate of Airdrie's George McDougall class of ’79. Myles holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Washington State University, College of Business and Economics graduating with Honors in 1984. He also completed an Executive Management Program from Harvard Business School in 2010.
Myles spent the first 6 years of his career at Procter & Gamble (P&G). Following P&G, he spent most of his 15-year career as the Western Canada Vice President at Frito Lay Canada (now called PepsiCo Foods Ltd). During his tenure at Frito Lay, he led the Western Region through a very high growth period seeing sales grow from $70 million to $280 million. Brands such as Lays, Tostitos, Sun Chips, Smart Food, Munchie Snack Mix, Miss Vickie’s were all introduced into Western Canada under Myles' leadership.
Always having the dream to be an entrepreneur, at the age of 45 he left his role as Vice President of PepsiCo Foods Ltd. to purchase an equity position in Spitz Sunflower Seeds. A 50-person business located in Bow Island Alberta. As managing partner, he was able to increase the sales by 50% in the first 2 years at Spitz with a 90% market share in Western Canada and achieved the #3 brand in the USA. As a result, they were approached by PepsiCo Foods (Frito Lay) and after 14 months of negotiation the company was sold to PepsiCo Foods Ltd.
Following the successful exit at Spitz Sunflower Seeds, Myles along with Hokanson Capital from Edmonton bought Regina based CanMar Foods Ltd. CanMar Foods is the largest producer of food grade flax in Canada with 30 employees. These products are sold in 20 countries around the world including all major grocery stores in Canada, USA, Japan, and Spain. The company has a fully integrated 20,000-acre farm operation growing their own conventional and organic flax and hemp.
Myles and his wife Corinne recently celebrated their 37th anniversary and they have 2 adult children. His daughter is a business graduate doing a food startup in Calgary and his son is a trained actor who resides in New York City.
Date and Time
Friday Dec 10, 2021 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM MST
Woodside Golf Course 525 Woodside Dr NW, Airdrie, AB T4B 2C6
Non Members: $70.00
Registration Deadline is Tuesday, December 7th at 5:00 PM
Registrations are non refundable.
Bring an item for the Food Bank!
Please note: Woodside Golf Course is operating under the REP Program with updates taking place on November 15th, 2021.