About Us

About Us

AFPA is a non-profit organization representing all segments of the $15 billion food and beverage industry including growers, processors, retailers, foodservice buyers and suppliers since 1974.

Our Mission

Our mission is to build the competitive advantage of our members through quality training, effective promotion and by being the representative voice of members and the Alberta food processing industry.

AFPA - 403.201.3657  info@afpa.com

  • Melody Pashko, General Manager - melody@afpa.com 
  • Bianca Parsons - Executive Director - bianca@afpa.com - Direct 780-243-2372
  • Meghan Rennick - Project Manager - meghan@afpa.com - Direct 780-232-2422
  • Sheldon Wolfe - Technical Advsior - sheldon@afpa.com


2023-2024 AFPA Board of Directors

  • BDC – Michael Poynton

  • Byblos Bakery - Anis Muhammad

  • Calgary Italian Bakery - Louis Bontorin

  • Foothills Creamery – Brian Espiritu

  • Kuhlmann's Market Gardens & Greenhouses Ltd. – Dietrich Kuhlmann

  • MLT Aikins LLP- Scott Exner

  • MNP- Kelleen Tait (CPA, CA)

  • Sunrise Bakery Ltd. – Eric Haak (Chair)

  • Sani Marc Food & Beverage - Tim Hill

  • Sunrise Bakery Ltd. - Andrew Polturak

  • Wow! Factor Desserts Ltd. - Joe Swiston

  • Wolfe Honey - Paige Rey - (Vice Chair)


Board Nominations form



Stan Ballard Apprenticeship Fund

E stablished in 1986 to support educational activities for Alberta apprentice chefs. Each year SAIT, NAIT and Lethbridge College award scholarships to 2nd year students enrolled in the Culinary Arts program. The Alberta's apprenticeship and industry training was added later on and is now also able to offer a scholarship to a worthly apprentice in the culinary field.

The scholarship fund was created to recognize the achievements of Stan Ballard, who retired from Burns Foods in 1986, following 41 years of service with Burns and with the food processing industry. Stan was one of the founders of the Alberta Food Processors Association; Stan has done much during his career to promote the Alberta food industry, particularly in the foodservice sector.