History

The Food Executive Club of Vancouver was formed in 1955 by Jack Carruthers following a visit to Seattle, where he was a guest of the Seattle Manufacturer’s Representatives Club. From this meeting, Jack conceived the idea for the Food Executives Club of Vancouver.

The first formative meeting of the club was held with Jack Carruthers, Jack Merrell, Jack Crompton, Harold McColl and Russ Winfield in attendance. Sensing they had a good hand of cards (three Jacks) they decided to go “all in” on the formation of the club and with that the Food Executive Club of Vancouver was born.

Fecov Monthly meetings of the Club were subsequently held at various locations including the Devonshire Hotel, the Dog House on Broadway & Fir, the Marine Drive Golf Course, and now at our current location the Executive Plaza Coquitlam.

The original objective of the club was to foster better relations between Club members and the Grocery Trade by creating an atmosphere of co-operation through collective discussion and dissemination of information. Later the Club's activities were broadened to include social events.

In 1957, an Annual Golf Tournament, hosted by the Club for members and trade guests, was initiated. The Dough Fraser Memorial Trophy was created in memory of Dough Fraser, who at the time of his passing had been head buyer of Kelly Douglas. This tournament still goes on today. Another popular social event is the Club's annual Dinner and Dance, which has been held in November of each year since 1958. In 1970 the Club started an annual Curling Bonspiel, held every March and is always a great success.

The Food Executives also works to recognize outstanding work in the industry and has had a series of awards and bursary’s over the years, including the creation in 1973 of the President's Trophy; first awarded to Bill Craig to commemorate those who have made outstanding contributions to the industry. FECOV annually awards bursaries to top performing students who are the deserving sons and daughters of active members.

As the food industry has changed, so has the club. With the mirroring of the categories found in grocery stores everywhere, FECOV is welcoming members from Food, Food Service, Consumer Products, Drug, Beverage Alcohol and other service providers to the industry. Together we make a vibrant community of professionals seeking to bring the best to our retail partners and to develop as professionals in our industry.

The FECOV is operated as a member funded, non-profit society and is led by a volunteer board of directors elected by the membership.

FECOV - Past Presidents

YearFirst / InitialsLast Name
2019TrevorBaker
2018KimPauls
2017JasonNichol
2016JosianneLegare
2015KyleLeslie
2014SandyMutiger
2013JohnVuckovic
2012RogerAntoniazzi
2011TonyLlewellyn
2010MichaelAbey
2009M.Fuller
2008AlIbsen
2007GerryVan Beek
2006S.Beauchamp
2005E.Cleveland
2004E.Wijenberg
2003BenHeiltjes
2002D.Dawson
2001P.Andreassen
2000J.White
1999J.Bomhof
1998R.Parkinson
1997J.King
1996S.Maddeaux
1995T.Caswell
1994J.Gattens
1993A. J.Ibsen
1992S.Corbett
1991D.Douglas
1990M. E.Daniels
1989R. E.Potter
1988N. R. K.Anderson
1987T. W.Tessman
1986R. L.Muir
1985E. C.Graham
1984L. W. L.Jones
1983B. M.Last
1982G.Bissett - D
1981J.Barberie
1980J.Gibson
1979W. S.Boland
1978H.Hennig - D
1977L. F.Lenheiser
1976J. R.McSorley
1975H.Cook
1974T.Kershaw
1973J. E.Harner-Jackson
1972H. S.Howe
1971W. R.Fitzsimmons
1970J. D.Brasseur
1969M.Conrad
1968J. A.Irwin
1967W. D.Campbell
1966L. R.Willington
1965H. E.Roberts
1964I. F.Stachan
1963E. G.Burns
1962T.Bumstead
1961W. A.Craig
1960J.A. Cook
1959A. C.Rae
1958H. R.McColl
1957J. W.Crompton
1956E. J.Merrell - D
1955E. J.Carruthers
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