Jo-Ann has spent a career building brands with consumers and retailers at Molson, Procter and Gamble, Unilever and Cadillac Fairview.
As a divisional President of Molson Coors, and a member of its North America Management Board, Jo-Ann led the charge to sell more beer more profitably.
As a Founding Partner and President of Nourish Food Marketing, Jo-Ann now builds powerful brands for food and beverage products in Canada, the US and Europe, creating marketing strategies that help move products off the shelves, into the consumer’s shopping basket, onto their plates and into their hearts.
She has worked with entrepreneurs to launch award winning products and with Municipal, Provincial and Federal agencies to create programs that support Canada's food industry. She has also been an instructor at Schulich Executive School of Business, FoodStarter (a food incubator), as well as the Sponsorship Marketing Council of Canada and the Association of Canadian Advertisers.
Jo-Ann is founding chair of the Sponsorship Marketing Council of Canada, a Past President of The Empire Club of Canada where she hosted leaders from around the globe, and serves as Past Chair of ABC Life Literacy Canada. She also serves on the board of Les Dames d”Escoffier Ontario Chapter.
Previous speaking engagements include:
- Star Women in Grocery
- World Trade Organization
- Restaurants Canada
- Ontario-European Agri-Food Forum
- Food And Beverage Ontario
- The Pet Food Association (Canada and U.S.)
- Woman of Influence WXN
- Packaging Association of Canada
- IEG Annual Conference Chicago
- World Congress of Sport New York
- Women & Leadership Summit
- Numerous Chamber of Commerce appearances
- Numerous television appearances.
She enjoys hiking and running half marathons with her husband, 3 children and Goldendoodle Gracie – a necessity as she enjoys tasting everything that comes out of the Nourish test kitchen!