Get to Know Us
You care about what you feed your pets. So do we. We want them to be with you for as long as possible – happy, healthy and well-fed! That’s why our talented team works hard to provide premium quality, fresh, healthy treats and food that’s hand-crafted with care in our own kitchens. From the production floor to the boardroom, our years of combined experience ensure that your pet gets nothing but our best in every bag.
Our hard-working and awe-inspiring CEO is a force to be reckoned with. Ginger keeps the team focused on the important stuff and always makes us feel like we’re number one in her world. (Right back at you, Ginger!) Her German Shepard, Stich, is a big fan of all the Canadian Jerky treats while her two chihuahuas (Shabo and Trump) have a special fondness for Great Jack’s freeze-dried chicken.
Ask Vu what he loves the most about working at Canadian Jerky and he’ll tell you the team environment is one of a kind. As HR Manager, he provides critical employee support, legal advice and conflict resolution. When he’s not busy helping the team stay on track, this chocolate-lover likes to spend his time networking. Vu’s favourite animal? Ducklings.
Numbers are number one for Xiaokang. Our friendly, hard-working accountant makes sure our bills get paid and keeps line items in line. We don’t know what we’d do without him. Seriously. Xiaokang loves the energy the Canadian Jerky team brings to work every day. Outside of work, he enjoys skiing with his wife. (Xiaokang also loves pugs – a charming, loyal and intelligent dog.)
Sherif’s specialty is concept art and building characters and illustrations. He loves cartooning and story-telling and you can see his talent coming through with our product packaging. When he’s not doodling, this proud metalhead enjoys playing squash and traveling. Sherif’s rescue pet Meme (short for Mini-Me) got her name when he found out she was born on his birthday. Awwww!
A talented member of our R & D department, Martin is dedicated to researching and producing premium pet treats and pet food. When he’s not busy in the lab, he enjoys reading and swimming. Martin doesn’t have a pet but, if he did, he says he’d have a schnauzer, a breed known for its intelligence, spirit and loyalty. Coincidence? We don’t think so.
When it comes to being up on the latest marketing trends, launching new products and meeting tight deadlines, Julie makes it looks easy. (And we know it’s not.) Julie’s family includes two dogs, one cat, two ferrets, three snakes, five tarantulas and one turtle. Her dogs – a pug named Bowser and a papillon named Chickadee – enjoy odour-free bully sticks as after-walk rewards.
Julia’s job requires organization, concentration and attention to detail. It fits her to a “T”. Or should that be “J”? We’re not sure. Being able to grow with the company is one of the things that keeps her happy – which of course makes us very happy. When she’s not in the office, Julia can be found inside reading or outside hiking.
Arkadi Berson is our valued and experienced Maintenance Manager. His keen troubleshooting skills combined with his vast knowledge of anything electronic or electrical means he’s our go-to guy for almost everything. Hardworking, dedicated and a solid team player, Arkadi’s interests outside of work are equally impressive: he’s a seasoned traveller, photographer and, at home, an accomplished chef.
Ryan is our QA manager. In case you’re wondering, “QA” stands for Quality Assurance and it’s a job that Ryan takes very seriously. He makes sure all the products that we deliver to our customer not only meet but exceed our high standards and their expectations.
Peter’s a rock star when it comes to keeping our production floor running smoothly and efficiently. As production supervisor, it’s his job to make sure that people, processes and equipment are always working in synch and on schedule. Like the rest of us, Peter considers dogs part of the “family pack” and thinks they deserve nothing less than the best!
This young number cruncher is a dedicated pro who’ll always go the extra mile to make sure the data is accurate. We’re pretty sure all that info would make our heads spin but Maggie loves it. And it seems that being surrounded by pet lovers has rubbed off on Maggie because she’s now thinking of getting a pet herself. (Talk about being a positive influence on someone!)
If there were a job description for Jean, we think it would look like this: “keeps everyone on track, juggles multiple projects at one time, always ready with a smile and a helping hand when needed”. In other words, Jean takes care of us and we really, really appreciate her. She’s also a big dog lover and shamelessly spoils all pet pals that come to our office.
General Manager (Ontario)
Sandi has been working in the pet industry for over 30 years. She loves people and pets and, lucky for us, can’t see herself doing anything else. Sandi’s proud of the role she’s played in helping to grow the company and loves seeing the new products and packaging. In addition to her grandchildren, she’s also the proud pet parent of two chihuahuas, Tiki and Arrow.