Leadership Team

Meet our Leadership Team — A seasoned team of management professionals leading Clearwater in its mission to build the world’s most extraordinary, wild seafood company dedicated to sustainable seafood excellence.

Ian D. Smith | Chief Executive Officer

Ian D. Smith is the Chief Executive Officer of Clearwater Seafoods.  Mr. Smith joined Clearwater in May 2010 and has over 30 years of international experience in the food and consumer products industry.  Prior to joining Clearwater, Mr. Smith held senior leadership positions at the Campbell Soup Company within Canada, the United States and China.  Prior to his time at Campbell’s, Mr. Smith held various marketing, sales and international business development positions with Allergan, Colgate-Palmolive and the Gillette Company.

Mr. Smith currently participates as a director on a number of boards and advisory councils focused on international trade and public policy including; The Business Council of Canada, Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council of the Asia Pacific Foundation and Rabobank’s North America Agribusiness Advisory Board.  He is a graduate of McGill University (BA Economics, MBA), a former Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve and currently serves as the Honorary Colonel of 36 Canadian Engineer Regiment located in the Province of Nova Scotia.

Teresa Fortney | Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Teresa Fortney joined Clearwater in March 2016 as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Teresa is responsible for financial and management reporting, treasury, taxation, investor relations and information systems and technology. With over 30 years of senior leadership experience in the consumer foods industry, Teresa has spent most of her career working in growth oriented, multi-site manufacturing and distribution environments. Prior to joining Clearwater, Teresa held a variety of financial leadership roles at Wescast Industries, Maple Leaf Foods, Schneider Foods and McCormick Spices. These roles have provided her with extensive operational, capital markets, international and mergers and acquisition experience.

Teresa is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants Association of Canada (“FCPA, FCMA”) and a University of Waterloo mathematics graduate.

Teresa has been a board member for numerous charitable and professional organizations and is currently the chair of CPA Canada’s Foresight Committee providing strategic guidance as the profession broadens its competencies and expertise.

Christine A. Penney | Vice President, Sustainability and Public Affairs

Christine joined Clearwater in 1995 and is responsible for the oversight of corporate sustainability programs, including fisheries research and management of each of our core fisheries and 3rd party certification programs. She is also responsible for public affairs and corporate communications. Christine has been on the Board of Trustees for the Marine Stewardship Council (Co-chair of Stakeholder council) since 2009 and serves on the board of directors for several industry associations including the Fisheries Council of Canada, Seafood Producers of NS, and the Association of Sustainable Fisheries. Christine is a graduate of Dalhousie University where she received a BS and a Masters in Marine Management.

Dieter Gautschi | Vice President, Human Resources

Dieter Gautschi is accountable for Human Resources globally. He works with the business to drive organizational performance and Clearwater’s organizational capability and capacity. Dieter joined Clearwater in July 2015 bringing over 15 years of global experience in senior Human Resource roles in the food and retail industry. Prior to Clearwater, Dieter was Vice President of Leadership Planning and National Director of Human Resources for Sobeys Inc., he also held senior roles in Human Resources with Coca Cola in Europe. A Canadian citizen and native of Switzerland, Dieter holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and a degree as Naval Architect.

Tony Jabbour | Vice President, Fleet Operations

Tony Jabbour began his career with Clearwater in 1993 after studying Business Administration at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. He continued to expand his skills both academically and professionally through extensive training courses and hands-on global experience. In 2003 he accepted the role as General Manager of Clearwater’s lobster division where he oversaw restructuring of the European lobster operations and played an instrumental role in the research & development of high-pressure shucking technology for lobsters. In 2010, Tony transitioned to Fleet as Senior Operations Manager, working directly with the Vice President, Managers and Captains to advance a continuous improvement culture and harvesting automations onboard, which included things such as commercialization of Clearwater’s Auto Shucking Technology. Now, as Vice President of Fleet Operations, Tony is responsible for Clearwater’s global harvesting operations in Canada, Argentina and Scotland (Macduff) & leads fleet gear and processing R&D.

Darren Bowen | Vice President, Supply Chain

Darren Bowen is the Vice President of Global Supply for Clearwater Seafoods. Darren joined the Clearwater organization in 2015 with over 25 years of senior leadership experience within the fast-moving food and consumer products industry. Darren is a recognized industry leader in global supply chain management and has held senior transformational leadership roles at Estée Lauder, Kraft Foods, Mars and Clorox, all with a focus on driving product, process & people innovation, operational excellence and supply chain & industry collaboration. Darren is a graduate of York University and Georgia Institute of Technologies and is responsible for building the global supply chain network and organizational capabilities for Clearwater Seafoods.

Telaina M. Kelly | Vice President, Legal & Corporate Secretary

Telaina Kelly is Vice President, Legal and Corporate Secretary for Clearwater, managing the Legal Department and overseeing the company’s legal affairs globally. Telaina is responsible for the legal and corporate secretarial functions, including securities reporting, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, enterprise risk management and support for a wide range of commercial and operational matters.

Telaina joined Clearwater in 2015 having held senior management roles in private sector and law firm environments.

Telaina holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary in Alberta. She also holds CIC.C (Certified In-House Counsel-Canada) designation from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Business.

She has served in various volunteer and board positions in the legal and business community and is a volunteer lawyer with the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. Telaina is actively involved in the Women General Counsel Canada (WGCC) Atlantic Chapter.

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