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Our Team

Collaborative. Agile. Innovative.

Partnering begins within Avena, where we put a strong emphasis on working together to achieve success. Teams interact with each other freely – maintaining high standards, responding quickly to customers and adapting effectively and cohesively when seeking solutions.

Read more: Avena’s core values  and Commitments.

Leadership

Avena’s leadership team guides the company and builds on the tradition of providing customers with safe, nutritious ingredients milled from sustainable crops.

Wayne Arsenault ingredient company CEO

Wayne Arsenault
Chief Executive Officer

James Del Frari ingredient company VP, Operations

James Del Frari
VP, Operations

Mike Gallais Director, ingredient company Procurement

Mike Gallais
Director, Procurement

Margaret Hughes ingredient manufacturer VP, Sales and Marketing

Margaret Hughes
VP, Sales and Marketing

Lesley McFarlane ingredient manufacturer VP, Finance

Lesley McFarlane
VP, Finance

Sneha Nathani VP, Food Safety and Quality Assurance

Sneha Nathani
VP, Food Safety and Quality Assurance

Reid Nystuen ingredient manufacturer Director

Reid Nystuen
Director, Special Projects

Sales and Marketing

Avena’s sales and marketing team collaborate with customers to improve existing products and to create new, innovative foods and beverages. Do you have a specific application or ingredient challenge? Contact our team today to discover the best pulse and oat ingredients for your product development.​

Jennifer Evancio ingredient company sales

Jennifer Evancio
Director, Sales and Business Development, Vancouver, BC

Dan Fedsin food production company sales

Dan Fedsin
Director, Sales and Business Development, Toronto, ON

Morgan Gallais food processing company plant manager

Morgan Gallais
Plant Manager and  Sales, Rowatt, SK

Laurie Gillies ingredient company communications

Laurie Gillies
Senior Associate, Marketing and Communications, Regina, SK

Yvonne Ha ingredient manufacturer marketing

Yvonne Ha
Senior Associate, Sales and Marketing, Regina, SK

Natural Products Expo West Ingredients

Avena Sales and Marketing team at Natural Products Expo West, 2024.

Research and Development Team

Our  research and development team works closely with all Avena teams –  operations, quality assurance, and sales and marketing teams – to provide our customers with customized solutions and application support.

Ingredient research & development Kelly Henderson

Kelly Henderson
Manager, R&D, Portage la Prairie, MB

Ingredient research & development Melanie Laguio

Melanie Laguio
Lab Technician, Portage la Prairie, MB

ingredient research development Myla Mendoza

Myla Mendoza
Lab Technician, Portage la Prairie, MB

ingredient research development Alana Wilson Werbiski

Alana Wilson Werbiski
Research Coordinator, Portage la Prairie, MB

The Faces of Avena

Meet the teams behind the scenes who are key to providing our customers with high quality ingredients for safe, healthy diets and a sustainable world.

ingredient company logistics

ingredient manufacturer farmer partnership

Logistics and Customer Service Teams

Our logistics and customer service teams are key to Avena’s operations as a leading food processing company. They direct and monitor orders from receipt of purchase order to delivery of Avena’s ingredients to our customer’s door.

Procurement Team

Avena’s pulse crop and grain buyers work directly with our farmers and ingredient processing teams in our facilities on the Canadian Prairies. Ensuring all ingredients meet the high standards for food and beverage product development, nutraceuticals, or pet food and nutritional products.

ingredient milling processing plant

purity protocol and ingredient quality control

Operations Team

Our ingredient milling, processing and packaging teams across our facilities have developed systems that guarantee high-quality and safe ingredients – providing you with the quality ingredients needed for food development or manufacturing.

Food Safety and Quality Assurance Team

Traceability is integral in maintaining our record as a trusted food processing company. Our food safety and quality assurance team supports customers and Avena’s facilities with exemplary Food Safety and Quality Management Systems.

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