ASI TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
I was born and raised in the west end of Toronto which was 5 blocks away from the slaughtering plants. During the summer the air was not fresh. I joined Canadian Food Inspection Agency in 1979 where I was one of the first inspectors trained in HACCP. I met my wife Liz in January of 1980 and we were married in September of that year and had a lovely daughter named Jennifer. I left CFIA in 1997 to pursue a carrier as a HACCP coordinator for a poultry processing facility. In 2003 I left and started working for a large freezer company in Brampton. After 5 years I left and went into my own business. I could see that people were not going to have a full time HACCP coordinator but someone they can rely on to perform the same duties. That summer I received a call from my previous employer that he was having an ASI audit and wondered if I would return to help them. After the audit which was conducted by Chris Middleton he informed me that he was leaving and since they had no auditors in Canada, that I should apply.
I remember the day that Kim Sobotka called me to interview me in 2008. Her second question to me was if I was afraid of flying. I said NO even though I had never flown before and was scared as you know what. I thought how many times can ASI fly me…..HA-HA. The following week they flew me to Calgary. I had to take pills to even get on the plane. After a few years I was promoted to ASI Technical Director. I left ASI for a brief time. The new ownership (Charray Williams) and I always got along well. She called me and asked me to come back which I readily agreed.
My role now is Technical Director. I look after all GMP audit reports for review, expenses, customer complaints, SQF pre-assessment, and 2 companies that I track corrective actions for. I conduct monthly meeting with the auditors and any changes that are coming their way. I am on call for all of ASI clients 24/7.