Greg McLaren
Founder and Managing Director

Greg is the Farm Manager. With many years of experience in business development and marketing, he has one foot in a business dress shoe and one in a gumboot. Greg loves to meet the clients at their facilities, so he can experience their vision and their story.  With clients, he “roughs out” marketing and business strategies, then points the way for the team to balance creative magic with structured planning and campaigns for realistic, yet exciting implementation. 

Sheena Gnos
Projects Manager

Sheena, is both a writer and a co-ordinator, but for the Farm|Food|Drink team and our clients, she is primarily our project manager. She co-ordinates all campaigns, marketing research projects, and plans while working with our clients and team of specialists to ensure the herd is off to the right field. Sometimes, it can be a little like herding water buffalo, as our team is full of strong personalities, but she loves dealing with the details. In the end, helping our clients tell their story and make their vision a reality is what motivates her.

Tammi Hall
Creative Director

Tammi is Creative Director for Left Field Marketing, guiding branding and marketing projects for the Farm Food Drink team, and is also the lead graphic designer. She provides her 20 years of experience to guide branding and positioning as well as creating designs that connect our clients’ unique story and products to consumers. Tammi’s mantra is: good work for good people.

Phyllis Horn
Financial Analyst & Office Manager

Phyllis is a financial analyst and Chartered Professional Accountant for the Business Advisory Team. She focuses on the financial viability of plans and believes that most small scale farms and agri-food operations can be sustainable by starting small and staging manageable growth. Phyllis also coordinates the office, workshops and programs, as well as special projects. Phyllis is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs and is pleased to focus on the most important business of growing sustainable food systems.

Vanessa Daether
Director Market Research

Vanessa is a wiz at research, specializing in food security and agricultural market research. She works with Farm Food Drink ­– Business Advisory Team to develop key market research plans that illuminate market trends, identify buying behaviours, key competitors and target markets. With a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and a Masters of Arts in Human Security and Peacebuilding, while working on her doctorate, Vanessa’s research supports the growth and viability of small to medium-sized farm and food enterprises, as well as the development of local and regional food systems.  Her work is instrumental in developing strategies that are relevant and effective.

Louise Negrave
Financial Analyst & Agrologist

Louise is a Professional Agrologist and Chartered Professional Accountant with over 25 years of experience in agriculture and finance. Located in our Nakusp office she focuses on work with smaller farmers and food processors, as an agri-business consultant, preparing financial projections, analysis, and business plans for a variety of agri-food enterprises across the province. Her work has been instrumental in the development of solid Business Strategies that achieve profitability.

Bonnie Chomica
Marketing Strategist & Business PLanning

Bonnie uses her expertise in Marketing and Social Media to develop marketing strategies and implementation plans for small farms and food processors. These plans outline key tactics and positioning statements that connect with the end consumer. As an amateur farmer herself, Bonnie understands the challenges that are involved with working the land and wants to help farmers and food processors to make a living.

Gio Brassens
Graphic Designer

As a graphic designer, Gio helps Left Field Marketing to develop beautiful and effective designs for ads, rack cards and websites. She works from the plans and strategies we develop to deliver on designs meant to create positive change.

Debra Hellbach
Food Industry Specialist

Debra is a Communications Scholar and Food Industry Specialist. She provides our team with her expertise on strategic business planning, market opportunities and communications. She has thirty years of experience as an influencer, catalyst, and accelerator of Canadian food production. She has spent most of her career helping small businesses make and market good food. Debra has worked for private industry, federal, and provincial governments, and as a private consultant. 

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