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Wilfrid Laurier University Lazaridis School of Business & Economics
October 7, 2015

Canadian Excellence


CEO-in-Residence speaker series

At Laurier we pride ourselves in inspiring lives of leadership and purpose and we look to Canadian executives who lead their businesses with the qualities and characteristics of excellence that we seek to develop in our students.

The Laurier CEO-in-Residence is an appointed honour by the Dean of the School of Business & Economics, and has been developed to deliver a perspective to students beyond their studies and research in the classroom.

On Monday, March 2, 2015 we welcome our 8th CEO, Shelley Martin (BBA '85),President and CEO of Nestle Canada Inc.Stay tuned for more information!

For more information contact Patrycja Gadomski-Cebo at or 519-884-0710 ext. 3280.

About Shelley:
Shelley Martin is President and CEO of Nestle Canada Inc., a leading company that produces some of the world's most recognized and trusted foods and beverages.

In this role, Shelley has executive responsibility for Nestle in Canada which includes the following divisions: Beverages, Confectionary, Frozen Meals & Pizza, Ice Cream, Nestle Professional, Nestle Purina PetCare, Nestle Waters, Nestle Health Science and Nestle Nutrition. Nestle in Canada businesses employ approximately 3,600 people in 23 facilities, including manufacturing sites, sales offices and distribution centres nationally.

Shelley joined Nestle Canada in March 1990 working on the PetCare Business in Marketing and in 1997, was promoted to Vice President of Confectionary. In 2000, she became the Leader of PetCare and for 2001/2002, led the Canadian acquisition and transition to Nestle Purina. She became the Head of Nestle and Beverages in 2002 and was promoted to President, Ice Cream in July. In March 2012, Shelley became the Division Executive Manager of the Frozen Foods Business. Prior to joining Nestle Canada, Shelley worked at General Mills, maker of cereals, pasta and sauce, for five years.

Shelley actively participates in industry initiatives and is currently the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for Food and Consumer Products Canada (FCPC). She serves on the Board of the Grocery Innovation Foundation which has raised over $75 million to provide a better life for challenged children, and to answer many other community needs. She also sits on the Boards of the Golden Pencil Award Executive Committee and the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA).

Shelley resides in Toronto with her two daughters, and apart from spending time with her family, enjoys boating at her nearby cottage. Born and raised in rural Ontario, north of Toronto, Shelley graduated from the Business Program at Wilfrid Laurier.

BBA - Wilfrid Laurier University, School of Business and Economics, 1985