Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers

Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers

September 10, 2013 10:00 ET

Past CFIG President and CEO John F.T. Scott to Receive 2013 Spirit of the Independent Award

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 10, 2013) - Brent Battistelli, Chair of Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG), Thomas A. Barlow, President and CEO, and the CFIG Board of Directors are pleased to announce the unanimous selection of the recipient for the 2013 Spirit of the Independent Award: John F.T. Scott, Past President and CEO of CFIG.

If there is one thing the grocery industry can be proud of, it is that there is no shortage of inspirational stories of entrepreneurship and triumph over adversity. Coast to coast, CFIG members include real role models for the industry; individuals who, through their career, have been instrumental in ensuring the continued welfare of the independent. CFIG created the Spirit of the Independent award in order to recognize the efforts and achievements of these outstanding individuals.

The Spirit of the Independent Award is given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the growth of the entrepreneurial spirit and provided exceptional inspiration to Canada's independent grocers.

Past recipients include Anthony Longo, President and CEO of Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc. in 2012, Omer Moncion of Moncion Grocers in 2010, Frank Lovsin of Freson Bros. IGA in 2009, Jim Pattison of The Jim Pattison Group in 2007, Dr. Thomas Haggai, Chairman of IGA Inc. in 2006, and the Hon. Lyle van Clief, former Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food in 2004.

John F.T. Scott is the Past President and CEO of the CFIG, a post he assumed in 1991 after a decade of running his own economic consulting firm. As the head of CFIG, John oversaw numerous programs and initiatives that foster community among independent grocers, equipping and enabling independent, franchised and specialty grocers for sustainable success.

An economist by profession, John developed considerable expertise in the grocery industry prior to joining CFIG. While at the helm of Scott & Fenrich Consultants Incorporated, a consultancy he founded, John spearheaded the economic analysis portfolio with much of his focus on the retail food industry. He consulted regularly with independent and chain grocery operations in both Canada and the U.S. on location, merchandising, human resources, internal operations and technology transfer.

In 1982, John developed and implemented the $240 million Alberta Heritage Fund Small Business and Farm Interest Shielding Program, an initiative designed to lend certainty and confidence to small businesses and the farming sector. In both 1985 and 1990, John was also honoured with appointments as the chief economist for Northern Alberta Development Conferences.

Throughout his career, John has remained involved in a number of industry and government initiatives. He has been the Ontario member to the Canadian Agri Food Policy Institute (CAPI); and is currently Chairman of the Board at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. In November 2009, he was the recipient of the Golden Pencil, which is the highest honour awarded by the retail food industry in Canada.

John frequently speaks on Canada's retail food industry to public and private companies, trade associations, universities and processing groups. He has explained the structure and operation of the retail food industry to Federal Provincial Minister's conferences and has delivered a keynote presentation for an official trade mission of Canadian exporters in Tokyo. In 2010, he offered the keynote address to an Australian Supermarket industry convention in the South Pacific.

Prior to moving to Niagara-On-The-Lake with his wife Michelle, John was also heavily involved in his home community of Unionville, Ontario where he has a legacy of coaching minor sports and at one time serving as Chair of the Markham Stouffville Hospital.

As Chair of Markham Stouffville Hospital John led a capital campaign of $50-Million that will help build Markham Stouffville Hospital's new acute care facility and purchase additional ventilators, MRIs, CT scanners and over 100 new patient beds.

John and Michelle are avid golfers who share a passion for travelling.

In 2013, John announced that he would be stepping down from position he has held for more than two decades, leaving behind a storied run as CFIG President and CEO.

The Canadian grocery industry is fortunate to have John F.T. Scott, and for this, CFIG will recognize John at the Luncheon of Honour during Grocery Innovations Canada on Monday September 30, 2013 in Toronto.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) is a non-profit trade association founded in 1962, which continues to be a collaborative community, equipping and enabling independent, franchised and specialty grocers for sustainable success. Representing over 4000 grocery retailers from every part of Canada, CFIG is a strong and united voice for independent grocers, providing programs for operational excellence, facilitating educational and training programs and fostering enabling-relationships among retailers and suppliers. CFIG is a respected organization that speaks confidently for its retail members to industry, government, and the consumer.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers
    Dan Leggieri
    Communications Manager
    416-492-2311 ext. 231