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Quality Foods co-founder Ken Schley will speak at a Campbell River Chamber of Commerce luncheon about entrepreneurship and leadership. - Photo submitted
Quality Foods co-founder Ken Schley will speak at a Campbell River Chamber of Commerce luncheon about entrepreneurship and leadership.
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Join the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce for an inspiring Business Leader Luncheon as they host Ken Schley, Director of Operations and co-founder of Quality Foods.

The luncheon will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20 in the Carriage Room of the Royal Coachman from 11:30 – 1 p.m.  Tickets are available through the Chamber’s website at  www.campbellriverchamber.ca/events.

Attend the luncheon to learn how Vancouver Island’s owned and operated Quality Foods has evolved over the last 30 years to become one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.  Schley will discuss how Quality Foods is securing and investing in their future with their new partnership with BC’s most successful entrepreneur, Jimmy Pattison.

Quality Foods, which began with one store in Qualicum Beach in 1982, is an award-winning leader in the Canadian grocery industry, employing nearly 850 people in 11 grocery stores on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.

Over the last 30 years Quality Foods has earned many regional, provincial and national Awards of Merit as an active member of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers.  This is a testament to the team and entrepreneurial spirit which has been so important to their success to date.

Innovation has also been a large factor in establishing Quality Foods as a strong independent.  Having introduced the first preferred shopper program in the Canadian grocery industry in 1991, to offering Western Canada’s first full online shopping service in 1997, Quality Foods continues a tradition of putting their customers first.

Under Schley’s direction, Quality Foods proved that customer service and community involvement are much more than subtle niceties; they are a core part of the company’s identity and success. Schley has been an active voice for independent grocers both regionally and nationally in such areas as the Beverage Container Stewardship Program. He is a past chair of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers and is a past recipient of some of the industry’s most prestigious awards including the Golden Pencil Award and the Phoenix Group’s Leadership Excellence Award. At age 51, Schley was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce.

“Business leadership and entrepreneurship is a key driver of our local economy.  Quality Foods is a fantastic local example of how innovation, customer service and community involvement can contribute not only to business success and longevity, but to creating a positive business environment and to making Campbell River a great place to live, work and do business,” stated Colleen Evans, Chamber President & CEO.  “We are very excited to host such a high profile and inspiring speaker.  We believe that businesses will take away valuable insights, regardless of their industry, after attending this luncheon.”

This is luncheon event will be hosted by the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce and sponsored in part by Quality Foods and Andrew Leitch of Mackie Research Capital Corporation.

The luncheon will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20 in the Carriage Room of the Royal Coachman from 12-1 p.m.  Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for networking.

Purchase your tickets online today at  www.campbellriverchamber.ca/events. Tickets are $35 for Chamber members (plus GST) and $50 for Future Chamber members (plus GST).  The price includes lunch, refreshments and dessert.

Pre-registration is required for this event.

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