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New CEO named for BC Tree Fruits Cooperative

Stan Swales has been named chief executive officer of the BC Tree Fruits Cooperative, effective Nov. 28. Swales re-joins the cooperative and brings with him over 30 years of industry experience.

“After a long search, we are excited to move forward with our selection of Stan,” Jeet Dukhia, president of BC Tree Fruits Cooperative, said in a press release. “The board of directors is confident Stan will build on the trust between cooperative members and staff while working towards a strong, sustainable industry for our members.”

Swales started in the industry in 1985 at Okanagan North Growers Co-Op in Winfield where he spent 20 years in various roles, including both horticulture and operations. From there he moved to Growers Supply Co. Ltd. as the general manager where he remained for 10 years. For the last year Swales was with BASF Canada as a business representative.

“I am thrilled to be back with the cooperative as the new CEO,” Swales said in the release. “Over the span of my career in the industry, I have worked in some capacity at almost every level. With that comes the understanding of the needs and challenges both the membership and the cooperative face and I feel I can draw on my experience to help guide our cooperative moving forward.”

While his first day on the job was earlier this week, Swales will be in the office full-time starting Dec. 27. Chief Financial Officer Warren Everton will remain acting CEO until then.