Providing a Launchpad for
discovery, creation and success.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Food Starter provides business advisory services and structured training to help companies scale and grow their food processing businesses.

Doug Alexander

Board Chair
Ippolito Fruit and Produce –Director of Engineering
Chair, Agri-Food Management Institute.
Chair, Food Starter
Board Director, Agricultural Adaptation Council
Vice Chair Food Nexus Canada
Doug Alexander [Past Chair, Food Starter 2015 – 2018] is also part of the leadership team at the Ippolito Group, a multi unit Agri-Food business with Three large modern food processing facilities in Burlington as well as operations at the Ontario Food Terminal , Producing/Packing Operations in California and an extensive transportation business. Doug’s experience running food processing operations spans 33 years of meat, bakery, condiments, pasta, sauces and vegetable processing. Doug is also Chair of the Agri-Food Management Institute as well as on the board of directors of the Agricultural Adaptation Council as the Agri-Business-food processor sector rep and is the Vice Chair Canada Food Nexus (Canada’s consumer facing industry led non funded supercluster centered at U of G.) Doug is also on the AAFC Food Processing Industry Round Table Executive Steering Committee and has held the position as Vice Chair Food and Beverage Ontario. Doug has diplomas in Food Science as well as Industrial Engineering.