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Santa Cause 2018

  • 3 Dec 2018
  • 3:00 PM
  • Calgary Italian Club 416 1 Ave NE, Calgary AB T2E 0B4


  • $60 Credit from cancelled event
  • Register by November 16th and save $25 per ticket!
  • If your organization has multiple attending the event save $75 when you purchase a three-pack of tickets!

CFDE & RCC Santa Cause 2018
December 3rd -  3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Come and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of three leaders in our industry at our annual holiday event!

This year's inductees and the charities they will be supporting include:

Albert Lum - Vice President, Supply Chain - Buy-Low Foods

Supporting: Variety Alberta

Josianne Legare - Senior Vice President Sales - Lassonde

Supporting: North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper

Rick Jolie - Western Canada Sales - Erie Meat Products

Supporting: Calgary Alpha House Society

Each inductee will have a donation made to the charity of their choice as a recognition of their contributions to our industry.

NEW FOR 2018: organizations can purchase a three-pack of registrations for the reduced rate of $300 - a total savings of $75 vs. individual ticket prices.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:



Past Inductee Profile - Joe Makowecki

Joe Makowecki has been a prominent member of Western Canada’s food industry since 1993 when he joined the family business Heritage Frozen Foods Ltd., founded by his father Walter in 1972. 

The company manufactures Cheemo Perogies, one of the most recognizable brand names in Canada, selling more than 750 million perogies on an annual basis alone. He succeeded his father Walter as President/CEO in 1997.

Makowecki’s accomplishments have indeed been impressive. He is on the executive steering committee of the federal food processing round table and is the current treasurer of the new national Food and Beverage Canada. He was an active board member of the Alberta Food Processors Association, which he chaired for 3 terms.

He was also appointed a board member of the Alberta economic development authority in 2001 and chaired the agriculture and agricultural products committee. In 2005 he joined the board of the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation where he chaired the Credit Committee. Then in 2007 he was appointed as the founding chairman of the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency where he served until 2010.

In 1996 he received the Ambassador Award for emerging industries from Economic Development Edmonton. In 2006 he was named as one of the top 40 under 40 in Canada by the Globe and Mail and Caldwell International. Alberta Venture magazine named Makowecki as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential individuals in 2008. He was also named by Ernst and Young as Entrepreneur of the Year for manufacturing for the Prairie Region in 2013. Makowecki also served as a director on the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation.

“Charity begins with the understanding of compassion for others in your community. It is the realization that we must be kind with each other and help when we can”. A good example of this is Makowecki’s commitment to sending inner city school children to Oil Kings games in Edmonton. “Over the last two seasons 1000 kids have gotten to see Rogers Place in Edmonton”.

Makowecki’s charity of choice for the Santa Cause Award was the Calgary Food Bank.

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