CHFA appoints new President & CEO

TORONTO, ON – May 3, 2007 – The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) announced today that Penelope (Penny) Marrett has joined the Association as its new President and CEO.

“Ms. Marrett’s dedication to consumer choice and health freedom as well as her track record of leadership with legislators in Ottawa and advocacy at large, are tremendous assets for our Association,” says Michel Sirgent, Chairman, CHFA Board of Directors.

Penelope Marrett’s most recent appointment was as the CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association where she worked to further the organization’s mandate in pivotal areas including public policy.

Prior to this, she held several key positions with other national not-for-profit agencies and associations including COO of The Arthritis Society. Ms. Marrett’s contacts within Health Canada, other federal government departments, and her involvement in several Standing Committees at the federal level will be an asset, particularly as the natural products industry currently undergoes the last two years of a transition period in compliance with Health Canada’s NHP Regulations.

“Canadians have increasingly turned to natural health products to better manage their own health,” says Ms. Marrett. “I look forward to working with members of the CHFA who provide consumers access to natural alternatives in managing their own health.”

The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) is Canada’s largest national trade association representing the organic and natural products industry. Its members include over 85 per cent of the retailers, suppliers, wholesalers, distributors, and manufacturers that are involved in a variety of industry sub-sectors such as vitamin and mineral supplements, herbals, homeopathics, sports nutrition products, natural foods and organic products. Our members’ products support Canadians seeking optimal health and quality of life.

The CHFA exists to empower and support our members by acting on their behalf to secure a fair regulatory environment, hosting forums that showcase innovative products, delivering ongoing vital and relevant education, and providing valuable member services. This ensures that our industry is sustainable and stronger both culturally and financially.


For further information, contact Natalie Cajic, Communications Coordinator, at 416-497-6939 ext. 234, 1-800-661-4510 or [email protected].

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