Norm Beal - Chair
With over 15 years experience as president and founder of one of Ontario’s finest wineries, Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery, Norm is no stranger to the beverage processing industry. Norm also worked for 20 years in the oil industry as an International Oil Products Trader and in other roles for multinational giants such as Syncrude Canada, Shell Canada, Glencore International and British Petroleum. He earned a fourth class engineering degree from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, followed by a Marketing degree from the University of Calgary. Norm is the CEO of Food and Beverage Ontario - the provincial processing industry's advocate and professional leadership organization. Norm assumed the role of CEO in 2015 after serving as Chair for two years and facilitating an organizational re-brand and governance review. Norm sits on several boards including the Wine Council of Ontario (Treasurer), the Presidents Council (Vice Chair) and is a member of the Premiers Growth Steering Committee. Norm has also worked tirelessly for his local community as Co-Chair of the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Capital Campaign which raised over $14 million to build a new local hospital. As Chair of the West Niagara YMCA Capital Fundraising Campaign which raised over $2.5 million to build the new Niagara West YMCA and through the Peninsula Ridge Foundation which has raised over $700,000 for local community charitable causes.