Cher Mereweather - CEO Anthesis Provision

Cher is one of Canada’s leaders in food industry sustainability. As  CEO of Anthesis Provision, Cher works directly with food companies to transform their business culture and operations.

Cher is a passionate advocate for a healthy lifestyle that is deeply connected to the natural environment. The food system became an obvious source of study and focus for her professional career, as food is the nexus between environment and health. What Cher stands for, is a world in which food and beverage products support both people and the planet.  She has dedicated her career to working with businesses to get clear on why they exist, what their purpose is beyond profit, and to provide them with the support needed to execute this strategy, so that the real ‘magic’ can happen.

Before founding Provision Coalition Inc., now Anthesis Provision, Cher’s career has included time with the Guelph Food Technology Centre (now NSF International) where she established and directed the Sustainability Consulting Business Unit, and executive positions in environmental economics and policy with the Canadian agri-food think tank, the George Morris Centre. Cher holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Environmental Economics and Policy and is certified in both project and change management. Cher has also been awarded the Canadian Grocer Generation Next award for her leadership, innovation and excellence in sustainability within the food and beverage industry.

Jon Duschinsky - Executive Vice President

Jon is an entrepreneur, social innovator, thought leader, speaker and coach who helps unleash the power of purpose.

What underpins all his work is the understanding that purpose and profitability are now two sides of the same coin, and you cannot have one without the other. The ability to harness the power of purpose will determine who will thrive and who will fail in the new global marketplace. 

Jon has worked in more than 60 countries, with some 200+ organizations. Jon’s energy and passion shine through in his insightful and personable communication style. He has shared speaking platforms with leaders such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Kofi Annan and Steve Wozniak, is the the author of two books and lectures at universities on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Jon challenges the status quo, gleefully sparking disruptive change and supporting leaders to reframe the well-worn story of profits over people.

Holly Hendershot - Director, Client Relations & Strategy

Holly joined Anthesis Provision in 2017, equipped with more than 10 years’ experience in corporate affairs, communications and marketing. Holly is an expert in integrated marketing and communications with a focus on building strategic and sustainable solutions that will drive long term business value.

She has held several executive-level positions for companies in the engineering and mining industries overseeing the strategic communications and sustainability reporting for TSX and NYSE listed companies and has experience in reporting on sustainability and community relations programming internationally. 

Holly provides clients extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of strategic communications, brand strategy and emerging digital communications tools and techniques.

Gwen Cottle - Director Sustainability Services

As the Director Sustainability Services, Gwen has spent the bulk of her career working with food retailers and manufacturers to embed sustainability into their business strategies.

Gwen works closely with Anthesis Provision clients with particular focus on project management and content delivery. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge in the areas of ESG reporting and disclosure, responsible sourcing and sustainable packaging. Gwen has over ten years’ experience working in the sustainability space, through consulting, stakeholder research, and implementation in both food retail and manufacturing.

Gwen holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Political Science from Western University and a Master’s degree in Environment & Business from the University of Waterloo.

Jaime Leger - Project Manager

Jaime is an engaging and personable leader with exceptional attention-to-detail, strategic thinking and communication skills. She has a broad background including sales, marketing and operations that enables cross-functional collaboration and establishes mutually beneficial relationships with business partners. Jaime's enthusiasm, creativity, and work ethic are infectious and she has a strong drive to inspire others to believe in possibility.

Jaime has seven years of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry in team field sales leadership, key account management, and business development. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa in Marketing and spent 4 months in Thailand learning International Business.

Katia Taillefer - Project Manager 

Katia manages reporting relationships for all project stakeholders. With her background as a Sr. Sustainability Analyst and in account management, she translates her knowledge to bring strong communication and detailed organization to achieve project goals effectively. Her experience in sustainability includes responsible sourcing, stakeholder engagement, and ESG reporting, with her most recent role at Loblaw Companies Ltd. 

Katia holds a MSc in Sustainability Management from the University of Toronto and a BA in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Amy Winters - Junior Sustainability Champion

As Anthesis Provision’s Junior Sustainability Champion- Food, Amy supports our clients in feeling empowered in their sustainability endeavours. 

Amy’s interdisciplinary background in Global Studies, Psychology, Behavioural Science and Human Rights gives her an ability to connect the big picture to the individual’s experience. Her strength is in creatively and collaboratively approaching complex issues while keeping in touch with the human element. Her food systems experiences began with growing up on a family farm in Ontario and now span into grocery retail, stakeholder engagement, human rights advocacy and strategic sustainability planning. 

She holds a Master’s degree in Sustainability Management from the University of Toronto.