CUCCOA - Conference Program

CUCCOA 2017 Annual Conference




Opening Keynote Speaker - Pete Luckett


Pete is a born entrepreneur. At age 14, he saw opportunity in the sights, sounds and flavours of England’s busy outdoor food markets. Part theatrical sideshow, part business-savvy–Luckett saw a perfect niche for his gregarious personality and produce know how. He learned how to stand out in a crowd by offering excellent quality, unique products and a fun, exciting shopping experience. He knew everyone by name, treated them like good friends, and they never left his stall without knowing something new, trying something new, a full basket and a smile on their face.

Like all business adventurers, his early success encouraged him to push the boundaries and test the waters. He crossed the Atlantic in 1979, spending several years exploring culinary experiences. With a new global perspective he was ready to settle down and take Atlantic Canada by storm. He grew from a single retail outlet in New Brunswick in 1982, to one of Atlantic Canada’s best known and loved brands…Pete’s Frootique.  The stores have since been rebranded as Pete’s Fine Foods.

In 2011 Pete launched Luckett Vineyards. Nestled in the hillsides of Nova Scotia’s enchanting Gaspereau Valley, the vineyard offers stunning views of the Minas Basin and Blomidon and is beautifully positioned to take advantage of a fertile terroir.  In late 2015 Luckett sold his stake in Pete’s Fine Foods to focus fully on building the Luckett Vineyard brand.

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Closing Keynote Speaker - Sébastien Sasseville

Sébastien inspires organizations to create empowered cultures of excellence. An endurance athlete, Sasseville’s extraordinary accomplishments—which include summiting Mount Everest, completing the mythical Sahara race, and running across Canada—are made all the more impressive by the fact that he lives with Type 1 Diabetes.

Turning his incredible experiences into concrete lessons applicable to the business world, Sasseville’s marries business with inspiration to speak on change management, peak performance and leadership.

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Contact Us

Conference Co-Chairs:

Mary Garnier

Yuri Gidge




Carol Ford
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