Peter D. Vanexan



• Many years of experience in distribution, manufacturing, sales management, the retail sector, office products distribution and pulp and paper in unionized operations as well as franchised operations

• Interested in strategy, people development, team dynamics and management, and market positioning.

Executive and Management Experience

• President- Grand & Toy Limited & Senior Vice President and General Manager- Cara Operations. Bottom line responsibility for a national office products company. Tripled sales and increased profits 10 times. Responsible for 2,600 employees in Canada, 1200 in the US North East Region and 21 Commercial locations - 70 Retail locations in Canada, 10 in the US. Implemented a fully integrated computer system including new software, new hardware, new point-of-sale systems and a new communication system, acquired eight companies and integrated their operations.

• President, Innova Envelope (division of Abitibi Price). Bottom line responsibility for a national envelope company, with sales of $100 million, 875 employees and 10 locations across Canada and the United States. Improved pre-tax earnings 78% from 1986 to 1989. Started a new “Greenfield” plant in the US.

Board of Directors and Advisory Experience

• Canadian Marketing Association - Member of the Board of Directors as well as Chairman of the Board for one year

• American Office Products Distributors

• Canadian Office Products Association

• United Way of Greater Toronto. Member of the Cabinet (Retail Sector)


• B.A.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo (1970)

• M.A.Sc. Management Science, University of Waterloo (1971)

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