Canada’s Largest Food Rescue Organization, Second Harvest announced that the Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Lori Nikkel as Chief Executive Officer, effective July 2, 2018. Lori succeeds Debra Lawson who announced her desire to retire earlier this year following a successful five-year tenure as Executive Director.
Says Debra, “The best time to retire is always with a strong succession plan and an identified successor at the ready; I leave knowing that the future of Second Harvest is well positioned for continued growth and innovation under such expert hands.”
“The Board of Directors is delighted that Lori will lead Second Harvest as we enter our next stages of growth,” says Barry Telford, chair of Second Harvest’s Board of Directors. “Lori’s twenty years of senior leadership experience in food security and environmental protection coupled with her leadership style and ability to bring together a wide-range of stakeholders will ensure our continued success.”
“It’s an honour, both professionally and personally, to be appointed to this role,” says Nikkel. “I look forward to continuing to grow our effort to rescue and deliver the freshest, healthiest surplus food possible, to reduce our collective impact on the environment while providing the emergency food necessary for healthy communities.”
Lori joined Second Harvest in 2014 as the Director of Programs and Partnerships successfully expanding critical Second Harvest programs. During this time, Lori created and directed the implementation of Foodrescue.ca, a web-based platform with a technological approach to rescuing and delivering surplus food. She has played a key role in growing Second Harvest’s influence within the environmental sector.