Our culture

Our success is measured when Our Customers tell us we’re their first choice for high quality meat & seafood. We believe that to hold that honour, we must stay dedicated to delivering on our unique strengths: A culture of Core Values and of empowering our highly skilled and engaged staff to take care of Our Customers. A Canadian, independent, 3rd generation family owned business. And a capacity to deliver as a single source for high volume, high quality, raw and cooked meat & seafood. Since 1949 these strengths are what make us unique, keep us relevant to Our Customers, and uphold our reputation as trusted Center-of-the-Plate Specialists™. Our ongoing focus and approach to business based on a strong culture of Core Values and deep commitment to Our People is something tangible you can see, taste, and experience in our products and service.

Our process

Guiding Mission:

To be our customers 1st choice.

Canadian
Family Owned
Our Core
Values
Strategic Supply
Partnerships
Centre-of-the-
Plate-Specialists™
Single Source
Commitment
Dedicated
CFIA and HACCP
Recognized Facilities
The Best Empowered Staff
in the Canadian
Meat & Seafood Industry

Our History

We have nearly 70 years of Macgregor family ownership and a combined 185 years and whopping 7 generations of continuous business! The story begins when John H. Wickson set up his butcher business in Toronto’s historic St. Lawrence Market in 1834, the same year the city of Toronto was incorporated.

The business remained in the Wickson family for 4 generations until 1949, when it was released to Peter Macgregor, the then General Manager. Peter Macgregor was a Scotsman who had come to Canada as a butcher by trade, looking for more opportunity in life. Then operating as Peter Macgregor – Purveyor, our business remained in the market until 1966, before moving to our first Federally Inspected facility and turning our attention towards our burgeoning retail, foodservice & restaurant sales. That trajectory has continued now through 3 generations of the Macgregor family, formally becoming macgregors meat & seafood ltd. in 1991 with the addition of our robust fresh and frozen seafood division, and along the way, we became Canada’s first purveyor to be licensed by Certified Angus Beef® to process and sell the brand nationally.

Our people

We recognize our continued success lies with our people and our culture. With our strong commitment to our core values, a foundation of an open, honest, and healthy workplace culture, we’ve been fortunate to attract and retain great people. A healthy work culture and core values aren’t something we can just create to aspire towards, they are who we are and what truly define our Mac family, cultivated and nurtured over generations. Our core values are the key guidelines that shape everyone’s actions at Macgregors. Should our Core Values align with your interest in joining what we believe is the best assembled group of people in the Canadian meat & seafood industry, please forward your resume or inquiries on current vacancies to hr@macgregors.com or click “Join the Team”. We look forward to hearing from you!

Paul Foster von Kalben

Director of Business Development & Brand

Team member since 2001
Favourite steak: Salmon
Dean Barger

DIRECTOR OF SALES, NATIONAL ACCOUNTS

Team member since 2011
Favourite steak:
Dry-Aged CABⓇ Striploin
Ed Zervoudakis

VP OF RETAILS SALES

Team member since 2008
Favourite steak:
Bone-In Rib
John Tarantello

Director of Strategic Sourcing, Beef

Team member since 2001
Favourite steak: Hanger
Jon Palmer

Director of Strategic Sourcing, Center of the Plate

Team member since 2011
Favourite steak:
New York Striploin
Ian Clarke

Retail National Accounts Manager

Team member since 2015
Favourite steak:
Bone-In Rib
Tim Chapchuk

Corporate Accounts Manager

Team member since 2006
Favourite steak:
CABⓇ Niman Ranch Ribeye
Dan Chambers

Business Development Manager, Eastern Ontario

Team member since 2003
Favourite steak:
Coulotte & Short Rib
Robert Blackburn

Business Development Manager, Quebec

Team member since 2015
Favourite steak:
Rib & Outside Skirt
Tom Perrett

Business Development Manager, Maritimes

Team member since 1994
Favourite steak: Ribeye
Paul Gouveia

Foodservice Territory Account Manager, GTA West

Team member since 1988
Favourite steak: Ribeye
Brian McAlpine

Foodservice Territory Account Manager, GTA North

Team member since 2009
Favourite steak:
CABⓇ Bone-In Rib
Danny Brideau

Foodservice Territory Account Manager, Southwestern Ontario

Team member since 2012
Favourite steak: Striploin
Candace Ivezic

Foodservice Territory Account Manager, Hamilton – Niagara

Team member since 2014
Favourite steak:
Spicy CABⓇ Ribeye
Michael Tonna

Foodservice Territory Account Manager, GTA Central

Team member since 1993
Favourite steak:
New York Striploin
Christopher Hashem

Foodservice Territory Account Manager, Toronto Downtown

Team member since 2016
Favourite steak:
Top Sirloin
Simon Roach, C.C.C.

Innovation and Development Manager

Team member since 2018
Favourite steak:
Chuck-end Ribeye
Rob Newton

Customer Service Manager

Team member since 1997
Favourite steak: Ribeye

Our Core values

Are the key guidelines that shape everyone’s actions at Macgregors.

1949 Foundation

The 1949 Foundation was established in 2017 in celebration of the Macgregor family history and philosophy of charitable giving through three generations of Canadian ownership of Macgregors Meat & Seafood Ltd. The 1949 Foundation recognizes the year that Peter & Betty Macgregor were blessed with the opportunity to purchase the business from then 4th generation family owned John H. Wickson. The creation of the Foundation provides the vehicle to consolidate Macgregors charitable endeavors in support of multiple local communities, ministry efforts, and needs abroad. Funding for 1949 Foundation is raised directly through the business success, Lord willing, of Macgregors Meat & Seafood Ltd., in addition to Duncan & Susan Macgregor (2nd generation), and Duncan Jr. & Sandee Macgregor (3rd generation) direct contributions. Only registered Canadian charities are eligible for disbursement of funds from 1949 Foundation. Requests can be sent to 1949foundation@macgregors.com.

Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility

At Macgregors Meat & Seafood Ltd., we believe our successes lie in the sound balancing of economic prosperity, responsibility to our community and environmental health. In our approach to business, we strive to promote practices that benefit Our Customers, Our People and Our Community as a whole. We firmly believe that our capacity to maintain a successful ongoing business is directly dependent on the health and well-being of our natural resources, our supplier partners, Our Customers, Our People and Our Community. The Macgregors Meat & Seafood Ltd., corporate responsibility & sustainability cornerstones:
  • We conduct ourselves with honesty and integrity
  • We challenge ourselves to be well informed resources for our customers on all aspects of the products we procure, process and supply
  • We strive to promote and employ processes that lessen our environmental impact
  • We have a high level of transparency with all products we process and sell
  • We are leaders in promoting sustainable seafood
  • We are leaders in producing and marketing Safe Quality Food products
  • We treat Our People, our suppliers and Our Customers with dignity and respect
  • We re-invest in Our People and Our Community
  • We continually re-invest and upgrade our processes, technologies and infrastructure to increase our efficiencies and in turn lessen our environmental impact
Sustainability is not static nor is it easily arrived at. It is an ongoing challenge in a dynamic and changing landscape. It requires a commitment to engage our suppliers, Our Customers and ourselves to continually learn, challenge, change, adapt, and most of all, continually improve.