For almost 45 years, John Anderson’s finely-honed business instincts have left an indelible mark on a global industry, while building Oppy into a strong and successful produce marketing enterprise.
After John joined us as a warehouseman, he moved rapidly through sales and operations roles into executive level management, contributing ideas that shaped the future direction of the organization. By forging strong international relationships that assured uninterrupted supplies of preferred produce items, and channeling resources into logistics and technology, John’s efforts have set Oppy apart as a leader. And through his dedication to strategic growth and guidance of our expect the world from us culture, we’ve stayed that way.
Meanwhile, John has led numerous key industry initiatives, from streamlining international trade, to recruiting the best young talent to the produce community. His work on industry boards and committees has earned him a reputation for leadership and insight well beyond the Oppy network.
John’s contributions to the produce industry and general business community have led to numerous professional awards. In 2017, he was recognized as one of Canada's Most Admired™ CEOs by Waterstone Human Capital. In 2014, John received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce, recognized by Senator and Lieutenant Governor-elect Mike Stack as a person who has made a difference to the well-being of the people living and working in the state of Pennsylvania. Shortly afterward, he was also honored with a BC CEO Award in the major private company category. In 2013, John was named as a Dealmaker of the Year by the BC Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and became the first and only Canadian to be honored as The Packer’s Produce Marketer of the Year in 2012. In 2002 John was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in the Business to Business category, and again in 2015, not only for the food and beverage category but for the Pacific Region overall.
Under John’s leadership, Oppy has been designated among Canada’s Best Managed Companies for 19 years running and was recognized for the second time in 2019 as having one of Canada's Most Admired™ Corporate Cultures.