Tony’s Meats is currently owned and operated by the senior management team Lenita Hanson, Dan MacGillivray and Aaron Tingley. They purchased the business in September 2015 from a small group of farmers who previously owned the business since August 2007. Tony’s Meats was founded in 1963 and by 1976, upgraded the red meat processing facility to adhere to the Federal Inspection program for the production of fresh pork, beef, and lamb. In 1984, the business addressed the need to become value added and started the production of fresh sausages, and two years later expanded this line to include bacon, hams, cooked deli meats, and cooked sausages. In 1987, the business launched the Tony’s brand name and expanded its presence throughout North-eastern Nova Scotia. Tony’s Meats underwent a 12,425 square foot expansion in order to accommodate our growth in nthe processing segment. In 2005, Tony’s Meats acquired The Original Mr. DonairTM brand to position the company for growth in this locally significant but nationally unknown meat category. In 2007, Tony retired and sold the company to a small group of farmers who wanted to see the business continue to bring employment and opportunity to Nova Scotians. In 2013, Tony’s Meats became the first (and currently only) federally inspected meat processing facility in Nova Scotia to achieve Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification under the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). In 2015 the business obtained its Halal certification and is now co packing a number of Halal certified Brands and is working to launch its own line of Halal products in the very near future.
Dan Mac Gillivray – General Manager, Co-Owner
Dan has been employed at the plant since 1997. Dan holds a Business Degree from St. FX., and a Food Service Technology Diploma from NSIT. Prior to working at the plant, he worked in the foodservice industry for 10 years. In 1997, Dan started on the road as a sales representative. In 2002, he became more involved in the financial planning and overall management of the company as it expanded in 2001. Currently he works at providing the business with the skills needed to operate in the highly competitive and changing meat and changing meat industry.
Aaron Tingley – Sales Manager, Co-Owner
Aaron joined Tony’s Meats in 2000. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from St.F.X. University. His education and experience in the meat industry provide Tony’s Meats with excellent representation across Canada and is setting his sights on the US market. Aaron and his team of brokers from Chase Global Foods, CRF Brokerage and On Point Foods are responsible for the management and growth of sales to major retail chains, foodservice distributors as well as a number of independent accounts across the country.
Lenita Hanson – Operations Manager, Co-Owner
Relocating from Saskatchewan to Antigonish in 2012, Lenita brings 10+ years’ experience in food production management along with some serious Rider Pride! Lenita holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Saskatchewan and has lead production, quality, food safety and logistics teams across multiple industries including Shell egg, Ice Cream, and Baked goods. She has an appetite for innovation and is driven to support the growth of Tony’s Meats and Mr. Donair brand products in both local, national and international markets.
Jordan Smith – Food Safety Manager
Jordan has worked for Tony’s Meats since May 2011. He graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Food Science from Dalhousie University and has held various positions in the food industry since 2003. Jordan brings extensive technical knowledge and works tirelessly with employees, and suppliers to ensure that the highest level of food safety is maintained. Jordan recently played a significant role in Tony’s Meats successfully achieving SQF Certified status.
Krista MacLeod-Tingley – Marketing & Communications Strategist
Born & raised in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Krista joined the Tony’s Meats team in May 2013. After attending Mount Saint Vincent University to gain a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing & Management, Krista went to work gaining experience in administration, community development, volunteer recruitment & strategic partnerships. Krista’s keen interest in writing, digital media & photography allows her to creatively take the lead on all marketing initiatives for both the Tony’s Meats & Mr. Donair brands. Krista manages the social media content, special event sponsorships & product launch strategies. She also works closely with the Sales team to find innovative avenues to increase brand awareness both in the retail market place & the food service sector for national and international markets.