Vertical Growers Network Ltd (VGN) is a multifaceted management company providing the vital link that connects national and international retail food companies, food services, hospitality businesses and value-added food processors with produce locally grown by Trusted Freshness® Master and Grower Franchisees network, Canada’s newest commercial vertical farming enterprise.
VGN is totally focused on providing quality produce that will contribute to higher profitability for our customers.
Meet Our Team
Jim Schroeder, Founder/Chairman
Jim Schroeder is responsible for Corporate Development and Operations/Marketing. He oversees fresh produce production planning, sales and marketing, and distribution and network logistics.
Jim brings many years of business and corporate development, market research, domestic and export development, and purchasing and procurement, especially tailored for product placement in retail and food service markets to the business. He is well versed in the establishment of sales and marketing systems for new fresh produce grower facilities, fresh produce brokerage, and logistics planning for fresh produce distribution.
In the past five years, Jim was involved with designing vertical farming systems, and implementing germination and horticulture planning for vertical farm systems designed specifically for commercial grower applications.
Trish Schroeder, Office Manager
Stephanie Bell, Marketing & Communications Manager
Kelly Legros, Account Manager
Tara Cable, Account Manager
Ralph Riess, Account Manager
Sarah Dantzer, Account Manager
Kim Collins, Account Manager
Ali Khalid, Account Manager
Mike Williams, Account Manager
Dr. Asif Malik, Senior Production Manager
Dr. Abdus Shakir, Production Manager
Chantel Starchuk, Assistant Production Manager
Ibrahim Elserafy, Food Safety Manager
Nan Raj, Food Scientist, Product Development
Dr. Robert Ippolito, Consultant, Product Development