(Plenary Session | BMO Auditorium | 3:30pm - 5:00pm)
Manager, Nutrition, PepsiCo – Quaker
As a cross-functional team leader with nearly a decade of experience in the food and beverage industry, Lori Alexander’s role at PepsiCo involves aligning business goals and strategic planning with R&D, marketing, legal and communications departments on national and international projects.
In her current role as Nutrition Manager for PepsiCo’s Quaker brand, Lori transforms nutrition research into new business opportunities and accelerate business growth through collaboration within a global network.
Throughout her first year in the US, Lori has sought out new opportunities for community engagement and is currently a lead volunteer at Top Box Foods, a non-profit hunger relief organization working to provide nutritious food to Chicago’s foods deserts, a member of The Women’s Executive Network, The Canada-U.S. Business Council of Chicago and also volunteers at The Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago.
Lori was previously a Manager in the Nutrition Science and Regulatory Affairs department at PepsiCo Canada – a role that garnered her prestigious national and global performance awards and solidified her expertise in international allergen regulations, school nutritional guidelines and government advocacy.
While in Canada, Lori was appointed the youngest member to serve on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Celiac Association, as a result of her dedication to improving the quality of life of those diagnosed with the disease. She worked with the association to make PepsiCo Canada an industry leader -- becoming the first company to participate in the Canadian Gluten-Free Certification Program.
Prior to PepsiCo, she was a department lead at the Guelph Food Technology Centre, a world renowned food science institute where she was a frequent keynote speaker and consulted on regulatory compliance and nutrition trends.
Lori was among the youngest women to graduate from the Executive MBA program at the Richard Ivey School of Business. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences and Honors Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Nutraceutical Sciences from the University of Guelph, in Canada.