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Martin Barnett appointed executive director/general manager of the Baking Association of Canada

The Baking Association of Canada is pleased to confirm the appointment of executive director/general manager.

Martin Barnett has a been immersed in the Canadian baking industry since 1977. Formerly running medium-size wholesale and retail bakeries in Victoria, B.C., Martin transitioned to work for the Fairmont Empress Hotel while studying for his Instructors Diploma. He joined Vancouver Island University in 2002 and became chair of the Professional Baking and Pastry Arts program as well as sitting on the University Senate.

After retiring from VIU in 2018, Martin launched Seraphina’s Oven, a small artisan baking, training and consulting business.

He has been involved with the Baking Association of Canada both provincially and nationally since 2005 and as a director since 2012.

In July 2021 the BAC went through a restructuring of its administration due to COVID challenges and Martin took over as acting general manager.

He sees a unique opportunity to press the reset button for the association and brings his skills as an energetic and inclusive facilitator to enhance the Association’s work in advocacy, education, and membership engagement.

Martin is looking forward to working with the baking industry and helping the BAC relaunch in the post pandemic world, while embracing the association’s mission statement: “To empower our members in providing nutritious and delicious baked goods to consumers in Canada and around the world through leading public policy, knowledge transfer and networking.”

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