PIJAC Canada Welcomes New Board Member Rob Smith

PIJAC Canada is pleased to introduce its newest member to its Board of Directors. Rob Smith of Pet Smart was voted in at the PIJAC Canada Annual General meeting, hosted at the National Pet Industry Trade Show, September 16, 2019.

As the voice of Canada’s pet industry representing over 900 members, it is critical for PIJAC Canada to have directors who are both industry savvy and knowledgeable about the well-being of animals and pet families.

Rob Smith, PetSmart Canada

I think its important as one of the largest retail chains in Canada to demonstrate our support to the Canadian Pet Industry. At PetSmart, our love of pets impacts everything – from how we treat pet parents to the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. Along with PIJAC Canada we know we can provide a healthier, happier life for pets.

Rob Smith is Vice President of Merchandising & Pricing at PetSmart Canada In Burlington, Ontario. He has been working with PetSmart Canada for 23 years in a variety of roles, including the Director of Store Operations, Director of Merchandise & Supply Chain and Regional Director. PetSmart represents one of the largest pet industry retail chains in North America, with over 140 stores in Canada alone.

We are excited to welcome Rob Smith to the PIJAC Canada family. His knowledge of the pet industry and his interest in the regulations and care of pets will be greatly valuable.” says Stephanie Girard, President & CEO of PIJAC Canada.

PIJAC Canada is also thrilled to have re-elected four of its previous board members for another three-year term; Karima Jivraj (Bosley’s Columbia Square), Robert Church (The Top Dog Store), Lisa Nitkin (Pets West Pets & Supplies) and Trysh Tolhurst (Trace Cats). Thank you for continuing to make a difference in our association and thank you as well to all our amazing directors for their dedication to the Canadian Pet Community and PIJAC Canada’s Board of Directors.

2019-2020 PIJAC Canada Board of Directors

Top row: Mark Hagen (Rolf C. Hagen), Emily Corey (Corey Nutrition), Pierre Gadbois (Le Gastronome Animal), Rob Smith (PetSmart Canada) Sara Côté (La Grande Ménagerie), Robert Church (The Top Dog Store), Mike Campbell (MarCam Pet) Bottom row: Karima Jivraj (Bosley’s Columbia Square), Craig Brummell (Essex Topcrop Sales Limited), Stéphanie Girard (PIJAC Canada), Steven Schlichtmann (Burgham Sales Ltd.) Not pictured: Dino Fragaglia (Global Pet Foods LP), Trysh Tolhurst (Trace Cats), Lisa Nitkin (Pets West), Rodger Salm (Petland Canada Inc.)