OUR Family

Food brings people together, and so do we. Since 1949, we’ve welcomed over 70 individuals into the diverse team that we are today. Find out a little more about our people, and see for yourself what makes us so unique.

Kelly Ediger

Nickname: Ziggy
Position: President/CEO
Hometown: Drake, Saskatchewan
Hobbies: Cars, so long as it goes fast!
Passion: Travelling, hockey
Spirit Animal: Anything but a bird.

The patriarch of our Drake Meats family, Kelly has been working at the company for as long as he can remember. Following in his father’s footsteps, Kelly currently oversees all operations of Drake Meats, a job he is very passionate about: “To walk around a grocer and see our product successfully contend against the big guys, it just puts a smile on my face.” Despite the recent renovation of the new company offices, Kelly has chosen to remain in the same one as he always has: right at the front of our plant. By keeping in close contact with all his workers, Kelly does more than keep tabs on productivity; he gets to maintain relationships with them that are unparalleled in the industry. When he isn’t ordering quality cuts of pork and beef, Kelly can be found along Highway 16, driving his car or truck as the land of living skies sets its sun.

Peter Nicholson

Nickname: Beefer
Position: General Manager
Hometown: Saskatoon
Hobbies: Motorcycling, wood carving
Passion: Travelling, seeing new places, cooking
Spirit Animal: Grizzly Bear

Originally a cook and Mount Royal BA graduate, Peter moved to Drake with his wife to escape the rigors of city life. His uncle had owned some local grocers, so he was offered a job and found a house to live in…all in a single day. “Never looking back,” Peter eventually bought a grocery store himself in Drake, and partnered with DM CEO Kelly in the operation of a restaurant in the neighbouring town. There, Peter worked as the manager for the next 2 decades. The Nicholson’s sold the grocery store in 1996, and Peter invested both time and money into Drake Meats, becoming the general manager responsible for sales and administrative duties. Since then, he has continued to focus on these tasks, as well as taking time to enjoy his restored British motorcycles, the oldest being a 1956 Ariel.

Greg Jantz

Nickname: Willis
Position: VP Marketing and Sales
Hometown: Drake, Saskatchewan
Hobbies: Golf, Guitar
Passion: Exploring the world of beverage and food.
Spirit Animal: Wolf

Greg truly has had a homegrown career, having worked at Drake for over half his life. Over the course of 26 years he has worked in all departments, ascending all the way to the head of sales and marketing of Drake Meats; he lives and breathes the company mantra, “always delighting, always delivering.” With a deep appreciation for quality food and drink, Greg has no conflicts when making a sale, believing Drake Meats to truly be crafters of fine product. Whether jamming in his basement studio, or playing a round on the green, Greg is always cooking up more ideas to introduce the products he loves to the public.

Lindsay Dumanski

Nickname: Linds
Position: Quality Assurance/Human Resource Manager
Hometown: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Favourite Drake Product: Homestyle Bacon
Hobbies: Biking, volleyball, guitar
Passion: Travelling, music, and family
Spirit Animal: Eagle

When it comes to making sure our customers and employees are content, Lindsay is the person for the job. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in French and travelling to places as far as Japan to teach English, Lindsay met her husband and settled on a farm in Lockwood, Saskatchewan. While Lindsay is proud of taking our food safety program to the next level, she loves her children even more so, spending most of her spare time escorting them to various activities. If there are ever any concerns over the people or products of Drake Meats, Lindsay is sure to address the situation with immediacy and passion.

Duane Neufeld

Nickname: Magnum
Position: Plant Manager
Hometown: Mission, B.C.
Favourite Drake Product: Maple Bacon
Hobbies: Running, Football
Passion: Acting
Spirit Animal: Mountain Lion

Duane’s career with Drake Meats started off in the sanitation department. Through his dedication to ensuring quality and efficiency he has risen to the rank of plant manager, and currently is the executive on the frontline of production. Receptive to consumer concerns and suggestions, he makes sure that if he can fulfill a desire of a customer while adhering to the strict standards for craft meats, he certainly does so. In his time off from running the tight ship at the plant, he can be seen watching his favorite teams, the B.C. Lions and Minnesota Vikings, duke it out with their rivals on the gridiron.

Felisa Candido

Nickname: Fely
Position: VP Finance & Administration
Hometown: Miagao, Iloilo
Favourite Drake Product: Maple Bacon
Hobbies: Karaoke
Passion: Family and walks with her friends.
Spirit Animal: Deer

Born in the Philippines, Felisa started work at a fertilizer company, but quickly moved into the distilled water business. When this was acquired by Coca-Cola, Fely saw opportunity, rising to the rank of Finance Supervisor. Her ambition for quality food was strong, but she desired the intimacy of a smaller firm, and to go live in Canada: Drake Meats offered both. With a strong sense of appreciation for the small company, Fely continuously takes on more responsibilities and challenges, currently in the midst of completing her CPA. While a hard worker, Felisa also notably engages with workers both in the plant and in the office, willing to chat with anyone who shares her passions…especially karaoke.

Cameron Johnson

Nickname: Cam
Position: CFO
Hometown: Toronto
Favourite Drake Product: Beer Bites
Hobbies: Golf, skiing, mountain biking, and kayaking
Passions: His family and exploring the outdoors
Spirit Animal: Black Bear

Born in Toronto, Cam heard about Drake Meats after moving to work in Regina in his 20s. He eventually started his own consulting firm, and was hired by Kelly one fateful day. Initially just a quick valuation, through conversations with Peter and Kelly, Cam grew even more emotionally invested; now he serves as the chief officer for finances. When he’s not consulting in Toronto or working at Drake Meats, he can be found enjoying the great Canadian outdoors with his kids in tow.