Ishkandar Ahmed is a senior executive with thirty five years of professional experience with natural, organic and specialty foods.
As the founding managing director of Jentash Marketing in 1985, he was a pioneer in the specialty food industry in western Canada specializing in importing, distribution and marketing of natural and organic foods.
When Jentash was acquired by Preisco Foods and the newly merged company was then subsequently acquired by Tree of Life, Ishkandar developed and implemented a strategy for distribution and marketing of natural and organic foods, including international importing for a $100 million dollar enterprise.
After leaving Tree of Life, Ishkandar worked as a business consultant and executive coach using his significant experience in managing teams of employees and a large network of collaborators, suppliers in Canada and abroad.
In 2013 Ishkandar became the CEO of Choices Markets, a natural foods retail chain based in British Columbia. Under his guidance Choices Markets opened up a state of the art production center and created its own import-distribution division.
While establishing a presence as a natural, organic grocer, Choices also gained recognition as an advocate of local food producers, setting aside time to get to know the people who grow and produce the foods that go home with its customers.
Ishkandar retired from Choices Markets at the end of 2020.
Ishkandar has a BSc.(hons) from Queen’s University and an Executive MBA from the Telfer School Of Management at the University of Ottawa, Ontario.