Our Team

Our Account Managers

Harry 
(Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba)

Harry is our Senior Account Manager for Alberta. Born in the Netherlands, Harry was a store manager for 30 years before he immigrated to Lethbridge, Alberta in 2010.  Harry continued his management expertise for 4 years at The Wooden Shoe and joined Global Reach Confections in 2014.

Harry loves the outdoors, going for hikes, and listening to music. He’s spent many of his weekends spinning tunes as DJ at multiple functions.

Jeff 
(Ontario, Quebec, Maritimes)

Jeff joined Global Reach in 2015 and manages the Eastern Division of Global Reach Confections & More.  Jeff was basically born in a Dutch store.  Upon release from the hospital his parents put him in a crib in their Barrie store, Continental Specialties and never left.

Jeff brings 30+ years of retail and wholesale experience in the Dutch food business.  Jeff is married with 2 sons and a daughter, Kees, Henk and Laura.  He enjoys taking his kids to the park, spending time with his own brothers and goaltending.

Reinier 
(Alberta)

Reinier immigrated from The Netherlands to Canada in 2005. Serving as a Logistic Supply Specialist in the Royal Dutch Army, including a NATO deployment to Bosnia, followed by 6 years retail-management with a large multinational retailer in Holland.

This gave Reinier the right background and experience to start his own Canadian retail business in 2006. Reinier joined our Global Reach team in 2017 as a Retail Development Coordinator and currently heads up our purchasing / importing team. Reinier enjoys traveling, and exploring the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

Martin (Marty) 
(British Columbia)

Marty joined the team in 2018 and is our Senior Account Manager for British Columbia and can often be found travelling Vancouver Island, The Okanagan, & Fraser Valley. Born in the Netherlands, He and his family immigrated to Canada in the late 60’s.

Marty worked in the automotive parts and supply industry for over 30 years as general manager of an auto parts chain, and also served several years in food distribution as a HACCP & Food Safe controller. His “happy places” are boating, camping, enjoying a good book, or listening to music.

Nathanael 
(Ontario)

Nathanael joined Global Reach in 2018 and is an assistant in the Eastern Division of Global Reach Confections & More. Nate was born in Hamilton but his whole family is Jamaican.

He has multiple years of skilled machinery and sales. Nate is married and has a dog named Yeezy. His biggest passion is basketball where he coaches prep high school and plays in a men’s league.

Charlie 
(Ontario)

Charlie joined the Global Reach team in 2020 and will assist in building  sales for the Ontario marketplace.

Charlie is no stranger to the industry. Over the past 34 years he has serviced customers both in retail and wholesale in the Dutch Food industry. Through those years he’s established a solid reputation with clients.

Charlie was born and raised in Chatham, Ontario. A big sports fan, he enjoys golf in the summer, hockey in the winter, and follows the Raptors his favorite basketball team!

Our Office Support Team

Ed 

Ed’s family has been in the grocery industry in Lethbridge and southern Alberta for over 40 years. Ed got his start when he was 14 years old in 1973, working with his father after school in a family operated meat market. Over the years, together with his father and brothers, the family expanded their business to include other stores, and in 1995 Ed began Lethbridge Food Market, a wholesale distributor.

In 2010 he began a European importing company called Global Reach Confections & More, which merged with Hollshop Imports in Langley, BC.

Katelyn 

Since her start in 2013, Katelyn oversees day- to-day details as well as filling in the blanks on all kinds of projects – everything from product photography, labelling, logistics and shipping and purchasing

Aside from keeping the Global Reach orders on track, Katelyn spends her time hanging out with her husband, playing with her dog, and tending to her chickens.

Stacey

Stacey was born and raised in Kamloops, BC. After studying Resort and Hotel Management, and Events and Conventions Management at University College of the Cariboo (now Thompson Rivers University), Stacey moved to Alberta, for a 6 month work contract in Banff, and has been in Alberta ever since.

Stacey has many years of varied administrative and customer service experience in the hotel, Healthcare and aviation industries. She joined Global Reach Confections in July 2021 as our administrative assistant and has been enjoying getting to know you, our customers!

In her spare time Stacey likes to cook (and tries to bake) for her husband and son, at home in Airdrie. The family also has 4 cats and 1 dog (Mystic, Billy, CoCo, Tobi and Boomer).

Our Warehouse Team

Our warehouse crew is top notch and work very hard to ensure our customers are happy when they receive their product! That means checking and double checking all incoming and outgoing product for accuracy, wrapping, and loading orders, and making sure customers get their stock fresh, on time, and undamaged!

Mark

Mark was born in Zaandam in the Netherlands. This region is the home of the largest retailer in the Netherlands, Albert Heijn, where he worked for many years in their distribution centers and packaging plants. It’s also home to brands like Duyvis, Honig and Verkade, products we’re all familiar with.

His world has gone full circle here at Global Reach doing again what he loves, working with the products he grew up with.

Karin

Karin was born and raised in Abbotsford, BC and moved to Calgary, AB in 1997. She is the mother to 3 wonderful children and loves spending time with her family.

Karin enjoys listening to music, having fun with friends, travelling and everything about summer.

Joseph

Joseph is a musician, poet, and an avid baker. He studied the art of songwriting and graduated in 2019. He started working at Global Reach Confections in June 2021.

Initially Joseph was picking and preparing orders, but he is slowly adding some bookkeeping work to his daily tasks.

Rose

Rose was born in Calgary and raised at the west coast.  She returned to Alberta in 1984. She’s lived in Calgary and area ever since.  Rose worked retail, in offices doing, accounts payable, payroll,  human resources and now is and integral part of the warehouse crew.

Rose enjoys watching most sports with family, doing jigsaw puzzles and taking pictures.

Mark

Mark was born in Strathroy, Ontario, but lived in Groningen, Netherlands for 25 years with his Dutch parents. In 2019, he decided to move back to Canada. Now living in Calgary, where he’s started a family of his own and enjoying the mountain views!

Mark’s experience as assistant manager with a major supermarket chain in the Netherlands and in Animal feed production here in Canada prepared him for his roll at Global Reach as Warehouse manager, where he started in August 2021.

The things he enjoys when not at work are entertaining his daughter, exploring the Rocky Mountains, fishing, and riding his bike through Calgary.

Labelling Crew

Canadian Law dictates that all imported foods require English nutrition labels / ingredients. Our hard working team of labellers are invaluable, spending all day on their feet to ensure Global Reach Confections & More stays compliant with the regulations!

The team works very well together, and brighten all our days with their songs and friendly chatter.