Trained as a classical French chef, Yves Potvin has dedicated his culinary career to creating healthy, tasty, convenient foods found in major supermarkets, restaurants, and institutions across North America, Europe, and Asia. Over the past thirty years, Yves has successfully built two health-focused food companies. His first venture, the eponymous Yves Veggie Cuisine, saw phenomenal 50% growth per year over thirteen consecutive years and was sold to the Hain Celestial Group in 2001. Garden Protein International was founded in 2003 to create Gardein™. This proprietary food technology redefined the plant protein category and became the game-changer in this fast growing segment of the North American diet, garnering many awards and accolades. In November 2014, Gardein was acquired by Pinnacle Foods, a publicly-traded company on the NYSE.
Yves has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 by the Financial Post magazine, named Pacific Canada’s Entrepreneur of the Year 1997 in Agriculture and Food, received the BC Food Processors Innovation Award in 2014, and most recently won a BC Export Award 2014 for Sustainability. He also serves on the UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems Board of Advisors and the BC Ministry of Agriculture Board of Advisors.
Yves and his wife Sylvia recently purchased Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) and look forward to bringing their enthusiasm, business experience, and love of good food to the Vancouver-based school and restaurant.