Above Food is led by visionary founders and a veteran leadership team with extensive experience across the food production ecosystem
CEO & Executive Chairman
Lionel’s love of food and agriculture runs in the family.
A fifth-generation farmer, Lionel Kambeitz grew up around the agricultural industry that was the family business.
His childhood experiences gave him an appreciation for healthy, high-quality food and ingredients, and Lionel has carried that with him throughout his long career in the food industry, founding and managing companies that provide sustainable food products.
Throughout his four-decade career in agriculture, manufacturing, energy and process design, Lionel has led many private companies in the U.S. and Canada, as well as several public Canadian companies.
Lionel’s career established him as a veteran Canadian entrepreneur and international business developer. He drew on all his experience to co-found Above Food Corps., where he serves as CEO and Executive Chairman.
He and his three fellow co-founders created Above Food as a fully vertically integrated company that gives consumers the opportunity to follow their food’s journey “from seed to fork.”
With Above Food, Lionel wants to create food products that are better for the environment and better for people.
But it’s not Lionel’s first food products company. He has also founded and led many other companies, like the KF Group of Companies, including KF Kambeitz Farms Inc., Kambeitz Agri Inc., KF Kambeitz Land Corp., KF Aggregates Recycling Inc., KF Solar Electric, KF Homestead Properties Inc. and KF Rail Ports Corp.
Lionel also founded Delta CleanTech Inc., an ESG-driven, Identity Preserved Waste (IPW) Solutions company, where he serves as chairman. The company provides solutions for the Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) needs of corporations with industry-leading CO2 Capture and Industrial Fluids Reclaiming Technology Solutions.
When he’s not working on innovations for the food industry, Lionel likes to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He takes them to the wide open spaces of his family’s 5th-Generation farm, established in 1899 outside of Regina, Saskatchewan.
Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Development Officer
A Toronto-based business executive and investor, Donato Sferra is the co-founder, Chief Corporate Development Officer and Executive Vice President of Above Foods Corp.
Donato has more than 20 years of experience in finance, with specialties in mining, gaming, cannabis and the consumer packaged goods industry.
Donato Sferra has taken dozens of companies public as a banker and venture investor. In 2017, he co-founded Hillcrest Merchant Partners, an angel investment firm focused on a number of industries, including cannabis, blockchain, mining and tech.
Within the financial sector, Donato worked for firms including TD Securities, Macquarie Group and Dundee Capital Markets. At Dundee, Donato started as director of institutional sales, then grew into a role as managing director of investment banking, where he had his first exposure to the cannabis sector.
He worked as the director of institutional sales at Toronto investment bank Macquarie Group from 2009 to 2011, gaining important knowledge about Canadian equities and North American institutions.
In his investment career, Donato handled equity research analyst at TD Securities, specializing in auto parts, solar and automation.
He worked as a Chartered Accountant at global accounting firm Arthur Andersen, serving as a senior auditor from 1998 to 2002. A Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst, Donato studied accounting at the Schulich School of Business at Toronto’s York University.
Chief Executive Officer
Originally from the United States and now residing in Saskatchewan Canada, Tyler West is a Co-Founder of Above Foods and the Chief Executive Officer of Purely Canada Foods (Wholly-Owned Subsidiary of Above Food) headquartered in Lajord Saskatchewan.
Tyler has spent the last decade building and developing ingredient merchandising businesses primarily focused in Western Canada – home of the world’s best proteins. Largely focused on the early and middle stages of the protein supply chain, Tyler drives the initiative of identifying, isolating and moving the B2B proteins to strategic customer partners around the globe. With it’s Leadership team and directors across much of Canada, Purely Canada Foods has become a staple in pulses, cereals & oilseeds.
In 2016 Tyler and the Co-Founder group recognized the importance of supply chain integration and began constructing the core foundation and principles for the B2B division, focused on high value proteins through our advanced supply chain.
All of our foods and ingredients start with a seed. For five generations we have found ways to produce unique, healthy varieties that give people all the nutrients they need. Our food is whole by nature’s design. We know every step of its journey from our fields to people’s plates. We know its impact on the environment, we know who touched it, we know its whole story & we tell it proudly
President and Chief Innovation Officer
A Canadian entrepreneur, and business leader Martin Williams is the Co-Founder, President and Chief Innovation Officer for Above Food Brands.
Martin has over 20 years of consumer-packaged goods experience, having held diverse leadership roles throughout his career, including: founder, operator, commercial lead, marketing lead, and innovation lead, across dozens of consumer categories.
Having lived and worked in several of the world’s fastest growing markets including Hong Kong, and New York, Martin has a unique global perspective that informs his approach to scaling businesses.
For the 12 years prior to co-founding Above Food, Martin was a management consultant and advisor to blue chip CPG companies with a focus on Innovation, Change Management, and Go-to-Market strategy. During this time Martin held various leadership roles at global Innovation Strategy firms, Fahrenheit 212 in New York now part of Capgemini (EPA:CAP), and Idea Couture in Toronto – acquired by Cognizant Technology Solutions (NASDAQ: CTSH) in 2016 while Martin was helping lead the business. Notable clients included: Campbell's Soup Co., Coca-Cola, Conagra Brands, Kroger, Mars, Molson Coors, and PepsiCo.
Martin attended OCAD University in Toronto, where he studied Industrial Design, with a specialization in Applied Innovation.
A proud father – Martin is humbled and amazed by how much both his daughters know (and subsequently how little he does). He’s obsessed with all thing’s health, wellness, and fitness – in an attempt to outwit father time and live until well into his 150s.