About Thomas, Large & Singer
TLS is founded in 1912 by Earl S. Thomas, grandfather of Peter Singer, the current President, and CEO. Over the past century, the company has developed expertise in all facets of the industry from national logistics and warehousing, to order-to-cash, trade promotional control solutions, broker management, and sales agency of private label and industrial ingredient solutions.
If you’re looking to promote and sell your products within Canada, then depend on TLS to connect you from coast-to-coast.
- Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST)
- Canadian Spice Association (CSA)
- Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC)
- Food Industry Association of Canada
- GS1 Canada
- Industry Item Catalogues (ECCNET), Member of Collaborative Commerce Committee & Technical Standards Work Group
- Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
- International Food Information Council (IFIC)
- Ontario Bakery Council
- The Glutamate Association (TGA)
President & CEO
As President and CEO of TLS, Peter leverages 40 years of industry experience to oversee operations and sales and provide a vision for the organization’s ongoing growth.
Peter joined TLS in 1977, working in several positions before becoming President in 1986 and CEO in 1999. When TLS sold its retail brokerage operations to Acosta in 2002, he was appointed President of Acosta Canada in addition to his responsibilities at TLS. Peter continued in his role with Acosta Canada until 2006 when he returned to TLS on a full-time basis.
Peter graduated with a BASc in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). Upon completion of his degree, Peter worked at Shell Canada as a Field Engineer in the marketing department while concurrently completing an MBA from York University (now the Schulich School of Business).
Throughout his career, Peter has been active in the industry as a board member and chair for a number of committees such as the GS1 Canada, Ontario Food Brokers Association, Canadian Food Brokers Association, Association of Sales and Marketing Companies (US) and Canadian Grocer Magazine Editorial Board. Also active in the community, he was a board member of North York General Hospital, a warden at St. John’s Anglican Church York Mills and a chair at Georgian Bay Forever.
Among his accomplishments, Peter is exceptionally proud to have been awarded the prestigious Golden Pencil Award in 2008 from the Food Industry Association of Canada.
Approaching his 30th year at TLS, Peter oversees the back-office functions of TLS and Emblem Logistics including finance, information technology, customer service, treasury and risk management, human resources, new business integrations, and merger and acquisitions.
As CFO, Peter’s corporate objective is to collectively build a seamless department through systems and individuals, leveraging the uniqueness of each business unit to deliver ‘best-in-class’ services to clients and customers at cost-effective rates.
Peter joined TLS in 1988 following his role as Manager of Corporate General Ledger at Nestle Canada. Prior to that, he worked at RJR MacDonald and Clarkson Gordon (now Ernst & Young). Peter earned his Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) designation in 1982 and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario).
Representing the fourth generation of the Singer family at TLS, David is dedicated to continuing the company’s impressive legacy and assisting in planning the company’s long-term strategic direction. His responsibilities as Senior Vice President include Business Development and Broker Management.
In addition, he oversees the Warehouse Operations team at Emblem Logistics, leading the strategic development of its business operations.
David joined TLS in 2013 following a 12-year career in successive sales roles at the Pepsi Bottling Group, Acosta Sales & Marketing, Kimberly-Clark and Procter & Gamble. During that period, David earned his MBA from the Schulich School of Business.
Senior VP – Supply Chain
With nine years at TLS, Anthony brings a wealth of experience to his role as Senior Vice President. Prior to joining TLS, he held the position of CFO at Browne Group of Companies.
Anthony has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from Queen’s University. He has a Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Professional Accountant, Certified Public Accountant (CPA – Illinois) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations.
He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) and the CFA Institute. Anthony takes care of transportation, replenishment and customer service teams at TLS.
Vice President – Industrial Ingredients Division
In her 25th year with TLS, Carol joined the organization in 1993 as a Sales Associate in the Foodservice Division for the Greater Toronto Area. She then moved to the Industrial Division, where she represents a wide range of leading ingredient suppliers that are technically innovative and highly ethical. These values have allowed TLS to remain an industry leader in the sales and marketing of food ingredients.
Since 2000, Carol has worked closely with the Canadian manufacturer’s R&D and Purchasing departments. Through project assessment and creative collaboration, she has been able to supply ingredient-based solutions to valued TLS customers.
Carol is a member of numerous professional organizations including the Baking Association of Canada (BAC), the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology(CIFST), the Institute of Food Technologist (IFT), the British Columbia Food Processors Association (BCFPA) and the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). She is also on the board of The Glutamate Association.
Vice President – Private Label
Giulia joined TLS in 2002 as a Private Label Coordinator assisting with all private label accounts. Since then she has held the positions of Private Label – Sales Account Manager (2011), Private Label – Director (2013) and Private Label – Senior Director (2016). In 2017, she was appointed to the role of VP Private Label, overseeing the department.
Giulia graduated with a BAS degree from York University. Prior to TLS, she worked at No Frills and Sherwin Williams. She is trilingual, speaking English, French and Italian.
Giulia brings over 15 years of experience in Private Label at TLS and in-depth knowledge of its suppliers and retailers. As VP of Private Brands, Giulia’s is responsible for leading the Corporate Brand sales team as she oversees strategic growth within the division.
Vice President – Technology and Information Systems
Dave brings almost 20 years of experience at TLS to his role as Vice President. Before his appointment to VP of Technology and Information Systems in 2018, Dave held the role of Director of Finance, overseeing client services for the value chain division, trade spends management, financial reporting and analysis, and accounting functions.
Dave will continue to manage the Trade Promotion Management Team in addition to overseeing Information Technology for TLS and Emblem Logistics Inc.
Prior to joining TLS in 1999, Dave came from a background in public accounting working for Grant Thornton LLP for three years. He has a degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Vice President – Sales Management
Mahesh brings over 25 years of experience in the CPG industry to his role as Director of Business Development. His professional expertise ranges in scope from sales and retail team management to business development.
Since joining TLS in 2008, Mahesh has handled key accounts and worked with brokers on the Perfetti Van Melle business across all trade channels and regions in the Canadian retail landscape, ensuring sales and distribution objectives are met. He is responsible for implementing the client’s brand portfolio strategy. A wealth of industry experience specific to the confectionery industry serves him well with the PVM line of products.
Prior to joining TLS, Mahesh worked in sales functions both domestically and internationally, giving him exposure to a wide variety of markets. His combined experience in both export markets and North American markets provides him with the distinct.
Director of Supply Chain Services
With over 18 years at TLS, Carl’s in-depth knowledge of the organization and its vision is a tremendous asset to his role as Director of Supply Chain Services. He is responsible for managing the operations for replenishment, forecasting and repacks activities for all TLS clients.
Prior to joining TLS, Carl worked for Oshawa Foods/Sobeys from 1986 to 1999, working his way up to replenishment analyst for all store banners within the Sobeys’ network. His experience is backed by a BA in Marketing from Ryerson University.
Bringing over 31 years of grocery retail experience to the table, Carl fully enjoys the challenge of servicing both the trade and our clients.
Director of Sales – Corporate Brands
A member of the TLS team for the past 13 years, Randy joined TLS in 2004 and holds the position of Director of Sales, Corporate Brands. His responsibilities include Managing Overwaitea Foods, Co-op and Loblaw’s/Shoppers Drug Mart.
Prior to TLS, Randy was National Sales Manager at Gay Lea Foods for 18 years managing sales for all retailers across Canada.
His educational background includes a Marketing Management diploma from Conestoga College and various marketing courses at York University.
Director of Information Technology
Jeff began working with TLS in 1998. As an HP authorized system integrator, he worked with the organization to implement new technologies into the information systems platform.
Jeff honed his skills in server and network infrastructure systems, including disaster recovery expertise and security hardening of critical systems. He has worked closely with TLS for the past 18 years, offering state-of-the-art solutions that make TLS a leader in the Canadian marketplace.
Jeff joined the company fulltime in 2017 as Director of Information Technology and is responsible for all server and network infrastructure. Jeff brings 25 years of information technology experience to the role and enjoys the challenge of keeping TLS at the forefront of technology.
Director of Sales
A long-standing member of the TLS team, Claude Charlebois has been with the organization for 37 years. He joined TLS in 1980 and held a number of sales positions, becoming director of Private Label sales and Industrial sales in 2003 as well as overseeing broker management responsibilities in the province of Québec.
Claude’s extensive experience is a great asset to his role as Director of Sales. Prior to TLS, Claude graduated with a BA in marketing from the HEC (École des Hautes Études Commerciales).
He is a current member of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology for the Quebec branch.
Director of Operations – Emblem Logistics
Roger became a member of the TLS team in 2016. As Director of Operations, he is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations for TLS’ wholly owned subsidiary Emblem Logistics.
Roger completed a Business Management degree at Ryerson University and brings over 21 years of work experience in Logistics and Operations to the role.
Director of Finance
Loretta joined TLS in 2005 and currently holds the position of Director of Finance. Prior to TLS, she worked as a manager at public accounting and advisory firm RSM Richter (now Ernst & Young).
Loretta graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in 2004.
Director of Business Development
Alex joined TLS in 2017 as Director of Business Development. Prior to joining TLS, he held positions including Director of Sales, Client Director and Regional Sales Manager.
In addition to his professional experience, Alex has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Windsor, a BA from the University of Toronto and a Professional Certificate from Queen’s Business School.
Alex is also passionate about community involvement. He is an alumnus/mentor at St. Michael’s College School, a member of the Celano Canadian Club and has volunteered with the United Way.
Director of Finance
Patricia joined TLS in 1999 and has been an integral member of the organization for the past 18 years. She has held the positions of Accounts Payable Specialist, AP Supervisor, Business Manager, Commercial Development Manager, and most recently Director of Finance.
Patricia has a degree in accounting from Seneca College and received CGA designation in 2007.
Prior to joining TLS, she came from a manufacturing background working for Giesecke & Devrient for 16 years.
TLS 100th Year Celebration at the Fermenting Cellar.