Store Manager

Trevor Porter

As Pitchfork’s Store Manager, Trevor is the one who’s responsible for the selection, freshness and overall quality of all the grocery products within the market.

The retail grocery sector is something that Trevor has been involved in for the better part of his career–for over 25 years. During this time he’s worked for significant periods of time for two of the most recognized and respected retail organizations–where he excelled in multiple positions within various departments. But as committed as Trevor is to retail, he launched and operated his own restaurant for nearly seven years.

As a Servant Leader, Trevor will tell you that his most meaningful accomplishment is in being able to support, mentor, and lead individuals to higher levels of responsibility. In fact, over the years, he’s done this for nearly four dozen colleagues.  In addition to supporting the growth and professional development of his staff, Trevor is equally as committed to his customers.  It may sound cliche, but Trevor is always in search of ways to provide customers the most helpful service and memorable experience anywhere.

With his hands-on experience & expertise in both the grocery AND restaurant sectors, along with his commitment to supporting both staff and customers we couldn’t imagine anyone else being more well-suited for a leadership role with Pitchfork Market + Kitchen.  We’re pretty sure you’ll agree, as well.

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Corporate Chef

Daniel Walker

As our Corporate Chef, Daniel is the one who takes on the visionary aspects of creating the entire menu program for an array of fresh-made meals that rival many cafes and restaurants.

Moving to Vancouver in the mid 90s, Chef Daniel started his cooking career by taking his culinary diploma at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts.  After graduating, he took on his first restaurant with Chef Herve Martin at L’Hermitage on Robson Street in Vancouver. He then moved on to the Delta Vancouver Suites and started an apprenticeship under Chef Ray Henry.  Chef Daniel also valued his time at the world-famous Chateau Whistler and Bacchus at the Wedgewood in BC. He moved back to Saskatoon in the early 2000’s, learning the local scene within hotel kitchens in the city, and with Remi Cousyn at Calories.

In 2006 Chef Daniel branched out to open his own restaurant: Weczeria food and wine. The restaurant was an early trailblazer in Saskatoon for the farm to table concept and made a name for itself in showcasing the personal relationships that the business cultivated with the farmers and growers, as well as their outstanding, unique, and often custom-grown produce.  And now, with Pitchfork Market + Kitchen Chef Daniel has the opportunity to be an integral part of a new culinary concept in a changing Saskatoon–as the creative leader within a neighborhood grocery concept featuring delectable, chef-inspired creations.

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Store Manager

Trevor Porter

As Pitchfork’s Store Manager, Trevor is the one who’s responsible for the selection, freshness and overall quality of all the grocery products within the market.

The retail grocery sector is something that Trevor has been involved in for the better part of his career–for over 25 years. During this time he’s worked for significant periods of time for two of the most recognized and respected retail organizations–where he excelled in multiple positions within various departments. But as committed as Trevor is to retail, he launched and operated his own restaurant for nearly seven years.

As a Servant Leader, Trevor will tell you that his most meaningful accomplishment is in being able to support, mentor, and lead individuals to higher levels of responsibility. In fact, over the years, he’s done this for nearly four dozen colleagues.  In addition to supporting the growth and professional development of his staff, Trevor is equally as committed to his customers.  It may sound cliche, but Trevor is always in search of ways to provide customers the most helpful service and memorable experience anywhere.

With his hands-on experience & expertise in both the grocery AND restaurant sectors, along with his commitment to supporting both staff and customers we couldn’t imagine anyone else being more well-suited for a leadership role with Pitchfork Market + Kitchen.  We’re pretty sure you’ll agree, as well.

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Store Manager in training

Rob Sass

Rob may not yet be a Store Manager with Pitchfork Market + Kitchen, but it’s a role he has excelled at with some of the largest and most recognized retailer brands in the country.  Throughout his 35 year career, Rob has held leadership positions with Real Canadian Superstore, IGA, Walmart Canada, and Giant Tiger. 

 

One of Rob’s key guiding principles is providing customers with the absolute best shopping possible, at all times. And he believes that an ongoing commitment to detail throughout the store is the key to achieving this goal. One example of this commitment was when, as a Manager with Giant Tiger, Rob’s store was honoured as the ‘Best Store Standards In Canada’ for three consecutive years. In fact Pitchfork Market’s commitment to an elevated level of store standards is one of the main reasons that Rob joined our organization in the first place. 

 

Regardless of any accolades or achievements he has received as a leader, Rob will be the first to tell you that strong leaders are built around the strong team and that none of that success happens without the support and buy-in of an engaged and well-trained team. Over the years Rob has led and trained over 10,000 team members and has stressed the importance “there is only one boss, and that’s the customer”, to each of them. But beyond teaching the fundamentals of customer service and store standards, Rob is especially proud of the impact he has had on the personal and professional development of so many of his team members.  

 

Many of Rob’s core values are also shared by Pitchfork Market + Kitchen which is why he chose to join our team, in the first place. As a proud Sakatchewanite, being part of an organization with local roots and a community-minded approach to serving customers is also very important to Rob.  

 

Assistant Manager

Louise Black

As the Assistant Manager for Pitchfork Market, Louise is responsible for supporting the Store Manager in the daily business operations of the store–from merchandise display and product ordering, to staff management and customer service.

It’s a role that Louise not only enjoys and excels at, but has the hands-on expertise and experience to pull it all together to support Pitchfork’s vision of providing a more tasteful grocery experience. Her passion for healthy food, preparing appetizing meal options, and providing advice & ideas to customers is something she’s been doing, professionally, for over 30 years. As well, Louise has developed numerous customer-centric teams, over the years, using her adaptive & proactive leadership style to hire, train and supervise staff. And it’s what she continues to do for us at Pitchfork Market.

Louise is also a lifelong learner who is constantly in search of ways of improving her skillset and knowledge base; she has earned numerous diplomas, certifications –including those for food handling & safety, health & first aid, teaching, and, even, Life Coach training.

But despite everything she does and has done, it’s not a case of ‘all work and no play’ for Louise. During her downtime, she enjoys hanging out with family and friends, drinking teas from all over the world, and going to movies–especially all the Marvel ones. So maybe this is why she’s such a superhero in the eyes of all our staff and customers, alike.

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Dayton Buziak

Sous Chef

Dayton Buziak

As Sous Chef, Dayton helps support our corporate chef with the day-to-day management of our team. He grew up in Saskatchewan and spent his entire life fascinated with Saskatchewan food. He has a passion for anything that comes from our beautiful prairie home!
The obsession with the prairies extends to every dish he puts out, aiming to encapsulate the taste of Saskatchewan in new and exciting ways.  

 
Having worked in various prestigious restaurants and country clubs around the Saskatoon area, he has learned to assimilate all the techniques from his various mentors into his own culinary style. Dayton graduated from the SaskPolytechnic program for Culinary Arts at the top of his class, quickly proving himself as a strong culinary member for Pitchfork.  
 

He’s passionate about preserving our connection with natural foods by utilizing the deep roots he has to Saskatchewan agriculture passed down from his family and hopes to showcase Saskatchewan heritage in every dish he creates. Look out for some of Dayton’s Saskatchewan inspired creations in the Pitchfork Market + Kitchen!

SOUS CHEF

Dayton Buziak

As Sous Chef, Dayton helps support our head chef and corporate chef with the day-to-day management of our team. He grew up in Saskatchewan and spent his entire life fascinated with Saskatchewan food. He has a passion for anything that comes from our beautiful prairie home!
The obsession with the prairies extends to every dish he puts out, aiming to encapsulate the taste of Saskatchewan in new and exciting ways.  

 
Having worked in various prestigious restaurants and country clubs around the Saskatoon area, he has learned to assimilate all the techniques from his various mentors into his own culinary style. Dayton graduated from the SaskPolytechnic program for Culinary Arts at the top of his class, quickly proving himself as a strong culinary member for Pitchfork.  
 

He’s passionate about preserving our connection with natural foods by utilizing the deep roots he has to Saskatchewan agriculture passed down from his family and hopes to showcase Saskatchewan heritage in every dish he creates. Look out for some of Dayton’s Saskatchewan inspired creations in the Pitchfork Market + Kitchen!

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