Gayle Thom began her career in the organic and natural industry with Horizon in 1993, working in various roles including sales and administration before leaving in 2003 to found Evolution Marketing, a natural products brokerage. In 2006, Gayle received an offer to rejoin Horizon to develop a marketing department and work as part of the senior management team in implementing overall strategic directives for the company. Gayle’s initial impact was in strengthening our supplier partner relationships and redeveloping procurement procedures resulting in more diverse brand offerings for our retail customer base and stronger marketing programs.
Working closely with today’s management team, Gayle oversees procurement, pricing, supplier relations, marketing, brand management, and publishing. Educated in the social sciences and humanities at Simon Fraser University, Gayle enjoys establishing relationships with suppliers to support and build brands that create a better food system to benefit the health of the planet.
Having grown up amongst apple and peach orchards in BC’s Okanagan valley, Gayle spends much of her time in nature near her home in the forests of North Vancouver, hiking and running with her dog. She is currently engaged in a Master’s program in liberal studies at Simon Fraser University and has a strong interest in the deep ecology movement. Gayle is a dedicated student of Shotokan karate, and ultimately aspires to develop her skills with hopes of being invited to teach others someday.