Dan Vanleeuwen, Co-Founder
Dan was raised in Edmonton, Alberta, and throughout his school years, loved spending time outdoors and in athletic competition. In his teens, Dan began working with his siblings in the family business, gaining hands-on experience and a valuable appreciation for the importance of business ethics. Dan met his wife while studying for a business diploma at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology [NAIT]. He went on to have several successful years in Sales and Marketing in Alberta, with Playtex International and The Smith and Nephew Company. Dan moved to British Columbia and worked with Shafer-Haggart Ltd., ultimately serving as their General Manager of Petfood and Agricultural Feed Operations. In 1999, Dan started a company to create and market dry pet foods, pet treats and bird food, and invited Ron Mayert to join him as an equal partner in this venture. Along with the team they assembled, they built Petcurean into one of North America’s most successful family-owned pet food companies. Dan, his wife and kids lead an active lifestyle that includes camping, travelling and volunteering.