Growing apples, and our team!

Hi everyone! My name is Denise and I’m very excited to be the new Communications Specialist here at Okanagan Specialty Fruits™ (OSF). Some of my responsibilities will include keeping all of you up to date on the latest Arctic® apple developments through our websites, social media and this blog.

Let me give you a quick introduction of myself. I’m a graduate of the Broadcast Journalism program at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta and have worked in various mediums throughout the industry as a reporter, editor, producer, creative writer, and in marketing. I’ve also owned my own business and worked as a 911 dispatcher in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s Operational Communications Center.

Members of the growing OSF team during our recent field tour in Washington State. L – R: Julie, Denise, Joel B., Jenn, Don, Jeanette, and Jess.

My diverse experiences have given me some amazing opportunities to develop a variety of skills and meet some amazing people, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to further grow with a company as innovative as OSF. As a mom of two active kids I certainly value working for a company that makes eating healthy a priority and as convenient as possible.


Working in the biotechnology and agriculture industries are brand new to me and I definitely have a lot to learn, so thankfully this past week our Marketing and Communications team was given the opportunity to travel to Washington State where we toured a nursery, a packing facility, and some of the fast-growing Arctic® apple orchards! I had no idea that so much was involved in every aspect of developing each and every apple that eventually gets eaten, from the growing process right down to it getting shipped to your local store. I gained such a new appreciation for the food that ends up on my plate!

OSF is quickly growing in preparation for the commercial launch of Arctic® apples this fall so I’m not the only newbie on the orchard! We’ve also added Don Westcott, Director of Operations, and Jeanette De-Coninck-Hertzler, Sales Manager, to our team, as well as Jenavive Holmes as an Administrative Specialist and several new members to our science department.

If you’d like to learn more about our growing team and all the passionate individuals who are working hard to bring Arctic® apples to apple lovers like yourself, we hope you’ll check out the updated Meet Our Team section on our website to get to know us!

About Denise Briggs

Denise Briggs is the Communications Specialist for Okanagan Specialty Fruits. She resides in the beautiful Okanagan Valley with her family and values working for a company that promotes a healthy lifestyle.


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