Petra Cooper

Petra Cooper served for 18 years in the publishing industry in a series of progressive positions in Toronto and New York including Marketing Manager, Product Manager, Acquisitions Editor (Management and Marketing lists) and finally V.P. Sales for John Wiley & Sons in New York. In 1997 she moved back to Toronto and served as President, Higher Education Group for McGraw-Hill Ryerson (Whitby). In 2005, she left McGraw-Hill to pursue her dream and founded the Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Company. Fifth Town is focused on making artisan goat and sheep milk cheese using locally produced from selected, LFP certified farms in Prince Edward County. The 4800 sq ft dairy on a 20 acre site is Canada's first Platinum LEED manufacturing facility and the only Platinum LEED certified dairy in the world. In its first 8 months, Fifth Town cheeses has won critical acclaim and several awards including Grand Champion Goat Cheese at the Royal Winter Fair in 2008.

Petra has a B. A. Honours in Journalism & Mass Communication from Carleton University (1985) and an EMBA from the University of Toronto (Before it was called Rotman). A serious life long learner, Petra also completed several courses in Magazine Design & Production at Ryerson, and has taken several courses in Art History & German (NYU), Communication Studies (McLuhan Institute, U of T), plus Leadership training at the Centre for Leadership Studies in North Carolina, Integrated Learning Executive Seminar (Rotman), and the Artisan Cheese Making program at the University of Vermont & University of Wisconsin.