Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Farm & Food Care Ontario is governed by a 12-member board of four crop representatives, four livestock representatives and four representatives at large. The Board is elected at the organization’s annual meeting each spring.

  • Janelle Cardiff, nominated by Egg Farmers of Ontario (Vice Chair)
  • Crispin Colvin, nominated by Ontario Federation of Agriculture (Chair)
  • Kelly Gubesch, nominated by Wallenstein Feed & Supply Ltd., and Maple Leaf Foods
  • Joe Hickson, nominated by Ontario Seed Growers’ Association
  • Steve Lake, nominated by Grain Farmers of Ontario
  • Quintin McEwen, nominated by Ontario Sheep Farmers
  • Jennifer Mitchell, nominated by Ontario Canola Growers (Second Vice Chair)
  • Pete Overdevest, nominated by Dairy Farmers of Ontario (Ex-Officio)
  • Nadine Schwandt, nominated by New-Life Mills, a division of Parrish & Heimbecker, Ltd.
  • Nicki Scott, nominated by Fruit & Vegetable Growers' Association, and Ontario Potato Board
  • John Taylor, nominated by Ontario Mutual Insurance Association (Treasurer)
  • Joost van der Heiden, nominated by Beef Farmers of Ontario
  • Andrea Veldhuizen, nominated by Chicken Farmers of Ontario

FFCO Member Forum

Consisting of representatives from FFCO’s Platinum, Gold and Silver voting members, the Member Forum helps to guide FFCO's work and provides an opportunity for input, dialogue and proactive and cross-sector thinking and problem solving on issues affecting the industry. Lead by two co-chairs, the Member Forum engages FFCO voting members in sharing information on current issues that are relevant to the industry, and promotes a common direction for proactive change in the industry.


  • Frank Hoftyzer, nominated by Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario
  • Alice Van Vught, nominated by The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Company


Farm & Food Care Ontario's staff team is comprised of full-time, part-time, and contract positions.

  • Alicia Becker, Community Engagement Manager
  • Rachel Coles, Marketing & Events Coordinator
  • Kelly Daynard, Executive Director 
  • Bruce Kelly, Program Consultant 
  • Jessica McCann, Communications Coordinator
  • Elaine McDougall, Finance Manager
  • Lauren Miller, Digital Media Communications Coordinator
  • Christa Ormiston, Communications Manager
  • Jean Tucker, Administrative Assistant 

Board members and staff can be reached by contacting