The 15-member Board of Directors, made up of farmers and other stakeholders from the chicken industry, provides leadership on Chicken Farmers of Canada’s strategic plan and mission and has chosen the following representatives:
Hailing from Stanbridge Station, Quebec, Benoît Fontaine, Chair of Chicken Farmers of Canada, most recently served as the 1st Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee. He first joined the Board of Directors in 2013 as an alternate, and became the Quebec Director in 2014. He farms in the Lac Champlain area and raises chicken and turkeys. A former high school Canadian history teacher, and 2nd generation chicken farmer, Mr. Fontaine has also been heavily involved in the Union des producteurs agricoles since 1999. Mr. Fontaine has also served on Chicken Farmers of Canada’s Policy Committee and the Production Committee.
Derek Janzen, 1st Vice-Chair, and his wife Rhonda have farmed in the Fraser Valley since 1998. They currently produce 1.4 million Kg’s of chicken annually and manage 22,000 commercial laying hens. Prior to farming, Derek worked for BC’s largest poultry processor for nearly nine years. He worked his way up from driving delivery truck to sales and marketing where he took the position of Major Accounts Manager. Derek’s experience in the processing industry has served him well with his board involvement. Derek has held various positions on a variety of boards including Chair of the BC Egg Producers Association and also was appointed by the Minister of Agriculture as a member of the Farm Industry Review Board (FIRB), BC’s supervisory board. Derek enjoys being involved in the industry and is excited to represent BC at the Chicken Farmers of Canada.
Yvon Cyr has been a producer since 1987 and will serve as 2nd Vice-Chair. He produces approximately 3.3 million kg of chicken each year on his farm near Saint-François-de-Madawaska in northwestern New Brunswick. He is part of the Westco Group, which produces 16.5 million kg of chicken per year, 1.5 million kg of turkey, 80,000 breeders, 70,000 commercial laying hens and operates one hatchery. Yvon and his wife Linda have four boys. As a Chicken Farmers of Canada Director, Yvon would like the chicken industry to continue to grow in all provinces throughout the country. He is the Chair of the Chicken Farmers of Canad Policy Committee.
Murray Booy from Aylmer, Ontario is the Executive Member. He recently served three years as Chair of Chicken Farmers of Ontario and previously has been an alternate to the Chicken Farmers of Canada Board, at which time he served on the old Food Safety Committee. He is now on the new Chicken Farmers of Canada Governance Committee. Murray is a 3rd generation chicken farmer, and with his wife Sherry and three kids, have worked their own farm in the Aylmer area where he grew up for over 20 years. He has been involved with his provincial board since 1999, and has been a member of the CFO Executive Committee since 2004. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, playing golf, and hockey.