Our People

For nearly 40 years, the Canadian chicken industry has grown to unprecedented heights, with a multi-faceted approach to its development.

Executive Committee

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:

Benoît Fontaine
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 5.5 million kg of chicken and 500,000 kg of turkey. A former high school Canadian history teacher, and 2nd generation chicken farmer, Benoît has also been heavily involved in the Union des producteurs agricoles since 1999. Benoît has also served on Chicken Farmers of Canada’s Policy Committee and the Production Committee.
Derek Janzen
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.
Nick de Graaf
Nick de Graaf, 2nd Vice-Chair, is a third-generation poultry farmer in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia operating the farm founded by his Dutch grandfather in the early 1960’s. Today the farm produces more than 660,000 chickens, and 67,000 turkeys per year. Nick is also part of Innovative Poultry Group (IPG). IPG farms 55,000 broiler breeders and owns Maritime Chicks, a new, state-of-the-art hatchery employing the HatchCare system. In addition to poultry, Nick grows more than 1,600 acres of wheat, corn and soybeans. He is self-sufficient in the production of corn and soybeans for his on-farm feed mill where he processes poultry feeds for his own flocks. Nick is in his 8th year as a Director with Chicken Farmers of Nova Scotia. He has participated in Chicken Farmers of Canada as an Alternate Director and as a member of the Policy Committee. Nick and his wife, Trudy, have three children and two grandchildren.
Tim Klompmaker
Tim Klompmaker, Executive Member, lives in Norwood, Ontario and was elected to the Chicken Farmers of Canada Board in 2017. Tim started farming in 1984 along with his wife Annette and his three sons. He is a third generation chicken farmer with the fourth generation already in place and running chicken farms of their own. Tim served as a District Committee Representative for Chicken Farmers of Ontario before being elected to the Ontario Board in 2000. He served as CFC Alternate Representative for Ontario from 2012-2013, and has represented Ontario on the CFC Production Committee, the AMU Working Committee, and at NFACC. He has also served as 1st Vice-Chair of Chicken Farmers of Ontario.

The Board of Directors

The Board

Chair: Benoît Fontaine (Quebec)
  • Derek Janzen (British-Columbia)
  • Dennis Steinwand (Alberta)
  • Nick Langelaar (Saskatchewan)
  • Leonard Klassen (Manitoba)
  • Tim Klompmaker (Ontario)
  • François Cloutier (Quebec)
  • Marc Cormier (New Brunswick)
  • Nick de Graaf (Nova Scotia)
  • Barry Uyterlinde (Prince Edward Island)
  • Keith Deering (Newfoundland & Labrador)
  • Yvan Brodeur (Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council)
  • Craig Evans (Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council)
  • Don Kilimnik (Further Poultry Processors Association of Canada)
  • Peter Vale (Restaurants Canada)

Committees

Executive

  • Chair – Benoît Fontaine
  • 1st Vice Chair –Derek Janzen
  • 2nd Vice Chair – Nick de Graaf
  • Executive Member – Tim Klompmaker

Finance

  • Chair – Barry Uyterlinde
  • Yvan Brodeur
  • Peter Vale

Governance

  • Chair - Dennis Steinwand
  • Tim Klompmaker
  • Don Kilimnik

Policy

  • Chair – Tim Klompmaker
  • Derek Janzen
  • François Cloutier
  • Craig Evans
  • Marc Cormier

Production

  • Chair – Nick de Graaf
  • Dennis Steinwand
  • Rick Kaptein (Ontario, alternate)
  • Lucy McKee (CPEPC, alternate)
  • Marco Volpé (New Brunswick, alternate)

Consumer Relations

  • Chair – Leonard Klassen
  • Ron teStroete (Nova Scotia, alternate)
  • Paolo DiManno (Restaurants Canada, alternate)

Representatives to Other Organizations

  • Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA): Leonard Klassen
  • Canadian Poultry Research Council (CPRC): Rick Kaptein (Ontario, alternate)
  • National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC): Nick de Graaf
  • National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council (NFAHW): Marco Volpé (New Brunswick, alternate)

Staff

Executive

  • Michael Laliberté
    Executive Director
  • Nicole Faubert
    Executive assistant
  • Lauren Kennedy
    Senior Government Relations Officer

Finance

  • Lori Piché
    Manager of Finance
  • Jae Yung Chung
    Senior Financial Officer
  • Maria Elena Baisas
    Bookkeeper

Administration & Human Resources

  • Lisa Riopelle
    Senior Human Resources & Administration Officer
  • Dally-Diane Nzinahora
    Translation Coordinator
  • Bibiane Rietveld
    Meeting & Recording Coordinator
  • Jolyn Bourque
    Administration Coordinator

Communications

  • Lisa Bishop-Spencer
    Manager of Communications
  • Marty Brett
    Senior Corporate Communications Officer
  • Karen Ronayne
    Graphic Designer
  • Elyse Ferland
    Senior Consumer Relations Officer
  • Aline Porrior
    Public Relations Officer
  • Erin Callary
    Consumer Relations Coordinator

Trade & Policy

  • Yves Ruel
    Manager of Trade & Policy
  • Tara Molloy
    Trade & Policy Analyst

Food Safety, Animal Care & Research

  • Steve Leech
    National Program Manager
  • Jennifer Gardner
    Animal Care & Research Officer
  • Caroline Wilson
    Food Safety Officer & Internal Auditor
  • Jessica Singh
    Communication & Policy Coordinator

Market Information & Systems

  • Jan Rus
    Manager of Market Information & Systems
  • Kyle Deslauriers
    Market Analyst
  • Denis Nadeau
    Business Systems Analyst