AAC Board of Directors

The AAC is made up of over 66 Ontario agricultural, agri-food and rural organizations. It is these member organizations that annually elect 16 directors to serve on the AAC board. They are joined by 2, non-voting, liaisons from the federal and provincial government.

As a corporate body, the AAC directors have one client: the Ontario agri-food industry. The AAC board of directors has a unique understanding of funding program requirements, farming and agribusiness. It’s who they are and what they do. A complete list of the AAC’s membership and sectoral structure can be found by clicking here.

Kelly Duffy

Kelly Duffy

Chair

Representing: Agri-Business / Retail / Food Processor

In 2010, Kelly Duffy was first elected to the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) as a youth-at-large director. In 2014, Kelly was elected as an Agri-Business/Retail/Food Processor representative on the board and also, as Secretary of the AAC executive committee. In 2016, Kelly was elected as the Chair of the AAC board. Kelly has also served on the AAC marketing and communications committee.

Kelly has more than 15 years of experience in international trade, sales and marketing, primarily in the food and beverage sector for the governments of Canada, USA and New Zealand. Kelly's businesses, the Globetrotter Group Inc. and On Route Distribution Inc., commercialise products, import, distribute and execute private label and branded sales strategies with leading retailers in North America. Her career has provided fantastic work experiences in Central Europe and the United States that add a unique and international perspective to her work.

Educated at the University of Guelph, followed by Sheridan College, Kelly has also completed the Food Industry Executive Management and Technical Management programs at the University of Southern California and University of California Los Angeles, respectively. She is also a graduate of the Advanced Agriculture Leadership Program (AALP) Class 14.