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.

Ruth Knight

Representing: Other Organizations

Ruth Knight is passionate about soil regeneration and the tremendous opportunities it holds for farmers, our communities and our planet. She brings a diversity of experiences as the owner of an independent agronomy consulting business since 2005 and as a former partner in a mixed livestock/pasture farm and various roles with farm and community organizations.

Ruth’s board experience includes being a current board member of Maitland Conservation Foundation, past chair School Community Council - Hillcrest Elementary School, Teeswater, past director/treasurer - Ecological Farmers of Ontario, past director/treasurer - Belmore Chamber of Commerce as well as past director/president - Queen's Bush Feeder Finance.

Ruth has 30 years experience working with rural community and farm organizations including 10 years Land Use Planner at Huron County Planning and Development, 9 months OMAFRA - Nutrient Management Specialist, 4 years Communications Co-ordinator -technology transfer and organization capacity building with Heartland Regional Soil and Crop Improvement Association, 3 years secretary/treasurer and event organizer Huron Soil and Crop Improvement Association. She is a Professional Agronomist (PAg) - Ontario Institute of Agrologists, holds a Certificate in Nutrient Management Strategy and Plan Development - Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and is a Researcher for the Soil Health Project with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Maitland Valley Conservation Authority.

Ruth completed undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Guelph: BSc Agriculture and MSc Rural Planning and Development. Ruth also holds a diploma in Landscape Design from Fanshawe College. Ruth currently is a sessional lecturer at the University of Guelph teaching "Design of Organic Production Systems." Ruth resides in Teeswater and continues to provide consultation to a diversity of 20 to 50 farm clients. She is mother to 3 young adults that are pursuing careers in food and agriculture.