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, P. Ag.

Ruth Knight, P. Ag.

Representing: Other Organizations

Ruth Knight was elected to the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) board of directors in 2017. Ruth is the AAC board representative for the Other Organizatons sector.

Ruth 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 of experience working with rural community and farm organizations. She is a Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) - Ontario, and holds a Certificate in Nutrient Management Strategy and Plan Development. Ruth is an active learner, participating in research projects, attending workshops, conferences, and farm tours in Ontario and throughout North America on a continuous basis.

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 provides consultation and mentoring to a diversity of 20 to 50 farm clients. She is mother to three young adults who are pursuing careers in food and agriculture.