Continued leadership for the 2018-2019 AAC Board of Directors

The Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 board of directors, elected on December 6, 2018 at the at the Council’s 23nd Annual General Meeting.

The AAC is made up of 67 member organizations from the Ontario agriculture and agri-food industry, who annually elect 16 directors to serve on the AAC board and represent the collective interest of the membership. Re-elected representatives to the 2018-2019 executive committee and board of directors include:

Chair: Kelly Duffy, Agri-business/Retail/Food Processor

Vice Chair: Chris Hiemstra, Other Industries/Commodity Groups

Treasurer: Cor Kapteyn, Supply Management

Secretary: Peggy Brekveld, General Farm Interest


Doug Alexander, Agri-business/Retail/Food Processor

Keith Black, Grains/Seeds/Oilseeds/Specialty Crops

Ray Duc, Horticulture

Dennis Fischer, Livestock

Eric Hartemink, Livestock

Mark Huston, Youth-at-Large

Ruth Knight, Other Organizations

Ed Scharringa, General Farm Interest

Will Vanderhorst, Supply Management

Brian Wiley, Grains/Seeds/Oilseeds/Specialty Crops

Rounding out the board are the two newly elected directors, Pam Jackson, nominated by the Ecological Farmers of Ontario to serve as Youth-at-Large, and Mark Wales, nominated by the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers to serve as a Horticulture representative. Pam and Mark bring a broad range of agricultural knowledge to the AAC board.

“Over the years I’ve been able to see firsthand the dedication and hard work put forth by the AAC board of directors and the AAC staff,” says Kelly Duffy, who is starting her third term as AAC Chair, “The AAC really is a strategic enabler, and it’s clearly evident how the projects approved have played – and continue to play - a significant role in raising the standard and profile of Ontario's agriculture and agri-food sector.”

The AAC was also pleased to add three new organizations to its membership over the past year, Ontario Dairy Council, Ontario Aquaculture Association, and Farm & Food Care Ontario. 

The AAC is an industry-led organization that delivers funding programs and services that stimulate growth and opportunity for Ontario's agriculture and agri-food industry. Since 1995, the AAC board has approved over $289 million in provincial and federal funding to support over 3,600 projects. To learn more about the AAC please visit: or follow us on Twitter @adaptcouncil.