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.

Chris Hiemstra

Chris Hiemstra

Vice-Chair

Representing: Other Industries / Commodities

Chris Hiemstra was elected to the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) board in 2014. He is the Other Industries/Commodities representative on the board and currently serves as Vice-Chair.

Chris co-owns a commercial bee operation focused on honey, pollen, pollination and the sale of honeybees to other beekeepers. Chris and his wife, Christy, also have an adventure farm, based on bees, flowers, and pumpkins. Each season they educate over 9,000 school children with bee tours on the farm. As an agri-tourism destination, Clovermead welcomes over 50,000 visitors each summer, to explore the world of honeybees and play.

A graduate of the University of Guelph Diploma Horticulture program, Chris previously worked in the greenhouse industry as technician in bumblebee pollination and Biological Control. Chris is a recipient of a number of awards, including Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmer, Farm Marketer of the year, Innovation and Excellence in AgriFood, Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year, and Community Spirit Award.

Chris was previously chairman of the Immanuel Christian School in Aylmer and Co-Chair of the Ontario Outstanding Young Farmers Program. Chris is also currently serving as a director of the Agri-Food Management Institute Board and the North American Direct Farmer's Marketing Association.

Chris was previously chairman of the Immanuel Christian School in Aylmer and Co-Chair of the Ontario Outstanding Young Farmers Program. Chris is also currently serving as a director of the Agri-Food Management Institute Board.