Meet the AAC Board

Kelly Duffy, Chair

Kelly Duffy has more than 20 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 currently serves as the Chair on the AAC board. For almost 9 years, she has been the representative for the Agri-Business/Retail/Food Processor sector. Around the board table, Kelly brings a unique, marketing insight from her many years working in the retail sector.

Kelly’s business, The Globetrotter Group Inc. is a specialist firm that commercializes products and develops import/export, distribution and 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.

We have asked a few questions to learn more about Kelly:

1. What do you enjoy most about being on the AAC board?

I enjoy the amazing collaboration of the industry that comes from the passionate and knowledgeable members of the Board in their giving of time and experience to better the entire sector, along every step of the food chain. I have learned so much about agriculture and am inspired by the resilient dedication of the ag community, the commitment and stewardship for the land and animals and the innovative use of technology to grow forward.

2. What advice do you have for young leaders thinking about getting involved on a board?

Get involved! If you are even thinking about getting involved you are well on your way and your community or sector needs you and will benefit from your perspective. The industry benefits tremendously when issues and opportunities are met with the insights and experiences of a broad and representative group.

3. What has been your greatest professional accomplishment?

I don’t have a single “great” accomplishment that I can point to as I believe that all of my experiences are building and contributing to the work I do. I do feel that the opportunity to move during my career and especially to work overseas has been a catalyst for my personal and professional growth.  

4. What excites you the most about the future of the agriculture and agri-food industry in Ontario?

I am most excited about the opportunity to connect with consumers. I think we are nearing a point in time, if we aren’t there already, when consumers are the most engaged in understanding what they are eating, where it comes from and how it contributes to their health. I am excited by the challenge and opportunity of sharing the ins and outs and stories of the people of agriculture to dispel myths, generate support and move forward to grow a strong, vibrant and inclusive agri-food industry.     

5. What is your favourite travel destination?

My favourite travel destination is the next place I go. I’ve been fortunate in my life to have lived in Europe, the Middle East and the USA and have travelled extensively all over the world. Each destination provides a wonderful cultural and historical experience. These days I am enjoying exposing my teenage daughters to new people and places, like my parents did for me.

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