Meet LRIC’s Board members for 2017-2018
Oliver Haan – Chairman (Ontario Pork)
Oliver and Renate Haan, along with their four Jr. Partners, Rebecca (19; at Ridgetown Collage, passionate about farming and photography); Jacob (17; has an addiction to farming and all things mechanical): Leah; (14; into food and small fuzzy critters); Noah; (10; still experimenting to find his place) own and operate Haanover View Farms.
Haanover View Farms is a first generation, multi species, land-based family farm built on the back of its own branded, niche 100 sow farrow to finish “ecologically raised” pork products that are self-marketed locally to restaurants, value added processors, butcher shops, retail stores and direct to consumers. Beef, rabbit, chicken, and specialty crops round off the farm’s production. Oliver has a keen passion for food and farming, not just for his own purposes, but for all future farmers. Locally, Oliver has been active in the Northumberland/Quinte pork producers, has chaired Harvest Hastings, assisted the local 4-H swine club and is a past President of a local general farm organization.
Oliver has been on Ontario Pork’s Board of Directors since 2006 and has served on many committees and partner organizations both provincially and nationally. LRIC is near and dear to Oliver, as he is one of only two current Board of Directors that was involved in the planning and development of LRIC when it was still referred to as mission 2050, and as a director on the Board in its earliest days.
Brian Miller – Poultry Industry Council
Brian Miller, is a six year director on the Poultry Industry Council (PIC) Board, representing the Egg Farmers of Ontario, and is currently on the PIC Governance and Finance Committees. Brian is the elected representative from PIC to represent the four feather Boards at the Livestock Research Innovation Corporation. Mr. Miller is a graduate from the University of Guelph with an Agriculture Finance degree and he farms with his brother Barry on a diversified Huron County farm operation involving pork, eggs, beef and crops.
Jennifer MacTavish – Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency
While studying International Development at the University of Guelph, Jenn became enamored by agriculture and food. She completed her MSc in Animal Science in 2001 and now has over 17 years of experience working with producers, processors and industry leaders. Jenn is currently the General Manager of the Ontario Sheep Farmers (OSF), a position she has held since April 2013.
Prior to joining OSMA, she spent 9 years as the Executive Director for the Canadian Sheep Federation and for a two-year period during that time, she also worked as the Canadian National Goat Federation’s General Manager.
She is currently the Chair of the Canadian Animal Health Coalition, is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Livestock Research Innovation Corporation and a volunteer mediator with Community Justice Initiatives in Kitchener.
Jenn is an avid knitter, reader and traveler. She resides in Cambridge Ontario with her husband and son.
Dr. Cornelia Kreplin – Alberta Bio Innovates Solutions
Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) offers the opportunity to develop new knowledge and products that can contribute to prosperity of Alberta’s agriculture, Food and forestry sectors. As an Executive Director at AI Bio, Dr. Cornelia Kreplin leads a team that facilitates investment in research and innovation projects which contribute to sustainable livestock, crop and forest production, food safety and the development of new ingredients, foods, beverages and bioactive substances. Cornelia connects people who can collaboratively build on their respective strengths and works with stakeholders to define future opportunities.
Cornelia’s training in veterinary medicine led to her career with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. She served as the provincial reproductive pathologist and later as Alberta’s first Chief Provincial Veterinarian before accepting the challenge of building a Food Safety Division for the Ministry. Later, her position as Executive Director of Agriculture Research Division and an interim assignment as General Manager of Agricultural Products Marketing Council allowed Cornelia to remain in touch with the opportunities and challenges facing Alberta’s agriculture industries. Cornelia now applies what she has learned from these experiences to her position at AI Bio.
Dr. Paul Uys – University of Guelph
Paul is a retired executive with 40 years global retail experience specializing in brand creation, food product development and sourcing. During his 25 years at Loblaw Companies, he headed the product development department for the No Name and President’s Choice brands, and in his latter days he spearheaded its sustainable seafood procurement initiative. After retiring from Loblaw, he has become Senior Director, External; The Food Institute of the University of Guelph. He is also a board member at the Livestock Research Innovation Corporation, and “The Ontario Farm Agenda for Sustainable Agriculture”. Internationally he is a Trustee on the board of the Marine Stewardship Council, and the “International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems”. He is also the founder of a consulting company, FMG Consulting Inc.
Henry Wydeven – dairy farmer
Henry Wydeven, a dairy farmer from St. Mary’s, Ontario, was elected to the Board of Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) in 2014. He represents milk producers in the counties of Huron, and Perth. He previously served as chair of the Perth County Dairy Committee.
Mr. Wydeven previously worked as a crop insurance agent with Agri-Corp, was a counsellor for the Canadian Agriculture Skills Service under Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, and has been involved with a number of different boards including Libro Credit Union and Quadro Communications Telephone Co-operative.
Mr. Wydeven chairs the Governance Committee, and also serves on the Audit & Planning Committee, and the Research Committee; as well as the DFO Advisory Committee for Milk. He is also the DFO representative on the Livestock Research Innovation Corporation, and the Stray Voltage Working Group.
Mr. Wydeven and his wife, Wilma, have three children, Kevin, Krista, and Janelle. He and his wife have dairy farmed since 1985 and now they milk 90 cows and run 350 acres with their son, Kevin, and his wife, Katie.
Mike McMorris – BIO
Mike grew up on a beef and crop farm near Guelph, Ontario where he later went to University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and a Master’s degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics. Mike worked for thirteen years with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, first in extension as the Provincial Beef Genetics Specialist and then in several management roles. In 1999, he moved to the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association where he was Executive Director for a very busy five year period that included the Walkerton issue, a complete organizational review and restructuring and of course BSE.
Following that, Mike spent 4 years with Agricorp as Director of Operations responsible for delivery of crop insurance, CAIS and other risk management programs to Ontario farmers. In 2008, he moved to BIO as General Manager. The past eight years have seen BIO evolve into an international, multi-species organization, focused on helping to capture and tell the biography of food.
Mike is a natural optimist as evidenced clearly by the fact that he is a Toronto Maple Leafs fan.
Richard Horne – Beef Farmers of Ontario
Richard graduated from the University of Guelph with a BA Honours in Public Policy with a minor in Political Science, and is currently in the midst of completing his Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Victoria.
Since 2010, Richard has worked for the Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO), and currently serves as the Manager of Policy and Issues. On the beef research front, Richard is responsible for managing the BFO Research Committee and has been actively involved in the negotiations, fundraising, and site planning activities for the new beef research facilities at the Elora Beef Research Centre.
Richard is the current President of the University of Guelph Alumni Association and an active volunteer within the Guelph community. Richard resides in Guelph with his wife Kristen, and his son Jackson.
Ian Ross – Grand Valley Fortifiers
In 2006, Ian Ross was named President & CEO of Grand Valley Fortifiers. Ross is a visionary leader with a passion for business development, and marketing. Prior to his appointment, Ross was VP of Corporate Development where he served for over 15 years.
Ross is adept at building strategic partnerships and developing value added market opportunities. Driven by innovation, Ross contributed to the successful launch of Canada’s Omega-3 and Selenium enriched meat and dairy products, Presidents Choice® Free From™ pork program, Rowe Farms protein offering, and organic pork for the domestic and US market.
An active community leader, Ross is a founding board member of Faith’s Orphans Fund, an enabling work focused on HIV/AIDS orphaned children in Zambia, Ross serves on the board of Muskoka Bible Centre and actively participates in GVF’s philanthropic giving.
A graduate of Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Ross has his honours in business administration with a major in marketing and human resources.
Ian, his wife Laura and five children enjoy living on a farm outside of Cambridge, Ontario.