AgScape is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors, elected from the membership and appointed from the public sector.
AgScape is currently seeking board of director nominations for 2 Corporate seats and 2 Community seats. Click here to learn more.
Audrie Bouwmeester Chair (Corporate Director) Dairy Farmers of Ontario
Audrie Bouwmeester is an education professional and experienced businesswoman. Currently, Audrie is the Dairy Education Program Manager for Dairy Farmers of Ontario where she is responsible for the strategy, management and development of curriculum used by more than 50 dairy educators across Ontario.
Lorie has been a key driver in the development and expansion of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, the nation's largest outdoor agricultural trade show. Currently retired, she’s an active alumnus at the University of Guelph. Lorie continues to do agri-education fundraising and mentoring of both students and grads. She has served as a trustee on the Canadian 4-H Foundation.
Jennifer Peart Treasurer (Corporate Director) Farm Credit Canada
Jennifer graduated from the University of Guelph’s Agricultural Business program in 2006 and has worked for Farm Credit Canada for 7 years as a Relationship Manager located in the Simcoe office. She is the current President of the Haldimand Norfolk Holstein Club, a Member of the Haldimand 4-H Leaders Association and a member of the Norfolk County Fair, where she is also the livestock show announcer.
Catherine Mahler (Board Advisor) The Ontario Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education appoints a staff member from the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Branch to sit on the board of AgScape as a non-voting member. This representative provides the board with information concerning Ministry of Education initiatives that align with the vision and mission of AgScape.
Helen Scutt (Board Advisor) The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Helen is the Agriculture Organization Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in the Guelph office. She provides consultation and resources to many nonprofit organizations in the rural and agricultural sector. Helen is the Ministry liaison for AgScape and is an advisor to the board.
Deb is the owner of Agronomy Advantage. She has served as a CCA Board Director and has a BSc (Agr) degree from the University of Guelph. Deb believes the future of agriculture lies in educating the next generation and actively participates whenever possible to influence and inform youth about careers in the ag-sector.
Kathryn is the Director of Global Business Development and Technology at AgCareers.com & CareersinFood.com Canada. She is a graduate of the University of Guelph and is an OAC Alumnus. Originally from Blackstock ON, Kathryn was raised on a dairy farm. She and her husband Clair, and three children currently reside at Norwich, Ontario and remain involved in primary agriculture with their turkey and cash crop operation.
Peter Hohenadel (Corporate Director) Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
Peter Hohenadel is an agriculture graduate of the University of Guelph and a graduate of the University of Toronto. Peter has worked in agriculture throughout his career, both as a journalist and as an advertising agency practitioner specializing in marketing products and services to farmers. Peter is currently Director, Agriculture and Food, for The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
Mark grew up in rural Ontario on a mixed beef / cash crop farm and graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.Sc. in Agriculture. He has recently completed his MBA from the Odette School of Business (University of Windsor). Mark has worked for Monsanto for 22 years - currently as Areas Sales Manager for Eastern Canada and is passionate in attracting and developing people talent into the Agricultural Industry.
Jim was born and raised on a beef farm 3 miles northeast of Guelph. He graduated in 1972 from O.A.C. University of Guelph majoring in Animal Science. He is a member of Eramosa 4-H and Junior Farmer Clubs. Jim retired April 12 2017, after 45 years, as a medical sales representative. Jim is a Beef Club leader in Niagara and Vice President of the Niagara 4-H Association for about the last 15 years. He is also the Director of the West Niagara Agricultural Society and its predecessor the Lincoln Agricultural Society. He is also the Chairman and major sponsor of the Tricia Vaughan Memorial Scholarship since inception. Jim is a Cash crop farmer in Wainfleet, ON and married with 2 grown boys.
Charlotte O’Neill holds a Master of Science degree in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University (2013) and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree from the University of Guelph (2007). She has had the opportunity to work in the agriculture industry throughout the United States and Canada in various roles. Charlotte is currently the Brand Manager – Dairy for Elanco Canada. Her passion for agriculture has been demonstrated through her various volunteering and agriculture advocacy work including being a founding member of the “FARM Theory” group on the Oklahoma State campus, where they provided education about agriculture to university students.
Representing her employer Syngenta Canada, Meaghan is an experienced public relations professional with an endless passion for agriculture and the promotion of agriculture education. She is the current First Vice President of the Eastern Canada Farm Writers’ Association, and a volunteer and active member of the Ag Women’s Network. Originally from Wheatley Ontario, Meaghan’s family owns and operates a grain farm on Pelee Island, Ontario. She now resides in Guelph, Ontario.
Stephanie Szusz (Corporate Director) TD Canada Trust Agricultural Services
Stephanie is a passionate "Agvocate" who loves educating and inspiring others to know more about our great agriculture industry! Her family operates a dairy farm and commodities business just outside New Hamburg and she has always been actively involved. Stephanie currently works for TD as a Relationship Manager for Agriculture Services. She has her BBA from Wilfrid Laurier as well as her BEd from the University of Toronto. In the past she has worked for the Calgary Stampede in Ag Education and is currently very involved in both 4-H and her local Agricultural Society.
Natalie was born and raised in Prince Edward County on her family’s dairy and crop farm. She graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and completed a post-graduate program in Public Relations. She now works in Guelph as a Grain Merchandiser with Ceres Global Ag Corp. Natalie is currently a Director for Wellington Federation of Agriculture, and a planning committee member for Ontario Young Farmers Forum. She also volunteers for the Agricultural Women’s Network and Guelph Special Olympics.