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AgScape is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors, elected from the membership and appointed from the public sector.

Keith Currie Chair (Corporate Director) Curriedale Farms

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Keith is proud to be the 8th generation on his family farm in Simcoe County. He has a diploma in Agriculture Production Management at Ridgetown College of Agriculture Technology, and has served as a director on the Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture. He currently serves as President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

Audrie Bouwmeester Vice-Chair (Corporate Director) Dairy Farmers of Ontario

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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. 

Carolyn Hill Treasurer (Corporate Director) Ontario Broiler Hatching Egg & Chick Commission

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As the Financial Administrator of Ontario Broiler Hatching Egg & Chick Commission, Carolyn has experience with not-for-profit financial management, budgeting, planning and a thorough understanding of the supply managed sector in agriculture. She is a graduate of the Senior Leadership and Management in the Not-For-Profit Sector program at Conestoga College.

Lorie Jocius Past Chair (Community Director)

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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.

Catherine Mahler (Board Advisor) The Ontario Ministry of Education

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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

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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.

Heather Blackwell (Community Director)

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Heather has been employed with the Western Fair District for two decades and fills a senior management role as Director of Corporate Affairs. Heather resides with her family just outside of the City of London.

Deb Campbell (Community Director)

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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 Doan (Corporate Director) AgCareers.com

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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

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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 Kerry (Corporate Director) Monsanto Canada Inc.

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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.

Meaghan Ryersee (Corporate Director) Syngenta Canada Inc.

Jennifer Peart (Corporate Director) Farm Credit Canada

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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.

Natalie Walt (Community Director)

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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.