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

Audrie Bouwmeester 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. 

Kathryn Doan Vice Chair (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.

Jennifer Peart Treasurer (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.

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.

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.

Jennifer Kyle (Community Director) Beef Farmers of Ontario

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Jennifer is the Senior Communications Specialist at the Beef Farmers of Ontario. Jennifer is a farm girl, born and raised on a dairy farm in southwestern Ontario and is still on a farm with her husband and two young children where she farms to produce dairy, beef, lamb and cash crop. She is a recent graduate of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program run by the Rural Ontario Institute. Through her work, and as a mom to two school-aged children, Jennifer sees first-hand (on a very regular basis) the disconnect between consumers and their food and believes there is a major need to re-establish this connection and would love to see the AgScape programming flourish and help to fill this gap.

Ciabh McEvenue (Community Director) Revival Studio

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Ciabh has 20 years in the creative advertising industry, with the last 10 years in a principal leadership role, strategic brand marketing services across a broad range of sectors. In summer 2017, she launched Revival Studio, an agency focused on the Ontario agri-food industry. Her greatest passion lies in working with agriculture and agri-food organizations helping them evolve and grow in an environment of escalating competition and complexity. Ciabh believes the challenges facing agri-business today are of critical importance to consumers and is interested in joining AgScape Board of Directors to lend her efforts to help the organization develop effective youth engagement programs that help prioritize and protect the integrity and value of Canadian agri-food.

Jim McMillan (Community Director)

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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 (Corporate Director) Trouw Nutrition Canada/Shur-Gain

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Charlotte O'Neill has worked in the agriculture industry since graduating with a Bachelors of Animal Science from the University of Guelph in 2007, obtaining her Masters of Animal Science degree in 2013. She has had the opportunity to work both in Canada and in the US in various agriculture companies and roles. Her international experience has broadened her approach to agriculture advocacy. Her most recent work experience has been in agriculture marketing for national animal feed and health companies.

Meaghan Ryersee (Corporate Director) Syngenta Canada Inc.

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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

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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 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.