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The board is responsible for governing the affairs of the Foundation, administering the various programs entrusted to it and making decisions on applications for funding. Thirteen industry-appointed directors bring a wealth of experience from the agriculture, food processing, farm supply and post farm gate sectors across British Columbia. Two ex-officio, non-voting directors represent our funding partners – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the BC Ministry of Agriculture.

Ken Bates
Represents: Field Vegetables, Berries & Mushrooms
Region: Lower Mainland
Board Member Since: 2012

Vice Chair
Bar Hayre                  
Represents:                  Farm Supply
Region:                        Fraser Valley
Board Member Since:    2006-2012, 2013

Bert Miles
Represents: Greenhouse, Floriculture & Nursery
Region: Okanagan
Board Member Since: 2002-2008, 2013

To Be Announced

Len Bouwman
Represents: Dairy
Region: Fraser Valley
Board Member Since: 2013
Jack DeWit
Represents: Other Livestock
Region: Fraser Valley
Board Member Since: 2013
Walter Fritsche
Represents: Grains & Oilseeds
Region: Peace River
Board Member Since: 2014
Arzeena Hamir
Represents: Emerging Sectors
Region: Vancouver Island
Board Member Since: 2014
Alistair Johnston
Represents: Post Farm Gate
Region: Fraser Valley
Board Member Since: 2013
Dale Krahn
Represents: Poultry
Region: Fraser Valley
Board Member Since: 2012
Dennis Lapierre
Represents: Community Agriculture
Region: Okanagan-Shuswap
Board Member Since: 2015
Don Low
Represents:                   Tree Fruits & Grapes
Region:                         Kootenays
Board Member Since:     2015
Ed Salle
Represents: Cattle
Region: Thompson-Okanagan
Board Member Since: 2014
Kalpna Solanki
Represents: Post Farm Gate
Region: Lower Mainland
Board Member Since: 2014

Ex Officios
Philip Bergen & Michelle Soucie
Represent: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Grant Parnell
Represents: BC Ministry of Agriculture

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Funding Provided By: Government of Canada Government of British Columbia
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