Ontario Names Members to Agri-Food Growth Steering Committe

Ontario’s premier, Kathleen Wynne, has named several individuals to the Agri-Food Growth Steering Committee. The group is tasked with providing advice and guidance on the road to pushing Ontario’s agriculture and agri-food sector to “double its annual growth rate and create 120,000 new jobs by 2020.”

Included on the committee are:

  • Deb Stark, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Amy Cronin, Ontario Pork Chair, hog farm operator
  • Ted Bilyea, President,Ted Bilyea & Associates consulting firm and Chair of the board of directors, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute
  • Jim Brandle, CEO, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
  • Christian von Twickel, Executive Vice-President, Dr. Oetker Canada Ltd
  • Norm Beal, President and CEO, Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery and Executive Director, Food and Beverage Ontario
  • Scott Graham, egg and cash crop farmer
  • Jamison Steeve, Executive Director, Martin Prosperity Institute (Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto) and the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity

The steering committee will be co-chaired by Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Deputy Minister Deb Stark and Ontario Pork Chair Amy Cronin.


Lyndsey Smith

Lyndsey Smith is a field editor for RealAgriculture. A self-proclaimed agnerd, Lyndsey is passionate about all things farming but is especially thrilled by agronomy and livestock production.


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