Mackay to Lead National Farm & Food Care Group

Crystal Mackay

Farm & Food Care Canada will have its first CEO as of January 2016.

Crystal Mackay will transition from her role as executive director of Farm & Food Care Ontario to fill the new national position.

Crystal Mackay

Crystal Mackay

“Crystal has provided strong leadership and made significant contributions to both development and continued growth of Farm & Food Care Ontario and our founding groups during her 11-year tenure,” said John Maaskant, chair of Farm & Food Care Ontario.

Mackay has already managed the national group’s work on a part-time basis since the Farm and Food Care Foundation was formed in 2010 with the aim of building public trust in food and farming across Canada. (The foundation changed its name to Farm & Food Care Canada in May of this year.)

“Farm & Food Care is on a great path for growth. The need for a shared strategic investment in public trust in food and farming continues to expand across sectors and across the country,” said Bruce Christie, chair of Farm & Food Care Canada. “…we look forward to continuing to build on the momentum we’ve already gained.”

A search for her replacement at Farm & Food Care Ontario is underway.

Farm & Food Care Canada also has a provincial affiliated group in Saskatchewan, as the Farm Animal Council of Saskatchewan became Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan in September 2014.

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Kelvin Heppner

Kelvin Heppner is a field editor and radio host for RealAgriculture and RealAg Radio. He's been reporting on agriculture on the prairies and across Canada since 2008(ish). He farms with his family near Altona, Manitoba, and is on Twitter at @realag_kelvin. @realag_kelvin

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