Dairy Farmers of Canada elects new president

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) has a new president, as Pierre Lampron was elected on a two-year term at the group’s annual general meeting in Edmonton on Wednesday.

Lampron is a seventh generation organic dairy farmer in the Mauricie region of Quebec, according to DFC’s website. He previously represented Quebec on the board of Dairy Farmers of Canada.

“I am honoured to have been elected as DFC’s President, and look forward to working with DFC staff, and our members, to promote and protect the interests of all Canadian dairy farmers,” said Lampron in a news release. “While we face challenges, in the coming months as we head into the re-negotiation of NAFTA and proposed changes to nutrition regulations, I am confident that united, we will be successful.”

Lampron replaces Wally Smith, who served his maximum three terms as DFC president dating back to July 2011.

DFC is also in the process of searching for a new executive director, as Caroline Emond resigned earlier this month.

Along with the election of a new president, a new executive committee was formed at the meeting, comprised of David Wiens, Reint-Jan Dykstra, Ralph Dietrich, and Bruno Letendre.

“I am confident in the new leadership of the organization, which continues to have a clear mandate to defend this critically important domestic policy on behalf of our farmers, as Canada engages in NAFTA re-negotiations, beginning next month,” said Smith.

Speaking of NAFTA, Canada’s Ambassador to the U.S., David McNaughton, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri Food, Jean-Claude Poissant, were among the speakers.

(Sidenote: Lampron represented DFC in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in February to raise funds for the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation.)

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