The Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) have announced Richard Horne as its new executive director, effective July 22, 2019. Horne most recently served as manager of policy and issues for the producer group, a role he’s held since 2014.
Horne replaces Dave Stewart, who will remain employed by BFO in an advisory capacity until August 31, 2019, as part of the transition plan.
“Richard brings a deep network of agri-food contacts and a demonstrated ability to build relationships with a broad range of stakeholders across the beef industry,” says Joe Hill, BFO president. “I am confident that Richard’s experience within the Ontario beef industry and track record of successive personal growth will position him well for success in this new role.”
Before joining BFO, Richard worked as a research analyst for the University of Guelph, supporting the University’s Board of Governors, Board of Trustees, and Senate. Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy and political science from the University of Guelph and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Victoria.
“I’m excited to take on a new role with BFO as the association’s executive director,” says Horne. “Serving the province’s beef producers for the past nine years has been both a privilege and an honour. I look forward to taking on the duties and responsibilities of Executive Director and continuing to represent, to the best of my abilities, the interests of beef producers across this great province with commitment and integrity.”