Ontario Sheep Farmers appoints first-ever independent board advisor

Ontario Sheep Farmers (OSF) has appointed Dr. Deb Stark as its first-ever independent board advisor. The role is designed to strengthen the board’s governance structure, address sector-wide issues, and expedite fair, just and equitable resolution of issues regarding board and/or member conduct, according to the organization.

The addition of Stark to the role follows an OSF project with a goal of improving the board’s professional standing, sector leadership and governance structure.

As independent board advisor, Stark will assist the board in its deliberations on addressing key sector issues, such as animal health and welfare, and “enhance the board’s existing expertise; add to consumer, producer and stakeholder trust; and strengthen industry and government confidence in the progressive direction of OSF.”

Stark is the former Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). She also held various senior leadership roles within OMAFRA, and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), including serving as Ontario’s first chief veterinary officer. Stark also serves on the boards of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute, and the University of Guelph. She is a member of 100 Women Who Care, Rural Wellington, and the Golden Triangle Angel Network. She also volunteers at a local long-term care facility and is an active mentor.

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