Crop Selection

Four New Commission Appointed Board Directors

September 26, 2017 - Four New Board Directors Appointed to the OPVG

The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of four new directors to the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG) board.

With 150 years of combined farming experience, Eric Allaer, Michael Denys, Tom Hebblethwaite and Chris Stewart, have grown a broad range of processing vegetables over the years.

Their invaluable knowledge of the industry and regulated marketing, as well as their previous committee and board experience, provide them with the skills needed to develop strong board policies and practices that will help benefit the interests of all OPVG producers.

During the extensive recruitment process, a job advertisement was posted on the Commission and OPVG web sites for a two week period. Processing vegetable growers, from each of the three districts, were invited to apply by September 5th. All applications were carefully considered using an open and fair selection process.

Eric Allaer - Port Lambton, Ontario

  • 33 years of farming experience
  • Currently operates 3500 acres, producing tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, seed corn, field corn, soybeans and wheat
  • Current turkey producer
  • Previous OPVG District 1 committee chair

Michael Denys - Wallaceburg, Ontario

  • 41 years of farming experience
  • Currently operates 300 acres with his son, producing sweet corn, seed corn, green beans, peas, soybeans and wheat
  • Previous processing tomato, cucumber and pepper producer
  • Current president of the Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres board
  • Previous chair and member of the Ontario Seed Corn Growers Marketing board

Tom Hebblethwaite - Blenheim, Ontario

  • 41 years of farming experience
  • Currently operates 1000 acres with his son, producing tomatoes, corn, seed corn, soybeans and wheat
  • Previous cucumber, pepper, seed corn, soybean, squash, wheat, and burley and black tobacco producer
  • Previous chair and member of the Seed Corn Growers of Ontario
  • Previous chair and member of the Ontario Black Tobacco Growers Association

Chris Stewart - Cedar Springs, Ontario

  • 35 years of farming experience
  • Currently operators 1500 acres, producing tomatoes, seed corn, soybeans and wheat
  • Previous broccoli, cauliflower, green bean, black fired tobacco and cabbage producer
  • Previous member of the Seed Corn Growers of Ontario board
  • Previous member of the Black Fired Tobacco board

The four appointed directors will hold their positions for a one-year term at which time elections for these positions will be held.

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