Zones | Geographic Map | Leadership Training | Committees

Under the Farm Products’ Marketing Act regulations, Ontario is divided into four pork producing zones. There are 26 local pork producers’ associations within these zones. Each association is unique and determines its own direction, priorities and focus. Local pork producers’ associations play an important role in electing delegates and providing input to the Board of Directors to create policies and make decisions that impact the industry. Board members are elected by the association delegates within each zone.

The Board of Directors is responsible for strategic policy development, advocacy and government relations across a wide variety of issues that impact Ontario’s pork industry and producers’ viability. 

As a key point of contact with industry stakeholders and the provincial government, the Board seeks to balance the impact of regulatory shifts, as well as changes to government policy and the compliance requirements in our markets, with industry competitiveness and sustainability. 

The Board is also responsible for ensuring the organization’s funds are used to the best advantage for the long-term benefit of Ontario pork producers.

Zone 1

Geographic Area: Chatham-Kent, Elgin, Essex, Huron, Lambton and Middlesex

Eric Hartemink Mike Mitchell
Teresa VanRaay

Zone 2

Geographic Area: Brant, Haldimand, Hamilton, Niagara, Norfolk, Oxford, Perth and Waterloo

Doug Ahrens
John de Bruyn
Eric Schwindt

Zone 3

Geographic Area: Algoma, Bruce, Cochrane, Dufferin, Grey, Halton, Kenora, Manitoulin, Muskoka, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Peel, Rainy River, Simcoe, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Timiskaming, Toronto, Wellington and York

Chris Cossitt
Arno Schober

Zone 4

Geographic Area: Durham, Frontenac, Haliburton, Hastings, Kawartha Lakes, Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, Lennox and Addington, Northumberland, Ottawa, Peterborough, Prescott and Russell, Prince Edward, Renfrew and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry

Oliver Haan

Geographic Map

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Leadership Training

Program Highlights:

  • Designed for aspiring pork producers who are looking for insights, knowledge and tools to become more effective leaders and advance themselves in their leadership journey.
  • Provides rich context to develop the skills and knowledge required to become successful industry leaders.
  • Focuses on helping them develop the capabilities required to respond effectively to the challenges of leading the pork industry in Ontario.
  • Connects with the business strategy, initiatives, and goals of Ontario Pork

Course Information:

  • September 2016 – Introduction and Personal Traits Assessment, Leadership Capabilities
  • November 2016 – Government Relations
  • January 2017 – Media Training
  • February 2017 – Corporate Governance and Organization Structure 
  • March 2017 – Policy Development, Strategic Thinking and Strategic Planning
  • April 2017 – Industry Collaboration and Partnerships

All producers interested in advancing themselves in their leadership journey are encouraged to apply. The cost of the program will be covered by Ontario Pork. For more information or to apply, please contact the Board Executive Assistant. Registration is on “first-come, first-served” basis.

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Ontario Pork 2016 Committees

Each year the newly elected Board of Directors forms the committees that will work under Board mandate for that year.

Click here to view the complete list of Ontario Pork Committees.

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