Find Your District

Within Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province is divided into 15 districts, each of which is assigned a minimum of eight delegates. Additional delegates are allocated based on the extent to which each district’s total estimated combined acreage of barley, corn, oats, soybeans, and wheat exceeds 6.7 per cent of their total provincial acreage. The acreage is estimated based on adjusting production figured for average yields relative to each of the three crops. District alignment and delegate allocations will be reviewed not less than every five years thereafter, based on the most recent production data. Districts will be required to represent a minimum of five percent of production as defined above, except for northern Ontario, which will be assured a minimum of one district, and eastern Ontario, which will be assured a minimum of two districts, to respect the extent of the geography involved, regardless of the quantity of production. Use the interactive map below to find your director or delegate.

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Directors

Grain Farmers of Ontario Board of Directors 2018
Top row (standing): Dave Park (District 3), Kevin Armstrong (District 7), Keith Black (District 8), Colin Elliott (District 11), Dave McEachren (District 4), Henry Van Ankum (District 10), Jeff Harrison (District 12), Lloyd Crowe (District 13), Jeff Barlow (District 6), Mark Brock (District 9), Chuck Amyot (District 15)
Bottom row (seated): Scott Persall, Executive Member (District 5), Markus Haerle, Chair (District 14), Brendan Byrne, Vice Chair (District 1), Mark Huston, Vice Chair (District 2)

District 1 - Brendan Byrne

Brendan Byrne is the director for District 1 (Essex). He was elected as director in 2015 after serving as a delegate for five years and the local chairman for three. He’s also a past local chair for the Essex Soil and Crop Improvement Association. Byrne was elected Vice Chair of the Board of Directors in 2018.

District 2 - Mark Huston

Mark Huston is the director for District 2 (Kent) and vice chair of the Board of Directors. He has held both of these positions since the formation of Grain Farmers of Ontario in 2010.

District 3 - Dave Park

Dave Park is the director for Grain Farmers of Ontario’s District 3 (Lambton). He and his father, Doug Park, manage the family farm near Sarnia where they grow 11,400 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat. Along with his father and cousin, Larry, Park also operates a seed retail business and processes certified seed. They have 20 staff members to help keep everything running.

District 4 - Dave McEachren

Dave McEachren is the director for District 4 (Middlesex). He was elected as director in 2016 after serving as a delegate for three years. McEachren was part of the Grain Farmers of Ontario Grains in Action program in 2012, and, as a representative of Grain Farmers of Ontario, was selected for the 2014-15 American Soybean Association / DuPont Young Leader Program.

District 5 - Scott Persall

Scott Persall is the director for Grain Farmers of Ontario’s District 5 (Elgin and Norfolk). He is the third generation to work the family farm near Waterford known as Roanoke Farm. Along with his father, Doug, and his wife, Sara, he grows corn, soybeans and wheat on 400 acres. They also have 13,000 laying hens.

District 6 - Jeff Barlow

Jeff Barlow is the director for District 6 (Haldimand, Brant, Hamilton, Niagara). He was elected as director in 2016 after serving as a delegate since 2012.

District 7 - Kevin Armstrong

Kevin Armstrong is the director for District 7 (Waterloo, Oxford). He is the third generation on his family farm in Woodstock where he and his parents grow 750 acres of corn, wheat, and soybeans.

District 8 - Keith Black

Keith Black was elected Director for District 8 (Huron) in 2014. Keith farms 400 acres near Belgrave growing corn, soybeans and wheat, and does custom planting and combining. He also pastures cattle each summer, finishing them over the winter. His farm has been in his family for over a century.

District 9 - Mark Brock

Mark Brock is the chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario and the director for District 9 (Perth). He became a delegate for the corn and soybean organizations in the two years leading up to amalgamation and was elected to the Board in January 2010. He served as vice chair from 2012 until 2015 when he was elected chair.

District 10 - Henry Van Ankum

Henry Van Ankum is the director for Grain Farmers of Ontario District 10 (Grey, Bruce, Wellington). He has served as director since the amalgamation of the legacy organizations in 2010 and served as chair of the Board of Directors from 2012 to 2015 (fulfilling the maximum three-year term).

District 11 - Colin Elliott

Colin Elliott is the director for District 11 (Dufferin, Simcoe, Halton, Peel, York). He has held this position since 2012, previously serving as a delegate for Grain Farmers of Ontario and its legacy organizations.

District 12 - Jeff Harrison

Jeff Harrison is the director for District 12 (Durham, Northumberland, Kawartha, Peterborough, Hastings). He farms in the rural area of the City of Quinte West which is an amalgamated municipality in between the counties of Northumberland and Hastings.

District 13 - Lloyd Crowe

Lloyd Crowe is the director for District 13 (Prince Edward, Lennox, Addington, Frontenac, Lanark, Leeds, Grenville, Renfrew, Ottawa). He was elected to this position in January 2015 after serving as a delegate and district chair for five years. He is excited to lead a great group of active, young delegates and meet the challenge of representing farmers across such a large and diverse geographic region.

District 14 - Markus Haerle

Markus Haerle is the director for District 14 (Prescott, Russell, Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry), and in 2018 he became Chair of the Board of Directors. He has sat on the Board of Directors since 2010, and he served as Vice Chair from 2015-2018. Haerle is also a member of the Wheat Marketing Committee and is a representative for Grain Farmers of Ontario with the American Soybean Association, Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition, and the RMP Reference Committee.

District 15 - Chuck Amyot

Chuck Amyot was elected as the director for District 15 (Northern Ontario) in January 2017. His cash crop operation in New Liskeard includes a rotation of cereals, beans, oilseeds, and pulses. Amyot says his keen interest in agronomy and financial markets make the challenges of higher yields and crop marketing the most interesting aspect of the farm business.

Delegates

District 1

Name & Email Phone
Brendan Byrne (519) 991-4027
Marc Rivest (519) 999-3207
Charles McLean (519) 727-6316
Clayton Armstrong (519) 728-3333
Maurice Chauvin (519) 919-5875
Theresa Oriet (226) 346-8081
Marguerite Guilbeault (519) 996-4062
Scott McLean (226) 280-2325

District 2

Name & Email Phone
Mark Huston (519) 358-5248
Joseph Vanek (519) 683-2929
Ken Dawson (519) 825-3187
Justin Bell (519) 365-8505
Stan Brien (519) 674-2408
Stephen Denys (519) 358-3370
Bruce Johnstone (519) 351-1406
Harry Lawson (519) 695-2427
Brent McFadden (519) 683-1452
Matt Chapple (519) 359-3856
Gus Ternoey (519) 682-0091
Emily Charbonneau (519) 365-4480
Mike Vannieuwenhuyze (519) 692-5207
Jay Cunningham (519) 784-2084
Greg Glasier (519) 682-1930
Grant Craven (519) 436-7200

District 3

Name & Email Phone
Dave Park (519) 384-2490
Ryan Hall (519) 331-5777
Emery Huszka (519) 692-4892
Brad Podolinsky (519) 383-4860
Craig Annett (519) 350-8980
Kyle Straatman (519) 402-2542
Kevin Marriott (519) 844-2307
Jim Elliott (519) 332-2358
Ian Grant (519) 627-3944
Tom Wilson (519) 862-3662
Tom Lassaline (519) 847-5890
Dan Caron (519) 677-5939

District 4

Name & Email Phone
Dave McEachren (519) 931-1516
Kevin Nixon (519) 666-0125
Hilmar Kaumanns (519) 227-4649
Eric Dietrich (519) 871-4830
Adam Robson (519) 280-2351
Steve Twynstra (519) 232-4447
Paul Dietrich (519) 227-4150
Evan Aerts (519) 697-2295
Rob Foster (519) 666-3780
Matt Vanhie (519) 614-3478

District 5

Name & Email Phone
Scott Persall (519) 410-1781
Arpad Pasztor (519) 875-2130
Clint Armstrong (519) 631-9585
Bruce Court (519) 521-5929
Richard Paton (519) 762-5004
Jeff Davis (519) 633-7506
Andy Pasztor (519) 403-8680
Allen Taylor (519) 631-9047
Dan Taylor (519) 633-5533

District 6

Name & Email Phone
Jeff Barlow (905) 520-7486
Matt Beischlag (289) 439-7746
Aaron McQueen (289) 680-2627
Ed Kloepfer (519) 863-5013
Jay McLelland (519) 753-1636
Brad Nimijohn (905) 659-0073
Gerry Veldhuizen (905) 899-2210
Ron Gill (905) 386-7493

District 7

Name & Email Phone
Kevin Armstrong (519) 532-9660
Mark Zilke (519) 475-6074
Megan Veldman (519) 801-7825
Gerard Pynenburg (519) 532-5369
John McRobert (519) 469-9782
Lindsay Menich (519) 709-7844
Jeff Hunsberger (519) 577-2849
Ed Crawford (519) 536-1567

District 8

Name & Email Phone
Keith Black (519) 531-0063
Mike Colclough (519) 482-9733
Jeff Klomps (519) 524-0307
Adam Garniss (519) 357-5897
Larry Lynn (519) 229-8276
Lauren Benoit (519) 871-5355
Marinus Bakker (519) 529-7428
Dan Hayden (519) 525-5072
Margaret Vincent (519) 531-0803
Paul Hill (519) 525-3137

District 9

Name & Email Phone
Mark Brock (519) 274-3297
Bill Denham (519) 229-6430
Peter Rastorfer (519) 276-9405
John Wiles (519) 345-2225
Sharon Vogels (519) 272-5158
Josh Boersen (519) 274-4076
David Vandewalle (519) 274-4180
Jeff Van Loon (519) 345-2469

District 10

Name & Email Phone
Henry Van Ankum (519) 638-3668
Ben Claussen (519) 638-5789
Darcy Trinier (519) 638-7786
Pete Schill (519) 897-1267
Ian Furlong (519) 923-9997
Rob Lowry (519) 395-3568
Matt Jacobs (519) 665-2214
Ed Seifried (519) 338-5060
Les Young (519) 366-2666
Bert von Westerholt (519) 343-4700
Don Walter (519) 367-2880
Aaron Legge (519) 378-6933
Katie Williams (519) 292-0405
Scott Timmings (519) 803-5200
Shawn Helmuth (519) 492 0115
Earl Schneider (519) 343 2315

District 11

Name & Email Phone
Colin Elliott (705) 322-2587
Paul Maurice (705) 533-2272
John Morrison (705) 435-7598
Kevin Eisses (705) 431-2210
Dave Ritchie (705) 538-4017
Tom Dobson (905) 833-8472
Charlie Tilt (905) 854-2713
Ed Pridham (705) 428-5582
Leo Blydorp (519) 939-1113
Dave Meek (519) 927-5485

District 12

Name & Email Phone
Jeff Harrison (613) 847-1232
Barry McCamus (705) 944-5358
Rueben DeJong (905) 207-8530
Marc Curtin (705) 324-6488
Peter Archer (705) 924-1591
Joe Hickson (705) 878-3012
Dale Mountjoy (905) 261-1776
Travis Greydanus (905) 269-5677

District 13

Name & Email Phone
Lloyd Crowe (613) 813-0842
Jeremy Nixon (613) 913-6504
Andrew Dawson (613) 259-3157
Jason Pyke (613) 385-2941
Andrew Hough (613) 266 7452
Jennifer Doelman (613) 570-0677
Ross Hawkins (613) 359-5833
Andrew Schouten (613) 229-5474

District 14

Name & Email Phone
Markus Haerle (613) 229-8336
Tanya Lefebvre (613) 577-3433
Adren Schneckenburger (613) 330-7673
Mark Fraser (613) 880-5111
Scott Fife (613) 330-1142
Guillaume Bercier (613) 913 2530
Tim Moher (613) 913 4528
Michele Dignard (613) 294-4100
Jan Rosendaal (613) 774-3351
William Lang (613) 577-8910

District 15

Name & Email Phone
Chuck Amyot (705) 647-4722
Jack Phillips (705) 498-9552
Rob Koch (705) 648-3822
Timo Brielmann (807) 276-0269
Loren Runnalls (705) 622-1801
Kevin Runnalls (705) 622-1870
Hubert Beaudry (705) 492-8058
Dave Schill (705) 647-0706