Board of Directors

August 3, 2023
Corine Singfield

Corine is a farmer, soil scientist and regenerative agriculture researcher. She has a deep commitment to creating integrated and closed loop agricultural systems that merge production and ecosystem functions. Her current research, conducted with the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, is investigating the integration of crop and livestock systems. She is looking at low-till and […]

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August 3, 2023
Janine Gibson

Janine Gibson is an organic crop, livestock and process inspector with 30 years’ experience promoting more resilient solutions to food production management in her business, Creative Health Consulting. Observing farmers building soils and respecting ecosystems, toward compliance with organic standards, fascinates and inspires her volunteer work with COG in growing organic acres. Since 1997, Janine […]

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August 3, 2023
Madelaine Clerk

Madelaine Clerk is a market gardener, CPA and finance lead at Shopify. She co-owned City Beet Farm for 4 seasons and now offers non-traditional finance education built for social entrepreneurs through her company, Field Guide Finance. Maddy is passionate about supporting farm and food entrepreneurs to strengthen their financial acumen and build supportive, thriving businesses. She has […]

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August 3, 2023
Gillian Flies

Gillian Flies owns and operates The New Farm with her husband Brent Preston. The New Farm provides high quality, organic produce to fine restaurants and specialty retail stores in the Toronto and Collingwood areas. Gillian grew up on a sheep farm in rural Vermont. After graduating from the University of Vermont, Gillian joined the Peace […]

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August 3, 2023
Maryruth Thiong’o

Maryruth’s interest in organics and sustainable living stems from her childhood growing up on a farm; as such she has always been conscious of what she eats and her environmental footprint. She has worked in the non-profit sector in a variety of roles, including volunteer relations with the Canadian Cancer Society and as part of […]

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August 3, 2023
Sam Appleby

Sam Appleby, together with his wife Anne, operate an organic Red & White Holstein dairy farm in Steinbach, Manitoba. Currently they milk 100 cows on a certified organic farm. Sam was born and raised on a dairy farm in the middle of England in a very concentrated dairy area. He married his wife in April […]

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August 3, 2023
Eric Campbell

Eric has spent 16 years working with governments and NGOs on environmental policy, communications and business development. He recently wrapped up a role working for Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change where he helped advance Canada’s first-ever national climate plan as well as the biggest-ever investment in Canadian nature conservation. He is currently a […]

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August 3, 2023
Stephanie Kohls

For 10 years, Stephanie has been the Director of Communications at Environmental Defence, a leading Canadian advocacy organization that works with government, industry and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate and healthy communities. She brings a wealth of experience leading staff in building engaged communities of Canadians who take action on environmental issues. […]

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August 3, 2023
Andrea Barnett

Andrea Barnett lives and works on her family-owned and run ranch in beautiful Secwepemc Territory in south central BC (near Kamloops). A 5th generation cow-calf operation, Andrea and her husband Ted are working through a farm succession process in which they are becoming principal owners and managers, and continue to pursue their vision of developing […]

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August 3, 2023
Vijaykumar Bhosekar

Vijay Bhosekar has more than 30 years of experience as a Faculty and Research Scientist (India, Canada, and US). Being a lifelong learner returned to Sheridan College in Ontario 2007, attained Graduate Certificate in Environmental Sciences. Following these studies, Dr. Bhosekar joined University of Guelph, as Project Liaison (International Development Research Centre, Ottawa) coordinating research […]

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August 3, 2023
Iris Vaisman

Iris’ organic journeys started back in 2007, as a summer student with the OACC. These days, Iris is the Executive Director of Organic Alberta. She first joined the Organic Alberta team as a manager with the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative and the Prairie coordinator for the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Through these […]

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August 3, 2023
Allison Squires

Allison is an owner and operator of Upland Organics, an organic grain farm located near Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan, with her husband and three children. Upland Organics has been certified organic for over a decade and produce several crop types including pulses, cereals, and oilseeds. After completing her BSc in Environmental Toxicology at the University of […]

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