Board of Directors

2018 Beef Farmers of Ontario Board of Directors


Joe Hill - BFO President
Feedlot Director

Three year term ends in 2020

Joe Hill and his family run a feedlot operation in Centre Wellington near Fergus and Elora. Here, the family of four operates a 200 head, short-keep feedlot and also run 800 acres of owned and rented land in corn, soybeans, wheat and hay. Joe has always been eager to seek new opportunities having attended numerous workshops covering topics such as government relations, media relations, successful meetings, and training for directors. Joe represents BFO as a Director for the Canadian Cattlemen's Association.


Rob Lipsett - BFO Vice President
Background Director 

Three year term ends in 2020

Rob Lipsett resides in Annan, Ontario and runs a 150 head cow-calf operation and backgrounds all of his own calves. He has recently expanded his land base with plans to increase the backgrounding division of his farm in the near future. Rob studied Business at Georgian College. Rob represents BFO as a Director for the Canadian Cattlemen's Association and the Beef Cattle Research Council.  


Jason Reid
Cow-Calf Director

Three year term ends in 2021

Jason Reid grew up on a mixed farm in Northumberland County where his family raised beef,dairy and sheep. He and his wife, Trudy, later moved to Thunder Bay and have been farming there since 2003. Jason and Trudy, along with their two daughters, have 75 cow-calf pairs, 50-70  backgrounding cattle and 300 ewes. The Reid's have 600 acres of forage with all cattle marketed in the spring as grass cattle. Jason is involved in a range of activities off of the farm, which includes relief milking, operating equipment, transporting livestock and volunteering on community organizations. Jason also represents BFO as a director for the Canadian Cattlemen's Association.


Craig McLaughlin
Cow-Calf Director

Three year term ends in 2020

Craig McLaughlin resides in the Whitewater Region of Renfrew County where he operates a cow-calf and backgrounding operation. Craig has a strong passion and interest in resource preservation and protecting soils and biodiversity through cattle grazing. Craig served as Advisory Councillor for Renfrew County for a number of years and also serves in the role of Supervisor for two local feeder finance co-operatives. Additionally, Craig represents BFO as a Director for the Canadian Cattlemen's Association.


Dave Cavanagh
Cow-Calf Director

Three year term ends in 2019

Dave Cavanagh is a fifth generation beef farmer. He and his family farm in Peterborough County and operate a purebred Hereford operation with 40 cows. His calves are marketed locally with a large portion of their heifers retained for herd expansion. Dave and his family are very active in the fall season attending a number of purebred shows both provincially and nationally ranked. Dave has strong business management skills based on his work, education and volunteer experience including 15 years of experience as a business manager of a large multi-department organization.


Jack Chaffe
Feedlot Director

Three year term ends in 2021

Jack Chaffe lives north of Mitchell with his wife, Diane, and three sons where they operate a fifth generation farm. The family runs a feedlot that markets 2,000 head per year through the Ontario Corn Fed Beef program. Jack has a diploma in Agriculture Business Management and is involved in all aspects of the family business, from finances and herd health to the buying and selling of cattle and commodities. In addition to his role with BFO, Jack is Vice President of the Ontario Cattle Feeders' Association.


Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson
Feedlot Director

Three year term ends in 2019

Tom Wilson farms with his wife, Linda, and their two sons, Doug and Derek. The family runs 2,800 acres of corn, beans and wheat, and finishes over 2,500 head of cattle per year through the Ontario Corn-Fed Beef program. Tom was born and raised in Corunna, Ontario where he and his father, Keith, built their first feedlot in 1972. Tom and his sons have converted two barns into covered feedlots utilizing funding through the Environmental Farm Plan. In 2011 and 2014, they also built new barns, which allowed them to grow to their current capacity.


Jason Leblond
Northern Director

Three year term ends in 2021

Jason Leblond and his family operate a 35-head commercial grass-fed cow-calf operation in the Township of Chisholm, near Powassan. Jason began farming in 2006 with four cows, and has since expanded the family farm with the aim of growing to 100 cows. Jason is a Certified Engineering Technologist and has been involved in a number of agricultural organizations, including the East Nipissing Parry Sound Ontario Federation of Agriculture and the Muskoka/Parry Sound/Nipissing Beef Farmers.


Garnet Toms
Eastern Director

Two year term ends in 2020

Garnet Toms was born and raised in Peterborough County on a beef and dairy farm. For over 23 years, he has run his own cow-calf operation with a current herd of 50 head on 350 acres. Garnet is also an active member of the Peterborough Cattlemen's Association. In addition to serving as a BFO Director, Garnet represents BFO as a Director for Canada Beef Inc., where he serves on the Governance Committee and the Market and Development Committee. 


Cory Van Groningen

Cory Van Groningen
Southern Director

Three year term ends in 2019

Cory and his wife Heidi and their three daughters operate a 400 head cow-calf operation (Hillview Farm) in Haldimand county where all cattle are marketed through their family business retail stores, VG Meats. Cory and Heidi were awarded the 2012 Ontario's Outstanding Young Farmer Award and Cory sits on numerous boards representing the beef industry including the Ontario Independent Meat Processors (OIMP), BIO and the Haldimand Cattlemen's Association. Cory is a passionate advocate for the industry with a wealth of experience in marketing, business planning and research. 


Jordan Miller
At-Large Director

Three year term ends in 2021

Jordan and his extended family run a large commercial cow-calf operation on Western Manitoulin Island. Through previous work experience, Jordan has a background in strategic plan development and execution, budget negotiations, as well as leadership development program design & implementation for young adults. 


Kim Sytsma
At-Large Director

Three year term ends in 2019

Kim and her family run a 250-head cow-calf to finish operation and are currently working to expand their cow herd. Some of their beef is marketed through local stores and restaurants in the Kingston area. Kim has played an active role in a number of agriculture organizations, both provincially and nationally, representing the beef sector. She and her husband, Charlie, have also hosted a number of international delegates and producer workshops on their farm to demonstrate beef production practices. Kim represents BFO as a Director for the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) and for the Toronto Stockyards Land Development Board.


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