Board of Directors

2017 Beef Farmers of Ontario Board of Directors


Matt Bowman

Matt Bowman - BFO President
Northern Director

Three year term ends in 2018

Matt Bowman and his wife Elaine farm in Temiskaming with their two children, Leslie and Thomas. Operating a Charolais based cow-calf operation with 125 cows, they also cash crop 750 acres of soybeans, oats, wheat and barley. Much of the barley and wheat is grown for seed production and is prepared in their own seed cleaning plant. To round out their operation they also have an expanding pick your own strawberry patch in the summer months. Matt represents BFO as a Director for the Canadian Cattlemen's Association and the Beef Cattle Research Council.


Joe Hill - BFO Vice 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.


Jason Reid
Cow-Calf Director

Three year term ends in 2018

Jason Reid was born and raised on a mixed farm with beef, dairy and sheep in Northumberland County. He and his wife Trudy later moved to Thunder Bay and have been farming there since 2003. Currently they have 40 cow-calf pairs, 50-70 backgrounding cattle and 120 ewes in an accelerated lambing program. The Reid's have 300 forage acres 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 assisting at the local abattoir on processing days. 


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 has 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. 


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.


Rob Lipsett
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.  


Jack Chaffe
Feedlot Director

Three year term ends in 2018

Jack Chaffe lives north of Mitchell with his wife Diane and three sons where they operate a fifth generation farm - a feedlot that markets 2,000 head a 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, along with his wife Linda and their two sons Doug and Derek, run 2,400 acres of corn, beans and wheat and finish over 1,500 head of cattle a year into 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 and most recently in 2011, they built a new barn which has doubled their production. Tom represents BFO as a Director for the Canadian Cattlemen's Association. 


Garnet Toms
Eastern Director

Two year term ends in 2020

Garnet Toms was born and raised in Peterborough County on a beef/dairy farm. For over 23 years he has operated 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. Garnet represents BFO as a Director for Canada Beef Inc.


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. 


Tim Fugard

Tim Fugard
At-Large Director

Three year term ends in 2018

In 1996, Tim and his family started a small beef operation in Lambton County with direct to local freezer sales. As the beef industry faced challenges throughout 2003-2009 their operation evolved into a more traditional cow-calf operation - selling stocker calves into the marketplace. Tim has been very active in the agricultural community as member and Director to the Lambton County Cattlemen's Association, Past Director to the Lambton Federation of Agriculture and Past President and current Director for the South West Beef Breeder Co-op. Tim has a diploma in Business Administration-Accounting and is also very involved in his church and community. Tim represents BFO as Director for the Toronto Stockyards Land Development Board and the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA).


Kim Sytsma
At-Large Director

Three year term ends in 2019

Kim and her family run a 200 head cow-calf to finish operation with some of their beef sold through local stores and restaurants in the Kingston area. Kim has played an active role in the 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 Ontario Forage Council.


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