Staff

Beef Farmers of Ontario Staff

The Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) believe in building a strong team of professionals to work on behalf of its members. BFO’s competent staff have a wide range of expertise in various areas. Together they are committed to the strategic goals of the Association and to building a strong and competitive industry for Ontario’s beef farmers.

Dave Stewart
Executive Director

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As the senior staff person at BFO, the Executive Director is responsible for overseeing and proactively managing all facets of the organization. Responsibilities include a lead role in the strategic direction of the organization, government relations and strategy, development of annual budgets, monitoring of BFO’s financial performance, advisory roles for beef industry and multi-commodity committees, handling of all human resources activities and anticipation and management of a wide variety of issues.


Cathy Golubienko

Cathy Golubienko
Executive Assistant

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The Executive Assistant provides strategic and administrative support to the Executive Director and Board of Directors; co-manages Executive Director’s schedule and prepares him for meetings in advance as required including briefing notes, meeting materials, presentations, and logistics; liaises with internal and external stakeholders with and on behalf of the Executive Director; researches and drafts reports, articles, correspondence as required.


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Tammy Purdham
Office Administrator

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The Office Administrator is responsible for administrative support for the organization and staff with the responsibility of ensuring a supportive, productive, and efficient office environment. Duties include reception, assistance with arranging meetings, conference calls, equipment maintenance, preparing letters, memos and reports, maintaining BFO's membership database, and back-up for market reporting. The Office Administrator also provides support to staff members on projects and the Annual General Meeting, as required.


Richard Horne

Richard Horne
Manager of Policy and Issues

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The Manager of Policy and Issues is responsible for the management, development and delivery of BFO policies and positions and provides strategic direction to the Executive Director and Board of Directors on a wide range of issues that affect the beef industry.  Responsibilities also include the monitoring of federal and provincial legislation, providing guidance on government relations strategies and the development of strategic messaging. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Manager of Policy and Issues assists the Executive Director in organizational planning, program implementation and industry development activities, and other duties as assigned.    


Katherine Fox

Katherine Fox
Policy Advisor

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The Policy Advisor is responsible for researching and documenting all aspects of a variety of issues facing the beef industry. This person explores policy options and assesses how these fit with the positions held by other organizations and with the strategic direction of the organization.  Duties also include coordination and administration of beef research and other special projects as assigned.   The Policy Advisor reports to, and works closely with, the Manager of Policy and Issues on the development of organizational policies and positions.   


Michael Campbell
Policy Advisor

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The Policy Advisor is responsible for researching and documenting all aspects of a variety of issues facing the beef industry. This person explores policy options and assesses how these fit with the positions held by other organizations and with the strategic direction of the organization.  Duties also include coordination and administration of beef research and other special projects as assigned.   The Policy Advisor reports to, and works closely with, the Manager of Policy and Issues on the development of organizational policies and positions.   


LeaAnne Wuermli

LeaAnne Wuermli
Communications Manager

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The Communications Manager leads BFO's efforts to communicate with members, industry stakeholders and the general public, and is the lead in maintaining the Association's corporate identity. Responsibilities include the management of: member communications, the BFO website, the Ontario Beef magazine, BFO's social media presence and media relations. The Communications Manager leads the planning of the BFO Annual General Meeting, and attends trade shows and events as needed.


Bethany Storey
Communications Coordinator

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The Communications Coordinator is responsible for communicating BFO's message to various stakeholders, coordinating and distributing promotional and event materials and working closely with the Communications Manager to develop and execute various communication and promotional activities.  Responsibilities include the coordination of: BFO's social media presence, Sharecost Program, promotional inventories, Annual General Meeting, event and tradeshow administration and distribution of communication tools and resources. The Communications Coordinator also serves as Circulation Coordinator for the Ontario Beef magazine, and maintains the publication's mailing list.


Dan Ferguson

Dan Ferguson
Manager of Producer Relations

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The Manager of Producer Relations is responsible for providing support to beef farmers on programs and industry inquiries. The Manager of Producer Relations is also the provincial coordinator of the Verified Beef Production Program, responsible for the facilitation of VBP workshops and promotion of the program to beef farmers across Ontario. This position is also responsible for assisting with the development of on-farm standard operating procedures, records and documentation and preparation for on-farm audits for farm certification.


Amber McIntyre

Amber McIntyre
Accountant

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The Accountant is responsible for BFO’s bookkeeping including accounts receivable, accounts payable and financial statements as well as payroll and benefits administration. The Accountant works closely with the Executive Director in preparing monthly financial overviews for the Board of Directors, with BFO’s Check-off Inspector in collecting and reconciling check-off dollars, and with Board members and county Advisory Councillors regarding their expenditures for the Association’s initiatives.


Jamie Gamble

Jamie Gamble
Market Information Coordinator

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Responsibilities of the Market Information Coordinator include maintaining BFO’s market information, daily communications with livestock auction markets and packers, preparation of price reports, market summaries and media commentaries.


Andy Millar

Andy Millar
Check-off Inspector

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The Check-off Inspector has the responsibility of conducting inspections of records at auction markets, packers, dealers and farmers regarding collection of and remittance of license fee deductions. The position must be appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council as an inspector under the Beef Cattle Marketing Act and/or the Livestock and Livestock Products Act.


Cheryl Russwurm

Cheryl Russwurm
Provincial Program Supervisor

Ontario Feeder Cattle Loan Guarantee and Ontario Beef Breeder Co-op Programs

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This individual works on a part time contract basis with BFO to promote the Ontario Feeder Cattle Loan Guarantee Program, supervise the co-ops, provides leadership and director training as per an agreement BFO has with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. As well, as part-time Supervisor of the Beef Breeder Co-op Program, this person is responsible for promoting the program and providing leadership to the co-ops with respect to policies, insurance, and audit requirements.


Chris Attema

Chris Attema
Water Quality Specialist

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This is a shared contract position with Ontario Pork, the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency and Beef Farmers of Ontario. The Water Quality Specialist is responsible for analyzing government regulations related to water quality issues and assisting the organizations to develop and manage their responses. The position also plays a key role in providing input in research priorities with respect to water and environmental issues.


Cathy Lasby

Cathy Lasby
Advertising Manager, Ontario Beef Magazine

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The Ontario Beef magazine Advertising Manager works on contract with BFO. This position is responsible for coordinating all advertising for Ontario Beef magazine.


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