Animal agriculture in Canada has been experiencing volatility for a number of years due to factors such as geo-political tensions, emerging diseases, demographic changes and climate change.
Hear from industry experts on the implications of these challenges both on the farm and further downstream in the supply chain. Learn first hand about the impacts of COVID-19 on the current situation in animal agriculture and gain insight into the challenges and opportunities faced by one of CAHI's most important stakeholder groups.
Dr. Rob Bell, Bio Agri Mix - moderator - Dr. Rob Bell was born and raised on a dairy farm in Southwestern Ontario and graduated from OVC in 1978. He was in private veterinary practice for 25 years and has 20 years experience as a practice owner focusing on dairy production and farm economics.
Rob was a member of the Ault Foods Board of Directors from 1992 until the business was sold to Paramalat in 1997. Rob then went on to complete an MBA in 2001. That same year he joined Pfizer Animal Health Canada as a technical consultant and was fulltime within their Technical Service team in 2003. He was Pfizer Canada’s bovine, equine and genomics business unit director from 2009 -2013, and then joined Bio Agri Mix in October 2013 as its CEO.
Rob has been a member of the CAHI Board of Directors since 2017 and is currently the Vice Chair.
Kevin Grier, Economist - Kevin Grier is a respected and connected market analyst and economic researcher. Particular focus is on the meat, poultry, livestock and grocery product sectors. With over 25 years of experience he has a solid understanding of Canadian and U.S. agriculture and food industry issues from farm to retail. Two key competitive advantages include an extensive network of high level contacts throughout the industry and an exhaustive data base. He is a sought out expert to the media -- National Post, Globe and Mail, CBC Radio, Business News Network, Global News, and CTV.
Fawn Jackson, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association - Fawn Jackson is the Director of Government and International Relations at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. She works with CCA’s senior management team to inform and implement CCA board strategy regarding international trade and leads CCA’s government relations across all policy files. Previously she was the founding Executive Director of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. During her time at the CRSB Fawn led the 110+ multi-stakeholder member organization in defining, monitoring and certifying sustainable beef production in Canada. Her leadership led to the development of the Certified Sustainable Beef Program, the first sustainable beef certification program in the world that is utilized by companies such as McDonald’s and Loblaws.
Fawn is an avid grasslands enthusiast and has sat on Canada’s Species at Risk Advisory Committee. Fawn also helped establish one of Canada’s leading youth agriculture mentorship programs and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Foundation that is dedicated to research, youth and the environment. Fawn holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resource and Agricultural Economics at the University of Alberta and a Masters of International Agriculture from Oklahoma State University. Her areas of expertise include environmental conservation, policy analysis, agriculture, government relations, corporate social responsibility and organization leadership. Fawn is an avid champion for multi-stakeholders working together to build sustainable agriculture systems.
Phil Boyd, Turkey Farmers of Canada - Phil Boyd is the Executive Director of Turkey Farmers of Canada (TFC), a position he has held since March 1997. During those years, he has served on and been involved on a number of sector and industry committees. In the recent past, Phil served as the Chair of the CgFARAD Advisory Board. He has represented the TFC in a variety of ways including through the winding roads of several sets of international trade negotiations.
Phil, a proud alumnus, holds a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) from the OAC, University of Guelph, and an M.B.A. from York University.
He lives in Guelph, Ontario with his wife Marian. They have two wonderful kids, two wonderful kids-in-law, and one very happy year old grandson.