New directors appointed to Agri-Food Management Institute Board

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May 10, 2016


New directors appointed to Agri-Food Management Institute Board


The Agri-Food Management Institute (AMI) welcomed three new directors to the board while thanking two outgoing directors for their contributions at its May 5th annual general meeting.


Incoming directors include Laurie Nicol, Executive Director of the Ontario Independent Meat Processors, Ed Verkley, Chair of the Poultry Industry Council and Jean-Marc Beneteau, a specialty soybean and grains producer.


“We are looking forward to working with these talented people, since they have a lot of energy as well as a diverse skill set and network,” said Doug Alexander, Chair of the AMI Board. “I’m sure they will be a big help with one of our main focuses, which is bringing the institute’s products, programs and services to more industry organizations and their memberships.”


AMI promotes new ways of thinking about agri-food business management. It develops business management tools, information, resources, and training for agri-food and agri-based producers, processors, and their business advisors. AMI also creates links to existing resources and conducts research for the industry.


Leaving the board is Past Chair Brenda Lammens, who is also a director on the board of the Agricultural Adaptation Council and sits on the Appeals Tribunal for the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission.


“I joined AMI because they were addressing issues we were facing in agriculture that weren’t being addressed – specifically business management and succession planning,” Lammens said. “I’m proud that we made programs that are accessible and reasonable to fit into the lifestyle of very busy farmers.”


Lorne Small, a sheep farmer from north Wellington and past President of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario, is also leaving the AMI board.

Both Lammens and Small had been directors since AMI’s inception.


“We are extremely grateful to have had the help of these two people, with their depth of knowledge as well as industry and personal business experience,” Alexander said.


AMI is funded by Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. It is led by a Board of Directors with diverse backgrounds and experience in primary agriculture, agriculture business, and food processing.




Alison Robertson

Executive Director