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Board of Directors 2012-13
Executive Committee


Andrew Gordanier (ON)

This is Andrew's fifth year with the CSF and his third year as Chairman. He raises sheep full-time near Shelburne, ON. His flock of nearly 500 ewes includes commercial Rideau Arcotts and purebred Ile de France. It also includes East Friesen crosses that are seasonally milked to produce cheese and yogurt. 

Phil Kolodychuk (AB)

This is Phil's fourth year on the CSF Board and his first year as Vice-Chairman. Phil, along with his wife and children, has raised lambs in Bluesky Alberta for the last 10 years. In addition to being the Chairman of the Alberta Lamb Producers, Phil also works off the farm.

Dennis Fischer (ON)

This is Dennis' fourth year with the CSF and his second year as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. He is also the Chairman of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency. Dennis, along with his wife and daughter, operates a farm just outside of Elmwood, Ontario and has 550 commercial ewes and a small cow-calf operation. In addition to working as a controller and manager for a local company, Dennis was involved in the local hockey association for several years and the 4-H sheep club.

Barbara Johnstone Grimmer (BC)

This is Barbara's fifth year on the CSF Board and she is serving her second term as Secretary. She raises sheep on Fir Hill Farm on Pender Island with her husband Glenn. She has raised sheep for over 15 years and also grew up on a purebred sheep farm. Barbara is a 4-H leader and agrologist, with a B.Sc. (Agriculture) from UBC, a MSc in Nutrition from Texas A&M and graduate studies at UC Davis. She writes a regular column in her local newspaper and serves on the BC Farm Animal Care Council.

  Rob Scott (ON)
Executive Member

This is Rob's first year on the CSF Board. He has owned Bridged Creek Farm in Brantford, Ontario since 1992 and now runs it with his wife Joanne and son Matthew. A joint equine venture, Wild By Nature, is operated by daughter Rachel. The flock currently consists of over 200 commercial ewes with a strong Dorper influence. As well, a herd of registered Texas Longhorn cattle is maintained. The farm is presently going through an aggressive restructuring, adopting practices that should result in increased production in relation to land base. These include rotational grazing, intensive pasture management, accelerated lambing and TMR rationing. With these in place it is expected that another 2-300 ewes will be added by 2015.

Board Members

Bill Gibson (AB)

This is Bill's third year on the CSF Board. He represents the Canadian sheep industry on the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency's Board of Directors as well as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Labour Task Force. He has been raising sheep for 37 years and, along with his wife and daughter, has a goal of marketing 500 lambs per year.

Owen Gentes (SK)

Owen, along with his wife and three children, raise 130 commercial ewes near Battleford, SK. The family is involved in 4H and other regional shows.
Herman Bouw (MB)

This is Herman's second year on the CSF Board. He and his sons plan on lambing 300 ewes in 2013. Their primarily grass-fed lamb operation utilizes Rideau and Canadian Arcott, Texel and Ile de France genetics. Actively involved as a director for the Eastern region of the Manitoba Sheep Association, he has a keen awareness of the need for producers to work together for industry improvement. Past involvement in church leadership has also helped shape his perspective.
  Josephine Martensson-Hemsted (ON)

This is Josephine's second year on the CSF Board. She and her husband have 200 commercial ewes, primarily North Country Cheviot and Dorset as well as a small flock of British Milk Sheep. Josephine is an active participant on the CSF's Governance Committee. In addition to being involved in the sheep industry, Josephine is also president of a family business that has been in operation for 33 years and is an active member of the Huronia Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a member of a number of boards in both the non-profit and health care sectors.
Langis Croft (QC)

Jocelyne McGraw (NB)

This is Jocelyne's third year on the CSF Board. She has been a sheep producer for the past 17 years, managing 150 Canadian and Rideau Arcott and Clun Forest breeding ewes. Her goal is to produce quality breeding stock and quality terminal sires for commercial producers. Jocelyne has been Secretary/Treasurer for the New Brunswick Sheep Breeders' Association for 15 years and is also the Canadian Sheep Breeders' Association Director for New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

Cathy Vallis (NS)

This is Cathy's third year on the CSF Board. She is a sheep producer and agent for the Canadian Cooperative Wool Gwrowers in Atlantic Canada, and also a lamb buyer at Atlantic Stockyards for the largest lamb feedlot in Nova Scotia. She is currently acting Chairman of the Sheep Producers Associaiton of Nova Scotia and sits on various other agricultural committees.

Claude Gallant (PEI)

This is Claude's third year on the CSF Board and he is a member of the Governance Committee. He and his son have been sheep farming since 1992 and run a small flock of crossbred Suffolk, North Country Cheviot and Doreset ewes. He is retired from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Crops and Livestock Research Centre in Charlottetown, PEI where he worked in agricultural research for over 35 years. He is an active member of the PEI Sheep Breeders' Association, serving as past-president, a member of the PEI Institute of Agrologists, served on the Provincial Exhibition Board of Directors and is a 4-H leaders. Claude is an experienced member of boards and councils holding many chairperson positions at the Crops and Livestock Research Centre, the PEI Institute of Agrologists and St. Andrew's United Church.

Wilson Reid (NL)

Kim MacDougall (CSBA)

This is Kim's third year on the CSF Board. He has been farming for over 40 years and, along with his wife and four children, raises purebred sheep just northwest of Regina.

  Brian Greaves (MB)

This is Brian's second year back on the CSF Board after stepping away for two years. Originally from New Zealand, Brian moved to Canada in 1993 and along with his wife and children currently run 110 cow-calf pairs and 250 ewes just north of Miniota, Manitoba. He is currently a producer representative on the Sheep Code Development Committee and is the CSF representative with Canadian Forage and Grassland. Brian is also a volunteer firefighter and a past director with the Manitoba Sheep Association.

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