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Appointee Biographies

Normal Farm Practices Protection Board


Glenn Walker is a retired lawyer and practiced law in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent for 42 years. Mr. Walker has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Juris Doctor degree from Queen's University. He is a Deputy Judge of the Ontario Small Claims Court and past Chair of the Kent County District Health Council, the Public General Hospital Board, and a past President of the Kent Law Association. Mr. Walker is also a member of the Law society of Ontario and the Ontario Deputy Judges Association.


Brandi Neil is a Lawyer with Evans & Adams and acts as a Standing Agent for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. She is a Deputy Judge in the Ontario Small Claims court. She has also served as a part time municipal and provincial prosecutor. Brandi’s past community involvement includes serving as Coordinator of the Battle of the Books Program for Mono Amaranth Public School volunteering on Committees with Orangeville Minor Hockey and serving as Treasurer of the Dufferin County Law Association. Brandi is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.


Christine Greydanus is Co - Owner at Greyda Plains Poultry Ltd. and at Enniskillen Pepper Co. Ltd. She is a Former Associate Lawyer at Ronald C. George Law, a former Councillor with the Township of Enniskillen. Her community involvement includes being a volunteer construction worker with Habitat for Humanity Global Village Canada. Ms. Greydanus has a Master of Business Administration in Food and Agribusiness from the University of Guelph and Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School.


John Lohuis has a background with dairy farms at London and Mount Elgin, Ontario. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Windsor and is a certified level 2 Municipal Manager. He has worked in municipal employment at the Township of Delhi, Windsor, Aurora, London, and Mississauga. He also worked with the Ministry of Natural Resources as General Manager, Niagara Parks Commission from July 2012 to August 2016. Mr. Lohuis has also been an adjunct lecturer at the University of Waterloo, teaching finance, marketing, and tourism. He has volunteered coaching basketball, with disabled sports, served on provincial and national boards in the areas of sports, recreation, parks, and tourism. He is also a judge with Communities in Bloom.


Robert Brander resides in Caledon. As a life-long beef and cash crop farmer, Mr. Brander has been involved with many agricultural associations, most recently as Past President of the Ontario Cattle Feeder's Association and as a delegate from Peel to Grain Farmers of Ontario. He spent over 20 years with the Ontario Livestock Financial Protection Board and served as Chairman for several years. Mr. Brander is an Independent Sales Representatives for Pioneer Hi-Bred.


Judy Dirksen is a Class 10 AALP Grad and a primary producer. Working with her husband, son & daughter-in-law on their family farm they raise cattle, grow crops & provide farm custom work services in the area. Dirksen Ag Enterprises Inc. was created in 2015 when the Dirksen Family changed their business structure and officially included members of the next generation. Judy has significant experience as a board member having served 20 years to date on the Ontario Veal Association/Veal Farmers of Ontario boards with 10 years as chair. She was also a director and chaired the Agricultural Adaptation Council board and the Presidents' Council. She is currently a Council Member in the Town of Minto, and volunteers locally in the community.


Betty Ann MacKinnon serves as counsellor for the Township of Adelaide Metcalfe, and a retired administrator for the Municipality of Southwest Middlesex. Her community involvement includes serving as a treasurer for the Quad County Support Services Board of Directors.


Rod De Wolde has spent most of his life involved in the swine genetics industry. Along with operating his own genetic nucleus, known as BMR Genetics. Rod has been a Chairperson for Ontario Swine Improvement and for Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement. Also, Rod has served on several committees with Ontario Pork such as the resolutions committee and research committee. Adding on, he was President of Peterborough County Pork Producers Association for many years and represented the county as a delegate at the provincial level.


Lisa Hern is a second term Municipal Councilor for the Township of Wellington North, and a self-employed sheep farm owner/operator along with her husband. Her community involvement includes serving as a Secretary/Treasurer for Wellington Federation of Agriculture, and Farmer Peer Review Committee for the Wellington Rural Water Quality Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph (Animal Science and Business) and has graduate school education from UBC in land economics and property law.


Robert Fuller, H.B.Sc. (Zoology), L.L.B. (Tax Concentration Designation) is a lawyer of over 30 years practicing in Norfolk County with Brimage Law Group. He is the author of Agriculture Law in Canada, First and Second editions. Robert Fuller has appeared successfully at the Supreme Court of Canada on rural liability issues. Robert has authored and presented seminars for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors, Ontario Bar Association, Agriculture and Agrifood Canada, Farm Credit Canada, Ontario Institute of Agrologists and Ontario Farm Safety Association. Robert is a columnist on legal issues to the Simcoe Reformer and has contributed to the Canadian Tax Journal. Robert is a registered Trust and Estate Practitioner and a member of the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors.