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Appointee Biographies



Jason Verkaik is currently the Owner/operator and President at Carron Farms Ltd. His community involvement includes coaching with Bradford Minor Baseball. He is currently a member of Ontario Fruits and Vegetables Growers Association, Holland Marsh Growers Association and Ontario Produce Marketing Association.


Dan Veldman is the President of Veldman Grain Farm Limited. His community involvement includes serving as a member for Optimist Club of Downie. Dan holds a Farm Business Management from Fanshawe College.


Derek Mendez is an Operations and IT Manager for Molesworth Farm Supply. Community involvement includes serving as a Director to the North Perth Police Service Board as well as volunteering as board Chair of Community Living North Perth, Co-Chair of a school advisory council, Director for Animal Nutrition Association of Canada as well as the Ontario Agi-Business Association. Education includes Masters Certificate in Business Analysis from York University, B.Sc. Management Studies from University of the West Indies and Post Graduate Diploma in Port Planning & Management from the University of New Orleans.


John Kikkert is currently a Commission Sales Representative at Floradale Feed Mill and a former Sales Representative at Maple Leaf Poultry. His community involvement includes serving as Director, Vice-President and President of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario.


Robert Pasuta is an owner and operator of a cash-crop farm. He is a former Hamilton City Councillor. His community involvement includes serving as a member of the Hamilton/Halton Watershed Agricultural Advisory Panel.


Dominic Morrissey is the Vice President of Business Development for Tenacious International Inc. Dominic is a former District Manager with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, overseeing agricultural files.


had early experience as a banker and tax accountant that led to senior financial and operational positions in the software, food manufacturing, retailing, distribution and publishing businesses. While Director of the University of Guelph’s Business Office she led the commercialization of agri-food technologies. She chaired the board of Angel investors Ontario for 5 years and has been a Director of the National Angel Capital Organization. More recently, she has been the COO of a neuroscience company. She has a BA degree from Yale University, and NBA from NYU, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a Diploma in Horticulture from the University of Guelph. She is a CPA, CA in Canada, and holds CPA and CGMA designations in the U.S.


Gregory Vanden Bosch is the President of Vanden Bosch Elevators Inc. He previously served as Vice-President of Vanden Bosch Farms Inc. His community involvement includes serving as Director of the Grain Section Committee of the Ontario AgriBusiness Association. He is a member of the Association of Agricultural Production Executives. Mr. Bosch holds a diploma in Agribusiness from the Ridgetown College of Agricultural Technology.


Joanne Vanderheyden is the Mayor of Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc, and a former service representative at Libro Credit Union. Her community involvement includes serving as a national board member for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.


John Core is President of Core Brothers (Plympton) Inc., a cash crop farm in Lambton. He is also a former CEO of the Canadian Dairy Commission. Mr. Core's community involvement includes serving as Chair of Guelph General Hospital Board of Directors and served as a member of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Board of Directors for six years. He holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Guelph.