Ron Bonnett, President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), has had a long and varied career in agriculture.
In the mid-1980s, Ron became the founding president of the Algoma Federation of Agriculture, where he helped combat high interest rates. He also was engaged in municipal politics during this time. He served as councilor and reeve of the Township of Plummer where he advocated for rural economic development, inter-municipal cooperation and a strong agriculture sector.
In 1997, Ron sat on the provincial board of directors for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and OFA executive. He was the OFA Vice-President for two years, and also served as the OFA President for four years. During his time with OFA, Ron sat on the CFA National Council and CFA executive, before becoming 2nd Vice-President in February 2007. He has held the role of CFA President since June 2010.
He is currently CFA’s representative for Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) Advisory Committee and Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC). As an advocate of agriculture at the international level, Ron sits on the Board of Directors for the World Farmers’ Organization as the North American representative and played a lead role in the development of the organization, acting as interim President.
In addition to his work at CFA, he is also the current President of Beef Improvement Ontario and planning committee chair for Ontario’s Agricultural Management Institute.
In 1975, Ron and his wife, Cathy, bought a dairy farm in Bruce Mines, located in Northern Ontario, which they operated until 1995. Since 1995, they have operated a cow/calf farm. Ron Bonnett and his wife Cathy have a son, Terry, and a daughter, Veronica, and four young grandchildren.