PEI Federation of Agriculture
Potato farmer, Albany, P.E.I.
Mary Robinson is a managing partner of a 6th generation family farm operation, Eric C. Robinson Inc. and its sister company Island Lime and serves on the boards of associated companies PEI Agromart and Mid-Isle Farms. She holds a degree in economics and business and has worked in Canada and in Scotland in all facets of the potato industry (agronomy, food processing, and production).
She joined the PEI Federation of Agriculture board in 2008 and led the Federation as President from 2015 to 2017. After serving on the Canadian Ag HR Council board for seven years, Mary became CAHRC’s first female chair in 2017.
For many years Mary has been a leading advocate for the agriculture industry, delivering witness testimony and key messaging at provincial and federal levels to senior government officials.
Ontario Federation of Agriculture
Cash crops and sweet corn producer, Collingwood, ON
Keith Currie, a Collingwood-area hay and sweet corn farmer, is the current President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture. He has 25+ years of experience with the OFA. Currie has a diploma in Agriculture Production Management from Ridgetown College. Currie returned home to manage an eighth-generation dairy and cash crop farm in Simcoe County with his wife Janice and four children.
Currie’s operation now focuses on production of grains and oilseed, forages for dry hay, along with a sweet corn and gladiolus flower production. Currie has served as Director on the Simcoe County Holstein Club where he served as County Delegate for Gencor, member of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association, Simcoe District Co-Operatives, Simcoe County Milk Producers, Stayner Farmers Co-Operative and the Collingwood Agricultural Society.
Chris van den Heuvel
Second Vice-President, CFA
Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture
Dairy farmer, Cape Breton, NS
Chris van den Heuvel grew up on dairy farm in Skye Glen, NS. Along with his wife Karen, they are partnered with their son Jordan on a 4th generation mixed dairy and beef operation in Port Hood, Cape Breton, NS. Managing 160 head of cattle they grow their own grass silage, corn silage, peas, oats and barley for feed. Chris is in his 9th year as the President of the local Inverness/Victoria County Federation of Agriculture, 8th year on the NS Federation of Agriculture (NSFA) executive including a 3-year term as President of the NSFA.
At all three levels Chris is actively involved in the creation, oversight and management of agricultural policy.
In addition to his seats on local, provincial and national executives, Chris sits on the National Program Advisory Committee (NPAC) as the federally appointed member for NS. Chris also sits on various local and municipal committees dealing with issues such as energy, land and the local Chamber of Commerce.
Dairy farmer, Longueuil, QC
British Columbia Agriculture Council
Cow-calf producer, standardbred horses Quesnel, BC
Alberta Federation of Agriculture
Grains and oilseeds producer, Enchant, AB
Keystone Agricultural Producers of Manitoba
Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick
Dairy farmer, Anfield, NB
L’Union des producteurs agricoles
Dairy farmer, Longueuil, QC
Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture
Vegetable, forage, grain and dairy farmer, Cormack, NL
Dairy Farmers of Canada
Dairy farmer, Second North River, NB
Egg Farmers of Canada
Egg farmer, Rosenort, MB
Chicken Farmers of Canada
Turkey Farmers of Canada
Canadian Hatching Egg Producers
Hatching egg producer
Kelly Van Ham
Canadian Sugar Beet Producers Association
Sugar beet producer
National Sheep Network
Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance
Greenhouse Flower Farmer, Brampton, ON
Canadian Forage and Grassland Association
Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan
Canadian Seed Growers’ Association
Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance
Atlantic Salmon farmer
Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers