At Agricorp, leadership in governance begins with our board of directors. They are appointed by the lieutenant-governor-in-council through order-in-council. Many have active roles in Ontario’s agricultural communities.
The full board of directors is responsible for the overall performance of Agricorp. The board and its committees typically meet quarterly, or as required by business demands, and have one annual strategic planning session.
The board is accountable to the minister, through the chair, for setting objectives and strategic direction including the three-year strategic plan for Agricorp.
Jason Verkaik – Chair (York Region)
Jason Verkaik is owner, operator and president of Carron Farms Ltd., in Holland Marsh. Jason's extensive industry and board experience includes serving as chair and vice-chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and as a director on the Ontario Produce Marketing Association's Board of Directors. Jason is a graduate of the Ivey Business School's Agricultural Leadership Course and holds an Agricultural Business diploma from the University of Guelph's Ridgetown Campus.
Maria Van Bommel, Vice-chair (Middlesex)
A former MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex and municipal councillor for East Williams Township, Maria has also been a producer in the pork and poultry sectors. She served as parliamentary assistant to several Ontario ministers including the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Active in the community, Maria has sat on a number of industry boards and legislative standing committees.
John Core (Guelph)
John Core is a former CEO of the Canadian Dairy Commission and former Chair of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario. Mr. Core's community involvement includes serving as a board member of The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital and serving as a member of the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association Board of Directors for 2015-16. He holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Guelph.
Sheryl King, CA, MBA, FICB (Halton Region)
A managing director with the Bank of Montreal, Sheryl has held a series of progressively senior roles with the bank. She is a respected finance professional with 20 years of international experience overseeing management and legal entity reporting, liquidity, funding and balance sheet management.
MBA, CA, CPA, DVM (Toronto)
Patricia is Chief Operating Officer of Avertus Inc., a neuro-intelligence company. She has experience in the food manufacturing, software, retail, publishing, diagnostic and distribution industries and in the commercialization of agricultural technologies. She is a licensed veterinarian in Ontario.
Derek Mendez (Perth County)
Derek has held several management positions in the Container Port and Energy sectors in Trinidad before migrating with his family to Canada in 2010. He is currently the Manager, Operations and Information Technology at Molesworth Farm Supply Ltd. He served as chair and co-chair on multiple community boards in the municipality of North Perth. He is also a board director on a number of agriculture boards including the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada (ANAC) and the Feed Section Committee of the Ontario Agri-Business Association (OABA). Derek holds a B.Sc. in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies and a master's certificate in Business Analysis from York University.
Greg Vanden Bosch (Dundas County)
Greg is a partner in Vanden Bosch Farms and a senior partner in Vanden Bosch Elevators Inc. based in Chesterville, Ontario. He is also a former director and chair of the Grain Section Committee of the Ontario Agri Business Association. He graduated from the University of Guelph's Ridgetown Campus in 1988. Greg attended the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (class 4) and the Executive Program for Agricultural Producers in 1995.
Dan Veldman (Oxford County)
Dan is president of Veldman Grain Farm Limited and operates his farm business together with his family in Embro, Ontario. He attended Fanshawe College for Farm Business Management. A first-generation egg producer, Dan currently serves as a board member of the Egg Farmers of Ontario and is a former member of the Poultry Insurance Exchange.