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.
Dan Veldman – Vice-chair (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.
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.
John Kikkert (Niagara Region)
John is a chicken and turkey producer and owner of Parkview Poultry in Smithville. He has held many different roles for the past 10 years on the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario’s executive board, including president and is now serving as a director. His extensive board experience includes serving on the boards of the Chicken Farmers of Ontario, Turkey Farmers of Ontario and the Ontario Farm Animal Council. John was chair of the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame and now serves as the organization’s past president. He holds a diploma in Agriculture from the University of Guelph.
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 Vice President 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 agricultural 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. degree in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies, a master's certificate in Business Analysis from York University, and a postgraduate diploma in Port Planning and Management from the University of New Orleans.
Dominic Morrissey (Pickering-Uxbridge)
Dominic currently works in the manufacturing and procurement sector as a business development executive. Previously, he worked for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business for ten years, gathering issues that affect the agriculture industry and shepherding them to the appropriate agencies to be addressed. He also ran his own production company for 25 years. Dominic is past president of the Horse Guards Polo Club and has also sat as a board member on the Advisory Council of Equine Guelph. Dominic now lives outside of Uxbridge with his family and an assortment of retired horses and rescue animals.
Robert Pasuta (Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth)
Robert is a grains and oilseeds producer who also served as a Hamilton City councillor for 12 years. His experience includes sitting on the boards of several agricultural, rural and conservation organizations. Robert served three terms as chair of the Hamilton Conservation Authority. He has sat on The Friends of The Greenbelt Foundation board of directors, the Rural Ontario Municipal Association board of directors, and the Conservation Halton Agriculture Advisory Panel. He was a board member and past chair of the Hamilton-Wentworth Federation of Agriculture Golden Horseshoe Pork Producers and sat on the executive board of the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance.
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.
Joanne Vanderheyden (Strathroy-Caradoc)
Joanne is in her eighth term of public service on the council of the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc, currently serving as Mayor. She also holds the position of First Vice-President on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Joanne has a solid background in board and committee work and has considerable knowledge in financial reporting and strategic planning. She also spent 22 years as a service representative at Libro Credit Union. Joanne earned her BA from Western University and served on Western’s Board of Governors.