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Ontario’s fruit and vegetable growers re-elect board leaders

February 23, 2024  By Greenhouse Canada

Feb. 23, 2024 – The chair and vice chair of the Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association have been re-elected to their positions for another one-year term. The elections were held at a board meeting following the organization’s annual general meeting in Niagara Falls this week.

Vegetable grower Shawn Brenn will continue to serve as chair, supported by vice chair Mike Chromczak, an asparagus grower from the Tillsonburg area.

Brenn represents the potato sector on the OFVGA board and is also chair of the Ontario Potato Board. Brenn first became chair of OFVGA in 2023 after serving one year as vice chair.


Chromczak is also vice chair of the Asparagus Farmers of Ontario and chair of the OFVGA’s Safety Nets Section. He was first elected as the OFVGA vice chair in 2023.

Jan VanderHout will serve the director for the greenhouse sector. VanderHout is also chair of the Environment and Conservation Section.

Brian Rideout, already ex-officio on the Board as chair of the Crop Protection Section, becomes the new director representing apple growers, taking over from Cathy McKay.

Other directors on the board are George Gilvesy (greenhouse), Glen Gilvesy (ginseng), Joanne Chechalk (fresh vegetable – other), David Enns (Tender Fruit), Morris Gervais (small fruit/berries), Matthias Oppenlaender (grapes), Tracy Gubbels (processing vegetables) and Quinton Woods (fresh vegetable – muck).

Other ex-officio section chairs include Bill George (Labour) and Brian Gilroy (Property, Infrastructure, Energy, and Food Safety).

The OFVGA also welcomed four young growers to its AGM as part of its annual young farmer program designed to encourage the next generation of farm leaders to become involved in the industry. Participants included Jessica Solanki (Grape Growers of Ontario), Evan Smith (Ontario Fresh Grape Growers), Dean Van Raay (Garlic Growers of Ontario) and Brandon Scholten (Holland Marsh Growers Association).

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