Below are a few elements of the 2019 Annual Performance Report. To view the full report, click here: ENGLISH / FRENCH

The Importance of Responsible Use of Antibiotics

Chicken Farmers of Canada's (CFC) Antimicrobial Use (AMU) Reduction Strategy was implemented in 2014 to establish methods that would reduce antibiotic use in poultry farming to ensure the continued effectiveness of antibiotics for both humans and animals.

As part of CFC’s AMU Reduction Strategy, CFO and the Ontario chicken industry have taken major steps in antibiotic reduction with the removal of the preventive use of Category I and Category II antibiotics in 2014 and 2018, respectively.

With the next step to eliminate the preventive use of Category III antibiotics, CFC continues to advance the further reduction of the use of antimicrobials considered of importance to human health. In 2019, CFO worked to support CFC’s re-assessment of the industry’s readiness for the elimination of Category III antibiotics through multiple farmer-member and industry surveys as well as monitoring and analysis of farmer-member reported use.

Taking into account key aspects of animal welfare and sustainability, in June 2020, CFC will evaluate next steps regarding the implementation date for the removal of the preventive use of Category III antibiotics.

Dr. Gbenga Alade

Manager, Veterinary Services, Quality & Technical Affairs

As Manager of Veterinary Services, Quality & Technical Affairs, Dr. Gbenga Alade is a key CFO contact for animal welfare standards, responsible use of antimicrobials, poultry disease risk management, chick supply optimization and quality assurance - managing the development and implementation of related policies, and the monitoring and reporting processes for these programs. Gbenga’s role strongly supports CFO’s focus on responsible, sustainable production and effective risk management, and is integral in helping farmer-members with risk mitigation in their poultry operations.

In 2019, Gbenga was the inaugural recipient of the CFO President’s Award. The CFO President’s Award is an esteemed accolade recognizing staff-associate accomplishments and dedication to moving Ontario’s chicken industry forward.

Gbenga has been a part of the CFO team since 2016. To contact Gbenga, email

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Derek Detzler

District 1

Derek Detzler, DCR for District 1, manages his family’s chicken farm in the Walkerton area, while simultaneously maintaining a position as Executive Director of Trillium Hatchery and providing global technical service to a poultry nutrition company. Derek has been an advocate for responsible antibiotic use. As a DCR, Derek’s passion for chicken farming makes him an excellent lead and support for his fellow chicken farmers in District 1.

The Importance of responsible use of antibiotics
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Marius Hol

District 2

Marius Hol and his family first entered the chicken industry through the CFO New Entrant Chicken Farmer Program in 2014. As a passionate chicken farmer in the Goderich area, Marius was interested in sharing his knowledge, meeting with chicken farmers across the province, advocating for supply management, and being a voice for his fellow farmers in District 2, ultimately becoming a DCR in 2019.

New Entrant Chicken Farmer Program
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Carolyn Cornelissen

District 3

Carolyn Cornelissen is not only an active chicken farmer, running Cornelissen Farms Inc. and Twin Creeks Greenhouse with her family in Lambton County, she’s also very active in her role as District 3 DCR, in the CFO Women in Leadership Initiative and in the CFO Cares: Farmers to Food Banks program. Carolyn enjoys investing her time and knowledge to help continue to build a strong industry for future generations, whether that be supporting and encouraging other female chicken farmers to grow their involvement in the industry, giving back to those in need in her community, or being an advocate for fellow District 3 farmer-members. You can read more about Carolyn’s accomplishments in the October 2019 article on The Poultry Site: “Women in Poultry: Carolyn Cornelissen.”

Growing CFO’s Women in Leadership Initiative
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Darren Kray

District 4

Farming alongside his wife and three children, Darren Kraay is heavily involved both in the chicken industry and in his community. Not only a District Committee Representative for District 4, Darren is also involved in the CFO Cares: Farmers to Food Banks Working Group. In Darren’s words, he has found that the best way to learn about the industry and represent the chicken farmers in his district is to be hands-on, meeting regularly with farmer-members, fellow DCRs, and CFO Board Directors.

CFO Cares Farmers to Food Banks (video)
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Pete Koroneos

District 5

As a multi-generational chicken farmer, poultry farming is in Pete Koroneos’ blood. When on-farm, Pete enjoys raising chickens and growing crops with the help of his family. When off-farm, Pete can be found offering his vast poultry industry experience and knowledge in both his role as District Committee Representative for District 5 farmer-members and as a valued member of the DCR Communications Working Group. Pete is also an Appointed Member of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeals Tribunal, and regularly volunteers in multiple community-oriented organizations in the Niagara Region. As part of his agricultural-related positions, Pete often meets with the farmer-members in his community in order to better advocate for their agricultural requirements.

Stakeholder Communications
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John Opsteen

District 6

Having grown up on a family chicken farm, John Opsteen is a life-long poultry farmer who now runs his own farming operation in District 6. When he’s not busy on the farm, John can be found attending to the needs of the agricultural community and working on behalf of the farmer-members in his District. John is also a member of the DCR Communications Working Group, through which he provides invaluable input in helping ensure farmer-members receive communications tailored to their needs.

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Alfred Rumph

District 7

As both a long-time chicken farmer and a long-time District Committee Representative, Alfred Rumph is very active in both the industry and his community and strives to find ways to continue to improve poultry agriculture across Ontario. Alfred is passionate about giving back to those in need, and participates in the CFO Cares: Farmers to Food Banks program as both a donor and a member of the CFO Cares Working Group.

Working Towards a Hunger Free Ontario
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Wendy Lantz

District 8

Wendy is a proven leader in both her poultry business and her local farming community in her role as DCR for District 8. As one of four female DCRs, Wendy has a strong focus on encouraging more women to become active within the farming community — a role she accomplishes through planning events that provide the opportunity to learn, interact and build relationships with one another. In addition to chicken farming, Wendy works off-farm as a social worker in her community. More information about Wendy’s involvement both on and off the farm can be found in the May 2019 article on The Poultry Site – “Women in Poultry: Wendy Lantz”.

Growing CFO’s Women in Leadership Initiative
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Marc Bourdon

District 9

A passionate broiler and egg farmer in Eastern Ontario, Marc and his family have been raising their flocks with dedication and care for numerous years. In addition to poultry farming, Marc, his daughter Melissa and son in law Andrew also operate a family-run grain crop farm, grain elevator and feed mill called Bourdon Feed & Grain Inc.

In keeping their farming operations running smoothly, Marc leads and advocates on behalf of the Ontario eastern-region chicken farmer-members as District 9 DCR.

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