Dyack brings global experience to new CFFO role

Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario’s new executive director has worked in agri-food policy in Canada and Australia

Brenda Dyack has been hired as the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario’s executive director.

Dyack’s career in policy and research has spanned over three decades with posts as agricultural advisor to the Ontario Ministry of Finance, senior economist and manager of Economic, Social and Scientific Integration with the  Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), research economist with the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and research fellow with the Institute for Applied Ecology at the University of Canberra. After over a decade in Australia, she returned home to Ontario, where she has been a principal research associate with Agri-Food Economic Systems in Guelph.

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Dyack joined the CFFO in August 2018, covering for an extended leave as director of research and policy. She will continue to carry her policy role in addition to her newly appointed ED duties until the return of incumbent policy lead, Suzanne Armstrong, in October.

“We’re pleased to have Brenda in her new role,” says CFFO President Clarence Nywening. “Her previous agricultural economics experience working within a variety of organizations, both here and abroad, will bring an important and timely economic impact focus to the CFFO.”

“The past months spent serving CFFO members has provided a whole new and very rewarding dimension to my career in agri-environmental policy and research,” says Dyack. “I’m delighted to be selected as ED and to be able to continue applying all of my past experience to advocating for the strong sustainable farming and stewardship priorities of CFFO.”

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