New Beef Farmers of Ontario executive director hired

Richard Horne, former manager of policy and issues to take on role

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Richard Horne is the new executive director of Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO), replacing the retiring Dave Stewart.

Horne began his career as a policy advisor with BFO in 2014 and started his new role July 22.

“Serving the province’s beef producers for the past nine years has been both a privilege and an honour,” he says. “I look forward to taking on the duties and responsibilities of executive director and continuing to represent, to the best of my abilities, the interests of beef producers across this great province with commitment and integrity.”

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Prior to joining BFO in 2010, Richard worked for the University of Guelph as a research analyst supporting the university’s board of governor, board of trustees, and senate. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy and political science from the University of Guelph and a master’s degree from the University of Victoria in public administration.

“Richard brings a deep network of agri-food contacts and a demonstrated ability to build relationships with a broad range of stakeholders across the beef industry,” says Joe Hill, BFO President. “I am confident that Richard’s experience within the Ontario beef industry and track record of successive personal growth will position him well for success in this new role.”

Dave Stewart, outgoing executive director, will remain employed by BFO in an advisory role until Aug. 31, 2019 as part of the transition.

In a statement, BFO thanked Stewart for his “outstanding leadership and dedication. His accomplishments and steady management left a legacy on BFO, including a strong team in place to continue moving BFO forward.”

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Jennifer Glenney

Jennifer lives on a farm in Cayuga, Ontario and has a lot of experience in the many aspects of agriculture.



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