Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

July 06, 2011 12:03 ET

Minister Ritz Announces Appointment to Farm Products Council of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 6, 2011) - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced the appointment of Timothy O'Connor to the Farm Products Council of Canada's (FPCC) Board of Directors.

"I am pleased to announce this appointment to the Council," said Minister Ritz. "As the manager of a large-scale poultry broiler in Oshawa, Ontario, Mr. O'Connor has both the knowledge of the sector and the leadership skills necessary to serve the best interests of our farmers."

The FPCC plays a key part in Canada's supply management system for poultry and eggs. Created in 1972, the Council supervises the operations of the four national marketing agencies that manage the supply of Canadian chicken, turkey, eggs and broiler hatching eggs. These agencies establish and allocate production quota, promote products, raise funds through levies and license marketers. In addition, the Council supervises the operation of the Canadian Beef Cattle Research, Market Development and Promotion Agency. Until 2009, the FPCC was known as the National Farm Products Council.

Mr. O'Connor's appointment, which is for a four-year term comes into effect immediately. A biographical note for the appointee is attached.

To learn more about the FPCC, please visit Farm Products Council of Canada.

Biographical Notes

Timothy O'Connor

A resident of Oshawa, Ontario, Timothy O'Connor graduated from the University of Guelph in 1982 with an Associate Diploma in Agriculture. Since graduating, Mr. O'Connor has balanced a successful career in agriculture and real-estate, while also serving in various associations, including the Ontario County Holstein Club and the Durham West 4-H Association.

Mr. O'Connor is also a Director at FarmTech Energy Corporation, a company committed to keeping the ethanol process in the hands of the area's corn producers. FarmTech Energy Corporation is a co-op farmer lead initiative created to develop a dry mill ethanol plant in Durham Region.

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972

    Meagan Murdoch
    Director of Communications
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    613-773-1059