On Nov. 24, the Board of Directors of Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) elected Benoît Fontaine as its new Chair.

Fontaine of Stanbridge Station, Quebec, most recently served as the First Vice-Chair of the CFC Executive Committee. He joined the Board of Directors in 2013 as an alternate and became the Quebec Director in 2014. He raises chicken and turkeys in the Lac Champlain area. A former high school Canadian history teacher and second generation chicken farmer, Fontaine has been heavily involved in the Union des producteurs agricoles since 1999. He has also served on CFC's Policy Committee and the Production Committee.

The election follows the resignation of Dave Janzen, who has stepped down as CFC Chair due to personal reasons. Janzen represented British Columbia on the CFC Board of Directors as an alternate in 2006 and served as the B.C. Director since 2008. He joined the Executive Committee in 2010 and became Chair in 2012.


A spokesperson for the CFC says the Board of Directors would like to thank Janzen for his many years of dedication, leadership and service and wish him well in all his future endeavors.

The Board also welcomes Derek Janzen to the Executive Committee as First Vice Chair.

The Board looks forward to continuing its work together, ensuring that Canada's chicken industry continues to deliver on consumer expectations for excellence, according to the CFC representative. With an eye to the future, Chicken Farmers of Canada will work with all its partners, ensuring clear, common goals for the future, and setting a solid path and purpose for all stakeholders and for generations of chicken farmers to come.