Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) has announced that Michael Laliberté has been selected as the incoming executive director, replacing Mike Dungate, who has held the role for more than 20 years. 

Laliberté will assume the position on October 2 with Dungate remaining with the organization in an advisory capacity until the end of 2017.

"The board of directors undertook a robust, external recruitment process to find the right candidate," explained CFC Chair Benoît Fontaine, "We are pleased that Michael Laliberté will be bringing his vast experience to the role and we look forward to working with him."

Laliberté an experienced leader with organization

With 26 years' experience at CFC, most recently as director of operations, Laliberté brings a wealth of corporate knowledge and experience. In this most recent role, Laliberté managed the Finance Unit, the Human Resources and Administration Unit, and the information systems within the Market Information and Systems Unit. He has been serving as the second in command to the executive director and has provided leadership and strategy on the financial affairs to support the executive management team, the finance committee and the board of directors.

A graduate of the Queen's University Executive Management Program, who also holds a management certificate from the Sprott School of Business, Laliberté will be the chief staff person reporting to the board of directors, and serve the same role with the executive committee and the governance committee.

In addition, Laliberté will oversee a 25-member staff complement that promotes the consumption of chicken, develops and audits on-farm food safety, animal care and specialty production programs on 2,800 farms across Canada, and has an active government and public relations program.