Rob Dougans, president and chief executive officer of Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO), will be leaving the organization on March 31, 2021.

Over the past decade, Dougans has been credited for providing leadership, guidance, and stewardship to the organization - and its supply managed industry.

Throughout his time at CFO, Dougans has been devoted to moving the organization’s strategy forward and has been an instrumental leader to the entire staff team.

The CFO Board of Directors sincerely thanks Dougans for his commitment to the poultry sector and its stakeholders.

Dougans will be acknowledged for his years of service and recognized for his contributions to the shared industry at the upcoming CFO Virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM), scheduled for March 25, 2021.

Search underway

The CFO Board of Directors has embarked on an executive leadership succession search.


The board intends to welcome an incoming chief executive officer in the coming months.

The board, alongside CFO’s senior leadership team, is committed to continually providing an environment that fosters opportunities and creates value for our farmer-members, stakeholders, and staff.

About CFO

CFO represents more than 1,300 family run farms that collectively ensure Ontario consumers enjoy a reliable supply of safe, healthy, high quality, Ontario-grown chicken. The Ontario chicken industry is an important contributor to the economic health of the province. The industry is supported by an extensive value chain including Ontario chicken farms, Ontario corn and soybean growers, chick hatcheries, and chicken processors that collectively contribute more than $3.8 billion annually to the Ontario economy and support more than 22,000 full-time local jobs.

CFO provides innovative and entrepreneurial leadership to the supply management system that matches domestic production to domestic consumer demand. The system helps ensure that Canadians have access to a stable supply of high quality locally grown chicken at a fair price.