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New Canadian Dairy Commission chairperson announced

10 January 2022

Jennifer Hayes is the first woman to fill the role

Canada's minister of agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau announced last week the appointment of Jennifer Hayes to chairperson of the Canadian Dairy Commission. The four-year term began 23 December 2021.

Hayes was first appointed to the Canadian Dairy Commission in January 2017. She served as Commissioner, a role she held for four years.

A dairy and beef farmer on Quebec's Gaspé Peninsula, Hayes is the third generation to farm at PineCrest Farms in Shigawake. She co-owns the farm with her father and uncle.

A government-issued press release, outlined Hayes' extensive governance experience, which the release said she obtained through her active participation with the L'Union des Producteurs Agricoles (UPA) where she defended regional interests in dairy, beef and agricultural development.

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Hayes as Chairperson of the Canadian Dairy Commission and proud that she will be the first woman to hold this position," said Bibeau. "A dairy farmer and leader in her Gaspé community, she has extensive governance experience, including as a commissioner of the organization. I am confident that she will continue to be an asset to the Commission and help the industry remain competitive, productive and innovative."



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