Mark Elford, Board Chair
Mark Elford is from McCord, a hamlet with a population of 40 in south-central Saskatchewan. Following his formal education, Mark spent time in the Northwest Territories mining gold, which helped him achieve his goal of owning and operating his own ranch – Elford Ranch Ltd. in Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan.
In addition to his robust schedule as a cattle rancher, Mark was elected Chair with Canadian Cattle Identification Agency’s Board of Directors in the spring of 2016, and is an active member of its Enforcement and Compliance, Cattle Implementation Plan and Cattle Movement Reporting Working Group committees, and chair of its national Tag Retention Project committee.
Closer to home, Mark has been appointed by Saskatchewan’s Minister of Agriculture to the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) Transition Committee and the Saskatchewan Brand Inspection Advisory Committee, which transitioned into a seat on the newly-formed Livestock Services of Saskatchewan where he currently holds the position of Vice Chair. Mark is an active member of Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, representing SSGA on CCIA’s board of directors, and is past president of Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association.
With more than two decades of experience, Mark works alongside the most influential people in government and industry involved with traceability. In his new role as CCIA Chair, Mark is fully engaged in the industry-led traceability file and is focusing on joining forces within industry and governments to share values, knowledge and experience – with the goal of developing one fully-functional, multi-species livestock traceability database for Canada.
Though his professional priorities keep him on the go and in demand, Mark enjoys good horses, fishing in Canada’s wilderness, seeing new places with his wife Karin, as well as writing cowboy poetry and songs.