Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Seated from Left to Right – Nancy Howatt (Manitoba Beef Producers), Howard Bekkering (Alberta Beef Producers), Doug Sawyer (Canadian Cattlemen Association), Pat Hayes (CCIA Chair and representative for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association), Mark Elford (CCIA Past Chair), Ken Perlich (Livestock Markets Association of Canada), Kim O’Neil (Canadian Meat Council)

Standing from Left to Right – Corlena Patterson (Canadian Sheep Federation), Sylvain Bourque (Les Producteurs de bovins du Québec), Duncan Barnett (British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association), Bruce Downey (Canadian Bison Association), Gert Schrijver (Dairy Farmers of Canada), Dr. Oliver Schunicht (Canadian Veterinary Medical Association), James MacLean (Canadian Livestock Dealer’s Association),  Ivan Johnson (Maritime Beef Council), Reg Schellenberg (Canadian Cattlemen’s Association)

Missing in the group photo is Lyle Miller (Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association), Dan Gillis (Canadian Meat Council), Dan Darling (Beef Farmers of Ontario), Shane Jahnke (Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association).

CCIA is led by a board of directors representing 16 associations from all sectors of the livestock industry, including:

PhotoRepresentative / Member Organization


Pat Hayes, Chair*
Canadian Cattlemen's Association


Mark Elford, Past Chair*
Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association


Lyle Miller, Vice Chair*
Alberta Cattle Feeders' Association




Howard Bekkering, Finance Chair*
Alberta Beef Producers


Doug Sawyer, Executive Member*
Canadian Cattlemen Association



Ken Perlich, Executive Member*
Livestock Markets Association of Canada


Duncan Barnett
British Columbia Cattlemen's Association


Sylvain Bourque
Les Producteurs de bovins du Québec


Dan Darling
Beef Farmers of Ontario


Bruce Downey
Canadian Bison Association


Dan Gillis
Canadian Meat Council


Nancy Howatt
Manitoba Beef Producers


Shane Jahnke
Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association


Ivan Johnson
Maritime Beef Council


James MacLean
Canadian Livestock Dealer’s Association


Kim O'Neil
Canadian Meat Council


Corlena Patterson
Canadian Sheep Federation


Reg Schellenberg
Canadian Cattlemen's Association


Gert Schrijver
Dairy Farmers of Canada


Dr. Oliver Schunicht
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association


Michael Latimer
Canadian Beef Breed Council**


Ian Thorleifson
Canadian Cervid Alliance***

* CCIA Executive Committee Members
** Associate Member/Organization
*** Pending Appointment