Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Announcing the 2020 CCIA Board of Directors

A recently held election on May 1, 2020, brought a few changes and a few returning faces to the CCIA Board of Directors. Each year, Board members elect an executive committee at the first meeting following the annual general meeting.

Pat Hayes (Canadian Cattlemen’s Association) was re-elected as Chair. Lyle Miller (Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association) was re-elected as Vice-Chair as well as Howard Bekkering (Alberta Beef Producers) as Finance Chair.

Additional re-elections to the Executive Committee include Ken Perlich (Livestock Markets Association of Canada) as well as previous member, Doug Sawyer (Canadian Cattlemen’s Association).

The Board welcomes new representation from Olivier Lavigne-Lacroix (Canadian Meat Council), replacing Dan Gillis who was one of two Canadian Meat Council representatives, since 2012. Mark Elford completed his year as Past President. Mark’s experience and wisdom will be greatly missed.

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


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


Olivier Lavigne-Lacroix
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