Board of Directors

Board of Directors

 At the Annual General Meeting held on April 7, CCIA saw the departure of three long standing board members, Doug Sawyer and Pat Hayes, both representatives of the Canadian Cattle Association (CCA) and James MacLean, representative from the Canadian Livestock Dealers Association (CLDA). Doug has been on the Board since 2015 and has been a dedicated member and Chair of the Board Governance and Development Committee. After 11 years on the Board, James is also departing, his industry insight will be missed. Pat Hayes has been with CCIA since 2009 and will remain involved as Past Chair for the next year.

Pat will be remembered for his commonsense approach to traceability and his active role in assuring CCIA was financially sustainable under a fair business model for all species being administered by CCIA. Thank you, Pat for your 12 years at CCIA.

CCIA also welcomed two new representatives from CCA Matt Bowman from Ontario and Brad Osadczuk from Alberta as well as David Saretsky from CLDA. Associate Member Shawn Wilson was welcomed as the Canadian Beef Breeds Council representative. These new representatives bring a wealth of experience to the table.

Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) is led by a Board of Directors representing 15 livestock organizations across Canada, including: livestock producers, auction markets, livestock dealers, feedlots, veterinarians and processors. CCIA is an independent organization and the responsible administrator of traceability for beef cattle, bison, sheep, and pending regulation goats and cervids.

The Executive Committee is as follows:

Chair Lyle Miller, Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association
Vice Chair Howard Bekkering, Alberta Beef Producers
Finance Chair Dr. Oliver Schunicht, Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
Executive Member Ivan Johnson, Maritime Beef Producers
Executive Member Ken Perlich, Livestock Markets Association of Canada
Past Chair Pat Hayes

The Board of Directors are responsible for strategic initiatives, evaluating financial performance, providing guidance and upholding CCIA’s role as leaders in national traceability. Each year CCIA publishes an Annual Activity Report which is available online at: canadaid.ca/annual-report/

CCIA’s committee structure provides strong and engaging on the ground support from its Board Members. Committee chairs include Lyle Miller, Technical Advisory Committee; Dr. Oliver Schunicht, Finance and Audit; Duncan Barnett, Board Governance and Development; Ken Perlich, Human Resources and Ivan Johnson, Communications.

PhotoRepresentative / Member Organization


Lyle Miller, Chair*
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Chair
Alberta Cattle Feeders' Association




Howard Bekkering, Vice-Chair*
Alberta Beef Producers


Dr. Oliver Schunicht, Finance Chair*
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association


Ivan Johnson, Executive Member*, Communications Committee Chair
Maritime Beef Council


Ken Perlich, Executive Member*, Human Resources Chair
Livestock Markets Association of Canada


Pat Hayes, Past Chair*



Don Hargrave
Beef Farmers of Ontario


Duncan Barnett
Board Governance and Development Committee Chair
British Columbia Cattlemen's Association


Yvonne Mills
Canadian Bison Association


Matt Bowman
Canadian Cattle Association


Brad Osadczuk
Canadian Cattle Association


Reg Schellenberg
Canadian Cattle Association


David Saretsky
Canadian Livestock Dealer’s Association


Cam Daniels
Canadian Meat Council


Kim O'Neil
Canadian Meat Council


Corlena Patterson
Canadian Sheep Federation


Sylvain Bourque
Les Producteurs de bovins du Québec


Nancy Howatt
Manitoba Beef Producers


Shane Jahnke
Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association


Shawn Wilson, Associate Member
Canadian Beef Breeds Council


Ian Thorleifson, Pending Member
Canadian Cervid Alliance


Dirk Boogerd, Pending Member
Canadian National Goat Federation

* CCIA Executive Committee Members

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