October 2019
Kelly Duffy, Chair

Kelly has more than 20 years of experience in international trade, sales and marketing, primarily in the food and beverage sector for the governments of Canada, USA and New Zealand.

Kelly currently serves as the Chair on the AAC board. For almost 9 years, she has been a representative for the Agri-Business/Retail/Food Processor sector. Around the board table, Kelly brings a unique, marketing insight from her many years working in the retail sector.

Kelly’s business, The Globetrotter Group Inc. is a specialist firm that commercializes products and develops import/export, distribution and sales strategies with leading retailers in North America. Her career has provided fantastic work experiences in Central Europe and the United States that add a unique and international perspective to her work.

We have asked a few questions to learn more about Kelly, click here to read her responses:

  1. What do you enjoy most about being on the AAC board?
  2. What advice do you have for young leaders thinking about getting involved on a board?
  3. What has been your greatest professional accomplishment?
  4. What excites you the most about the future of the agriculture and agri-food industry in Ontario?
  5. What is your favourite travel destination?
Meat and Poultry Ontario (formerly Ontario Independent Meat Processors)

Meat & Poultry Ontario (MPO) is the representative voice of the independent meat and poultry processor in Ontario. MPO is the heart of Ontario’s meat industry. Their members are independent businesses proud to serve the communities they live and work in. They can be found across the province, involved in every stage of the meat industry from harvesting to retail.

MPO has been a member organization, in the Agri-Business/Retail/Food Processor sector, since November 2016. Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, MPO accessed funding to develop programs and services that will not only help their members deal with some of their challenges at a business level, but are also part of their long-term sustainability strategy as an association. Through that project, they developed a new brand strategy to refresh and modernize the association as part of efforts to attract new workers, especially younger people, into the sector. One of the outcomes of that strategy, was the recent update of their name to MPO. Click here to read more about their project.

We have asked a few questions to learn more about MPO, click here to read their responses:

  1. What do you enjoy most about being an AAC member?
  2. As an applicant, what has your experience been like working with AAC?
  3. What is your long-term vision for MPO?
  4. Are there any exciting activities that MPO will be initiating in the upcoming year for your industry?
  5. What is one Ontario meat product that everyone needs to try if they haven’t already?
The deadline for greenhouse operations to submit their final claims and surveys for the Greenhouse Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative (GCII) is Thursday, October 31, 2019.

The claim form and survey can be found on the AAC website. If you have any questions, contact Erin Genge, Program and Communications Coordinator at 519-822-7554 ext. 664.
Click on the pictures below to read more about applicants who have been approved for funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership for Organizations and Collaborations in Ontario.