Food & Ag Committee


The Food & Agriculture sector has been a key to Guelph's development since the early 1800's, involving livestock and crop production and processing and more recently in the emerging areas of nutraceuticals, functional foods and bioproducts.  With contributions from the University of Guelph, the businesses in the Research Park, and other businesses in Guelph and the surrounding area, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce has identified the need to connect businesses in this sector to share best practices, review provincial and national policies, and assist in commercializing research.

Aims and Objectives

  • To support the food and agriculture sector in Guelph and to provide connections between business, research and government programs
  • To create awareness of the significance of the Guelph food and agriculture sector to promote career opportunities
  • To provide networking ties between the food and agriculture associations and businesses through bi-monthly breakfasts and specific seminars relating to growth of food and agriculture businesses
  • To grow membership in the GCC of food and agriculture based companies, providing value to other members of the business community at the same time promoting growth of food and agriculture businesses
  • To provide connections within the region between rural and urban producers and processers

Committee Structure

A GCC member that is approved and appointed by the Executive Committee, for a one-year term commencing July 1st, will chair the Food & Ag Committee.  The Food & Ag Committee shall consist of 8 to 15 members, including a representative from the GCC Board of Directors.  The term of the Food & Ag Committee members is two years.

Name Company/Affiliation
Barbara Maly - Chair City of Guelph Economic Development
Michael De Borger RBC Royal Bank
Ezio Di Emanuele MNP LLP
Graham Dyer
Jane Wielhorski Guelph Chamber of Commerce
Kristel Manes Innovation Guelph
Sean McGivern Grass Roots Sales & Marketing
Kithio Mwanzia Guelph Chamber of Commerce
David J. Newcombe Newcombe Search Group Ltd.
Michael Toombs OMAFRA
Jason Tran OMAFRA
Tyler Whale Ontario Agri-Food Technologies

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