Agrifoods International Cooperative Ltd.

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Tim Hofstra, Chair

Tim has been actively involved with Agrifoods for over 20 years. His journey started as a delegate, and through his desire to contribute in a more meaningful way he progressed to being elected as a Director in 2010. Demonstrating strong leadership abilities through other Board positions as President – Wetaskiwin Coop Association, Westgen, Semex, and Alberta Milk) – Tim was appointed Chair of the Agrifoods Board in 2016. In addition to his duties as Chair, he is also involved in the following committees: Governance & Member, Investment, Finance & Audit, and Human Resources.

Participating in 4-H as a child, while also growing up on a dairy farm, expanded Tim’s skills and passion for the industry. In July of 1978, after spending two years working as a herdsman for the University of Alberta Dairy Farm, Tim and his wife Deb starting their own farm in Alberta with 40 dairy cows. Back then they had to do everything themselves, from early morning milking to late-night calving, but now they are lucky to have help from their family as they manage 350 cattle (approx. 120 milking cattle and 60 beef cow calves).

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Brian Stoutjesdyk, Vice-Chair

Brian has been a Director with Agrifoods since 2013, and in 2020 he was appointed Vice-Chair of the Agrifoods Board and Chair of the Governance & Member Committee. Having served as the Southern Alberta delegate with Alberta Milk for 10 years, as well as being on the Board of other organizations (Rehoboth Christian Ministries and Eventide Care Home), Brian gained valuable leadership abilities that allow him to take on additional responsibilities with Agrifoods and provide guidance on key co-operative initiatives.

“What I like most about being a director is taking care of our members’ interests in the co-op and being able to serve with directors across Western Canada of the same mindset. I enjoy all the challenges of being a Director of this dynamic co-op and look forward to contributing to the future success.”

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Bill Van Rootselaar, Secretary

Bill has served as a Director since 2001 and was appointed Secretary of the Board in 2015. He enjoys contributing in any way he can and currently participates in the Finance & Audit Committee. With a passion for improving the lives of Canadians, Bill has been involved with numerous committees and boards throughout his career. He has also been a part of the rural electrification movement since 1988 and is currently on the board of EQUS.

“With proper support, cooperatives can make a positive difference in many people’s lives, and I want to be a part of that! I love participating in the process that makes Agrifoods great, which includes being able to put policies in place that benefits producers and the organization while keeping in mind the art of process that ultimately serves consumers.”

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D. R. Vaandrager, Director

D.R. has been an Agrifoods Delegate for over 10 years and has served as a Director since 2017. He is also actively involved in Governance & Member Committee, as well as the Investment Committee, and provides valuable input to the board.

“I enjoy the challenge of being part of a dynamic organization that is constantly growing and shaking things up in the food industry. It’s exciting to see the industry evolve as new innovative products are introduced.”

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James Ross, Director

James was elected as a Director in 2018 and joined the Human Resources Committee in 2020. He has an extensive background serving on the boards of many organizations over the past 19 years, including Westgen, Semex, Dairy Farmers of Saskatchewan, Dairy Producers Cooperative, and the Saskatchewan Milk Producers Association. He was also Chair of the Governance and HR Committees for Saskatchewan Milk Board and Chair of the Governance Committee for the Agriculture Producers Association of Saskatchewan.

His dedication to being a director stems from his desire to participate in building a producer driven presence in the processing sector.

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Mike Barnum, Director

Mike has been an Agrifoods Delegate since 2017 and was elected as a Director on the Board in 2020. As the current Chair for the Finance & Audit Committee, he can showcase his leadership skills and contribute to the success of the cooperative. Having served on a few boards in the dairy genetic industry, Mike enjoys representing other dairy producers and contributing to the growth of the Canadian dairy industry.

“It really ties everything together – what we do on the farm in our day-to-day operations to the manufacturing and marketing side for our consumers. I love the diversity of the brands within the Agrifoods portfolio and believe it is one of the co-op’s great strengths for long-term success!”

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Sean Gorrill, Director

Sean has been a Director on the Agrifoods Board since 2012 and is actively involved in several committees: Governance & Member, Investment, Finance & Audit, and Human Resources. Drawing on his knowledge and experience from being board member for Saskmilk and the Chair/President of several organizations (Saskatchewan Dairy Association, The Canadian Young Farmers Forum, and Western Canadian Seminar) he contributes a unique perspective to important discussions for Agrifoods’ success.

“I value the opportunity to learn a new business that opens my mind to non-traditional ideas and to represent brands that are known for being good for you. It’s great to be surrounded by people that are passionate about what they do, and to be able to work together towards a common goal.”

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Rob Campbell, External Director

Rob has been on the Agrifoods Board since 2020 and is currently the Chair of the Investment Committee. He also sits on the Finance & Audit Committee and the Human Resources Committee. As an external Director he brings over 20 years of experience in strategy and corporate development with specialization in finance and business operations. He is currently the President/Owner of Gibbs Delta Tackle and has previously held senior executive roles at Intrawest, Viad, and Scotia Capital.

Having served as a Board Director, Chair of Finance & Audit, and Chair of Nominations Committees at Mountain Equipment Coop for 6 years, Rob strongly aligns with the higher purpose of cooperatives. He was drawn to Agrifoods through his desire to contribute to another organization focused on health and wellness.

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Bill McEwan, External Director

Bill was re-elected to the Agrifoods board in 2021 and is currently the Chair of the Human Resources Committee and is a member of the Investment Committee. As an external Director he brings over 40 years of experience in the Retail Food and CPG industries, with a focus on leadership, strategic positioning, planning and execution and business transformation. Bill is the former CEO & President of Sobeys Inc and past President of A&P Canada and, subsequently, A&P U.S.A. Bill also held senior marketing and sales roles with Coca-Cola Ltd. & Coca-Cola Bottling. A native of Trail, B.C., Bill began his career with Ferraros Ltd., Super Valu Stores.

As an accomplished CEO and past Chair of the Board/Chair of the Human Resources Committee for Aimia, Bill is currently Vice Chair of the Supervisory Board of Directors of Ahold Delhaize Group, as well as the Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Sustainability & Innovation Committee. He is also a Board Director, Chair of the Governance Committee, and member of the Independent Committee of Interac Corp.

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