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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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