Our Board is responsible for governing the affairs of the Foundation, administering programs entrusted to it, making decisions on applications for funding & bringing a wealth of experience from the agriculture, food processing, farm supply and post farm gate sectors across BC.
Represents Field Vegetables, Berries & Mushrooms, Region Lower Mainland. Board Member Since 2018.
Kiren comes from a family of generational farmers and has first-hand experience with the farming industry for more than twenty-five years. Kiren spent many childhood summers out in the fields with their family growing root vegetable crops including carrots, potatoes, beets and cabbage. Graduating from UBC’s School of Business and pursuing a career as a CPA, Kiren looks forward to bringing the knowledge and skills gained from public practice to the IAF board.
Represents Cattle, Region East Kootenay. Board Member Since 2017.
David has a passion for both agriculture and ecology and has worked in BC and across the world on related projects. He is a Certified Environmental Farm Plan Advisor and is currently spearheading a project in BC and Alberta known as the Ecological Services Initiative to encourage management practices that maintain and enhance ecosystem services like drinking water and wildlife.
Represents Tree Fruits and Grapes, Region Kootenays. Board Member Since 2015.
Don currently owns and operates a cherry orchard in Creston with his wife Susan and son Corey, producing and exporting late season cherries. He is also a member of the BC Fruit Growers Association.
Represents Community Agriculture, Region Okanagan/Shuswap. Board Member Since 2015.
Dennis operates a small farm near Falkland, BC, where he raises purebred sheep with his three sons and his wife and partner, Renee. In addition to the IAF board, Dennis currently serves as an elected representative for the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and chairs the North Okanagan Regional District agriculture advisory committee.
Represents Dairy, Region Fraser Valley. Board Member Since 2013.
Len began farming almost as soon as arriving in Canada in 1975. Today he manages Mardelen Holsteins Ltd., and is an active member of the dairy industry. He has served as secretary for Agrifoods International Co-op, chairman of the Sustainable Manure Management Program, and was involved on the steering committee to establish the Environmental Farm Plan Program for BC.
Represents Other Livestock, Region Fraser Valley. Board Member Since 2013.
Jack’s life-long involvement in agriculture began with dairy and hog farming until 1998, when he expanded to a 70-acre cranberry operation in Langley. In addition to serving on the IAF board, Jack is the current chair of the BC Pork Producers Association, the BC representative on the Canadian Pork Council in Ottawa, and a director for the BC Cranberry Marketing Commission.
Represents Grains & Oilseeds, Region Peace River. Board Member Since 2014.
Walter owns and operates Aurora Farms and Aurora Seeding Systems in Dawson Creek. He is a director for the BC Grain Producers Association, and before joining the IAF board, served as a director of the South Peace Grain Cleaning Co-op for five years.
Represents Emerging Sectors, Region Vancouver Island. Board Member Since 2014.
Arzeena is an agronomist specializing in organic food production, and the owner of Amara Farm in Courtenay. Formerly the coordinator of the Richmond Food Security Society, she was instrumental in launching the Richmond Farm School. Along with her IAF work, she is also a director for the BC Food Systems Network, Certified Organic Association of BC, and the Island Organic Producers Alliance.
Represents Post Farm Gate, Region Fraser Valley. Board Member Since 2013.
Alistair has served the agri-foods industry since 1970, first in the UK and then as Director of Operations for the Northern Alberta Dairy Pool, later serving on the BC Chicken Marketing Board. In addition to his work with IAF, Alistair is the 1st VP of the BC Food Processors Association and Director of Operations for the Vanderpol Food Group.
Represents Poultry, Region Fraser Valley. Board Member Since 2018.
Farming is in Angela’s blood. She grew up working on her family’s dairy farm, and later worked on and did the bookkeeping for her husband’s family dairy farm. In 2004, she and her husband changed careers and began a broiler breeder operation. Along with farming Angela has been involved in many other endeavours; a board member of Broiler Hatching Egg Producer’s Association, participating in a sustainable poultry farming group, a member of the chamber of commerce agriculture committee, sitting on a poultry in motion committee, just to name a few.
Represents Greenhouse, Floriculture & Nursery, Region Okanagan. Board Member Since 2002-08, 2013.
Prior to returning to IAF in 2013, Bert served on numerous boards including the Small Scale Food Processors Association, ARDCorp, the BC Horticulture Council, and a previous six-year term with IAF, including two years as chair. Previously he was involved with the BC Provincial Agriculture Land Commission and today also offers farm business management, strategic planning and other services through H.A. Miles Ag Consulting.
Represents Post Farm Gate, Region Lower Mainland. Board Member Since 2014.
After developing North America’s first frozen organic baby food, Kalpna now manufactures a product line of allergy-friendly snacks through her company FX-Foods Inc. She is also a director for the Small Scale Food Processors Association, and has previously served on a number of other non-profit and for-profit boards.
Represents Pre-Farm Gate, Region Thompson/Okanagan. Board Member Since 2017.
Prior to her retirement in 2015, Glenda worked at RBC for over 40 years in various communities throughout BC, specializing in agriculture and agri-business for the last 20 years and working closely with both the Nechako Cattlemen’s Association and the BC Cattlemen’s Association.