Less than 20 years after he immigrated to Lacombe, Alta., from his Netherlands dairy farm, dairy producer Hennie Bos has been appointed to the Canadian Dairy Commission.
He joins chief executive officer and former Dairy Farmers of Canada president Jacques Laforge and former dairy processor and CDC chair Randy Williamson on the three-member federal commission that oversees the dairy supply management system.
In announcing the appointment, federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz noted that Bos has been in the dairy industry for more than three decades in Canada and The Netherlands.
Dairy Farmers of Canada president and British Columbia producer Wally Smith issued a statement calling Bos a “leader in the Canadian dairy industry who has dedicated his efforts to work with all stakeholders in the industry across Canada to sustain and improve our great Canadian dairy industry.”
Bos, who operates a dairy farm and a yogurt business in Lacombe, was chair of the board of Alberta Milk from 2009 until this year. He also represented Alberta on the DFC board.
He replaces Quebec dairy producer Gilles Martin from Quebec who was appointed by former federal minister Chuck Strahl in 2007.