Media advisory - Chicken Farmers of Ontario Hosts 2008 Annual General Meeting - "Our Industry, Our Partners, Our Future"



    TORONTO, March 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) will be
hosting its Annual General Meeting at the Doubletree International Plaza
Hotel. This year's theme is "Our Industry, Our Partners, Our Future". Ontario
Agriculture Minister, the Honourable Leona Dombrowsky will make her second
annual appearance, delivering the keynote address at the evening banquet. The
Minister's Parliamentary Assistant Lou Rinaldi, MPP will open the day with
remarks to delegates in the morning. Other guest speakers include Ken Wong,
Associate Professor at Queen's University who will provide us with some
thoughts on the fundamentals for success in an evolving business environment.
The day will be a thoughtful review of the status of chicken farming in
Ontario and an insightful look at the future that we and our partners envision
for Ontario's chicken industry.

    
    Where:             Doubletree International Plaza Hotel
                       Toronto Airport
                       655 Dixon Road, Toronto

    When:              Monday, March 17, 2008

    9:35-9:45am        Greetings from Lou Rinaldi, MPP, Northumberland
                       Parliamentary Assistant
                       Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs

    10:25-11:30am      Our Industry Today and Tomorrow:

                       Mike Dungate, General Manager, Chicken Farmers of
                       Canada Dave Hope, Chair, Ontario Farm Products
                       Marketing Commission
                       Bill Smirle, Chairperson, National Farm Products
                       Council
                       David Fuller, Chair, Chicken Farmers of Canada

    11:30-11:40am      Chicken Farmers of Canada Update
                       Urs Kressibucher, CFO Board Director and CFC
                       Representative

    11:40-11:55am      Poultry Industry Council
                       Tim Nelson, Executive Director

    12:00-1:30pm       Lunch

    1:30-2:45pm        Our Future: "Your Next Big Thing"
                       Dr. Ken Wong, Associate Professor, Queen's University

    2:45-3:00pm        CFO Chair's Address
                       Bill Woods, Chair

    3:00-3:15pm        Our Partners, Our Industry
                       Bruce McCullagh, Senior Vice President, Maple Leaf
                       Foods

    3:15-3:20pm        Kelly Daynard, Program Manager, Ontario Farm Animal
                       Council

    3:20-3:35pm        Kim McKinnon, Vice President Communications
                       Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors

    3:35-3:55pm        CFO General Manager's Address
                       Bill Laidlaw, General Manager

    4:15-6:00pm        Refreshments
                       Ontario Farm Animal Council Video Booth
                       CFO Field Services Booth

    6:00-8:00pm        Address by Hon. Leona Dombrowsky,
                       Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
                       Banquet

    Please Note:       Chicken Farmers of Ontario's General Manager Bill
                       Laidlaw will be available to the media for questions
                       and comments.

                       Media are welcome throughout the meeting and should
                       present themselves to Kirsten Fraser for registration.


    About the Chicken Farmers of Ontario:

    Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) is a farmer-run, non-profit organization
representing more than 1,100 Ontario chicken farmers. It has been in existence
since 1965 and operates under a marketing system known as "supply management"
or "orderly marketing."
    Ontario is the largest producer, processor and consumer of chicken in
Canada. Over 1,100 of Canada's 2800 chicken farmers live in Ontario. They
produce more than 303 million kilograms of chicken meat annually, valued at
over 467 million dollars before it leaves the farm.
    CFO is accountable to the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission, an
agency of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
    




For further information:

For further information: Kirsten Fraser, Cell: (613) 421-1274

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