Chicken Farmers of Ontario Appoints New General Manager

    BURLINGTON, ON, Oct. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Bill Woods, Chairman of the
Board of the Chicken Farmers of Ontario, is pleased to announce the
appointment of Mr. Bill Laidlaw to the position of General Manager.
Mr. Laidlaw will join the Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) in November.
    "We are delighted to welcome to the CFO team a leader of this calibre who
has demonstrated continued leadership throughout his career and who has a
solid track record as a manager focused on results," said Mr. Woods.
"Bill Laidlaw brings a unique combination of experience in public affairs and
human resources to the position as well as a wealth of experience in both
business and not-for-profit association management."
    Bill most recently served as Executive Director of The Biotechnology
Initiative and Canadian Biotechnology Education Resource Centre.
    Bill began his career as an educator at Ridley College in St. Catharines,
Ontario, and then moved into the corporate world in Human Resources
management. He gained experience in this sector with corporate leaders such as
The Bay, Royal Trust, Paul Revere Life Insurance and Glaxo Canada.
    Following his career in human resources, Bill transferred into
public-affairs management as Director of Government Relations with
GlaxoWellcome Inc. During his 10 years in this role, he was instrumental in
managing the public-affairs function to make it into a leader of the
pharmaceutical industry. He also assumed a leadership role in the successful
industry lobby to bring about changes in Canada's intellectual-property
protection for brand-name pharmaceuticals, and he was awarded the industry's
President's Award in 1998 for this effort.
    In 2000, Bill moved into the world of not-for-profit and association
management as CEO of St. John Ambulance in Ontario and CEO of the Ontario
Community Newspapers Association. During this period, Bill also worked on
contracts through his consulting firm, Parkelaw Inc. with such clients as
Rx&D, the Ontario Hospital Association, the Canadian National Institute for
the Blind, the Multiple Sclerosis Association of Canada and America, and the
Canadian Petroleum Products Institute.
    His volunteer activities have included service as Chair and CEO of the
Ontario Chamber of Commerce, President of the Empire Club of Canada, President
of the Metropolitan Toronto Lung Association. He has also served on the Boards
of the Queensway General Hospital, the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation, the
University of Guelph Alumni Association, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and
the Public Affairs Association of Canada.
    He is also an experienced fundraiser, having worked on numerous campaigns
for hospitals, universities and other not-for-profit organizations. In 1990 he
was awarded the Arbour award from the University of Toronto for his
volunteer-fund development work at the university.
    Bill holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of
Guelph, a Bachelor of Education from Queen's University, a Masters in
Education from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree in History at
Queen's University. Bill also is a Certified Human Resources Professional.
    Bill lives in Burlington, Ontario, with his wife, Sara, an executive with
ING Insurance. They have two grown children, Kate and Elizabeth.

    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 2,800 chicken farmers live in Ontario. They
produce more than 303 million kilograms of chicken meat annually, valued at
over $467 million 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.

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