Visser Elected Chair of P.E.I. Potato Board

Published online: Jan 26, 2022 Articles
Viewed 506 time(s)
Source: Island Farmer

The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has a new executive as a result of its Nov. 17 board of directors meeting.

John Visser is the new chair. The Victoria producer was elected by his fellow directors following the board's recent annual meeting. He replaces Wayne Townshend, who has held the post for the last two years. Visser has been on the Potato Board for three years serving as a table-stock director. He and his family own and operate Victoria Potato Farm Inc. Visser represents the Central District; he served as vice chair in 2020-2021.

The new vice chairman of the Board is Billy Cameron of Hampton. Cameron and his family own and operate Cameron Farms; he represents the seed sector. Chad Robertson of Kingsboro is the new secretary-treasurer. Robertson farms with Marvyn’s Gardens Inc. and represents the table-stock sector.

The Board also welcomed new director Guy Cudmore of Preston Cudmore and Sons Inc., representing the seed sector for the Eastern District. The remaining directors are: Mark MacMillan, processing, Eastern; Mary Gillis, seed, Western; Jason Hayden, table-stock, Eastern; Becky Townshend, processing, at-large; Donald Stavert, seed, Central; Craig Wallace, processing, Western; John Griffin, table-stock, Western;  and Rob Green, processing, Central

The Board also recognized the efforts of retiring Board member and former chairman Wayne Townsend, for his service over the past few years.

Directors are elected to represent three districts across the province and three at large positions. Each district and the at-large positions are represented by a seed grower, a table-stock grower and a processing grower. Directors serve three-year terms and are eligible for re-election to serve a second three-year term. The directors serving on the P.E.I. Potato Board are all from family farms with a heritage of growing potatoes and other crops for many years.