Having grown up at the family farm, Leo dabbled in several other jobs over the course of his early career, including a stint overseas in the Netherlands. He realized that agri-business was what drew him the most and in 2010 he had the opportunity to bring his skills and experience back to the family farm. Together with his father, Harry, brothers Andries and Corne he works at Quik’s Farm; a Chilliwack based, family run business specializing in selling fresh cut flowers to wholesalers, distributors, florists, and retailers in Western Canada. He took on the responsibility of developing Quik’s Farms’ sales and logistics departments.
Recognizing the changing market trends in the floriculture industry, Leo actively pursued a forward thinking and out-of-the-box mentality to build rapport for BC Grown flowers. Leo strongly believes that putting value into the hands of consumers will build a sustainable and viable business for future generations. Currently Quik’s Farm operates out of over 10 acres of state-of-the-art glass greenhouses and 10 acres of seasonal field production. Leo is happily married to his wife Rita, and enjoys spending free time with his 2 young children, Soraya and Xander.
Rudi is an owner-operator of U&D Meier Dairy #1, which has been run by his family for over 45 years. Rudi is the second generation, farming with his twin brother Karl. He is married with 5 wonderful children, which he hopes will continue the tradition of farming. He is the Herdsman and operations manager of the ongoing and daily work on the farm.
Rudi has been in the dairy industry for 15 years, and a part of the South Fraser DHI board for 10 years. He joined the BCYF to become more involved with the future of agriculture, and to preserve the power of supply management and the protection of ALR, not only for the dairy industry but all of agriculture. He would like to contribute to keeping our agriculture a priority, valued by the public as a part of the community.
After completing her Bachelors at Kwantlen in 2013, Emma moved to Chilliwack and began her studies at the University of the Fraser Valley, earning her Certificate in Livestock Production and Diploma in Agriculture Technology. While studying at UFV, Emma worked in a range of agricultural fields, including managing a small lavender farm in Abbotsford and milking at a dairy in Rosedale, then became an Assistant Agriculture Technician at UFV. Emma also owns a small farm in Ryder Lake, where she has raised a variety of animals for meat including pigs, goats, chickens, ducks geese, and turkeys.
Matt is a Partner with KPMG Enterprise, based in the Fraser Valley but serving clients throughout the country. Matt is a leader of the Agriculture and Food Practice where he advises private companies and shareholders on a broad range of accounting, business and taxation matters in the context of a corporate group or individual entity. Matt’s clients include primary producers, processors and other enterprises directly involved in the production and sale of agricultural products.
Rebecca and her family run Winners Holstein Farms, a 400 cow dairy farm in Cloverdale, BC.
She spent her university career in Saskatoon, working towards her bachelor’s degree in agriculture, focusing on animal sciences. During this period, she spent time volunteering at the university barns when opportunities were made available during lambing season, at the dairy, and vaccinating poultry.
She has been involved in other organizations including the Mainland Young Milk Producers. Rebecca was also deeply involved in 4-H for 10 years, being involved at the club, district, provincial, and national levels. Currently, she volunteers her time for the Surrey, Richmond, and Delta Clubs as needed
Kayla is a first generation farmer in the Prince George area. Her love for agriculture began when she joined 4-H when she was 9 years old and has consistently grown over the years. She attended the University of Fraser Valley where she obtained her Diploma in Agricultural Management. Her experience also includes dairy herd management, large cow calf operation management, and all things agronomy.
She has recently started her own agribusiness, KMS Land & Cattle Company, where her focus is to produce sustainably-raised meat products that are sold direct to consumer. She also specializes in custom management: cattle, crop and/or grazing. Currently she has 100 cows, meat birds, layers and hogs.
Kayla is also a member of the local Cattleman’s, and the Dairy 4-H leader for the Prince George district where she enjoys educating youth about the endless careers in the agriculture industry.
Sam joins BCYF with a keen interest in the ALR, farmer education, labour and public communication. He earned a Agri-Tech diploma in Horticulture at the University of the Fraser Valley. Sam currently manages a 45 acre hop farm in Greendale, Chilliwack. For the past 5 years Sam has been helping re-establish hop production in British Columbia. As a director and founding member of the BC Hop Growers Association, Sam works with provincial and federal government to provide support to farmers.
Russell spends his time acting as Herd Manager at Westview Dairy Farms, which he and his father operate together. He milks and cares for almost 300 cows on their operation nestled in the Matsqui Valley between Abbotsford and Mission. Russell is a keen advocate for Agriculture and his passion led him to pursue an Animal Science Technology Diploma from Lakeland College where he gained invaluable hands-on dairy training and learned the value of working as a team. Russell is an active community member and when not volunteering he can be found sampling local delicacies, spending time with family, or finding a new adventure.
Russell joined BC Young Farmers just this past year and is excited to use his energy and experience to push the envelope for agriculture on a provincial scale and in his own backyard.
Jason is a Senior Client Relationship Manager working with The Bank of Nova Scotia to serve business owners working in various sectors of agriculture throughout BC. While growing up, he had the experience of both living and working on his family’s flower farm, B&D Bulb Ranch, located in Bradner, BC. After obtaining his Bachelor of Business Administration in 2010 from the University of the Fraser Valley, Jason pursued a career in finance. Now with over 10 years’ experience in the industry, he has the privilege of partnering with agricultural business owners to provide insight and support with expansions, succession, day to day operations, and all business banking related needs.
Adrian is a New Entrant Agrologist with the BC Ministry of Agriculture and a new representative for BC Young Farmers.
Jag is a Relationship Manager at Farm Credit Canada and a new representative for BC Young Farmers.