Executive Board

Presidents & Vice-Presidents

President, Clarence Nywening

Clarence is a broiler-breeder operator and cash cropper from the Thamesville area. He has long been involved in leadership positions at the local and provincial level with a number of organizations, such as the Broiler-Breeder Association, Cadets and the Chatham-Kent Christian Farmers Association.

Vice-President, Richard Blyleven

Richard is an egg and crop producer from Haldimand County. Richard comes with much experience, having served on many boards in the past, including the Ontario Wheat Producers Marketing Board. He was chair of AgCare from 2006 to 2010.

 Vice-President, John Kikkert

John is a chicken and turkey producer from Smithville. John has previously served as President for the CFFO from 2003-2009. He has also served on the Chicken Farmers of Ontario, the Turkey Farmers of Ontario and the Farm Animal Council boards. John is currently a member of the AAC corporate governance committee.


John Bos

John resides in the Cambridge area and is part of a multi-generational family farm with dairy and pork as their main commodities. This is the first time John is a part of the CFFO Executive Board, but he brings a lot of experience as a member of other boards.

Simon de Boer

Simon is active in the daily life of his family dairy farm in Tara, now owned by his son and daughter-in-law. He has served several terms on the CFFO’s Executive Board, most recently from 2015-2016. Simon has also served on the Grey-Bruce District CFA board in various capacities for many years. He chair of both the Arran-Tara Agricultural Society and ALUS Grey-Bruce, and is also involved in Farmers Week in Grey-Bruce County. Simon has also served on the board of the local Christian school and on his church council, both located in Owen Sound.

Frank Hoftyzer

Frank, along with his wife and business partner Julia,  run a cash crop and custom farming business. Frank has been involved with many boards in the past, including the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association. This is Frank’s first term as an executive member on the CFFO Executive Board.

Peter Peeters

Peter is a beef producer from Omemee. Peter also boasts Ontario’s largest purebred herd of Pinzgauer cattle, a docile breed hailing from Austria. Peter is the president of the Victoria County Cattlemen Association and a member of the local Soil and Crop Improvement Association.

Ed Scharringa

Ed is a grower of specialty crops near Rockton. He is active in greenhouse and outdoor cut flower production for Canadian and U.S. markets and previously owned and operated a farm retail division.