Executive Board

Presidents & Vice-Presidents

Clarence Nywening, President

Clarence is a broiler-breeder operator and cash cropper from the Thamesville area. This is his third term as president. Clarence has long been involved in leadership positions at the local and provincial level with a number of organizations, including Chatham-Kent-Essex Christian Farmers Association. Clarence serves as Ontario’s President’s Council (as VP), the Ontario Agricultural Commodity Council (OACC), the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC), and the 4R Steering Committee on nutrient management.

Richard Blyleven, Vice-President & Secretary

Richard is an egg and crop producer from Haldimand County. He has served on many boards in the past, including the Ontario Wheat Producers Marketing Board. He was chair of AgCare from 2006 to 2010. He also represents the CFFO for OMAFRA’s Timing Matters initiative on nutrient management. He serves on the Environmental Council for Farm & Food Care, Ontario.

John Kikkert, Vice-President

John is a chicken and turkey producer from Smithville. He served as CFFO President from 2003 to 2009. He has also served on the boards of Chicken Farmers of Ontario, Turkey Farmers of Ontario, and the Ontario Farm Animal Council. John has also represented the CFFO as a member of the Agricultural Adaptation Council’s corporate governance committee. John was chair of Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame (completed June 2018) and is currently serving as past president. He is currently President of the Niagara District Christian Farmers Association (CFA), the District 5 Committee Representative for Chicken Farmers of Ontario, and the Chair of the Christian School Foundation since 2016.


John Bos, Director & Treasurer

John resides in the Cambridge area and is part of a multi-generational family farm with dairy and pork as their main commodities. John brings a lot of experience as a member of other boards. He recently served on Ontario’s Soil Health Working Group, representing the CFFO in the development of OMAFRA’s New Horizons: Ontario’s Soil Health and Conservation Strategy. John also sits on the Animal Care Council of Farm & Food Care, Ontario. John also serves as president of the Wentworth-Brant District CFA.

Simon de Boer, Director

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 is chair of both the Arran-Tara Agricultural Society and ALUS Grey-Bruce. Simon has also served on his local Christian school board and church council, both located in Owen Sound.

Frank Hoftyzer, Director

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

Peter Peeters, Director

Peter owns and operates a family beef farm in Omemee. His cattle, Pinzguaers, are a novelty in the area with their distinctive markings and docile nature. Peter is a Director and Past President of the Victoria County Beef Producers and current president of the East Central District CFA. He also serves on the local Soil and Crop Improvement Association.

Ed Scharringa, Director

Ed is a grower of specialty crops near Lynden. He is active in greenhouse and outdoor cut flower production for Canadian and U.S. markets and previously owned and operated a farm retail market and restaurant. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Farm & Food Care Ontario and the Agricultural Adaptation Council as a representative for general farm interests.