Agriculture Development Branch Staff Directory - Business

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  1. Business Management
  2. Growing Forward2 Business Development
  3. Access OMAFRA

Agriculture Business Management

From capital investment decisions to managing your staff, OMAFRA's Business Management staff provides information and expertise on a range of agricultural business management topics. Our website offers tools you can download such as free farm business decision calculators and cost-of-production budgets for more than 50 different commodities. We also offer factsheets on a variety of subjects including business agreements, succession planning, and marketing. The OMAFRA Agricultural Business Update is a free monthly e-mail newsletter with updates on events, programs and information of interest to farm business managers and farm business management advisors.

Peter Coughler
Manager (A), Business Management, Guelph
1 Stone Road West, 3rd Floor N1G 4Y2
Telephone: 519-826-3285
Fax: 519-826-3254

Business Management

Mark Ferguson
Business Management Specialist, Guelph

1 Stone Road West, 3rd Floor N1G 4Y2
Telephone: 519-826-3173
Fax: 519-826-3254

Areas of Focus

  • Business management information and tools
  • Farm succession and new entrants
  • Strategic industry development and planning
  • Human resources and farm safety

Jessica M. Kelly
Direct Farm Marketing Program Lead, Elora

6484 Wellington Road 7, Unit 10 N0B 1S0
Telephone: 519-846-3404
Fax: (519) 846-8178

Areas of Focus:

  • Direct farm marketing
  • Agri-tourism
  • Customer service
  • Market research
  • Value added agriculture
  • Farm Diversification strategies

John Molenhuis
Business Analysis and Cost of Production Specialist, Brighton
95 Dundas Street East, RR 3 K0K 1H0
Telephone: 613-475-9472
Fax: 613-475-3835

Areas of Focus:

  • Crop and livestock cost of production budgeting
  • TIP Report (Towards Increased Profits) report prepared through AgriStability
  • Benchmarking and measuring farm financial performance
  • Budgeting machinery, land and building costs
  • Editor of the Ag Business Update e-newsletter

Julie Poirier Mensinga, Regional Economic Development Branch
Agriculture Development Advisor (Bilingual), North Region, Verner

Highway 64, Caldwell Township Building, Box 521 P0H 2M0
Telephone: 705-594-2315
Fax: 705-594-9675

Areas of Focus:

  • Design and deliver economic development knowledge transfer activities in areas such as local food marketing, farm business management.
  • Deliver agriculture economic development focused facilitations with district, regional and provincial organizations and partnerships.
  • Deliver applied research and demonstration projects in partnership with agricultural and rural organizations and multi-level government such as: Local Foods, Value Chains, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Robb Wagner
Business Opportunities and Market Strategies Specialist, Guelph

1 Stone Road West, 3rd Floor N1G 4Y2
Telephone: 519-826-3235
Fax: 519-826-3254

Areas of Focus:

  • Commodity Marketing: information and resources on marketing plans using futures, forwards, options and other tools
  • Tracking commodity markets
  • Information on developing products and markets for changing customer demand
  • Identifying, researching and analyzing new business opportunities

Erich Weber
Business Finance Specialist, Guelph

1 Stone Road West, 3rd Floor N1G 4Y2
Telephone: 519-826-4350
Fax: 519-826-3254

Areas of Focus

  • Agricultural taxation - implications of selling or transferring farm business assets
  • Financing arrangements
  • Business structures - corporations, partnerships and joint venture

Growing Forward 2 Business Development

Anne Marie Ker
Business Development Program Coordinator, Guelph

1 Stone Road West, 3rd Floor N1G 4Y2
Telephone: 519-826-3220
Fax: 519-826-4058
Areas of Focus:

  • Coordinates programming, provides oversight and ensures the delivery of the Growing Forward 2 programming as it relates to Market Development, Labour Productivity Enhancement and Business and Leadership Development
  • Provincial liaison with the Agri-food Management Institute (AMI) and Farm Management Canada (FMC)
  • Develops resources, tools and information to support the agri-food and agri-products sectors in Ontario


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Agricultural Information Contact Centre

OMAFRA's Agricultural Information Contact Centre (AICC) provides quick access to our information and expertise. AICC agents have the experience and background to answer agriculture and agribusiness questions. If needed, they will also put you in touch with a provincial specialist.

Hours of operation:

Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Telephone: 1-877-424-1300
TTY 1-855-696-2811

Publication Order Centre and OMAFRA Resources Centre

You can access both paid and free publications from any ServiceOntario or OMAFRA Resource Centre. To get a list of products, contact one of the numbers listed below or visit the OMAFRA website.

Hours of operation, Guelph ServiceOntario Centre:

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Publications can be ordered through the ServiceOntario Publications website at, or contact ServiceOntario Publications by phone at:

TTY 1-800-268-7095

Telephone: 1-800-267-8097 or call the AICC at 1-877-424-1300 for the OMAFRA Resource Centre nearest you.

For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
Author: Betty Summerhayes - Product Development Specialist/OMAFRA
Creation Date: March 2008
Last Reviewed: 02 June 2017