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Membership Listing



Winter, Buck


Watpool, Tom
Farmer, Vice Chair of DAAC


Bowman, Eric


Henderson, John
Retired Farmer


Taylor, Fuzz


Kemp, Kevin


Smith, Bryan



Bath, Debbie

Member at Large

Puterbough, Frazer
Farmer, Vice Chair of DAAC

Member at Large

Member at Large

Risebrough, Dave
Rural Resident

Member at Large

Howsam, Brad
Rural Resident

Member at Large

Bacon, Ivan
Rural Resident

Member at Large

Cohoon, Zac
Farmer, Chair of DAAC

Durham Region Federation of Agriculture

O'Connor, Gerri-Lynn

Regional Committee of the Whole Representative

Rowett, Tom (Alternate)

Regional Planning Committee Representative

Membership Biographies

Buck Winter

  • DAAC member since 2011.
  • Owner/operator of Wintermere Sod Growers in Ajax.
  • Former dairy farmer (converted to sod in 1990).
  • Familiar with the challenges and opportunities of farming near the urban area.

Tom Watpool

  • DAAC member since 2011.
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph.
  • "Farrow to finish" hog operation and 1,200 acres of crops.
  • Continually upgrades education by attending several agriculture seminars each year.

Eric Bowman

  • DAAC Member since 2007.
  • Member of the Clarington Agricultural Advisory Committee.
  • Bachelor of Animal Science from the University of Guelph.
  • Owner and operator of Bowmanview Farms (organic beef) and Gallery on the Farm (art gallery and store).
  • Completed Environmental Farm Plan and Nutrient Management Plan course.
  • Holds organic certification.

John Henderson

  • DAAC member since 2015.
  • Lived in Oshawa since 2003.
  • Raised on a 4th generation mixed farm in Wollaston Township, Hastings County.
  • Graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc in Agriculture (Resources Management).
  • Farmed for 13 years in the Markham/Pickering area.
  • Worked for the Food Inspection Branch, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for 25 years; retired in 2011.

Fuzz Taylor

  • Previously ran their family dairy operation for almost forty years.
  • Currently grows soybeans, corn, wheat and hay.
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph.

Kevin Kemp

  • DAAC member since 2011.
  • Owns and operates several farms in the Township of Scugog.
  • Beef, hog and poultry farmer.
  • Cash crop farmer that provides hay for the horse industry.
  • Executive member of the Durham Cattlemen’s Association.
  • Active member of the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association.
  • Member of the Durham Federation of Agriculture, Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Ecological Farmers of Ontario and Grain Farmers of Ontario.
  • Founder and Past President of Durham Farm Fresh Marketing Association.

Bryan Smith

  • Family has been farming since before the turn of the 20th Century.
  • Currently grows hay, corn and soybeans.
  • Licensed mechanic with experience operating heavy farm machinery and working with new technology.

Hubert Schillings

  • DAAC member since 2004.
  • Second generation farmer and part-owner of White Feather Farms Inc.
  • Egg and chicken farmer, grain producer.
  • Director of the Egg Farmers of Ontario.
  • Farms land in Oshawa, Whitby, Scugog and Clarington.

Debbie Bath

  • Previous Planning and Economic Development Committee representative on DAAC (2010-2014).
  • Lives on a dairy farm and has experience in the farming industry.
  • On Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority's Board of Directors.

Frazer Puterbough

  • DAAC member since 2007.
  • Bachelor of Animal Science from the University of Guelph.
  • Involved with the 4H Dairy Club in Durham East.
  • Works on the family dairy farm, Altona Lea Holsteins.

Keith Kennedy

  • DAAC member since 2007.
  • Born and raised in Uxbridge.
  • Operates a dairy farm in Uxbridge.
  • Graduate of the University of Guelph (BSc), majoring in Animal and Poultry Science.
  • Past involvements include: Chair of local and provincial Farm Labour Pool, 4H Dairy Club Leader, Ontario Country Holstein Club Director and Durham Region Milk Committee Member.

Dave Risebrough

  • DAAC member since 2007.
  • Raised on a dairy farm in Uxbridge.
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph.
  • Retired from Farm Credit Canada (Account Manager):
    • Involved in assessment, approval and ongoing management of agricultural financing.
    • Clients in various agricultural commodities.

Brad Howsam

  • DAAC member since 2012.
  • Lives in the rural area of Whitby and grew up in Greenbank (Township of Scugog).
  • Has knowledge of agriculture and rural related issues.

Ivan Bacon

  • DAAC member since 2013.
  • Lives in rural area of Brock Township.
  • Grew up on a dairy farm, and has worked on various agricultural operations.
  • Farm equipment certificate from Fanshawe College.
  • Employed as a Farm Manager for 11 years.
  • Employed since 2005 at an insurance company, works with farm clients on a regular basis.

Zac Cohoon

  • DAAC member since 2009.
  • Cash crop farmer (corn, soy, beans).
  • Past President of the Durham Federation of Agriculture.

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