Staff | Ontario Pork
Sunday, September 25, 2022

Ontario Pork Staff

Leadership Team:

Ken Ovington - General Manager

Ken Ovington, General Manager, supervises all aspects of Ontario Pork’s operations. He plays a lead role in assisting the Ontario Pork Board of Directors in the development of strategy, policy and initiatives that benefit pork producers and industry. Ken is responsible for fostering alliances and building partnerships between stakeholders, as well as establishing organizational objectives, priorities, and deliverables that are consistent with the policies and strategic direction of Ontario Pork.

Patrick O’Neil - Manager of Business Economics and Development

As part of the management team, Patrick works closely with the Risk Management Advisory Committee, commodity organizations, the Canadian Pork Council and government staff to support new and existing provincial and federal safety net programs. He plays a leadership role in analyzing and recommending changes to policy, procedure and programs to support economic growth for the swine sector, and represents Ontario Pork on the Ontario Agricultural Commodity Council.

Blair Cressman - Manager of Marketing Division

Blair and the staff of the marketing division assist participating pork producers in getting maximum value for their animals. This includes operation of the booking and delivery system, negotiating freight rates for Ontario Pork’s customers and maintaining producer-packer supply agreements. In this role, Blair is responsible for the development and implementation of marketing strategy, management of U.S. sales and shipments, and administration of the forward pricing program.

Stacey Ash - Manager of Communications and Consumer Marketing

Stacey and her department support Ontario’s pork producers and their partners by creating a healthy and growing appetite for Ontario grown pork and a supportive environment for the industry. In consultation with our members, the team develops the strategy, messages, marketing, tools and resources needed to communicate accurate, reliable and valuable information to members, industry partners and the general public – promoting a positive image to all Canadians, while strengthening industry pride.

Jim Weir - Manager of Finance and Administration

Jim and his department are responsible for managing Ontario Pork’s finances. This includes auditing as well as day-to-day operational financing such as banking, accounts receivable/payable, taxation and payroll.

Neil Harper - Information Systems Team Manager

Neil and the Information Systems group maintain a sophisticated information technology system to enable information transfer among all producers, partners and customers. Responsibilities include secure database management, data conversion and transfer of price reporting, website hosting and technology support for staff.

Frank Wood - Manager of Industry and Member Services

Frank and his team work together as a liaison between producers and Ontario Pork by establishing effective, cooperative business relationships with producers and their associations. The team is responsible for implementing national programs, assisting producers in adopting new technologies; and communicating current industry challenges to producers, associations and industry partners.


For producer support, contact the Industry and Member Services team:


Sam Bradshaw - Environmental Specialist

Sam provides accurate, concise data on swine environmental issues to producers, industry and the public. He responds to proposed environmental legislation and liaises with government to ensure producers’ interests are respected. He also attends on-farm emergency situations such as barn fires and catastrophic loss of animals.

Dr. Mike DeGroot - Technical Programs Veterinarian

Mike is Ontario Pork’s resident veterinarian, involved in pork industry programs and communication with provincial and federal governments regarding swine health. He helps deliver a range of technical programs, including PED surveillance, biosecurity, antimicrobial use/resistance and Canadian Quality Assurance (CQA).

Cristiane Mesquita - Senior Program Lead

Cristiane works closely with producers, validators and stakeholders to implement and improve the Canadian Pork Excellence (CPE) program.

Laura Hamilton - Program Specialist

Laura is focused on supporting producers through improved online training, AgManifest updates and new program development.

Anastassia Lagounova Member Services Liaison

Anastassia is a great contact for general inquiries, placing a tag order, requesting resource binders, captive bolt mainence, PigTrace and the Canadian Pork Excellence (CPE) program. You can reach her at extension 1208.


For other questions including media inquiries, please call 1-877-668-7675 for access to the full staff directory.