OTTAWA: From running unopposed, to having two challengers, Chris van den Heuvel remained unshaken as he delivered his speech to the crowd at the Canadian Federation of Agriculture’s 2019 Annual Meeting.
He spoke of his roots in Cape Breton, touching on lessons he learned from his father growing up, and how that has helped shape him into the leader he is today.
Along with his wife Karen, they partnered with their son, milking 60 cows on their fourth generation mixed dairy and beef farm in Port Hood.
Van den Heuvel – the past president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture (NSFA) and the current Inverness/Victoria County Federation president, and CFA director – was elected into the position of second vice president on February 28. The federation is proud to see Nova Scotia represented on a National board.
“It was an exciting moment, not only for Chris, but also for Nova Scotia,” said Victor Oulton, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. “I’m glad to have been able to be in the room as the results came in, after the speech he delivered the energy in the room was sky high. Canadian agriculture is in good hands with the newly elected officers.”
Members from the federation’s executive committee, as well at the executive director, were in Ottawa attending the CFA’s annual meeting and were able to witness this moment.
“To say that I’m excited would be an understatement,” said van den Heuvel. “I look forward to serving Canadian farmers alongside Mary Robinson and Keith Currie and helping to push our industry to reach its potential.”