About BCMeats

Our Mission:  Promote. Educate. Grow.

BCMeats was founded in 2009 to address the challenges and build on the opportunities for producers, processors and retailers.

BCMeats works to build strong communication links throughout the value chain from producers to consumers.

We cultivate strategic partnerships to build a strong, viable and sustainable meat industry in BC.

Board of Directors:

Bonnie Windsor

President

Bonnie Windsor currently serves on the board of directors as the President. Bonnie was born and raised on a farm in Saskatchewan, and has strong roots in agriculture. She has spent the past 32 years working for Johnston’s in Chilliwack, working tirelessly to promote local farmers and local products to local communities and BC consumers.

A founding member of BC Meats, Bonnie is passionate about growing the BC meat industry and creating sustainability and education for all.

Mike Noullett

Vise President

Mike Noullett is a board member and one of the founding members of BCMeats. Mike has served over the years in various positions on the board, including past President. He is the owner/operator of the Class A facility Kawano Farms Ltd. in Prince George. Kawano Farms is a family run abattoir that has been in business for over 30 years.

Jacques Campbell

Secretary

Jacques Campbell currently serves on the board of directors as the Secretary. She has been a member of BCMeats since its inception and a director for several years. She is the owner/ operator of the family farm on Saturna Island. The abattoir has been an integral part of the farm operation since the 50’s.  When the province made changes in licensing regulations in 2006 they upgraded and become a fully Class A licenced plant.  They are very small but serve the surrounding communities.

Dennis Gunter

 Treasurer

Dennis Gunter currently serves on the board of directors as the Treasurer. He is one of the owner/operators of Class A facility, Gunter Bros Meat Company Ltd. a third-generation family-owned and operated business run by brothers Dennis and Harry Gunter located in Courtenay.

Barbara Schellenberg

Barbara has been serving on the boards of Small Scale Food Processors Association and the Agriculture Advisory Committee Metro Vancouver since January 2019. She is also a director on the board of the Young Agrarian Foundation. She owned/operated an organic/local foods restaurant for 9 years and since 2018 has been working as the General Manager for their company, Pasture to Plate Natural Products, providing fresh ranch raised meats to the Vancouver public. Fall 2020 Barbara took over management of their small scale abattoir, Chilcotin Harvest in Redstone BC. Barbara is passionate about food security issues and sees the meat processing industry as such an important factor in all of it. 

Ben Rainer 

Ben Rainer is the owner/operator of Rainer Custom Cutting Ltd. and a third-generation farmer. Originally a beef and dairy farm, the Rainer family homestead was started in the 1930’s. Having completed his training at the University College of the Cariboo, Ben worked in a retail meat department before building the class A abattoir in 2005, located in the North Thompson Valley. 

Paul Devick

As a lifelong rancher Paul Devick grew up on a multi-generational beef cattle operation that is now well over 100 years old. Paul has operated and expanded the ranch with his brother Arthur to what it is today for the last 41 years. The ranch has several different enterprises: small-scale forestry woodlot, a transport truck, a feedlot, some equipment contracting and more recently a provincially licensed abattoir. Paul has been involved in many committees and associations during his career, standing as chairman or president of many of them. He has also held the position of secretary and treasurer of some and understands the roles involved in these positions. Paul likes to work as part of a team to get things done.

Specialists:

Nova Woodbury, Executive Director
Sandra Vanderbyl, Program/Finance Manager

Founding Members:

BCMeats would like to acknowledge the following founding members for their generous contributions to establish the organization to be able to continue our work in supporting the meat industry in BC.
  • Richard Bell, Farmcrest Foods (Salmon Arm, BC)
  • Bonnie Windsor, Johnston’s (Chilliwack, BC)
  • Dave Fernie, Rodear Meats Ltd. (Big Lake, BC)
  • Richard Yntema, Valley Wide Meats (Enderby, BC)
  • Mike Noullett, Kawano Farms (Prince George, BC)
  • Ron Keely, Kam Lake View Meats (Kamloops, BC)
  • Ken Falk, Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry (Chilliwack, BC)
  • Dennis and Harry Gunter, Gunter Brothers Meat. Co. Ltd. (Courtenay, BC)
  • Bill Freding, Southern Plus Feedlots (Oliver, BC)
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