Bill Bearss has been chosen to chair the Ontario Broiler Hatching Egg and Chick Commission, taking over from Jim Rickard who is retiring from the post.
Bearss becomes the third chairman of the commission, a post that is key to mediating between equal numbers of directors representing hatching chick producers and their clients, the hatcheries.
The first chairman was the late Murray Gaunt who held the position while he was a farm reporter for CKNX broadcasting station in Wingham.
Bearss has a wealth of experience in the poultry industry, including six years as general manager of the Chicken Farmers of Ontario marketing board.
That board’s members are customers buying the chicks produced by the hatching egg commission’s members.
Bearss will take over when the annual meeting ends March 5.
Rickard had just finished serving as chairman of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food Appeal Tribunal when he was appointed chairman of the hatching egg commission.