Members and a Guest/Spouse are invited to the



Wednesday, November 27, 2019

South Huron Recreation Centre, Exeter Ontario


Tickets: $5.00 per person


Hensall Co-op Members qualify for one ticket and one for a spouse/guest.

Order your tickets online here, or 519.262.3022


All payments will be at the door. Please have your membership number ready. 


Please have your membership number with you when you attend the meeting. 


Doors open at 9:45 a.m.

Meeting starts at 10:15 a.m.



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Membership information can be updated on-line here
or by calling Janice Cox at 519.262.3511 ext 251.


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HENSALL, Ontario — October 24, 2019 — Hensall District Co-operative, Inc. (Hensall Co-op), a leading farmer-owned co-operative in the Canadian agricultural sector, today announced that it has pledged $100,000.00 towards the proposed new Ontario Sustainable Crop Research and Innovation Centre at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus.  Ridgetown’s plans are for a two-phase project.  This pledge is in support of the second phase of the project to construct several specialized research labs for Ridgetown’s 20 plus agricultural scientists replacing the current facilities that have reached their life expectancy.


“We are committed to protecting our rural communities and we direct most of our sponsorship investment to support rural communities and education in agriculture,” says Brad Chandler, President and CEO, Hensall Co-op. “The applied and practical research results from the Ridgetown Campus remain vitally important to our growers.  We need to ensure that these researchers have the facilities and equipment they need to educate our youth, continue to address industry issues and provide scientific results through knowledge transfer to our producers. This gift clearly supports our corporate values of innovation, empowerment, and working together.  The Hensall Co-op Board of Directors, representing over 6,000 farmer-owners, believe that this is an important investment in the future of the Ridgetown Campus and agriculture in Canada.”


“Phase 1 of this two-phase Ridgetown Campus project is in the final stages of architectural design. This phase involves the construction of a $6.0 million Field Crop Services Building that will provide a state-of-the-art workspace for 15-20 crop research technicians, vegetable and field crop processing space and seed storage.  This phase of the project is an investment from the Province of Ontario through the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO). Following construction of Phase 1, we look forward to seeing Phase 2 commence once provincial and/or federal funding is in place,” says Ken McEwan, Director, University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus. “Today’s commitment of financial support from Hensall Co-op is greatly appreciated. Our Ridgetown Campus Agri-Food Foundation has now raised over $3.8 million in municipal, agribusiness and private support for this capital priority.”



Left: Members of the Executive

Right: Ken McEwan, Director University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus, Brad Chandler, CEO Hensall Co-op, Grant Craven, Vice-Chair, Ridgetown Campus Agri-Food Foundation 


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We are pleased to announce our Bloom processing facility has been certified under the SQF Level 3 program requirements.


The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program is a rigorous and credible food safety and quality program recognized by Global Foods Safety Initiative (GFSI) and by our customers world-wide. The SQF food safety and quality codes are designed to meet industry, customer, and regulatory requirements for all sectors of the food supply chain – from the farm all the way to the retail stores.


“The team in Bloom worked very hard to implement the program in in a very compressed timeframe” said Amir Naveed, Corporate QA & Product Development Manager “Our excellent rating is a result of their diligence and their recognition of the importance of maintaining high standards for food safety.”


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  Program Details Here  


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Hensall Co-op Members:

We are accepting nominations for Directors of the Board.


At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on Wednesday November 27, 2019, we will be holding elections for 3 Directors. Aise Van Beets (Bayfield) and Terence VanderWal (Denfield) have completed two 3-year terms and Ed Mosterd (Shakespeare) has completed three 3-year terms. All three of these candidates are eligible for re-election at the AGM.  

Nominations for new Directors must be submitted prior to October 15, 2019.  Under the bylaws of our Co-op, members cannot be nominated from the floor at the meeting.

Should you know of a candidate who you believe will represent the members of Hensall Co-op well as a Director on our Board, we encourage you to nominate him or her using one of the following options:

  • by delivering the nomination form in person to the Secretary of the Co-operative, Mr. William Wallace;
  • by registered or ordinary mail addressed to the Secretary of the Co-operative, Mr. William Wallace at P.O. Box 219, 1 Davidson Drive, Hensall Ontario N0M 1X0;
  • by facsimile transmission addressed to the Secretary of the Co-operative at (519) 262-2450
  • by email to

You must be a member of the Hensall Co-op to nominate a potential new Director. Again, all nominations must be submitted prior to October 15, 2019


Thank you for participating in your farmer-owned co-operative.  We look forward to seeing you at this year’s AGM on Wednesday November 27, 2019.





Peter Dinsmore



Robert Cornelis

Governance Committee







Nomination form

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Last week farmers had a chance to check out Hensall Co-op's newly acquired dry bean processing facility at Bloom, Manitoba, located near Portage la Prairie.

CEO Brad Chandler says a number of improvements are being made to the facility.

"We're increasing the cleaning capacity and the performance to get better quality product out," he explained. "We're also adding storage here, receiving legs, receiving conveyors to be able to take more product. Adding a scale for quicker in and out for our producers. It's really to make it more efficient and more effective for their operation."

Hensall President Peter Dinsmore talked about demand for their products.

"Demand is getting higher all the time," he said. "Everybody's maybe looking for a different protein product rather than meat and I think we'll see that demand grow in the future. We have good markets, we sell to 45 countries. It was processed all in Hensall, Ontario, now we're processing out here [Manitoba] too so that saves on logistics of travelling it down to Ontario. Some of what's processed here will head right to the west coast."


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