Rachel Telford

President

Contact Rachel:
president@ecfwa.ca

Rachel Telford works at Grain Farmers of Ontario as the managing editor of the association’s farmer-
member magazine, the Ontario Grain Farmer. She is also the co-host of the GrainTALK podcast and
works on other writing projects within the communications department at Grain Farmers of Ontario.

Rachel holds a bachelor of journalism (broadcast major) from Ryerson University. She spent the early part of her career working for a Toronto production company that focused on rally car racing and then
spent eight years as a news writer and assignment editor at The Weather Network.

Rachel enjoys rural life in the Niagara Region with her husband and young daughter.

Suzanne Atkinson

Second vice-president

Contact Suzanne: 2ndvicepresident@ecfwa.ca

Sposibo! That’s the phonetic equivalent of ‘Thank you,’- in Russian.

Second VP Suzanne Atkinson thinks Sposibo often, when she thinks of ECFWA. That’s because a CFWF bursary helped her attend Motor Rally- a dairy industry car rally in Russia. From there she helped organize a similar tour for 50 Russian dairymen to experience our Canadian dairy industry.

As an ECFWA executive member she’s made it her mission to help grow our numbers so that other ag communicators can experience the benefits of membership.

Suzanne has been a regular contributor to Ontario Farmer for 25 years and with her husband and family operates a 50 cow dairy south of Peterborough.

Jess Campbell

ECFWA director

Jess Campbell is an accomplished storyteller. Sometimes, those stories are her own. Mostly, she helps others tell their own stories in the best way possible, and has been
doing so for a number of years.

When she’s not working with clients, Jess is many things, including but not limited to:
wife to Andrew, mum to a gentle girl and a feisty boy, partner in Fresh Air Media and Bellson Farms, aspiring author, outstanding baker (just ask her father-in-law), ukulele enthusiast, inflexible yogi, inspired mental health advocate, covetous reader of all the books, semi-devoted runner, fully devoted Toronto Raptors fan, and unabashed Harry Potter/J.K. Rowling fanatic.

Mary Feldskov

Secretary-Treasurer

Contact Mary: 
secretarytreasurer@ecfwa.ca

As ECFWA's secretary-treasurer, Mary keeps tabs on the organization's membership, finances, and manages the website and member communications.  If you have a question about ECFWA, Mary is the one to contact to find out the answer!

A full-time mom of four, Mary also works part-time as communications coordinator for Heartland Soil and Crop Improvement Association and is a freelance writer. 

Marty Brett

ECFWA director

A journalist by training, Marty has been a member of Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) since 2000. Since 2007, he has served as the CFC representative to the Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education - also known for the programs FightBAC! and Be Food Safe. He has also been the CFC representative to the Nutrient Rich Alliance, a nutrition-based group that gathers the animal product commodities together for policy and nutrition discussions.

As Senior Corporate Communications Officer, Marty is responsible for corporate communications and media relations. He is the editor of the Chicken Farmer newsletter as well as the organization's annual report and a contributor to the online environments at chicken.ca and chickenfarmers.ca. He regularly works alongside his colleagues in event planning, strategic partnerships, sponsorships - such as Swimming Canada - and networking with fellow communicators.

Ian Cummings

ECFWA director

Kelsey Johnson

First Vice-President

Contact Kelsey: 
1stvicepresident@ecfwa.ca

A self-described political junkie, Kelsey is most often found running around the nation’s capital chasing the political news of the day. A graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program, Kelsey currently works as an reporter on Parliament Hill who specializes in all things related to Canadian economic, agriculture and trade issues. Her byline has appeared in numerous publications including Reuters, iPolitics, The Toronto Star, The Western Producer and Farmtario. 

When she’s not chasing a story, Kelsey can be found cheering on her beloved Edmonton Eskimos, camping, cooking and hanging out with her sassy ginger cat named Harry. 

Maegan MacKimmie

ECFWA director

Maegan MacKimmie holds a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Guelph, a diploma in print journalism from Sheridan College, and a post-graduate certificate in public relations and communications from Humber College. She has worked on communication projects for TROT Magazine, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, and Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.

MacKimmie is Communications Lead at Grain Farmers of Ontario. She is responsible for representing farmer-member interests, leading communications projects and events, writing for the Ontario Grain Farmer magazine, as well as supervising the Grain Discovery Zone ambassador program.

Alice Guthrie

ECFWA director

Matt McIntosh

ECFWA director