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DFO changes leadership









Lloyd (center) with DFO board members and company officials at the site of Peterborough's fairlife milk in November, 2018.


By Suzanne Atkinson


February 4, 2019 - General manager and CEO Graham Lloyd is the latest casualty in a house cleaning at the Dairy Farmers of Ontario which appears to have begun with the retirement of Peter Gould in 2017.


Lloyd, who replaced Gould “is no longer with Dairy Farmers of Ontario,” says a posting which was issued Friday on the weekly Dairy Farmers Update.


DFO held its first board meeting last week under the leadership of new chairman Murray Sherk, who had billed himself as a ”relationship builder,” during an interview with Ontario Farmer after the organization’s annual meeting one month ago.


The release says the board “will be appointing an acting general manager shortly,” and Lloyd’s departure was effective Jan. 31.


Lloyd had been appointed general manager Aug. 25, 2017.


Senior managers Patrick Hop Hing and George McNaughton, as well as chair Ralph Dietrich have also left since Lloyd’s appointment.


“The board and directors will continue to lead our organization and work to support both staff and producers,” says the DFO release.


Lloyd, who graduated from law school (University of Ottawa) in 1993, joined the DFO in June 2011 to fill the new role of general counsel and corporate secretary. He took over as DFO’s communications director in 2012.


The May 2017 announcement of his appointment explained “As part of DFO’s senior management team, Mr. Lloyd was instrumental in many accomplishments, including the implementation of the national ingredient strategy and seizing significant market growth opportunities.”


Gould praised Lloyd then, saying he had “built valuable relationships with government and industry stakeholders.”