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Remembering John Janzen – A great champion for the Ontario chicken industry

BURLINGTON, ON - January 23, 2019 - Today, as an industry, we come together to remember John E. Janzen.
On behalf of the Chicken Farmers of Ontario Board of Directors, staff, and the Ontario chicken industry, we express our deepest sympathies to the Janzen Family at this difficult time.
Highly regarded by his peers and colleagues in the Ontario and Canadian broiler industry, John worked relentlessly throughout his career to transform the Canadian chicken production and marketing system and identify growth opportunities.
Having started out his career during a time of industry turmoil and distress, John’s persistent efforts to instill an alternative marketing approach not only improved the quality, marketability and profitability of chicken production, it helped to drive consumer demand for and consumption of chicken – making it the strong agricultural food commodity we know and love today.
Those who worked alongside John consistently reference his leadership skills, describing him as “visionary”, “productive” and “charismatic”. The success and strength of the chicken industry in Ontario is most certainly due to the initiatives that John and his peers led on a provincial and national scale. There is a unanimous view that John was instrumental in pioneering Ontario’s first supply management system for a food product, which, in turn, set a precedent for other food commodities in the province.
John will forever be remembered for his hard work, unwavering commitment and great contributions - which moved our industry forward.


From all of us at Chicken Farmers of Ontario

CLICK HERE to read John’s Obituary.

CLICK HERE to watch John reminisce about the early days of supply management and learn more about his significant contributions.