Mark Hamel is Vice-Chairperson of the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada. His passion for the co-op sector is reflected in the dairy industry as well as the insurance field. Mark has built a reputation on integrity and consistently delivers results by aligning corporate governance with sound business judgement. Mark currently sits on the Board of Gay Lea Foods Ltd as a Director for 12 years, including four as Chairman, and a founding member of the Gay Lea Foundation. Mark was recently elected Chair of Howick Mutual Insurance and has more than twenty years of experience in the insurance field.
Mark’s career also includes sitting on the Ontario Co-operative Association Board as Past Chair. He has been a part of On Co-op’s regulatory and legislative committee and is a member of the joint On Co-op and Conseil de la cooperation de l’Ontario Government Relations Committee. As well, Mark is a delegate to the Co-operatives and Mutuals of Canada. Mark is married to Cathy and together they are partners with their son (4th generation) and his wife on the family dairy farm Harmony Holsteins in Bruce County, Ontario.