Fawn is a leading voice in Canadian agriculture with a particular focus on sustainable agriculture systems, research and policy. In her role as Chief Sustainability Officer, Fawn works with the Dairy Farmers of Canada senior management team to inform and implement board strategy regarding sustainability, research and on-farm programs. Fawn’s team is leading the work on DFC’s goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from farm level dairy production by the year 2050, positioning Canada’s dairy industry as a global leader and climate positive solution for Canada’s green economy.
In a previous role Fawn was the Director of Policy and International Affairs with the Canadian Cattle Association leading their policy and government relations teams. Additionally, Fawn was the founding Executive Director of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. During her time at the CRSB Fawn led the 110+ multi-stakeholder member organization in defining, monitoring and certifying sustainable beef production in Canada. A key accomplishment during Fawn’s tenure at the CRSB included the development of a Certified Sustainable Beef Program, the first sustainable beef certification program in the world.
Fawn is passionate about the environment and mentorship and is proud to currently be serving as a board member with Ducks Unlimited Canada and 4-H Canada. She is a past board member of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, and Canada’s Species at Risk Advisory Committee and was a founding participant of the Canadian Wetland Roundtable.
Fawn’s schooling included attending Pearson College UWC, the University of Alberta where she attained a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource and Agricultural Economics and a Master of International Agriculture (with a focus on trade and development) from Oklahoma State University. Fawn grew up on a family beef and grain farm.
Fawn is an avid champion for multi-stakeholders working together to build sustainable agriculture systems.