Fawn is a leading voice in Canadian agriculture with a particular focus on international trade and sustainable agriculture systems.
Fawn is the Director of Government and International Relations at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, an industry association representing Canada’s 63,000 beef producers, one of Canada’s largest agriculture sectors. Fawn is the lead staff for CCA’s government outreach and international trade committee that focuses on attaining meaningful market access for Canadian beef that is currently exported into 58 markets around the world.
In her previous role 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, (including organizations such as; Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ducks Unlimited, WWF, Royal Bank, McDonalds, Chop Steakhouse, Cargill, beef producers and others), in defining, monitoring and certifying sustainable beef production in Canada.
Key accomplishments during Fawn’s tenure at the CRSB included the development of the Certified Sustainable Beef Program, the first sustainable beef certification program in the world, and leading the industry’s first sustainability strategy and assessment.
Fawn is an avid advocate for the endangered grassland ecosystem and has sat on Canada’s Species at Risk Advisory Committee. Fawn also helped establish one of Canada’s leading youth agriculture mentorship programs and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Foundation that is dedicated to research, youth and the environment.
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 at the University of Alberta and a Master of International Agriculture from Oklahoma State University.
Fawn grew up on a family farm in Manitoba and now resides in Ottawa.