Our Organization

Grape Growers of Ontario is an independent, self-governing farming organization. We are not a government body, agency or department.

The Grape Growers of Ontario (GGO) is the official organization acting under the authority of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Act, and are funded entirely by grape growers who pay a fee per metric tonne of grapes sold. These funds are used to support the grape-growing system and to promote the grape and wine industry in the province.

The GGO represents all of Ontario's 500 growers of 17,000 acres of processing grapes. Our membership includes 178 wineries in the Province's three designated viticulture areas or appellations of origin: Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore and Prince Edward County, and Ontario's emerging regions.

At our annual meeting, growers elect a committee. The Growers' Committee then elects ten directors, and those directors choose the officers for the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors approves the programs, policies and strategic direction of the Grape Growers of Ontario. The Board meets every month at its offices in Niagara, and informs our grower-members throughout the year through meetings, newsletters and other communications. Every member of our Board of Directors is a grape grower, whose knowledge and experience in the grape-growing industry benefits the organization as a whole.

Officers & Directors 2016-17:

Chair:
Matthias Oppenlaender

Vice Chair:
Bill Schenck

C.E.O.
Debbie Zimmerman

Directors:
Doug Funk Jr.
Debra Marshall
Jim Morrison
Steve Pohorly
Brock Puddicombe
Kevin Watson
Erwin Wiens
Scott Wilkins


Growers’ Committee 2016-17:

TOWN OF NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE
– District 1 –

Don Forrer
Gerald Klose
David Lambert
Matthias Oppenlaender
Steve Pohorly
Albrecht Seeger
Chris Van de Laar
Kevin Watson
Erwin Wiens
James Zabek


CITY OF ST. CATHARINES
– District 2 –

Bill Schenck
Phil Wiley
 


TOWN OF LINCOLN
– District 3 –

Doug Funk Jr.
Ed Hughes
Ron Koop
Jim Morrison
Martin Schuele
Tom Wiley


TOWN OF GRIMSBY, TOWNSHIP OF WEST LINCOLN AND CITY OF HAMILTON
– District 4 –

Brock Puddicombe


SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO, BRANT, CHATHAM-KENT, ESSEX, MIDDLESEX, NORFOLK, OXFORD
– District 5 –

Scott Wilkins


PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY AND ALL OTHER GEOGRAPHIC AREAS
– District 6 –

Debra Marshall