This case study examines the governance of a prominent Ontario dairy co-operative, featuring an explanation of its search for a new CEO.
It might surprise you to know that Gay Lea Foods is a co-operative owned by over 1,200 farmers. That's approximately one quarter of Ontario's dairy farmers, with five production facilities spanning Toronto, Madoc, Mississauga, Guelph, and Teeswater. Gay Lea manufactures a range of dairy products including milk, dips, butter, sour cream, whipped cream, and cottage cheese.
Established in 1958 to process and market milk and milk related food products for the Co-operative’s members, today Gay Lea Foods processes approximately 15% of Ontario’s milk and enjoys a respected position as a major contributor to the success of the Ontario and Canadian dairy industries.