Bevo Agro Management
Jack Benne, President & CEO
Jack Benne was born in the Netherlands and is a graduate of the Netherlands’ Agricultural College. He spent two years in the Dutch military. In 1963 he built and operated a state of the art 2.5 acre greenhouse, one of Holland’s most successful operations. In 1966 he married and has one son, two daughters, and 12 grandchildren. In 1981 he immigrated to Canada’s west coast and became partner and General Manager of the 8 acre Western Lettuce Now. It was further expanded to 14 acre. In 1986 he partnered to begin Bevo Farms, a plant propagator. After a few years that included equipment sales, and when Bevo Farms was 2.5 acre, he and his family became the sole owners of Bevo in 1993. As expansion continued, Bevo became a public company in 2000, and now has 50 acres of growing space. He made Bevo Agro North America’s leading supplier of propagated plants. In 2011 he began Urban Barns, which became Cubic Farm Systems, and which grows greens under LED with a patent pending system.
Leo Benne, Secretary
Leo Benne gained advanced knowledge of modern horticultural methods at Rijks Middlebare Tuinbouw School in Holland. With extensive experience in the application of computer technology to the production of healthy, high-yield plants, he has been a key figure in the development of Bevo Agro. Leo Benne is hands-on, overseeing every stage of the company’s operations, from planting to shipping.
John Hoekstra, CFO
John manages the accounting and finance activities at Bevo. Prior to joining Bevo in 2004, he worked at Air Liquide as Supply Chain Manager, and at Unitor Ships Service as Branch Manager. John graduated from Redeemer University with a degree in Business Administration, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA).
Don Fairholm, Director
Mr. Fairholm is a partner with SFH Accounting. Mr. Fairholm is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and Certified Management Consultant who has consulted to Bevo since inception.
Wayne Green, Director
Over the past quarter century, Wayne Green has provided consultations to numerous corporations and financial institutions. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Green was a senior banking executive. He has used his financial expertise to assist private and public companies in a diversity of fields in business development, strategic planning, financing alternatives, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions.