The Board of Directors

The five-member Board of Directors consists of four elected/appointed registered producers and a non-egg producer appointed by the Government of B.C. by Order in Council.

Al Sakalauskas

On November 1, 2023, the BC Provincial Government appointed Al Sakalauskas, BSc, MSc, as BC Egg’s new Board Chair.

Al is familiar to many egg producers as he was the Executive Director of BC Egg from 2007 to 2015. Al has had a long career in both the agricultural industry and with the BC Government. For the past seven years, Al was with the BC Farm Industry Review Board (FIRB). His last position with FIRB was as Vice Chair. Al also served as an Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Agriculture.

Al got both his Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Agricultural Science degrees from the University of British Columbia. As fate would have it, Al’s first job after graduation was working for the poultry sector in Abbotsford. BC Egg is happy to welcome Al back to Abbotsford and the poultry sector.

The official description of the position of Board Chair can be found here

Walter Siemens

Walter Siemens has been an egg producer since 1986. Walter has served in various capacities and committees within BC’s poultry industry and currently serves on the Egg Farmers of Canada’s Executive Committee as well as on committees covering, specialty production, Cost of Production, animal care, and the Transportation Code of Practice review.

“Having people willing to work on the national level is beneficial for the whole industry,” Walter says. “It’s important to gain consensus and to find solutions that work for everyone to the various issues we have across the country.”

Walter and his wife, Annette, have four children, two sons (both now married) along with two daughters — one of whom is also married, while the other is in university. They have six grandsons and two granddaughters.

Walter’s sons have now taken on more of the day-to-day operations on the farm which leaves him more time to focus on the work he does at the national level. Most years he spends much of his time on planes travelling between BC and Ontario. COVID means that Walter is spending more time at home attending these meetings on Zoom.

Walter and his family have recently completed a period of farm rejuvenation and expansion as old buildings were torn down and replaced with new barns designed to meet numerous egg type and market needs. Walter is enjoying his entry to the organic market, which began in 2019.

“I enjoy serving the egg industry and it’s a great way to support and raise a family… and now to see the next generation arriving is truly a blessing to us.”

Jon Krahn

Jon Krahn is a third-generation egg farmer. His interest in farming began at a young age when he would visit the family farm with his dad. He has been farming fulltime alongside his two brothers for the past 17 years.

Jon managed a layer farm for eight years before transitioning to his current role, managing the family owned feed mill.  At the mill he has gained a new perspective of the industry by learning more about poultry health, nutrition and organic production.

Through the years, Jon has maintained an active role within the industry and prior to being on the Board, Jon had the privilege of being a director of the BC Egg Producers Association for seven years; the last two as Vice-President. He has enjoyed working alongside producers and serving in varied capacities and committees such as the Egg Industry Advisory Committee, Biosecurity Committee and the Production Management Committee. Through this experience he has gained valuable knowledge of the egg and poultry industry and their national systems.  Jon is now the chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee.

Jon and his wife Danielle have four amazing young children. They are privileged to raise their family on a layer farm in the Fraser Valley.

Jeff Regier

Jeff Regier has spent much of his life in the agriculture sector. His parents bought a broiler breeder operation when he was in his teens and he spent several years doing farm chores before moving out on his own. He started his career as a feed rep with East Chilliwack Feed Coop in the early 1980s – he still works for the company (now called Shur-Gain) on a part-time basis.

Jeff and his wife, Barb, bought their own farm in 1986. They started growing leghorn pullets for the layer industry. Soon after, they bought broiler quota and started growing chicken for the BC market. A few years later, they made another switch when they won a new entrant lottery for broiler breeders. They built a new farm to house their broiler breeders. Finally, in 2015, they bought layer quota and converted their broiler breeder barn to a lay barn. In 2020, they decided they missed broiler breeders so they bought a small farm in Greendale to add to their other operations.

Jeff recognizes that many people do not understand much about farming and have little opportunity to talk to farmers so he enjoys volunteering at public events like the PNE and Ask an Egg Farmer at Save On Foods stores where he can talk to members of the public about his experiences as a farmer and answer their questions.

Jeff and Barb have four married sons, six grandsons and two granddaughters. Babysitting the grandkids takes up a good portion of their spare time.

Derek Janzen

Derek Janzenis a second-generation poultry farmer and he and his wife Rhonda farm in Aldergrove where they raise laying hens as well as broilers. They have two children in university.

Derek has spent his entire life and career in the poultry industry. He grew up on a farm and has worked for a hatchery; driving delivery truck for a processing plant; and later became involved in sales and marketing of chicken and turkey with the same processor.

In addition to farming, Derek has enjoyed being politically active in the poultry industry as well as in BC agriculture in general.

  • He served five years with the BC Egg Producers Association. He served as Chair for four of those years.
  • Derek served a six-year-term with the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC, where he sat on the executive and served as Vice Chair for two years.
  • In 2007, Derek was appointed by the Minister of Agriculture to the BC Chicken Marketing Board for a two-year-term. He served as Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Finance committee.
  • In 2010, he was appointed by the Minister of Agriculture to the BC Farm Industry Review Board (FIRB). Derek was the first active producer from a supply managed commodity to be appointed to FIRB.
  • Derek was elected to the BC Chicken Marketing Board in 2012. He served in a variety of roles including Chair of the BC Council of Marketing Boards and Finance Committee member of the BCCMB. He has also been a Director to Chicken Farmers of Canada.

Derek joined the BC Egg Board of Directors in 2024 for a four-year term. Derek believes that farmers are producing healthy products for the Canadian diet and that our production practices are the envy of the world. His goal has always been to leave this industry in a solid and sustainable position for the next generation of farmers.


Production Management Committee (PMC) – Chair: Jeff Regier

Audit & Finance Committee – Chair: Jeff Regier

Marketing & Communications Committee (MarComm) – Chair: Jon Krahn

Egg Industry Advisory Committee (EIAC) – Producer Chair


The Honest Egg: with an egg, what you see is exactly what you get. We think our industry should work the same way. Pure. Simple. And always honest.

Until the 1940s, the production of eggs in B.C. was typically a spin-off of other general farming activities. The number of flock owners was quite large while flock sizes tended to be small. Egg prices fluctuated widely from time to time. In times of low egg prices, many farmers simply stopped producing eggs.

Things began to change in the late 1940s and early 1950s when interest in production improvements led to a tendency toward larger operations, a trend that continued into the 1960s. The introduction of new production methods and facilities, ranging from genetic improvement in laying stock and improved hen health through more hygienic housing systems to automated processing and increased food safety, further served to reduce the number of egg farmers and to increase the capital investment needed for egg production and processing.

Supply often surpassed consumer demand which resulted in producer prices sagging well below the cost of production. The combination of constant price fluctuations and the ever-present threat of production losses caused great instability and lack of confidence for the future of egg farmers. The year 1966 was particularly disastrous for the BC egg industry.

At farmers’ request, a plebiscite was held in mid-1967 under provincial government auspices. Egg farmers voted 73% in favour of the Marketing Board Plan that had been presented by a joint poultry committee in 1966.

BC Egg became a legal entity by Order in Council No. 2263 on July 13th, 1967 – the first egg marketing board in Canada with quota.

BC Egg’s Board of Directors is composed of four elected Directors and an independent Chair appointed by the provincial government via Order in Council. The Board is charged with the stewardship of the BC Egg and its operations. BC Egg’s principal “service” is to administer the national supply management system for eggs in B.C. BC Egg is vested with provincial and federal authority to impose and collect levies from its registered producers.

In February 2005, the Government of B.C. released best practices guidelines which now apply to all public sector B.C. organizations that are governed by a board to which appointments are made through the Government of B.C. by Order of Council. Although BC Egg is not technically captured by this definition, it will follow the spirit and intent of these best practices governance guidelines.

As part of BC Egg’s Mission Statement we have committed to building trust with our stakeholders through transparency. To track our progress in this area we will follow a concrete plan, as below:

Transparency Plan 

BC Egg Governance Manual

Election Rules and Procedures



Strategic Plan 2020 – 2025

This strategic plan outlines the BC Egg Marketing Board’s (BC Egg’s) 10-year vision, the strategic priorities for the next five years, and associated key capabilities BC Egg will build and develop in order to achieve its priorities.


BCEMB Board Meeting Minutes