Organic Consultants

The following consultants have self-identified as qualified to provide advice on best practices for certifying organic operators. Many also inspect on behalf of certifying bodies. Inspectors can not provide consulting services if they have inspected your operation in the past year.

Each consultant sets his or her own fees and consulting structure. Not all consultants are willing to provide advice over the phone.

By including this list on our website, OCO does not endorse the services provided by these consultants, and cannot guarantee their knowledge or experience. Training and accreditation of organic inspectors is offered by the International Organic Inspectors Association.

Joel Aitken | Local Food FinderAitken

Guelph, ON

Joel is an organic inspector who provides consulting services. He is qualified to inspect a variety of farming, livestock, and processing operations. He has a degree in Agriculture Science, and a Masters in Capacity Development and Extension from the University of Guelph. He has been working in the organic sector for the past eight years.

Joel is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Organic Council of Ontario. He currently sits on the Outreach Committee. 

Phone: (647) 881-5061

Bill Barkley - Barkley's Agriculture ConsultingBarkley

Morrisburg, ON (Dundas County)

Bill is a bilingual (French) organic inspector and consultant with over 35 years of farming experience, who has been conducting organic inspections since 1999. He has performed certification inspections for eight different certifying bodies. He has inspection and certification experience in farming, livestock, and processing. View a complete list of Bill's qualifications.

Phone:  (613) 543-0491
Cell: (613) 859-7059
Email: billb.otr[at]

Thomas Cassan

Arthur, ON (Wellington County)

Tom is an Accredited Inspector in farming, livestock, and processing, with a wide variety of IOIA inspection training. He is trained to inspect farming, livestock, and processing operations. Tom has an Associate Degree in Agriculture from the University of Guelph. For detailed information on what Tom is qualified to inspect, please view his IOIA profile.

Phone: (519) 848-2019
Cell: (519) 942-7819
Email: trcassan[at]

Delia ElkinElkin

Ottawa, ON 

Delia is a bilingual (French) organic inspector who is willing to consult. Delia has been conducting organic inspections since 2003 and is qualified to inspect farming, livestock, and processing operations. She has been growing vegetables organically for over 25 years, and holds a B.Sc. from McMaster University. View a complete list of products Delia is qualified to inspect or consult on, here

Phone: (613) 662-2334
Email: delia.otr[at]

Ruth Knight, PAg - Organic Consultant Inc.

Teeswater, ON (Bruce County)

Ruth is passionate about soil regeneration and the tremendous opportunities it holds for farmers, our communities and our planet. She brings a diversity of experiences to her agronomy work, including: organic certification inspections, land use planning, education and knowledge networks, and experience as a former partner in a mixed livestock/pasture farm. Since 2005, Ruth has provided services to a diversity of farms that are transitioning to organic, improving the productivity of their existing operations, or are new landowners looking to create meaningful connections to their landscape. 

Ruth holds a BSc Agriculture and MSc Rural Planning and Development from the University of Guelph and a diploma in Landscape Design from Fanshawe College. She is a Professional Agronomist (PAg) - Ontario Institute of Agrologists, and has a Certificate in Nutrient Management Strategy and Plan Development for Agricultural and Non-Agricultural Operations.

Phone: (519) 357-5224
Email: organicconsultantinc[at]

Hugh Martin Agricultural ConsultingMartin

Guelph, ON (Wellington County)

Hugh is an organic certification expert with over 35 years of experience in Ontario's organic sector, including as an agronomist and organic specialist for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs. Hugh now works primarily as an organic inspector, and has been performing organic inspections for 11 years, but is willing to provide consulting services in livestock and farming as well. 

Phone: (519) 829-2141
Email: hughmartin6152[at]

Kelly Monaghan - Ash Street OrganicsMonaghan

Toronto, ON

Kelly is an active organic inspector, consultant, trainer and board member in Canada’s organic industry. She is an Accredited Process Inspector of the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) and works for a variety of international certification bodies. She assists processors of all sizes throughout North America to obtain organic certification for their products. As an active curriculum designer and trainer, Kelly trains governmental agencies, certification body staff, organic inspectors and producers on organic standards and regulations. Kelly is co-author of the CORP (Canadian Organic Retailing Practices) Manual and Guide, and creator of the CORP In Store curriculum to train Canadian retailers on how to maintain organic integrity in store. She is an elected member of the Standards Interpretation Committee (SIC), a member of the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) Canada Review Panel and the Guelph Organic Conference committee, and a past board member of the Canada Organic Trade Association.

Kelly is a past Chair of Canada’s Organic Technical Committee (the industry group that writes and revises the Canadian Organic Standard) and remains on that Committee as a representative of the International Organic Inspectors Association.  She has an MBA from York University in Toronto.

Phone: (416) 528-1490
Email: kelly[at]

Sharona Plakidas - SPOROS / Education InitiativesPlakidas

Guelph, ON

Sharona is an organic consultant who provides consulting services for COR and NOP certification and develops organic system plans for compliance and certification. She is a supporting member of the IOIA. 

Phone: (519) 341-5244
Email: sharonaplakidas[at]