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
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://localfoodfinder.ca


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: [email protected]


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: [email protected]


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: [email protected]