Judith Guichon was born in Montreal, Quebec, in 1947, and raised on a farm near Hawkesbury, Ontario. She is the owner and operator of Gerard Guichon Ranch Limited in the Nicola Valley in the British Columbia Interior. Her four children now help her manage their ranch with a 700 head cow calf and 700 yearling operation.
Mrs. Guichon studied Holistic Management, a farming method which promotes sustainable management of livestock by emphasizing their natural habitat. Along with her late husband, commercial pilot Lawrence Guichon, she introduced Holistic Management to the ranchers of British Columbia.
Mrs. Guichon, in addition to her ranching initiatives, is also involved in several organizations. She previously served on the local hospital board and Community Health Council and is now on the Community Health Foundation board. Prior to this, she has served as a 4-H Leader and started a recycling society in Merritt, B.C. with a neighbour. She has also served as a director for the Fraser Basin Council of B.C., director of the Grasslands Conservation Council of B.C. and member of the Nicola Water Use Management planning committee.
Recently, Mrs. Guichon served on the Provincial Task Force on Species at Risk and has just completed her two-year term as the president of the British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association. She has also been a part of the Ranching Task Force for B.C. and the British Columbia Agri-Food Trade Advisory Council.
She currently resides in the Nicola Valley, B.C., with two of her four children and plays the flute in the Nicola Valley Community Band.