Bernie Kottelenberg

Bernie Kottelenberg
Senior Advisor, Farm Life Financial

Bernie grew up as one of seven children on a dairy farm near Orangeville, Ontario. From a young age, he was sitting in on-farm meetings and eager to learn about the business management of his parent’s dairy operation. Bernie obtained his agri-business degree from the University of Guelph and then worked for 20 years in agriculture banking leadership, team coaching and finance strategy development.

Bernie is well known within the agribusiness and farm community across southwestern Ontario. He enjoys working with farm families to develop growth strategies and help them realize their performance potential. Since 2002, Bernie and his spouse Joanneke have established their own dairy, hog and crop farm in Hillsburgh. In spring of 2018, Bernie joined Farm Life as an advisor where he continues to help farm families realize their farming potential, plan for continuity and maintain family harmony.

Family, faith and integrity are values Bernie shares with his wife and family as they raise their 9 children. Bernie also enjoys being a part-time director of a charitable foundation, serving within a local church community and on the Wellington County dairy producer committee.

Areas of specialization:

  • Succession Planning
  • Farm Business Planning
  • Estate Equalization
  • Family Coaching