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Finance and Development Manager a...

Phone: (701) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Fargo , North Dakota , United States
International Organic Accreditation Service Inc.
119 2 Nd Ave. West
Dickinson , North Dakota 58601
United States

Company Description: The IOAS is a non-profit organisation which was established in 1997 by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements ( IFOAM), itself a charitable...   more

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  • degree , economics
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Staff « IOAS, 13 July 2015 [cached]
Ken Commins, USA - Chief Financial Officer / Lead Auditor Ken has worked in the field of organic agriculture since the 1970s, first as a producer in Ireland and then increasingly involved with inspection and certification. He was there at the birth of IFOAM accreditation and of the IOAS. Ken was the IOAS' sole employee for those early years and Executive Director up until 2011. He has served on numerous committees throughout this time and has been a key architect of the IFOAM accreditation requirements. Ken now works part-time with the IOAS focused on finance, IT and business development but still gets out to do certification body audits. He lives with his wife on a 1.200 acre organic farm in North Dakota.
Board of Directors | ASI | Accreditation Services International, 8 Mar 2015 [cached]
Ken Commins has been involved in the organic sector for 35 years. In 1990, he played a leading role in establishing the IFOAM accreditation program. He managed this program from 1992 to 1997 when he became Executive Director of the newly established International Organic Accreditation Service, a position he held for the next 14 years. Ken is a qualified auditor and has conducted numerous audits of organic certification bodies for both private and regulatory programs as well as conducting internal audits of accreditation bodies. He has a degree in economics.
2011 IOIA Training Schedule, 26 Jan 2012 [cached]
The one-day training will include Identifying Organic Fraud by Ken Commins; Update on COR Standards and PSL by Kelly Monaghan and Garry Lean, IOIA Trainers; Inspecting Hogs to the COR by inspector Dan Scheele; and a Certifier Panel (ProCert Canada, Ecocert Canada and CSI confirmed).
Ken Commins, originally from South Africa, was the founding Executive Director of the International Organic Accreditation Services (IOAS), the accreditation branch of IFOAM, serving 1997-2011. Commins' presentation on Anti-Fraud at the IOIA Annual Meeting in the 2010 was highly rated by inspectors. This presentation was made possible through the generous support of CSI.
Board of Directors | ISEAL Alliance, 25 Aug 2011 [cached]
Ken Commins
Ken Commins, Executive Director, International Organic Accreditation Services (IOAS)
Ken has been involved in the accreditation of organic certification bodies since 1990 and has been the Executive Director of the IOAS since its inception in 1997. Over the years he has performed many functions in the organic sector including farming for 15 years, being an inspector and a certifier and establishing a fresh food wholesale business. Ken was raised in South Africa where he obtained his degree in Economics and lived in Ireland for 15 years before moving to the US in 1994.
He has participated on a number of international Boards and Committees and given numerous presentations at international conferences on the subjects of conformity assessment and the organic sector.
Ken Commins - ..., 8 Feb 2014 [cached]
Ken Commins - International Organic Accreditation Service (IOAS)
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