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Canadian Agricultural Hall Of Fame Adds Five New Inductees In 2015
Friday, June 12, 2015
Five accomplished Canadians will join the prestigious Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2015. Dr. Ron DePauw, the Hon. Grant Devine, the late E. Ward Jones, Anthony von Mandl and the late Ovila Lebel will be formally inducted into the national Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Sunday, November 22, 2015 in Regina, Saskatchewan.
“Canadian agriculture is rooted in a rich history that set the foundation for the innovation that continues to drive our sector,” says President Herb McLane, Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association. “The five inductees for 2015 represent the full spectrum of our industry. They reflect the vast geography of the country and the diverse disciplines that have collectively contributed to the past, present and future of Canadian agriculture.”
Cereal researcher Dr. Ron DePauw served Canadian agriculture through his 41-year career as a senior research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Saskatchewan. One of his most significant and lasting contributions is the development of AC Barrie – a wheat cultivar that continues to set the standard today. Dr. Ron DePauw lives in Swift Current, SK and was nominated by SeCan.
A farmer first, the Hon. Grant Devine made transformative changes to Canadian agriculture in his roles as economist, professor, politician and 11th Premier of Saskatchewan. He is a dedicated champion for Saskatchewan agriculture and leaves a lasting legacy for Canadian agriculture on the national and international stage. Grant Devine lives in Caronport, SK and was nominated by Input Capital Corp.
An early leader and visionary in western Canadian agriculture, the late E. Ward Jones made tremendous contributions to the industry during his short 48-year life. He is especially remembered for his role in the development of 4-H across Canada, as co-founder of the precursor to 4-H clubs in Manitoba. E. Ward Jones was nominated by the Canadian 4-H Council.
Canadian winemaking pioneer Anthony von Mandl has dedicated his career to helping place British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley on the international wine map. Through his Mission Hill Family Estate winery he has created a world-class destination winery, raising international awareness for agritourism in British Columbia. Anthony von Mandl lives in Vancouver and Kelowna, BC and was nominated by the Hon. Wally Oppal, QC.
The late Ovila Lebel first made his mark in agriculture as an egg farmer who founded Canada’s first provincial egg marketing board in Quebec. He envisioned a united voice for egg farmers across the country, and his tireless efforts set in place the foundation for what is now the Egg Farmers of Canada. Ovila Lebel was nominated by Fédération des producteurs d’œufs Québec. The 2015 induction ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Canadian Western Agribition, on Sunday, November 22 at The Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson in Regina. This will be the first time the ceremony has been held in Western Canada. The Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association (CAHFA) honours and celebrates Canadians for outstanding contributions to the agriculture and food industry. Portraits are on display in the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Gallery located at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The CAHFA also publicizes the importance of inductee achievements to Canada. The Association was organized in 1960 and is administered by 12 volunteer Board of Directors located across Canada.
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