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Five New Inductees To Canadian Agricultural Hall Of Fame For 2015
Monday, November 23, 2015
Five outstanding ambassadors for Canadian agriculture were officially inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame at a special awards banquet on November 22, 2015 in conjunction with Canadian Western Agribition. The 2015 inductees are Dr. Ron DePauw, the Hon. Grant Devine, the late Edgar Ward Jones, the late Ovila Lebel and Anthony von Mandl.
“We are celebrating five outstanding individuals this year, and the tremendous and lasting contributions they have made to the landscape of Canadian agriculture,” says Herb McLane, President of the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association. “Just as our industry is diverse, so are this year’s inductees – representing all the segments that weave together to support and sustain our progressive and innovative industry. Through their leadership and vision, they have contributed to advancing agriculture over the last 100 years – from primary research to marketing to organizing commodity groups, and educating young agricultural leaders.”
Dr. Ron DePauw
Nominated by SeCan
A lifelong wheat researcher, Dr. Ron DePauw has truly changed the course of Canadian agriculture with his contributions to plant genetics and the unparalleled impact on Canadian wheat production. Throughout his 41-year career with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ron earned the “billion dollar man” title – referring to the increased revenue for western Canadian farmers growing the wheat varieties he developed.
Ron’s contributions to Canadian wheat production began when he developed AC Barrie – a Canada West Red Spring (CWRS) wheat variety that marked a new era of improving yield and protein in the same variety. New wheat cultivars continue to be measured against the standards set by Ron with AC Barrie.
Ron is a respected leader and valued mentor in the Canadian wheat breeding landscape, and his work has given Canadian farmers more profitability and less risk…with safe and nutritious wheat for consumers. Ron DePauw lives in Swift Current, SK.
Honorable Grant Devine
Nominated by Input Capital Corporation
A farmer first, Grant Devine made transformative changes to Canadian agriculture in his roles as economist, professor, politician and 11th Premier of Saskatchewan. He was first elected leader of the Progressive Conservative party of Saskatchewan in 1979, serving as Premier from 1982 to 1991, including a time as agriculture minister. Governing through the “farm crisis” saw Grant bring his brand of Prairie optimism to shape policies and boost the agriculture sector.
Grant has always been committed to growing Saskatchewan. An outspoken champion of agricultural research and innovation, he created Ag-West Bio Inc. in 1988 – the first biotechnology industry-government association in Canada. His government also funded a new agriculture building at the University of Saskatchewan that today stands as Innovation Place – a platform for world-class teaching and scholarship that employs 4,300 people and contributes more than $830 million every year to the Saskatchewan economy.
Grant 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.
Edgar Ward Jones
Nominated by Canadian 4-H Council
Best known as a founding father of the 4-H movement in Canada, the late Edgar Ward Jones made tremendous strides and contributions to Canadian agriculture as a farmer, an innovator and a teacher during his short 48 year life.
In 1913, while teaching at the Manitoba Agricultural College, Ward co-founded one of the most influential agricultural clubs in Canada – the Boys and Girls Club – the precursor of the popular 4-H clubs across Canada. As a leader and visionary, Ward took a different approach to education, looking for innovative ways to bring new technologies to farming, and farm and home management practices.
From 1919 to 1928, Ward used breeding strategies to raise the standards of animal husbandry and crop production as manager of the Alberta Stockyards Company in Calgary. His work to develop and implement systems to improve yield and quality of crop and animal products continued in his role as superintendent of agriculture and animal industry for the CPR Department of Natural Resources.
Nominated by Fédération des producteurs d’œufs Québec
An egg farmer from Quebec, the late Ovila Lebel was a visionary, a trailblazer and an architect of Canadian supply management. He left his mark on Quebec and Canadian agriculture with his pioneering spirit and persistence to unite egg producers across Canada.
In 1964, Ovila founded the first federated, province-wide, table-egg producers’ marketing board in Canada – the Quebec egg producers’ federation – and served as its president for 18 years. His efforts to unite provincial egg producers as one group lead to the creation of the Canadian Egg Marketing Agency in 1972 – an organization he served a 10-year term as a board member, and that is now known as the Egg Farmers of Canada. The Farm Products Agencies Act owes its existence to Ovila’s vision and persistence – an act that has grown to regulate chicken, turkey and hatching eggs across Canada.
Ovila was a man of action and a man of his word. His vision and dedication created a national organization for egg producers that led the way for other farmer-led commodity groups.
Anthony von Mandl
Nominated by Hon. Wally Oppal, QC
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 agri-tourism in British Columbia.
Anthony launched into the wine industry in 1972 as the first wine merchant in Canada. In 1981 he purchased his first winery in the Okanagan Valley. He soon began gaining international recognition and awards for his BC-grown wines. Among the many honours and awards, his Mission Hill Family Estate Winery won “Best Chardonnay in the World” in 1994, was chosen as “Canadian Winery of the Year” six times from 2001 to 2013, and won “World’s Best Pinot Noir” in 2013.
Today, Anthony owns four leading wineries in the Okanagan Valley. More than 125,000 visitors take in the sites, tastes and agri-tourism he’s helped create in the region. Anthony von Mandl lives in Vancouver and Kelowna, BC.
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. www.cahfa.com.
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