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Three new inductees join Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame for 2016
Friday, November 11, 2016
Three accomplished ambassadors for Canadian agriculture were officially inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame at a special awards banquet on November 6, 2016 in conjunction with The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The 2016 inductees are the late Jas. C (Jim) Bartlett, Robert (Bob) Switzer and John Willmott.
“This year we are celebrating three outstanding ambassadors for Canadian agriculture who channeled their passion and leadership into significant advancements for our entire industry,” says Herb McLane, President of the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association. “They are visionaries within their sectors of the industry, and share a drive and dedication to work endlessly and tirelessly to make a lasting difference in the landscape of Canadian agriculture. Their work continues to benefit the horticulture and livestock industries, and the communities where they live.”
Jas. C Bartlett
Nominated by Dow AgroSciences
The late James (Jim) Bartlett devoted his career to advancing the Canadian horticulture industry. Jim was born into the family business – N.M. Bartlett Inc. – and from an early age worked alongside his father Norman. The Bartlett business blossomed under Jim’s leadership to become the only national horticultural crop protection distributor in Canada. Jim served as president for 17 years until his retirement in 1987, bringing the next generations into the family business.
As the family business grew, Jim advocated tirelessly for the horticulture sector on cross border importation. He championed the first minor use registration of pesticides program in Canada in 1977, and was an early promoter of the need for new crop protection products to serve the small acre crops that make us Canada’s diverse horticulture industry. Jim was chair of the national organization now known as CropLife Canada, and helped created the CropLife Ontario Council. He helped bring what is now the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention to Ontario.
Jim was a visionary, passionate advocate and a respected voice in Canadian agriculture. Eight of his grandchildren are involved as the fourth generations of Bartletts in the business. Jim passed away in 2011, one year shy of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Bartlett family business.
Robert (Bob) Switzer
Nominated by Canadian Angus Association
Bob Switzer has been making big things happen in the Canadian beef industry for decades. A distinguished Angus breeder, Bob is a seasoned judge, promoter, mentor and industry leader. He bought his first registered Angus in his early teens – a purchase that eventually lead to Sandy Bar Ranch, an operation he runs with his wife Gail. In the late 1970s, Bob organized the first Angus feeder calf sale on his ranch, to link buyers and sellers across Canada. The Short Grass Bull and Female Sale has been running for 38 years at Sandy Bar Ranch, creating strong markets for Saskatchewan livestock. And Sandy Bar cattle have started some of the most elite herds in the country, and have been sold around the world.
Bob is a founding director of Red Coat Feeders – a unique community-based sustainable cattle business that has been operating since 1998 and runs 20,000 head of cattle, covers 13 quarter sections and employs 17 full-time staff.
A dynamic and dedicated promoter of Angus cattle, Bob has served the Canadian livestock industry in leadership positions with the Canadian Angus Association, Saskatchewan Angus Association and Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association. He continues to encourage, support and inspire younger producers to share his passion for Canadian agriculture. Bob Switzer lives in Aneroid, SK.
Nominated by Canadian Western Agribition
John Willmott has served and changed Canadian agriculture for decades. He’s an effective leader who is particularly passionate about building outstanding agricultural shows. John and his wife Marg moved from Ontario to Saskatchewan in the 1970s where he began to dream as big as the prairie sky. John set his sights on Canadian Western Agribition, seeing an opportunity to build the best beef show on the continent and the largest in Canada. He served on the board of Agribition for 29 years, with roles as director, committee chair, member, president and past president.
Throughout his career, John served as president, director and member of 19 ag-related organizations, including president and general manager of the Canadian Angus Association. He was an integral part of the success of another agricultural event – Canada’s Farm Progress Show, a Saskatchewan event that showcases new products and innovations in crop and livestock technology.
John’s service to Canadian agriculture has put him around boardroom tables where decisions were made that changed the rules and regulations in Canadian agriculture. He has served the larger agricultural community through volunteer work with the Farm Animal Council of Saskatchewan, the farm stress line and humane societies. John has a gift for seeing what needs to be done, cutting through the obstacles to bring people together and making things happen. John Willmott lives in Pense, SK.
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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