Approximately 90 members of the Ontario Institute of Agrologists and guests recently attended the OIA’s Annual Professional Development Conference and 54th Annual General Meeting. The theme of the Conference, “Agrology: The Agricultural and Environmental Profession” recognized that healthy food comes from a sustainable source.
Recognized for their dedication of service to professional practice and their outstanding sense of community, Tom Prout, P.Ag., and Barry Fraser, P.Ag., were both presented with Distinguished Agrologist awards.
Joseph Rider and Ernie Hardeman, M.P.P. Oxford, were both recognized for their leadership and countless contributions to agriculture in Ontario with Honourary Professional Agrologist titles.
Rob Saik, P.Ag., represented the Agri-Trend Group of Companies as he accepted the OIA Corporate Award of Excellence. Agri-Trend’s practice that the best team of individuals possess their Professional Agrology certification and their resulting high level of trust within the sector are acknowledged to be the hallmark of Agri-Trend practitioners Canada-wide.
Also presented were service pins to long-serving members, including 50-year pins to Peter Hannam, P.Ag. Sr. Dist., and Bruce Jones P.Ag. Sr.
OIA President, Frank Reddick, P.Ag., noted that “the work that certified OIA member professionals perform and the choices we make do influence the future of food, farming, our natural resource base and ultimately, our health and well-being”. He further noted that “the 2013 award recipients are recognized for their outstanding contributions and their quality of character within the agri-food industry in Ontario”.
For more information about the Ontario Institute of Agrologists, visit the OIA website at www.oia.on.ca.