From a release
The Board of Directors of the George Morris Centre (GMC) announced June 19 their intent to dissolve the organization later this year and transfer the net assets as a gift to the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) of the University of Guelph, in accordance with the wishes of the late George Morris.
The Centre has been an integral part of the agri-food landscape and has made a significant contribution to research and policy discussion over the past 15 years.
In returning to the University of Guelph, the vision of the Centre is going home, as it was domiciled with OAC for its first 10 years.
In making the announcement, Board Chair Bob Funk said “We are proud of the reputation and the provocative discussion that has been created over the years by a succession of dedicated GMC team members. George’s vision can best be described in his own words: “free thought, free speech and non-compromised analysis to serve the Canadian agri-food sector thus enabling those involved to more effectively compete in the global marketplace”.
In the interim period, a transition team is in place to ensure the continued integrity of all obligations of the George Morris Centre.
According to its website, the George Morris Centre is guided by the spirit of the late George Fletcher Morris, LLD, an agri-food visionary, leader and life-long beef and cash crop farmer from Merlin, Ont. George believed the industry needed an organization dedicated to free thought, free speech, and non-compromised analysis, to help it compete effectively in the global marketplace.
In 1988, he put his support behind the University of Guelph to create an organization focused on ensuring the sustained ability of Canada’s agri-food industries and two years later, the George Morris Centre was launched.
From 1990 through 1998, the George Morris Centre operated as a department of the University of Guelph. In 1998, the Centre was registered as a non-profit charitable corporation.