From a news release
The Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association will induct five outstanding leaders into the Hall of Fame on June 12 at Country Heritage Park in Milton. To qualify for this prestigious recognition, inductees must have demonstrated visionary leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the advancement of agriculture in Ontario.
“Ontario agriculture is rooted in a rich history and innovations that continue to drive our sector,” says President Barry Fraser, Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association. “The five inductees for 2016 represent a cross-section of our industry and each of them has left a lasting legacy for the benefit of future generations.”
Inductees for 2016 are:
William (Bill) Lyall Campbell,(1933-2014). Bill Campbell was a leader and innovator in the North American sod industry for more than 42 years. His company helped to change the face of Ontario’s sod industry to a thriving agribusiness based on sound, scientific principles.
Bruce Christie, (b. 1938). Throughout his career with Shur-Gain, Bruce Christie continually championed responsible animal care through best management practices. Most recently he worked tirelessly to build public trust in food and farming through his leadership with Farm & Food Care.
Graeme Walker Hedley, (b. 1941). When people think of beef cattle in Ontario they think of Graeme Hedley and his impact on the entire industry. From animal welfare to electronic auction sales, risk management programs, and marketing of corn fed beef, Graeme has been a leader in the sector.
Tom Sawyer, (b. 1936). Over a career spanning Ciba Geigy, The Fertilizer Institute of Ontario and Sylvite, Tom Sawyer has had an unwavering commitment to a viable and sustainable Ontario crop input and production industry, including his vision for the Certified Crop Advisors program.
Deborah Whale, (b. 1947). Whether in the boardroom, at the podium, or on the family farm, Deborah Whale has been a trailblazer and passionate advocate for Ontario agriculture. From ag research to poultry disease prevention and environmental sustainability, her vision has been a driving force for change.
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