Scott Fairbairn

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) recognized industry leaders at the 93rd Annual Convention and Trade Show in Vancouver, British Columbia this past week. As part of the Convention program, awards were given to industry leaders for their ongoing commitment to the produce industry in Canada – and the overall health of Canadians.

Originally from Trinidad, Sooruj Bhoolai came to Canada under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program. He liked the Holland Marsh so much that he immigrated, became field manager, then bought the celery farm. He’s now coping with 28 per cent increase to the minimum wage and wondering how his Caribbean and Mexican workers can be any more efficient. 

The trade show at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association will open at 1 pm sharp on Wednesday, April 25 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Don’t miss the Learning Lounges on the trade show floor.

Jamie Reaume, right, visits with a Holland Marsh grower.

No stranger to horticulture, Jamie Reaume is honoured for his agricultural advocacy by Farm & Food Care Ontario. One of his former roles was founder and executive director of the Holland Marsh Growers’ Association. 

Michael Brownbridge, Vineland research director

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre has studied non-traditional crops for many years, selecting best varieties for Canadian conditions. This Asian eggplant test site is inspected by Michael Brownbridge.  

Federal ag minister Lawrence MacAulay and Anna-Mary Schmidt, head of grapevine diagnostics

As part of the recent federal budget, $80 million has been pledged to replace the aging Centre for Plant Health in Sidney, British Columbia by 2022. Federal ag minister Lawrence MacAulay is pictured with Anna-Mary Schmidt, head of grapevine diagnostics. 

Despite a tight supply of beehives for pollination, BC blueberry growers are anticipating an early spring and a good start to the season.