A number of hard-working produce veterans emerged from the trenches and into the spotlight at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association conference and trade show in Montreal. One was Bernadette Hamel, a long-time Metro produce buyer and winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Another was Les Mallard, vice-president sales for Fyffes North America who was named The Packer’s Canadian Person of the Year.
Ontario agriculture minister Ernie Hardeman was on hand at the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers’ annual general meeting to receive an Award of Merit on behalf of Foodland Ontario. Phil Tregunno, board chair, complimented Foodland Ontario for its 42 years of making local food a trend.
Ontario’s $4.4 billion grape and wine industry celebrated pioneers and mentors as the 2019 season gets underway. The Tony Aspler Cuvée Award of Excellence went to Doug Whitty and the team at 13th Street Winery.
Canada’s greenhouse vegetable sector is feeling the heat from energy prices to carbon taxes to cannabis conversions. But Duffy Kniaziew, owner, Orangeline Farms, is sticking with what he knows: peppers.
Fifteen volunteers have been named to the Ontario agriculture minister’s advisory group, including representatives for apples, grapes and tomatoes. Chris Van de Laar, the 2019 Grape King, is one of those volunteers.
The Senate’s ag committee toured many value-added operations in southern Ontario the week of March 11, 2019. Senator Robert Black, formerly CEO of the Rural Ontario Institute, played a role in shaping the agenda. First stop? The Ontario Food Terminal.
Nova Scotian apple grower Lisa Jenereaux has taken on the role of president of the International Fruit Tree Association for the next two years. She’s supported by her family operation, Spurr Bros., based at Melvern Square.
The Canadian Horticultural Council honoured Murray Porteous with its annual Doug Connery Award at the 97th annual general meeting in Halifax. He’s an asparagus, apple, pear and sour cherry grower from Simcoe, Ontario.
Halifax hosted the annual general meeting of the Canadian Horticultural Council from March 5-7, 2019. Ontario apple grower Brian Gilroy remains president while Ontario greenhouse cucumber grower Jan VanderHout moves into the vice-president’s role.