L-R: Hon. Ernie Hardeman and Phil Tregunno, chair, Ontario Tender Fruit Growers.

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.

Tony Aspler presents Doug Whitty, of 13th Street Winery, the Tony Aspler Cuvée Award for Excellence Saturday, March 23 in Niagara Falls.

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.

Senator Robert Black (far right) joins fellow colleagues in a tour of the Ontario Food Terminal on March 11.

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.

L-R:  John Spurr, Bill Spurr, Lisa Jenereaux, Katie Campbell, Will Spurr, pictured at Melvern Square, Nova Scotia.

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.  

Murray Porteous in his apple orchard near Simcoe, Ontario. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

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. 

Brian Gilroy, president, Canadian Horticultural Council

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.

A group of 18 agri-food industry leaders met with the Ontario ag minister and parliamentary assistant Randy Pettapiece on March 7 to discuss growing the agri-food sector. However, other than a tweeted photo, the government has not released the names of the members.