Cindy Rouet will be joining the asparagus breeding team of Fox Seeds on May 3. She will work closely with Dr. Dave Wolyn to transition the University of Guelph’s breeding program to Fox Seeds over the next two years.
Larry McIntosh, president and CEO of Peak of the Market for the last 27 years, plans to retire in June 2021. One of his volunteer roles will be on the new Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council.
Bill George Jr. is re-elected for a third one-year term as chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association at the 162nd annual general meeting – held virtually for the first time.
The Niagara Peninsula fruit and vegetable growers are honouring the Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Service and CanAg Travel Service for their 2020 pandemic efforts. The Award of Merit cites extraordinary efforts in managing travel logistics for about 20,000 seasonal agricultural workers arriving in Ontario and advocacy efforts to secure federal quarantine funding.
Robert Van Der Geest becomes general manager for Nature Fresh Farms Mexico leading operations of a 15-acre pepper greenhouse in the central region of the country. Another 15 acres are under construction.
The annual general meeting of CanAgPlus, the not-for-profit corporation that owns and operates the CanadaGAP Program, has elected two new and two returning directors. This is the oversight board for food safety.
Five individuals have been honoured by the Ontario Produce Marketing Association at its first-ever virtual awards. These leaders rose to the challenge of keeping fresh fruits and vegetables available to Ontario consumers.