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.

Mary Robinson is the new president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, stepping up as the first female president in the organization’s 84-year history.  The Prince Edward Islander is joined by Keith Currie, Ontario and Chris van den Heuvel, Nova Scotia.

Ontario’s sweet and hard cider competitions at the recent Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention were hotly contested with some well-known entrants and some new names. Larissa Osborne, market and production analyst for Ontario Apple Growers, serves samples. 

Terri Stewart, director, science and regulatory affairs, for chemistry, CropLife Canada

CropLife Canada, the organization that represents crop protection manufacturers, has hired Terri Stewart for the role of director, science and regulatory affairs for chemistry. She brings significant expertise, leaving a 16-year career with the Pest Management Regulatory Agency.

At the 2019 Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition, first place went to Muddy York Brewing Co and VQH Farms. To put this win into context, brothers Curtis and Joe VanQuaethem and cousin Jared Hevenor grew their first hop crop in 2014. They are consistent competitors, twinning with another brewery for second place.