The Quebec Produce Marketing Association names George Pitsikoulis as its 2019 Pillar of the Industry award winner. The honour was bestowed during its annual meeting in Quebec City, August 8-10.
The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program kicks off its Class 18 on September 15. The OFVGA’s Chris Duyvelshoff, crop protection advisor, is one of the 21 emerging leaders accepted to the 19-month course.
Ontario potato breeder and grower, Dr. Peter Vander Zaag, has received an honorary lifetime membership from the Potato Association of America. He has shared his expertise around the world making the tuber a source of stable income in parts of China.
The Canadian greenhouse vegetable industry is highly integrated with the U.S. and Mexico. As an example, NatureFresh Farms has announced that Paul Hulsbos will join the organization as procurement manager in Mexico.
Quebec greenhouse grower Stéphane Roy and his 14-year-old son are reported missing in northern Quebec as his helicopter failed to return from a fishing trip. He is the founder and president of Sagami Inc., which sells greenhouse tomatoes and strawberries under the Sagami and Savoura brands.
Member of Parliament Wayne Easter is named 2019 Produce Champion. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association applauds the PEI member’s support of the produce industry and his effectiveness in bringing forward industry issues on Parliament Hill.
As part of Ontario’s cabinet overhaul, other changes are also underway. On June 26, agriculture minister Ernie Hardeman welcomed Toby Barrett as parliamentary assistant for agriculture and food.
For more than 35 years the Grape Growers of Ontario’s Celebrity Luncheon has marked the opening of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival by showcasing Canadian personalities and celebrating the annual grape harvest. This year’s guest is Brent Butt.