Mark Wales, President
Mark Wales is currently serving in his second term as President of the OFA. Wales was originally elected OFA President at the 2011 Annual General Meeting after serving as Vice President since 2008. He was re-elected at the 2012 AGM. He previously served on the OFA Executive Committee when the OFA Board of Directors elected him at its inaugural meeting in 2007. Wales has served on the OFA Board since 1994.
He graduated from the University of Guelph in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, and has been involved in diversified farming in the horticulture sector and tobacco ever since. He is a graduate of Class 6 of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program, and participated in the 2004 Nuffield Canada Scholarship program where he presented a project on "Alternative Crops to Replace Tobacco in Ontario".
Wales’ work with agricultural organizations began in the late 1980s when he delivered land stewardship workshops. His accomplishments include being elected Chair of the Elgin County Peer Review Committee for the Environmental Farm Plan, Chair of the Elgin Stewardship Council, President of the Garlic Growers’ Association of Ontario, President of the Elgin County Federation of Agriculture, and Chair of the Safety Nets Committee of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association.
He is a Director-at-Large of the Elgin County Federation of Agriculture and has been involved with the local federation for 20 years. This work led to his involvement with the OFA where he served as Chair of the Farm Finance, Trade and Taxation Committee. Wales serves as an agricultural representative on the Lake Erie Region Source Water Protection Committee, and is the only farmer on the Lake Simcoe Co-ordinating Committee. He is also currently the Vice-Chair of the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Sector Council.
Friday, November 1
In the office until 2p.m. when I will be appearing before the Minimum Wage Review Panel and presenting on behalf of OFA. In the evening, I will be attending the opening reception for the RAWF (Royal Agricultural Winter Fair) as a member of the Board of Governors.
Monday, November 4
I will be attending the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair all day.
In the evening, I will be attending a fundraiser at the Hockey Hall of Fame for MPP Lisa Thompson.
Tuesday, November 5
Chairing the OFA executive meeting in Guelph, N.
In the evening, I will be attending a reception sponsored by the Greenbelt Foundation at Queen's Park.
Wednesday, November 6
I will be participating in the Pension Committee meeting for most of the day.
In the evening, I will be attending the Ontario Chamber of Commerce 2013 Economic Summit reception in Niagara Falls, ON.
Thursday, November 7
Attending the Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit in Niagara.
Friday, November 8
Attending the final day of the Economic Summit and will be part of the Audit Committee meeting later in the day.
Tuesday, November 12
Attending the Western Summit in the evening.
Wednesday, November 13
I will be attending the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO) Annual General Meeting during the day and their banquet in the evening.
Thursday, November 14
I will be in attendance for part of the OFVGA board meeting.
Later I will be presenting at the ROMA (Rural Ontario Municipal Association) board meeting on how our two organizations (OFA & ROMA) can lobby together on common goals for rural Ontario. I will be raising common issues such as Infrastructure, Natural Gas and the Spring Bear Hunt etc.
Monday, November 18
I will be attending the Co-operators regional delegate meeting in Toronto, ON. I serve as one of two regional delegates from OFA to The Co-operators Insurance Co.
Tuesday, November 19
Attending the Eastern Summit all day in Kemptville, ON.
Thursday, November 21
Attending the Southwest Summit in Ridgetown, ON.
Sunday, November 24 – Tuesday, November 26
I will be attending our Annual General Meeting in Toronto, ON.
Wednesday, November 27
Participating in a CFA executive conference call in the morning.
Thursday, November 28
Attending the SCOR Annual General Meeting in Tillsonburg, ON.
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