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.
Wednesday, July 2
Chairing a conference call of the Canadian Human Resource Sector Council and in the office.
Thursday, July 3
Chairing the OFA executive meeting in Guelph, ON. In the afternoon, I will be attending the reading of the Throne Speech at Queen's Park.
Friday, July 4
Participating in a working group conference call on National Occupational Codes for Agriculture employees.
Thursday, July 10
I will be attending a meeting with Minister Jeff Leal, who is the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The meeting will be focusing on issues for the upcoming Federal Provincial Territorial (FPT) Ministers meeting in Winnipeg, MB next week. This will be the Ministers first meeting with all industry leaders.
Saturday, July 12
I hope to attend the Simcoe County Federation BBQ.
Sunday, July 13
I will be travelling to Winnipeg for the summer CFA board meeting and FPT Ministers conference.
Monday, July 14
Attending the CFA summer committee and board meetings.
Tuesday, July 15
Attending the CFA summer board meting.
Wednesday, July 16
Attending the CFA roundtable meeting with all of the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Agriculture Ministers.
Thursday, July 17
I will be travelling home from Winnipeg and attending my regular Township council meeting in the evening.
Thursday, July 24
Attending the July OFVGA board meeting in Guelph.
Friday, July 25
Chairing the OFA executive meeting in Guelph.
Saturday, July 26
I will be attending the Grey County Federation summer social and farm tour.
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