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.
Tuesday, April 1
I will be attending the "Farmers on the Hill Lobby Day" in the morning before attending the second day of the CFA board meeting in Ottawa, ON in the afternoon.
Wednesday, April 2
Attending the CFA board meeting in Ottawa, ON during the day and attending the Dundas Federation board meeting in the evening.
Thursday, April 3
I will be in the OFA office in Guelph, ON. In the evening, I will be attending my regular Township Council meeting.
Friday, April 4
I will be working at home during the day, and attending the Niagara North Federation Awards event in the evening in St Catherines, ON
Monday, April 7
I will be attending the OACC meeting in London, ON and attending a fundraiser for MPP Jeff Yurek in Toronto, ON in the evening.
Tuesday, April 8
I will be at Queen's Park all day for the annual OFA Spring Lobby Day. The OFA board will be having meetings with various MPPs over the day and we will be hosting a reception in the evening.
Wednesday, April 9
Attending the PAC meeting in Toronto, ON.
Thursday, April 10
Chairing the OFA executive meeting in Guelph, ON.
Tuesday, April 15
In the morning, I will be attending the AGM of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Association representing OFA on the Board of Governors. In the afternoon, I will be traveling to Montreal, QC to attend the opening reception for the Co-operators Insurance Company AGM.
Wednesday, April 16
Attending the Co-operators AGM as an OFA delegate.
Thursday, April 17
Attending the Co-operators AGM before returning home. In the evening, I will be attending my regular township council meeting.
Friday, April 18
Attending a meeting with the chair of MPAC.
Wednesday, April 23
I will be chairing the April OFA board meeting in London, ON. The London Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the OFA board for dinner.
Thursday, April 24
Chairing day two of the OFA board meeting.
Friday, April 25
Co-chairing a meeting of the Ministry of Labour Small Business Task Force.
Tuesday, April 29
Attending a morning meeting at the Health and Safety Conference before flying to Washington D.C. for the first meeting of the Great Lakes Water Quality Board where I am the agriculture member for Canada.
Wednesday, April 30
Attending day two of the Great Lakes Water Quality Board meeting in Washington, D.C.
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