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, September 2
Participating in a conference call of the IJC Great Lakes Water Quality board.
Wednesday, September 3
I will be attending a meeting of the OACC Technical Committee in Guelph, ON. In the afternoon, I will be in the office.
Thursday, September 4
Attending the OFA Pension Committee meeting in Guelph. In the afternoon, I will be attending a meeting of the Lake Erie Region Source Water Protection Committee. I will be speaking at the Oxford Federation Annual Regional Meeting in the evening and then attending my regular township council meeting.
Friday, September 5
Participating in a Ministry of Labour Small Business Task Force conference call.
Saturday and Sunday, September 6 and 7
I will be at the Stratford Garlic Festival as a vendor.
Tuesday and Wednesday, September 9 and 10
I will be attending Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, ON.
Friday, September 12
Chairing the OFA executive meeting in Guelph.
Monday, September 15
Attending the quarterly OACC meeting in London, ON.
Tuesday, September 16
I will be in the office until noon, when I will be attending a meet and greet reception for the new President of the University of Guelph.
Wednesday, September 17
I will be co-chairing a meeting of the Ministry of Labour's Small Business Task Force in Toronto, ON.
In the evening, I will be attending a symposium on Climate Change and the Impacts on Animal Agriculture in Guelph.
Thursday, September 18
I will be participating in a CHC conference call. I will be attending my regular Township Council meeting in the evening.
Friday, September 19
I will be chairing the OFA board meeting in Guelph. We have invited commodity representatives to this meeting as well as the Associate Finance Minister to explain the details of the proposed Ontario Pension Plan. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce will be attending and presenting as well.
Wednesday and Thursday, September 24 and 25
Attending a meeting of the IJC Great Lakes Water Quality board in Windsor, ON.
Friday, September 26
I will be speaking at the Frontenac Federation of Agriculture Annual Regional meeting.
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