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.


Mark's Schedule

Tuesday, November 4
Participating in several conference calls and will be travelling to Toronto, ON in preparation for the OFA lobby day on November 5.
Wednesday, November 5
The OFA is hosting the Ontario Liberal Caucus for breakfast at Queen's Park and board members will be meeting with MPPs throughout the day.
Thursday, November 6
I will be in the office in the morning before attending my regular Lake Erie Source Water Committee meeting in Tillsonburg, ON. In the evening, I will be attending my regular township council meeting.

Friday, November 7
Attending a Greenbelt foundation working group meeting in Toronto.
Monday, November 10
Attending The Co-operators Insurance regional delegate meeting in Toronto, representing OFA.
Tuesday, November 11
I will be meeting the new chair of The Co-operators at 9 a.m. at our head office in Guelph, ON.
In the afternoon, I will be chairing an OFA executive committee meeting.
Wednesday, November 12
Chairing an OFA board conference call to approve the audited financial statements at 9 a.m. I will be attending the Central Summit in Bloomfield, ON and participating in a Small Business Task Force conference call for the remainder of the day.
Thursday, November 13
Attending the Eastern Summit in Kemptville, ON all day.
Friday, November 14
Attending a full-day meeting of the Lake Simcoe Stakeholders Advisory committee. This is a joint meeting with the Lake Simcoe Science Advisory Committee. Both committees give advice to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change on the implementation of the Lake Simcoe Protection Act.
Sunday, November 16
Attending the Royal Winter Agricultural Fair in Toronto all day.
Tuesday, November 18
I will be participating, by phone, in a meeting of the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council project working group all day. In the evening, I will be participating in the Mid-Western Summit in Listowel, ON.
Friday, November 19
Attending the Peterborough Federation of Agriculture's Annual General Meeting and awards night  in Peterborough, ON.
Sunday, November 23 to Tuesday, November 25
Attending the OFA Annual General Meeting at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel in Niagara Falls, ON.
Sunday, November 30
Attending the Elgin Federation of Agriculture Christmas dinner.

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