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, August 1
I will be meeting with Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman, who is the PC party critic for Municipal Affairs and Housing.
Thursday, August 7
I will be in the office all day, participating in a conference call as part of the Great Lakes Water Quality Board. In the evening, I will be attending my regular township council meeting.
Tuesday, August 12
Attending the Agricultural Credit Corporation (ACC) annual general meeting in Kitchener, ON representing OFA.
Wednesday, August 13
Chairing the OFA board meeting in Sarnia, ON. The board will be touring part of Lambton County in the afternoon.
Thursday, August 14
Chairing day two of the OFA board meeting.
Sunday, August 17 and Monday, August 18
I will be attending the annual meeting of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AM0) in London, ON. On Monday the entire government Cabinet will be there as well as many opposition MPPs.
Wednesday, August 20
Attending the OFVGA board meeting in Toronto, ON.
Thursday, August 21
Touring the Ontario Food Terminal early in the morning and then attending the Policy Advisory Council meeting for the remainder of the day. In the evening, I will be attending my regular township council meeting.
Friday, August 22
Attending a meeting of the SDRM Reference committee at OMAFRA.
Saturday, August 23
Attending the Greenbelt Foundation Harvest Picnic at Christie Lake Conservation Area.
Tuesday, August 26
I have a meeting scheduled with Mike Harris, who is the PC party Transportation critic.
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