February 2020
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Mark Wales
Mark Wales

Mark Wales was elected to the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) board of directors in 2018. He is one of two Horticulture representatives on the board.

Mark is Chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Grower's Safety Nets Section, focusing on issues around the business risk management (BRM) programs and other government funding initiatives. He also leads work on BRM programs at the national level with the Canadian Horticultural Council and serves as the only Canadian volunteer agricultural representative on the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board. Mark has previously served as president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture for three consecutive terms and as the chair of the Ontario Agricultural Commodity Council.

Mark graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc. 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.

We have asked a few questions to learn more about Mark, click here to read his responses:

  1. What do you enjoy most about being on the AAC board?
  2. What do you think are the most important leadership traits for being an effective board member on an agriculture or agri-food board today?
  3. What excites you the most about the future of the vegetable industry in Ontario?
  4. What is your favourite Canadian travel destination?
Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers

The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) is a not-for-profit organization, formed in 1967, representing more than 200 members. Their members grow greenhouse tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers on over 3,200 acres in Ontario. OGVG was one of the founding members of the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) in 1995.

OGVG works hard to promote and connect its growers with government agencies, consumers, retailers and foodservice operators across North America through various government lobbing events, research, marketing initiatives, trade shows and community activities.

OGVG is responsible for licensing all growers, packers and marketers of Ontario greenhouse tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers. As a member-based organization, a Board of Directors and committees have been put in place to aid in the decision-making process and to ensure the standards of the sector. Areas of focus include research, food safety, energy, environment, market performance and marketing.

OGVG also participates in many research projects that benefit their growers. One of those research projects was recently completed by researchers at the University of Windsor, who were looking to the sun to help solve a challenge for Ontario greenhouse growers – how to expand the sector sustainably while reducing its environmental footprint. Prof. Rupp Carriveau partnered with OGVG member, Under Sun Acres, to lead this research project looking at the feasibility of a novel solar renewable energy system that would both generate and store energy for Ontario greenhouse growers.

This research project received funding from Ontario through the Greenhouse Renewable Energy Technologies (GRET) research and development initiative, a program administered by AAC. 

Click here to read more about the GRET project.