Agricultural Institute of Canada

Agricultural Institute of Canada

November 21, 2006 13:30 ET

Dale Kelly Installed as Agricultural Institute of Canada President

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 21, 2006) - Mr. Dale Kelly, PAg, was installed as President of the Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC) at the AIC annual meeting earlier this month in Winnipeg Manitoba. Mr. Kelly is CEO of AgraPoint International Inc., an agricultural consulting company headquartered in Kentville, Nova Scotia. He holds a Diploma in Agriculture from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and a B.Sc. in Agriculture majoring in Agricultural Economics from McGill University. Dale takes over as President after having served on the AIC Board as Vice President, and having served several boards in his community and at the regional and national levels.

"I look forward to building on the work of the many pioneers who have preceded us over the last 80 plus years and focusing our energies on continuing the legacy and offerings of a dynamic organization that successfully rides the waves of change," said Dale Kelly, AIC President. "AIC has a rich history, solid asset base, a "gold standard" brand and reputation of respect and credibility and I look forward to working to set the strategy that will continue this trend for years to come" he said.

Mr. Kelly takes over for Sandy Todd, Research Manager at the Atlantic Cool Climate Crop Research Centre in St. John's Newfoundland who completed his one year term as President and will continue on the board as Past President.

The new board of directors also includes:

Graham Gilchrist, PAg, Vice President, the Assistant Farmers Advocate for the Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Development in Alberta; Glenn Dickson, PAg, Manager at Agricore United in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Andy Hammermeister, PAg, Research Associate with the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada in Truro Nova Scotia; Ron Pidskalny, PAg independent consultant in Edmonton Alberta; and Susan Simpson, PAg, a Business Analyst with the National Research Council in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

AIC welcomes new board members Isabelle Breune, agr, Agroenvironmental Programs Officer with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Montreal, Quebec; and Digvir Jayas, PEng, PAg, FAIC, Associate Vice-President (Research), at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba. They replace Kim Shukla, PAg CAC and Rick Koller, PAg, CAC who retired from the board.

For over eighty years, and into the future AIC will respond to the needs of its members in serving the agricultural community, playing a central role as a source of credible information and comment for the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector. The Institute seeks discussion rather than consensus based on the expertise and participation of its individual members and more than 6000 individuals within the various Association and Corporate members addressing many of the complex issues being addressed by our industry.

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Contact Information

  • Agricultural Institute of Canada
    Jean Sullivan, Communications Coordinator
    613-232-9459 ext 303
    Agricultural Institute of Canada
    Dale Kelly, DTM, PAg