Five agricultural leaders were officially inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame this past weekend, as part of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

The new members include agricultural business leader Ted Bilyea, cranberry farmer and business man Peter Dhillon, Plant Scientist Wilf Keller, Agricultural Economist Larry Martin and former federal ag minister Gerry Ritz.

“Every inductee acknowledged the vital role of teamwork in their careers and accomplishments, and that clearly emphasizes the humble nature of these tremendous individuals,” says Guy Charbonneau, President of the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association. “In Canada, we enjoy a rich and innovative agri-food sector and these five men have all laid game-changing groundwork through primary plant research to building better business models, expanding trade and export markets for Canadian goods, strengthening sector opportunities and creating a bigger brand for Canadian agri-food products. Our industry and our reputation are stronger because each of these individuals have dedicated their careers, their innovation and their leadership to Canadian agriculture.”

The Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association was established in 1960 to honour and celebrate Canadians for outstanding contributions to the agriculture and food industry.

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