ARIO consists of appointed representatives of the agri-food community – farmers, researchers, rural and agri-business partners.
They advise the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on the strategic use of science and innovation to enhance the sustainability and profitability of Ontario's agri-food industry.
ARIO oversees a $10 million annual operating budget and an additional $10 million to support research infrastructure including 14 research stations, 3 agricultural colleges, a recently completed $24 million dairy research facility and $10 million greenhouse, and the design of a new turfgrass institute.
SIP is a not-for-profit organization representing the Canadian Pork Council and eight provincial pork producer organizations.
They coordinate research, development and knowledge transfer for the Canadian swine industry, including three multi-million dollar research programs with close to 200 researchers at 30 universities and research centres across Canada developing a sustainable national production model.
A novel $42 million initiative tasked with the development of a national biosecurity standard, swine health research, and long-term disease risk management.
$56 million project funding in past 8 years for Applied Livestock Genomics Projects.
A collaborative effort between Region of Waterloo, Grand River Conservation Authority and Regional Livestock Commodity Associations.
Received Conservation Citation (1999) from Grand River Conservation Authority
Co-Chaired Presentations to Ontario Energy Board as an intervenor on behalf of thirty five land owners opposing the Kitchener West Union Gas pipeline.
Co-Chaired mitigation practices regarding installation and compensation as well.