Experienced leader in local, provincial and national organizations

Respected for his wisdom, strategic thinking, prudent financial management, collaborative approach, and innovative ability to determine priority needs, Stewart has honed his leadership and communication skills through decades of advocacy and involvement in agricultural organizations

A Strong Track-Record

Stewart's leadership experience

Member 2005 - 2010 • Chair 2010 - 2018

Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO)

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.

Member and Vice-chair 2010 - 2013 • Chair 2013 - 2021

Swine Innovation Porc (SIP)

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.

Member 2009 - 2013 • Chair of the Research Advisory Committee

Canadian Swine Health Board

A novel $42 million initiative tasked with the development of a national biosecurity standard, swine health research, and long-term disease risk management.

President six years

Waterloo Region Cattlemen's Association

President six years

Waterloo Pork Producers Association

A Strong Track-Record

Boards & Committees

University of Alberta 2012 – 2021

Advisory Board of Livestock Gentec

$56 million project funding in past 8 years for Applied Livestock Genomics Projects.

Member and Vice-chair (Beef Improvement Opportunities, Bridging Intelligence), 2007 – 2017

Board Member, BIO

2007 –2011

Board Member, Ontario Pork


Council Member, The College of Veterinarians of Ontario, Public Interest Representative


Founding Committee Member of Rural Water Quality Program

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

1989 - 1990

Co-Chair & Intervenor

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.