About Us

The Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame gallery is located at:

Ontario AgriCentre, 100 Stone Road West, Guelph, Ontario.

The Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association was incorporated in 1979 as a non-profit association. The Hall of Fame opened June 1, 1980 with the induction of nine pioneer agriculturists (all deceased) who represented more than 100 years of combined efforts and initiatives in building a better agriculture for the province. Currently 229 individuals have been inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame (OAHF).

MISSION

It is the mission of the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association to acknowledge, record and preserve the contributions made by leaders to the growth and development of Ontario's agriculture and agri-food industry.

OBJECTIVES

The Association's objectives are as follows:

  1. to establish and maintain a gallery to be known as The Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame (OAHF) for the formal and public recognition of persons who in the course of their residence in Ontario have made significant contributions to the welfare and improvement of Ontario agriculture; the form of recognition to include the hanging of a likeness of the person selected in the Gallery which shall be located in the OAHF gallery;
  2. to prescribe standards for recognition in the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame;
  3. to direct all activities pertaining to the selection of the persons eligible for recognition and the ceremonies associated with the hanging of the likeness;
  4. to display, in an appropriate manner, information of historical interest pertaining to persons selected for recognition and to events that have had a significant impact upon the agriculture of Ontario; and
  5. to carry out its objects without purpose of gain for its members and to use any profits, donations or other accretions solely for the promotion of its objects.

The affairs of the Association are managed by a 15-person volunteer Board of Directors elected from and by the membership.

Directors

John Core
George Ennis
Kelly Daynard
Ingrid DeVisser
Carolyn Fuerth
John Kikkert
Don Lobb
Kathie MacDonald
Terry Malcolm
Jim Rickard
Deb Stark
Fred Wagner
Arlene Warner
Bruce Webster
Nick Whyte

Secretary/treasurer

Susan Fitzgerald

PRESIDENTS

William S. Kilmer 1978 - 1980
Dr. R.J. McDonald 1980 - 1981
Prof. P.W. Burke 1981 - 1982
Ross T. Farr 1982 - 1983
Robert Bell 1983 - 1984
Art Peppin 1984 - 1985
David Pallett 1985 - 1986
Reford Gardhouse 1986 - 1987
Kenneth E. Lantz 1987 - 1988
Joseph Snyder 1988 - 1989
John H. Gillespie 1989 - 1990
Cindy Lindsay 1990 - 1991
Clifford Morrow 1991 - 1992
David Pelletterio 1992 - 1993
John Brown 1993 - 1994
Clayton M. Switzer 1994 - 1995
Herb Norry 1995 - 1996
Ron Coutts 1996 - 1997
Maisie Lasby 1997 - 1998
John Cockburn 1998 - 1999
Francis Jose 1999 - 2000
Murray Gaunt 2000 - 2001
Jean Bennett 2001 - 2002
Stanley Young 2002 - 2003
Jack Riddell 2003 - 2004
Robert Taylor (deceased) 2004 - 2005
Rodger Schwass 2004 - 2005
Rodger Schwass 2005 - 2006
John Benham 2006 - 2007
Robert Aumell 2007 - 2008
Fred Lewis 2008 - 2009
Paulette Samson 2009 - 2010
John McIntosh 2010 - 2011
Peter Twynstra 2011 - 2012
Deborah Whale 2012 - 2013
Rob Black 2013 - 2014
Brenda Trask 2014 - 2015
Barry Fraser 2015 - 2016
Mary Lynn McPherson 2016 - 2017
John Kikkert 2017 - 2018
Carolyn Fuerth 2018 - 2019
John Core 2019 -