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Pork Industry Leadership Award

Past Recipients include:

2016 Steve Thomas
2015 John DeBruyn and Dr. Kees deLange
2014 Doug Richards
Frank Palen
 Chris Crump
2011 Jean Smelski
2010 Paul & Rose Hill
2009 Deb Campbell and Dr. Martin Misener
2008 Clare Schlegel
2007 Joanne Selves
2006 Dr. Gaylan Josephson
2005 Dan Cohoe
2004 John Bancroft
2003 Dr. George Charbonneau & John Lichti
2002 Bob Robson
2000 Dr. Doug Morrison
1999 Ron & Sharon Douglas
1998 Dr. Tim Blackwell & Warren Stein
1997 Willy Keller
1996 John Bowman
1995 Dr. Jim Morris
1993 Andy Bunn
1992 Dr. Brian Kennedy
1990 Jim Dalrymple
1989 Richard Smelski
1988 Dr. Mike Wilson & Jim Wilkins
1987 Dr. Ernie Sanford, Ron Denniss & Frank Kains
1986 Don McLean
1985 Dr. Gord Bowman

Nominations wanted!

  • Do you know someone who has made a special contribution to the improvement of the Ontario pork industry?
  • Does that person participate in community service activities outside the nominee’s normal work function that have contributed to the improvement of the community and society?

Ontario Pork Congress is looking for candidates for its 2017 OPC Pork Industry Leadership Award. If you know someone who fits this criteria and you believe is worthy of this prestigious award, please forward that person’s name and a few comments why you feel they should be nominated, along with your name and contact information (should we require further comments) to:

Linda Weitzel (linda.weitzel@outlook.com)

Contact Linda Weitzel @ 519-614-2855 for more information.

The OPC Pork Industry Leadership Award is awarded to an individual who has given freely of his/her time and provided distinguished service to the Ontario Pork  Industry. This Award is open to research, extension, education and industry personnel involved in any facet of pork production, promotion and marketing. Nominations will be accepted from individuals, companies or organizations.

The criteria for this award are:


Contribution to the Industry
Activities and achievements of the nominee that have contributed to the betterment of the Pork Industry in Ontario.

Career and Achievements
Achievements associated with current or past positions in the swine industry.

Community Affairs
Community service activities outside the nominee’s normal work function that have contributed to the improvement of the community and society.

Do you have a person in mind that you feel should be recognized for his/ her services to the swine industry in Ontario? Someone you feel has “gone the extra mile” to help the cause of the swine sector through work within the barn or outside promoting the industry and explaining the plight of the sector to the public? Please submit that person’s name together with a summary of why you feel he/she should be nominated along with your name and email address in case we need further information.

Let’s celebrate the ideas and passion shown by these individuals and show them our appreciation on their achievements.


You may also download a printable pdf nomination form here that can be submitted by mail or fax.

June 20th & 21st 2018 in Stratford, Ontario