Awards

The following are awards given out to distinguished individuals who have contributed to the betterment of Canadian Agriculture. The CSGA Honorary Life Award is presented to persons who, by distinguished services to the Association, have contributed to the betterment of Canadian agriculture. The Robertson Associate Award is awarded to those members who have fulfilled with utmost fidelity and success their obligation to the Association. The Clark-Newman-Clayton Award is in recognition of a person who has made an exceptional contribution to pedigreed seed production in Canada and to agriculture. The recipient is to choose a Canadian University who will be requested to name a suitable post-graduate student to receive a $2,500 grant from CSGA. The post graduate student must be personally involved in a seed related project of value to seed growers.


2017 Award Recipients

Dale Adolphe

CSGA Honorary Life Award

Dale was raised on a grain and livestock farm near Weyburn, Sask., and attended the University of Saskatchewan majoring in agricultural economics and accounting. Dale’s career has included: Six years with the federal government in the Departments of Agriculture and Regional Economic Expansion; 17 years with the Canola Council of Canada (three as their agronomist in the late 1070s, eight as their market development coordinator during the time the industry launched canola and six as president during the introduction of GM canola); Six years with a grain trading company as their manager of planning and development; and from 2002 to the end of 2015, with the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association as their executive director.

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Dr. Richard Martin

CSGA Honorary Life Award

Richard Martin was born in Winnipeg but grew up in Ottawa, where he received a science degree from Carleton University in 1973. He then attended the University of Guelph, receiving a BSc in agriculture and an MSc and PhD in plant pathology, researching the bioactivity and systemic translocation of a new fungicide. Immediately following graduation, he started work with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Charlottetown Research Centre in P.E.I. as a research scientist on cereal diseases, with emphasis on barley pathogens. He continued to work at the centre for 35 years before retiring in 2015, working part-time for a further year to keep his programs running while replacements were being hired.

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Peter Boswall

CSGA Honorary Life Award

Peter Boswall was raised on the family farm in Marshfield, P.E.I. and was an active member in Scouts and the Dunstaffnage-Marshfield 4-H Club. Peter has a diploma in agricultural engineering from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and a degree in plant science from Dalhousie University. Peter commenced his career in agriculture working with the Crops Branch of the P.E.I. Department of Agriculture and was involved in managing on-farm field crop trials across P.E.I. Among other duties at the time, Peter was responsible for the Department’s Pedigreed Seed Assistance Program. Peter was appointed Provincial Potato Specialist in 1990 and spent the next 10 years working with growers on issues concerning the potato industry.

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Jim Baillie

CSGA Robertson Associate Award

Originally from a family dairy farm near Tatamagouche, N.S., Jim is a graduate of the former Nova Scotia Agricultural College, now Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus. Upon graduation, he joined a farm wholesale retail group in Atlantic Canada and with them specialized in the crop input service sector throughout the Atlantic provinces. Within five years he shifted to management of a major feed mill and farm centre near Charlottetown. Over the next 10 years, Jim managed a number of feed and farm centres through Atlantic Canada. In the mid-1990s, he decided the appeal of farming was his calling and he developed a forestry harvesting and silviculture business in partnership with a field crop farm. In 1997 he added pedigreed seed production to the farm. At that point, hybrid canola seed production in Atlantic Canada was proving to be a successful cropping opportunity.

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Kathy & Grahame Hardy

CSGA Robertson Associate Award

In 1967 at the age of 17, Grahame moved from Montreal with his parents Margaret and Bill Hardy to Inkerman, Ont., 35 miles south of Ottawa. His parents had purchased a 150-acre untilled farm and this was his first introduction to farm life. Small 10 and 15-acre fields were made into larger ones, and all the land was tile-drained. Kathy was raised on a registered Holstein dairy farm in Prince Edward County. Grahame and Kathy met at Kemptville College (KCAT) in 1970 and in 1972 they were married, after which Kathy moved to Dundas County. After college, Grahame worked as a survey technician and Kathy as a dietician’s assistant, and in 1976 they joined Grahame’s parents full-time in the Hardy Seeds Limited pedigreed seed business.

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2016 Award Recipients

CSGA Honorary Life Award

Clark-Newman-Clayton Recipient

Robertson Association Award


2015 Award Recipients

CSGA Honorary Life Award

Robertson Association Award


Previous Recipients (as of 1931)

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