Daniel Lanoie – Robertson Associate Award Recipient 2018

Born in Saint-Hugues, Quebec, Daniel has always lived at the same address. He loves his hometown and portions of his land have been in the Lanoie family for five generations.

Since buying his farm in 1983, Daniel has produced certified seed and quickly became a Select plot grower. Daniel farms his 675 acres with his wife Danielle, cousin Dominique and son Olivier. They are also proud pork producers.

Daniel and Danielle have been together for over 35 years and enjoy travelling and learning about different cultures and other forms of agriculture. In addition to son Olivier, the couple has two daughters and two grandchildren. Audrey, 31, is an occupational therapist. Sophie, 29, is an accountant.

Olivier, 21, is a student in agricultural economics. He hopes to continue his career on the family farm and he has already taken an accredited plot grower course.

All three children have wonderful memories of participating in the annual meetings of the CSGA, of which Daniel is actively involved. For over 24 years, he was a member of the board of directors of the Pedigreed Seed Producers Association of Quebec (SPSPQ) and of the various associated committees. As president of SPSPQ for five years, he helped in planning four separate CSGA annual meetings held in Quebec. He was also a member of CSGA’s board of directors and associated committees for over 13 years.

Daniel took part in all the Seed Sector Value Chain Round Table discussions in Canada up until 2015. He has also been a member of the board of Quebec Grain Growers. He’s also a founding member of the board of directors for the Quebec Grain Research Centre (CEROM). He also sits on the board of the Saint-Hyacinthe pork producers association.

Currently, Daniel holds a seat as member of the board of directors of the Desjardins Group (Caisse Desjardins) des Chênes and he represents this group provincially and nationally. He is also president of the urban planning committee of Saint-Hugues.

“My involvement over the past 25 years in the seed industry at the provincial and national level has certainly been one of my most enriching experiences, personally and professionally. During my acting years as president and active member of different organizations, I’ve learned that we must be very open to listening to others, and by persevering, we can help our industry evolve and advance.”