Peter Boswall – 2017 Honorary Life Award Recipient

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.

In 2000, Peter transferred back to field crops and his name was forwarded to CSGA as the provincial representative to the CSGA Board of Directors. Between 2000 and 2012, Peter had the pleasure of participating on the CSGA Board and on a number of Board Committees including Research and Development, Awards and Bylaws. While a member of the CSGA Board, Peter was also actively involved in the Maritime Branch of the CSGA.

Peter currently works with the Policy Section of the P.E.I. Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and has responsibility for agriculture trade policy, and is past chair of the Federal-Provincial Agriculture Trade Policy Committee. He is also an active member of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown

Peter and his wife of 29 years, Sandra Mackinnon, are actively involved in the operation of a pure-bred Angus herd located in Kinross, P.E.I. and are planning to build a home on the farm in the near future.