Highlights of the 2017 AGM

Introducing CHC’s new President and Board of Directors

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) is pleased to present its new President and Board of Directors for 2017-2018.

2017 Board of Directors

Back Row: (left to right) Andrew Lovell, NB; Fred Steele, BC; Robert Purton, SK; Brian Gilroy, ON; Jocelyn St-Denis, QC; Adrian Huisman, ON.

Front Row: (left to right) Bar Hayre, BC; Beth Connery, MB; Rebecca Lee, CHC Executive Director, ON; Alvin Keenan, President, PEI; Keith Kuhl, MB; Stephanie Levasseur, QC; Peter Swetnam, NS.

Photo: Jody Mott


Alvin Keenan

CHC’s Board of Directors has appointed Alvin Keenan, of Prince Edward Island, for the 2017-2018 term. Alvin started working with CHC in 1983. Since that time, he has advocated on a wide range of issues, including trade and marketing, labour, and crop protection. He currently operates Rollo Bay Potatoes with his brother Ray and their families. They are dedicated to quality, care for the environment, and incorporating the newest and most innovative technology into their operations. Alvin inherits the Presidency from Keith Kuhl, who held the position from 2013-2017.

CHC and its members look forward to much continued success working with Alvin Keenan and its new Board of Directors.

Gary Linkletter receives 2017 Doug Connery Award
From left to right: Paulette Connery (wife of the late Doug Connery), Gary Linkletter, Keith Kuhl (outgoing CHC President). Photo: CHC

Keith Kuhl, outgoing President of the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC), presented Gary Linkletter with the 2017 Doug Connery Award for leadership excellence during CHC’s annual general meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Gary is a seventh-generation potato farmer from Prince Edward Island who has been advocating for the potato industry at a national level for many years. He provided important grassroots feedback on the fresh pack industry as CHC worked with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on harmonizing packaging and grade regulations with the United States. He was also involved in the committee looking at harmonization of Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for potato crop protectants between Canada and the U.S.

Gary has been a dedicated and active committee participant and has contributed to making regulations for the Canadian horticultural industry more effective. He has participated in Canada-U.S. Potato Committee meetings for several years, and his calm and knowledgeable perspective is well-respected by grower and industry representatives on both sides of the border.

The Doug Connery award was created in 2012 in honour of the late Doug Connery, a Past President and driving force behind CHC who suffered an untimely passing in 2011. CHC was honoured that Paulette Connery, Doug’s widow, was in the audience and helped to present the award that bears his name.

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