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Business Risk Management Committee

The Business Risk Management Committee works on behalf of Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) to monitor the finance and business management issues for the Canadian horticulture industry.

The Committee meets as a whole at the Annual Meeting in March. At other times of the year, the Chair or other appointees represent CHC members in national and provincial meetings related to program issues in agriculture.

Chair: Mark Wales
Vice-Chair: Benoit Desilets


The following issues, among others, have occupied the Finance and Business Management Committee this year:

  • Growing Forward 2
  • AgriStability
  • AgriInvest
  • Crop Insurance
  • Climate Change and Adaptation

The committee currently has two sub-committees:

  • The Business Risk Management Working Group
  • Science Advisory Committee

Learn more about business risk management issues in horticulture

About Mark Wales, Chair

Mark WalesMark is a seasoned farmer and business owner who has farmed and been enrolled in various crop insurance programs, including Agri-Stability and Agri-Invest, for over 40 years.

He is a former President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, former Chair and current Board Member of the Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council, and he is Past-President of the Ontario Garlic Growers’ Association. He is currently Chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association Safety Net Section and has been Chair of CHC’s Business Risk Management Committee since 2009.

Mark is also involved in municipal politics, having now served over 8 years as a Municipal councillor for the Township of Malahide, as well as now serving on the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) boards of directors.

On his farm, Mark grows a variety of vegetables, including garlic, hot peppers, corn, soybeans, and white beans, for both the fresh market and for the processing industry.

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