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
- Crop Insurance
- Climate Change and Adaptation
The committee currently has two sub-committees:
- The Business Risk Management Working Group
- Science Advisory Committee
About Mark Wales, Chair
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.