Harry Stoddart named OSCIA government director – Agriculture

Harry Stoddart will take the helm of the Ontario Soil and Crop Enchancment Affiliation (OSCIA) on January 16, 2023.

That’s when Stoddart turns into the chief director of OSCIA, taking up from Andrew Graham who plans to retire in June 2023 after a six-month transitional interval.

Stoddart brings a novel mixture of management expertise in not-for-profit and public businesses together with 25 years of direct expertise in Ontario agriculture. His credentials embrace appreciable consulting expertise in agri-food enterprise technique and coverage design. He additionally has experience in main groups of workers and volunteers. Stoddart graduated in 1992 with a B.Sc. in agricultural economics from the College of Guelph and accomplished his Grasp’s in economics at Guelph in 1995.

New OSCIA government director Harry Stoddart

“We’re really excited to introduce Harry Stoddart as our new government director,” mentioned Warren Schneckenburger, OSCIA president. “Along with his super expertise and management capabilities, we predict Harry is an ideal match alongside our expert staff of knowledgeable workers and devoted volunteers.”

Andrew Graham served has OSCIA government director for the previous seven years. He started his 43-year profession at Higher Thames River Conservation Authority in London, after which the Oxford County workplace of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. In 1990, Graham’s profession in soil and water conservation shifted to OSCIA the place he labored for a few years, primarily within the design and supply of quite a few stewardship training and incentive applications and particular tasks for the farm neighborhood.

Earlier than becoming a member of the Lindsay Agricultural Society as basic supervisor seven years in the past, Stoddart and a enterprise companion operated a 2,000-acre household farm that was efficiently transitioned to licensed natural. Whereas farming, he took half in environmental farm planning and performed on-farm trials, together with constructing and field-testing the primary cowl crop curler in Ontario in 2005 to terminate cereal rye whereas no-tilling soybeans.

“I’ve deep respect for the repute that OSCIA has earned by way of its many accomplishments in stewardship training, cost-share programming and utilized analysis,” says Stoddart. “I’m honoured to be becoming a member of a company that continues to play an integral position in main efforts to sort out environmental and sustainability challenges in Ontario agriculture.”