VisionCanadian agriculture is a global leader in stewardship of our land through science.
MissionFor the Agricultural Institute of Canada to be Canada’s Voice for Agricultural Research and Innovation
- Influence Public Policy
- Disseminate Information
- Promote Careers in Agricultural Research
- Facilitate Networking
- Be the key partner in Canada for international activity
On June 2, 1920, the Canadian Society of Technical Agriculturists was formally launched. The idea of an organization dedicated to the professional aspects of Canadian agriculture caught on and branches quickly formed across the country.
By 1944 the Canadian Society of Technical Agriculturists had evolved into the Agricultural Institute of Canada. Over time, nine provincial institutes of agrologists came on board to administer the formation, recognition and control of professional groups under provincial jurisdiction.
In 1995, following almost a decade of discussion and debate, members of the Agricultural Institute of Canada voted to restructure the organization into a federation of Member Organizations.
For ninety-five years, AIC responded to the needs of its members in serving the agricultural community, playing a central role as a source of credible information and comment for the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector.
The Institute has established itself as one of Canada’s foremost advocates for agricultural research and an important tool to facilitate the dissemination of agricultural research to academics and industry stakeholders.
In 2004 the AIC became a member-based organization once again.
AIC Membership categories include individual members as well as organizations, associations and corporate. The membership will determine views on issues as well as elect the national board.
Board of Directors
Wilf Keller, PhD, PAg
President and CEO
Ag-West Bio Inc.
Richard Heck, PhD, PAg
Associate Professor, School of Environmental Sciences
University of Guelph
Al Scholz, PAg, CAC, CMC
Executive Director and Registrar
Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists
Jim Brandle, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Vineland Research & Innovation Centre
Andrea Brocklebank, MSc, PAg
Beef Cattle Research Council
Andrea is the Executive Director of the Beef Cattle Research Council, a division of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). She has worked in various roles within the CCA over the last twelve years. Andrea works collaboratively with the industry to oversee the delivery of a research program through the BCRC and Beef Science Cluster that funds research projects in areas of importance to the Canadian beef industry. She has also played a key role in the development and implementation of the National Beef Research Strategy through her role as Chair of the national Beef Value Chain Roundtable (BVCRT) Research Committee.
Andrea completed a B.A. in Agricultural Studies at the University of Lethbridge and M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to working with the CCA, she worked within the Canadian cattle feeding sector and in agriculture finance. Andrea is an avid traveler and lives on her family’s operation near High River with her husband and two young sons.
Lianne Dwyer, PhD
Agriculture Consultant, Ontario
Rajasekaran Lada, PhD
Professor and Department Chair of Environmental Sciences
Founding Director, Christmas Tree Research Centre
Dalhousie Agricultural Campus, Dalhousie University
Reno Pontarollo, PhD, MBA
President & CEO
Michael Trevan, PhD, CBiol, FIBiol, PAg
Professor and Department Head of Food Science
University of Manitoba