The Agricultural Institute of Canada Foundation (AICF) is a national charity, established in 1987, whose mission is to inspire knowledge and understanding of the importance of sustainable agriculture to society. The AICF celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012 with continued dedication to providing Canadians with information, programs and activities that support a thriving agricultural sector.
Programs and Activities
Since its founding in 1987, the Foundation has developed a dynamic series of programs, including initiatives in advancing agricultural knowledge, providing scholarships in agricultural disciplines, and facilitating events that communicate the importance of agriculture to Canadians. Please visit our Programs and Grants page to read more and to download application forms.
The AICF Connections newsletter helps keep supporters, donors and sponsors in touch with the Foundation's activities. Recent award and scholarship recipients and sponsored conference speakers are highlighted in the Spring 2012 issue. Current and past issues of the newsletter are available here. To subscribe to the AICF Connections newsletter please contact the AICF Manager.
Conferences and Lectures
The AICF has sponsored two major conferences:Agricultural Nutrients and Their Impact on Rural Water Quality; and
From the Farm Gate to the Dinner Plate, a conference on food safety issues.
The Foundation also administers the Klinck Lecture Series, named after Dr. Leonard S. Klinck, the first president of the Canadian Society of Technical Agriculturists (the forerunner of the Agricultural Institute of Canada). This program sponsors prominent authorities from around the world to speak on national and international agricultural issues and developments.
In addition to its own direct work, the AICF has provided support to other organizations. This has included financial support for publishing the booklet, Food for Thought by the Ontario Farm Animal Council; the Agriculture in the Classroom program; the Advanced Agricultural Farm Leadership program and the former Agrologist-in-Residence program at a Canadian university.
In 2003, the Foundation was instrumental in raising funds for the Hay West program, which helped raise $10,000 to pay the cost of shipping donated hay to the western provinces in response to a severe drought.
2012-2013 AICF Board of Governors
President: Corrina Dawe, PAg, Newfoundland and Labrador
Vice President: Blaine Hussey, PAg, Newfoundland and Labrador
Past President: Eveline Wolterson, PAg, British Columbia
- Yvan Jacques, Ontario
- Brian Little, PAg, Ontario
- Dennis McKnight, Ontario
- David Noshad, PhD, PAg, British Columbia
Manager: Frances Rodenburg
The Agricultural Institute of Canada Research Foundation applied for grant of a charter by letters patent under the provisions of Part II of the Canada Corporations Act in 1987. Approval was granted based on the Letters Patent dated March 13, 1987. In 1994 the name was changed to the Agricultural Institute of Canada Foundation (AICF).
AICF Bylaws as amended September 17, 2007. Current and past Annual Reports are available here.
Support agricultural achievements through a donation to the AICF
The AICF programs are made possible through the generous donations of individuals and organizations and their support of a strong future for agriculture. For more information or to make a donation, please visit our Donations page.