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AIC recognizes former chair Dr. Bryan Harvey on his recent Honorary Degree from the University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Bryan Harvey has recently received an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Saskatchewan. This prestigious award is granted to those who have made a significant contribution to their community and Dr. Harvey certainly has had an incredible career in Canadian agriculture.

A world-renowned barley breeder, Dr. Harvey spent four decades contributing to the field of plant science and to the Canadian agriculture economy through his work with the Crop Development Centre (CDC) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask). During his time at USask starting in 1966 until his retirement in 2005, Harvey bred or co-bred more than 60 varieties of barley, leading pioneering research that benefitted the brewing industry in North America, Latin America, Asia and South Africa. His work contributed significantly to Canada’s leading role in world malting barley exports and resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in trade each year. Two of his barley varieties, Harrington and CDC Copeland, earned Seed of the Year honours in 2009 and 2019, highlighting their importance in the seed industry and to crop production in Canada.

Dr. Harvey has received several fellowships throughout his career, including one from AIC when it was then known as the Agricultural Institute of Canada. Dr. Harvey also served as AIC’s chair.

AIC wants to thank him for his dedication and contributions to the agri-food sector and send our congratulations on this remarkable achievement.