A salute to Canadian ag: McConnell to receive Order of Canada on Wednesday

Governor General Julie Payette will host the Order of Canada ceremony at Rideau Hall on Wednesday (photo by brunomes, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, Flickr)

One of Canadian agriculture’s greatest champions will be honoured at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Wednesday, January 24th.

Kim McConnell, a founder of AdFarm, has been appointed to the Order of Canada for his leadership in promoting Canada’s agricultural industry and his extensive engagement in causes supporting youth, entrepreneurship and rural communities.

Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian industry.

Related: Kim McConnell is a Canadian Ag Hall of Famer

You can watch the ceremony live at 10:30am eastern here.

Adfarm is encouraging everyone to tweet celebrating Kim’s recognition by using the hashtag #WeSaluteAg during the ceremony.

An excerpt from the article when it was announced McConnell would receive the Order of Canada recognition last June:

A great friend of RealAgriculture, McConnell has served on many boards and facilitated many meetings, forums and reports regarding the future of Canadian agriculture and mentoring future leaders. He was inducted into the Canadian Ag Hall of Fame in 2012.

“All of us here at 4-H are proud of Kim’s recent appointment to the prestigious Order of Canada,” said 4-H Canada CEO Shannon Benner in a statement. “He has been a 4-H advocate for most of his life and has always found the time to give back to his community in one way or another. This most recent announcement speaks volumes about his character, leadership, dedication to agriculture, youth and his community.”

Established during Canada’s centennial year by Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest civilian honours.


Shaun Haney

Shaun Haney is the founder of RealAgriculture.com. He creates content regularly and hosts RealAg Radio on Rural Radio 147 every weekday at 4PM est. @shaunhaney


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