This past winter, former Alberta Canola Chair Walter Paszkowski was inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame. Mr. Paszkowski was instrumental in laying the foundation for the modern canola industry in western Canada. He served as founding director of the Northern Alberta Rapeseed Crushing Plant, President of the Alberta Canola Growers, Director of the Northern Lite Canola Inc., Chair of the Canola Council of Canada and Chair of the Grow with Canola Committee.
His efforts on the Grow with Canola Committee aided thousands of Alberta and western Canadian farmers overcome the challenges that came with producing a relatively new crop: canola.
The program was recognized throughout North America as one of the most successful extension programs of its kind. It helped canola grow to be a $2 billion contributor to the Alberta with economy.
After leaving leadership roles in the Alberta canola and agriculture industry, Mr. Paszkowski continued to be a champion in support of the Alberta farm and ranch community. He is a vigorous promoter of trade and investment in Alberta, giving generously of his time and expertise in efforts to help Alberta entrepreneurs and farmers succeed.
On behalf of its 14,000 canola grower members, Alberta Canola congratulates Mr. Paszkowski on his induction to the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame Induction Video