After almost two decades i
n providing leadership and inspiration to AIC's International Agricultural Development Program, Tom Beach is moving to new challenges as Research Station Manager for the University of Guelph Kemptville Campus.
Tom joined AIC as International Program Coordinator in 1996. During his tenure, the International Program implemented a series of successful agricultural development projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. These projects engaged the professional expertise of AIC members from the disciplines of soil and animal sciences, horticulture, agronomy and extension and from provincial institutes of agriculture, each working in partnership with their counterpart organizations in developing countries. The strength of these partnerships is an enduring feature of AIC's international program and accomplishments through these partnerships have been cited both in Canada and internationally. Tom was instrumental in developing a cadre of dedicated volunteers from around the world and his influence will carry on in the sustainability of the projects they have implemented.
In addition to his international work, Tom served as AIC's Executive Director from 2000 to 2001 and from 2002 to 2007 leading AIC's creation of dynamic discussion papers, advancing networks and advocacy. He contributed to policy development through participation on a number of panels and studies including: Canada's Agriculture Policy Framework II, Audit Canada review of Canada's Agriculture Policy Framework (APF 1), and the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development review. With many hats, he also managed AIC's Accreditation Program from 1997 to present.
Tom has been honoured by his peers through the awarding of Fellowships in the Ghana Society of Animal Production (FGSAP) 2009, in AIC (FAIC) 2008, and most recently in the Ghana Institute of Horticulturists (FGhIH) 2012. As well, he is a honourary member of the Soil Science Society of Sri Lanka.
Tom leaves AIC in early November and he will be missed by friends and colleagues around the world. Together, we wish Tom all the best in his new position.Prepared by Brenda Millar, AIC International Program
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