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October 04, 2001
Dairy industry leader named to Associate VP
John Core, former chair of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) and former president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, has been appointed associate vice-president (research, agri-food and partnerships) at the University of Guelph.
Core begins his appointment on Oct. 9, 2001. He will be responsible for promoting the benefits and opportunities created through the University’s partnership agreement with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and will play a central role in administering the partnership. His other responsibilities include expanding partnership opportunities in the agri-food sector and strengthening Guelph’s leadership position in agri-food research.
“John’s strategic thinking, experience and understanding of the agri-food industry on a provincial, national and international basis are exactly what we need to build consensus in a highly complex agri-food research and development environment,” said Alan Wildeman, Guelph’s vice-president (research). “He is respected by his colleagues and peers, and with his industry and government relations background, he will bring fresh perspectives to our research enterprise. His appointment
follows an extensive search and the review of excellent candidates.”
Core also has ties with the University of Guelph, beginning in 1970 when he graduated with distinction with a B.Sc. in agriculture. Two years later, he completed his M.Sc. at Guelph and worked as a lecturer at Ridgetown College – now part of the university – teaching courses in dairy and beef production, ruminant nutrition, animal evaluation, and leadership and meeting organization. He later became the senior manager of Ridgetown’s dairy and beef herds and provided dairy and beef extension consultation to farm clients.