The Honourable Lyle Vanclief
The Honourable Lyle Vanclief guided Canadian agriculture through some of its toughest challenges as Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Mr. Vanclief was first elected as Member of Parliament in 1988, and was re-elected in 1993, 1997 and 2000. He served as opposition critic for agriculture, then as Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada before joining the Cabinet for six-and-a-half years as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada from 1997 until 2003. He retired from politics in 2004.
Mr. Vanclief has been honoured as a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada and with the inaugural Canadian Spirit of the Independent Award by the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers. In 2010, he was inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame and served as Honorary Chair of the 2011 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress. He continues his commitment to serving the Canadian industry as an agricultural and food consultant.