Al is a graduate of the University of Guelph in Agriculture and retired 2 years ago after serving the public in a 30 year career with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). His work involved statistics and data analysis to support such areas as rural policy, farm management and cost of production benchmarking. He and his brother also started and sold a successful company which involved the development and sale of farm accounting software.
Al lives in Guelph with his wife. He has 3 children of whom he is very proud.
One of his favourite activities is loading his bike up with touring gear and heading out of town on long adventures. Most recently he rode from Vancouver to San Francisco. The trips are less about planning and more about leaving room for serendipity. Al also enjoys cross-country skiing, canoeing, looking after his backyard chickens, and reading extensively about domestic and global affairs.
Al has been a long time loyal supporter of the Green Party and has helped locally in many provincial and national campaigns.
Some of his volunteer activities include driving for VON’s transportation service and participating in the Guelph Active Transportation group.