Dr. Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and she has been a pioneer in improving the handling and welfare of farm animals. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Temple’s achievements are remarkable because she was an autistic child. Inspired by her high school science teacher and her aunt on her ranch in Arizona motivated Temple to study and pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer.

Dr. Temple Grandin has done extensive work on the design of handling facilities. Half the cattle in the U.S. and Canada are handled in equipment Grandin has designed for meat plants. Other professional activities include developing animal welfare guidelines for the meat industry and consulting with companies on animal welfare.

Dr. Grandin has received numerous awards including the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Livestock Conservation Institute, named a Distinguished Alumni at Franklin Pierce College and received honorary doctorates from six universities. She has also won prestigious industry awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. In 2011, Temple was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. In 2015 she was given the Distinguished Service Award by the American Farm Bureau Federation and Meritorious Award from the OIE. In 2016, Temple was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Peggy Brekveld, Thunder Bay Federation of Agriculture, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Peggy Brekveld has served as Vice President and Director at Large at the Ontario Federation of Agriculture for the last five years, and 3 additional years before that representing Northern Ontario. Peggy, her husband Gert and their five children operate Woodstar Farm – a family dairy farm operation near Thunder Bay.

Peggy is also Vice President of Agricultural Adaptation Council, a former president of the Thunder Bay Federation of Agriculture, and a Class 12 alumni of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program. She is a lifelong advocate for farming and food in Ontario. She loves to sing, exploring walking trails and showing off the natural beauty of her northern region to visitors. All in all, she feels very blessed in life.