Agriculture and Rural Affairs Advisory Committee

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About the committee

To represent the interests of Hamilton’s agricultural industry, farm families and non-farm rural residents by reviewing and providing input to Council and City Departments on studies, plans, by-laws and proposed projects that have an impact on agricultural or natural resource businesses.

To serve as the Tree Committee, as set forth in the Hamilton-Wentworth Woodland Conservation by-law, to make recommendations to Council on Minor Exception tree cutting applications.

At the request of Council, to provide a forum for the review and resolution of rural land use and farm management disputes and provides input and assistance to rural land stewardship programs or projects which are proposed by the City, other agencies and community groups.

Committee type: Sub-Committee
Reports to: Planning Committee
Meeting schedule: Monthly, 3rd Thursday

Lauri Leduc, Legislative Coordinator
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 4102

Committee membership 2014 - 2018

  • Councillor B. Johnson
  • Councillor L. Ferguson
  • Councillor R. Pasuta
  • Councillor J. Partridge
  • Woody Galloway - Citizen Representative
  • Jeff Medeiros - Citizen Representative
  • Cathy McMaster - Hamilton Wentworth Federation of Agriculture Representative
  • Nancy Mills - Hamilton-Wentworth Women’s Institute
  • John Mantel - Hamilton Christian Farmers
  • Andrea Sinclair - Citizen Representative
  • Roy Shuker - Hamilton Wentworth Federation of Agriculture Representative
  • Dale Smith - Soil and Crop Improvement Association
  • Kathy Smith - Local Agricultural Societies Representative
  • Gavin Smuk - Citizen Representative
  • Andrew Spoelstra - Soil and Crop Improvement Association
  • Mel Switzer - Hamilton Wentworth Federation of Agriculture Representative