On October 1st at a Gala Banquet, “Mr Canola” Phil Thomas was recognized by his peers and colleagues for his life-long devotion to the Agriculture Industry by being inducted into The Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame.
Celebrating with his family, friends and business associates, Phil expressed his deep love for the industry and how much working in Agriculture has meant to him. “I have been passionate about working in agriculture and helping farmers and have always felt that I got back far more than I put in.” said Thomas, “It has been a pleasure to work with farmers and the ag sector to advance our industry.”
Phil, who had a distinguished career with Alberta Agriculture has spent the last 6 years working with Agri-Trend Agrology Ltd as a Senior Agri-Coach. Phil’s energy is boundless. He wrote and contributed to hundreds of documents, articles, papers and is best recognized for his invaluable leadership in the production of The Canola Growers Manual of which over 30,000 copies have been distributed nationally and internationally.
A energetic speaker and sought after diagnostician, Phil loves to work in the field where he can put his years’ of experience to work. He has taken his knowledge world-wide and was recognized for his international contributions by the People’s Republic of China for work done in that country.
Phil and his wife Elanor still live in their country home near Lacombe, Alberta.
Phil Thomas, canola pioneer – congratulations to your induction to The Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame!