Past Award Winner - James Myslik
James Myslik has left a lasting mark on the conservation of natural resources in Ontario, particularly in matters related to water. During his forty year career with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Jim has undertaken a number of key initiatives for the province that have contributed significantly to water research and education. Further, he has taken an active interest in encouraging and guiding young professionals and engineers in the conservation of Ontario’s natural resources.
Jim began his career with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (“OMAF”) (as the ministry was then known) in 1969. He put his degree in Agricultural Engineering (Hydrology) to immediate use as OMAF’s water engineer and soon became the “go-to guy” for other professionals in the field. Over the course of his career, Jim has helped to elevate the profile of water management policy and programs throughout Ontario.
Jim Myslik’s efforts were essential in the conception and formulation of the Ontario Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) – a plan that became the foundation for agri-environmental action in the Province for the past sixteen years. Jim co-developed program materials as well as helped to develop the Best Management Practices information series. The EFP concept has now been adopted by all Canadian provinces.
Jim played a pivotal role the development and implementation of the Rural Water Quality Program where he facilitated input from farmers representing over 40 agriculture commodity groups. This program is a provincially recognized success story and has supported 1,150 agri-environmental best practices, each of which contains an Environmental Farm Plan.
An active interest in encouraging and guiding professionals and the public in the conservation of Ontario’s natural resources for the past forty years have established James Myslik as an environmental champion and Pioneer.
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