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Oddie, Emmie - 1983
Olafson, Olaf - 1973
Oleksyn, Timothy John ( Tim ) - 2017
Oxner, Bertha - 1987

PortraitTimothy John Oleksyn

Tim Oleksyn, a lifelong rancher and farmer, has been a champion of the beef industry and more specifically beef and forage research for decades.

Born at Prince Albert, Tim received his primary education at Wild Rose School and his secondary at Carlton Comprehensive. Tim and his wife Cindy are partners in Oleksyn Brothers Farms alongside his two brothers, Doug and Terry. South Ranch, managed by Tim, is the livestock side of the family operation.

Tim has served continuously throughout his ranching and farming career on numerous boards, committees and task forces including Beef Cattle Research Council (member and chair), Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (director and vice president), Western Beef Development Centre (member and chair), Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (vice-chair of Minister’s Advisory Committee) and PAMI, the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (board chair).

Tim has demonstrated a deep passion for agriculture and for Saskatchewan and his passion is especially deep when it comes to agricultural research. He has been guided by a rock-solid belief that research should benefit the industry and producers and it is through their gains in productivity and profitability that research sees its investment return.

Under his leadership, the Western Beef Development Centre recruited a proficient research and operations team, assembled a world class cattle herd and advanced an impressive slate of research and demonstration projects.

During Tim’s tenure, the Beef Cattle Research Council made groundbreaking advances in the development of Canada’s Beef Science Cluster. This initiative has improved the efficiencies and effectiveness of research funding investments.

With the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund, Tim has made significant contributions in establishing practical priorities and in championing research that enhances productivity and profitability.

As a way to strengthen livestock and forage research in the province, activities are being integrated into a Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan. Tim served on the steering committee through all phases of the investigations and is serving on the fundraising committee to secure the remaining funds needed to make the LFCE a reality.

 

 

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