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Palmer, John Stanley - 1976
Partridge, Edward Alexander - 1972
Patterson, Cecil Frederick - 1973
Pattillo, Margaret H. - 1990
Pavlychenko, Thomas Karp - 1976
Pedersen, Gunnar Heg - 2007
Phelps, Joseph Lee - 1982
Phillips, Robert Howard Daniel - 2009
Poirier, Elaine Lucie - 2006
Porter, Albert John - 1987
Possberg, Florian - 2016
Potter, Evelyn Joan - 2011
Pugh, Roy McLean - 1981

Portrait Gunnar Heg Pedersen

Gunnar Pedersen was an innovator who raised the standards of milk production and processing in Saskatchewan. He was born at Star City, Sask. on July 28, 1928. He took his primary and secondary education in Star City and Melfort. In 1952, he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan, specializing in dairy science.

Following graduation, Gunnar worked for a year as a milk quality inspector with the provincial government. In 1953, he joined the staff of Saskatchewan Co-operative Creameries Ltd., as quality control supervisor. By 1969, he was a branch operations supervisor and ten years later was general manager of what had become Dairy Producers Co-operative.

Along the way, Gunnar was responsible for many innovations. To facilitate plant operations, he learned how to weld stainless steel, at the time the only person in Western Canada with this skill. He was responsible for improved milk handling and sanitation on the farm, and improved practices for mastitis control. He brought in the use of bulk milk tankers and was responsible for improved processing equipment and improved milk quality by means of new practices within the plants.

Gunnar led the way in the consolidation of milk plants and the transition for farmers from cream production to industrial milk. He was a leader in the negotiations that led to the amalgamation of the Dairy Pool and Saskatchewan Co-operative Creameries Ltd. into Dairy Producers Co-operative. Under his leadership, the co-operative was very successful. He was an outstanding mentor to the entire industry.

Gunnar was also an active community worker, serving as president of the Regina Chamber of Commerce, member of the Board of Governors of the University of Regina and on the executive committee of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

When he retired to Kamloops, B.C. in 1991, he formed a consulting firm, AGL and Associates. His technical and management skills were called into play in dairy feasibility and development projects in Mexico, Malawi, Bahamas, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, China, Russia and in Canada.

Gunnar Pedersen passed away on September 1, 2004 following a long battle with cancer.

Sponsored for Induction in the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 2007 by the Dairy Farmers of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Milk Control Board

 

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