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Industry leader inducted into the Conservation Hall of Fame

Indian Head, Sask., April 8, 2004:

A Saskatchewan educator, farmer and former Executive Director of the Soil Conservation Council of Canada has been inducted into the Conservation Hall of Fame.

Glen Hass was named as this year's inductee for his dedication and leadership in supporting soil conservation in Canada. The honour was presented to Hass during the Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC) annual meeting in Victoria, B.C., on March 24. The SCCC works to improve the understanding and awareness of soil conservation issues and practices in Canada.

"Glen has worked tirelessly to improve and promote the Soil Conservation Council of Canada," says Stephen Broad, Past President of the SCCC. "He had the insight to perceive that we must let the world know about soil conservation and the role the Soil Conservation Council of Canada plays in carrying out that vision."

A strong communicator with a keen sense of humour, Hass first came to the attention of the SCCC in 1995 when the organization was facing a critical stage in development. Hass jumped on board and helped organize the first national conference. He then became the Executive Director of the SCCC helping to establish the vision, mandate and mission for the group. Hass believed in building a strong provincial network of soil conservation groups that could work together to enhance awareness of climate change and the effects it had on agriculture.

"Glen helped build our group into the only voice for soil conservation in Canada," says Broad. "The Soil Conservation Council of Canada is now looked to as the leading source of information by others because they have become the country-wide voice of producers."

Hass attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon where he completed degrees in Agriculture and Education. He went on to receive a Master's degree in Continuing Education and taught at Aden Bowman Collegiate in Saskatoon. He later became an associate professor of extension programming in the area of agriculture and rural development at the University of Saskatchewan. He retired from teaching in 1993 and has since been consulting in the agricultural industry through his firm, Organizational Management Services. Hass, also a former farmer, and his wife, Elaine, own land south east of Saskatoon.

The Conservation Hall of Fame, located in the Sir John Carling Building in Ottawa, recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to soil and water conservation. National Soil Conservation Week runs April 18 to 24, 2004.

For further information please contact:
Eugene Legge
Phone: (709) 229-4439
Fax: (709) 229-4678
Jean-Louis Daigle
Executive Director
Eastern Canada Soil and Water Conservation Centre
Phone: (506) 475-4040
Fax: (506) 475-4030