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Ottawa Valley drainage trailblazer becomes hall-of-famer

March 11, 2021  By Bree Rody

Delbert O’Brien has held a lot of titles. He’s been an attorney, operated an airport and served as the chair the first-ever Ontario Drainage Tribunal. He founded the Ontario Agriculture Council and served as its first chair, and in the 1990’s he became the official “drainage referee” for Ontario’s drainage hearings.

Now, O’Brien, who has since retired, has been inducted into the Ontario Agriculture Hall of Fame. His nomination was supported by the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and the Christian Farmers’ Federation of Ontario (CFFO).

O’Brien, who remains a farm operator to this day, was recognized in large part for his contributions to the drainage industry through his work in the Drainage Tribunal. Since his appointment in 1975, he’s been credited with streamlining processes and clear major backlogs.


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