Agriculture Climate Solutions Panel
- Allan Melvin
- Chris de Waal
- Peter Morine
- Bert Meyer
Allan Melvin grew up on his family’s 5th generation vegetable farm in Pereaux, Kings County. After studying Business Administration at Acadia University, Allan obtained his Chartered Accountants designation and worked across Canada and Internationally before settling back to rural Nova Scotia, where he resides with his wife Heather, and son Ryker. In addition to working on the family farm, Allan also works at Bishop and Company Chartered Professional Accountants, Allan provides accounting and advisory services with a focus on Agriculture based clients. Allan splits his time between these two roles, which allow him to support the agriculture industry in many ways. Allan is also the Past President and current Vice President of the Kings County Federation of Agriculture, and is a member of the Agriculture Advisory Group with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. Allan has also earned a certificate from Texas A&M for his participation in The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP).
Chris de Waal
Chris is a city kid that married into an agricultural family and now lives the dream he didn’t know he had. Together the family raises 100% grass-fed beef with a focus on soil health and carbon sequestration which is available through their butcher shops in Halifax along with many other producers products. Throughout his years of involvement in the agriculture industry, Chris has been a member of NSFA Council for a number of years, and has served on committees like the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council.
Peter Morine and his wife Margaret have been farming for nearly 43 years. Together they have a son, Andrew; two stepdaughters, Lisa and Sherry; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Born and raised in Avonport, Peter grew up on a mixed farm and had a 35-year career with Michelin – with 27 years in various maintenance positions and the last 7 years spent in Human Resources. Currently, Peter and Margaret are farming beef, forage and forestry with their son Andrew. Peter has been active in the agriculture industry for many years, he was one of the founding members of Farm Safety Nova Scotia, has sat on numerous committees with the NSFA and has been the President of the Lunenburg Queens Federation of Agriculture since 2003.
Bert grew up in agriculture, as a kid his family had dairy and pigs. As he got older, they switched to dealing dairy heifers and beef cattle. Bert started dealing beef himself at the age of 14. Fast forward to today, Bert and his family operate Hummingbird Bird Farm in Springville. Here they run beef cows and meat goats, and last year they planted 1200 raspberry canes and several fruit trees. For the past several years, Bert has also sold livestock supplies, everything from tags, to dewormers, to aluminum gates. Currently, Bert serves as a director on the Nova Scotia Cattle Producers Board.