Farmer, Meeting Place Organic Farm
He has served numerous roles on agricultural and local government organizations, including being President of the Huron County Federation of Agriculture (1982-1984), President, Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (1993-1996), Secretary and President, National Farmers Union – Huron Local, 2004 -2007, Trustee, Huron County Board of Education, 1982-1991, Executive Assistant to Elmer Buchanan, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, 1990-1992, Chair of Foodland Hydro Committee, 1982-1986. Tony has also run as a NDP Candidate in the 1980, 1988, 1993, 2008 Federal Elections and 1981 and 1999 Provincial Elections.
He came to the Huron-Bruce area in 1971 when he got a job as a hired hand on a dairy farm in the Goderich area. He completed his high school at Goderich District Collegiate Institute, graduating from grade 13 in 1972. He bought his farm in 1973 which he developed while attending University. He completed an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree through the University of Waterloo in 1976.
In his personal life, Tony is a devoted family man and farmer. He and Fran, his wife, have been married for 43 years and have two daughters – Rachel and Katrina. The McQuails utilize solar energy and have developed an organic farm from a previously exhausted land base. In their community garden, orchard and meat retail business the McQuails show that farmers and consumers can work together. Their daughter Katrina bought the farm in 2016 and they continue working it with her.
Through his work in our community and beyond McQuail has demonstrated his commitment to work for sustainable and equitable solutions to the challenges we face.