Doug McRorie pioneered modern agricultural banking in Canada. One of the first agricultural bankers to be appointed, he rose to become vice-president, agricultural banking services, Royal Bank of Canada.
Mr. McRorie was instrumental in setting up the agricultural committee of the Canadian Bankers’ Association and pioneered many agricultural banking services, including farm management bulletins, creditor life insurance, computerized accounting and the use of computers in farm business planning.
He recognized the importance of staff training and developed many courses for bank personnel who would be dealing with farm clients. Doug’s background in farm management greatly enhanced his contribution to agricultural banking and enabled him to play a key role in educating farmers to the importance of good financial and production farm records.
Doug McRorie always provided an outstanding example of leadership having served as past president and Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada, past chairman and director of the Biomass Energy Institute and chairman of the advisory committee for the Canadian Food Products Development Centre. He also served as chairman of the AIC Free Trade Task Force Committee and vice-chairman of the National Agricultural Biotechnology Institute.
An outstanding citizen, Doug unselfishly served his family, industry, community and country.