Dr. James W. Robertson

A Scot by birth, a Canadian by choice, who contributed greatly to the agricultural life of his adopted country.

Prior to 1900, he served as professor of dairying, Ontario Agricultural College, Guelph; non-resident lecturer in dairying, Cornell University; and Commissioner of Agriculture and Dairying for Canada. While serving in the latter capacity he organized the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association, promoted the export of Canadian cheese to Britain and interested Sir William Macdonald in contributing toward the establishment of Macdonald College in Quebec and Macdonald Institute in Ontario. When Macdonald College opened, Dr. Robertson was named the institution’s first principal.

Following the First World War, he served as one of Canada’s representatives at the Peace Conference. During his later years he assumed the position of chief commissioner of the Boy Scouts of Canada and of chairman of the executive committee of the Canadian Red Cross Society.

In recognition of his great contribution to agriculture, Dr. Robertson was awarded honourary degrees by Toronto, Queens, McGill and Dalhousie universities, also by Bishop’s and Iowa State colleges. As a tribute to the role he played in its formation, the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association honours eminent members with the Robertson Associate Award.

Nominated By:
  • Canadian Seed Growers’ Association