George Fletcher Morris

Born in High River, Alberta, George Fletcher Morris became a farm operator in Ontario at the age of 14. He quickly became an innovator and a vocal proponent of corn feeding cattle. In addition to production, Mr. Morris’ experience extended to cattle droving and wholesale butchering, giving him a comprehensive view of the beef industry. He developed strong, free enterprise convictions that guided his life as innovator, promoter, campaigner, humanitarian and entrepreneur.

George Morris is a founding member of the Ontario Beef Improvement Association and served as the president in 1965. In 1972-74, he served as president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and was named to chair the committee, which led to the creation of Canada’s beef grading system. He was one of the original members of the Ontario Grain Corn Council and played a significant role in the expansion of corn acreage in Ontario and the promotion of corn as feed for beef cattle.

One of Mr. Morris’ most valued contributions is the endowment and establishment of the George Morris Centre at the University of Guelph, devoted to research on agricultural policy. Through it, his contributions will influence agriculture far into the future.

As an outstanding leader, George Morris continues to volunteer time and action to bettering the human condition through farmer organizations, service clubs and charities.

Mr. Morris’ contributions have been recognized with many local, provincial and national awards. In 1993, he received an Honourary Doctor of Law Degree from the University of Guelph and an Honourary Life Membership from the Agricultural Institute of Canada. He is also an Honourary Member of the Ontario Institute of Agrologists. Mr. Morris is a recipient of the Ontario Agricultural College Centennial Award. In 1989, he was inducted into the Kent County Agricultural Hall of Fame.

George Morris continues to inspire young and old alike to succeed in the agricultural industry.

Nominated By:
  • South-Western Ontario Branch of the Ontario Institute of Agrologists
  • Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
  • Ontario Cattlemen’s Association