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Former Saskatchewan agriculture minister appointed to Order of Canada

January 3, 2024  By CBC News

A former Saskatchewan agriculture minister has been appointed to the Order of Canada.

As reported by CBC News, Lorne Hepworth was named a member of the Order, one of 78 appointments in various categories announced by Gov. Gen. Mary Simon Dec. 28.

“It’s humbling and it’s gratifying to be honoured in this fashion. It’s a reflection of the really interesting opportunities I’ve had during my life, and especially the people I’ve had a chance to work with,” Hepworth said in an interview from his home in London, Ont.

Hepworth began his career as a farmer and veterinarian in the southern Saskatchewan communities Weyburn and Assiniboia.

He was then elected to multiple terms under the Progressive Conservative government of Premier Grant Devine. He served as minister of finance, agriculture, education and other portfolios.

Hepworth was also recognized for his role in modernizing agriculture through genomics and other advances.

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