- Wellington—Halton Hills
Ralph Martin grew up on a beef and hog farm near Wallenstein, an upbringing that has always tied him to Wellington County. Though he has been lucky enough to live and work in other parts of our great country, he is proud to call this place home.
In addition to Wellington County, Ralph called the Ottawa area home for over fifteen years, an experience that helped him appreciate wilderness from the stern of a canoe and countless hiking trails. Later, two decades of serving as a professor in Nova Scotia helped him appreciate Maritime music, long yarns and oceans — and will always remain special to him as the birthplace of his daughter, Mariah.
Ralph holds a Ph.D. in Plant Science from McGill University, a degree which helped pave his way into teaching. In 2001, he founded the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada to coordinate university research and education pertaining to organic systems across Canada. From 2011 to 2016, he was the Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production at the University of Guelph, where he is a Professor.
Community service is central to Ralph’s relationships with people and ecological systems. For example, he writes Guelph Mercury Tribune articles and chairs the Canadian Rights and Freedom Centre. He frequently collaborates with the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario and the Organic Science Cluster. He also served on the Board of the Guelph Ignatius Jesuit Centre and the United Way Committee at the University of Guelph.
Ralph has been a Green Party of Canada member for over a decade. He campaigned for Elizabeth May in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, in 2008, and later by phone during her successful campaign in British Columbia. He has also been a consistent GPC and GPO financial supporter.
Ralph appreciates legacies of First Nations civilizations and recognizes how addressing climate change, species loss and pollution requires partnerships with the indigenous people of this land. He is deeply respectful of the fact the Attawandaron peoples have sustained a living in Guelph for millennia.