Hendrik “Hank” Blommers, of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, obtained his B.Sc. in Agriculture (Poultry Science) in 1974. He currently resides in Mississauga, Ontario, and has four children: James, Richard, David, and Christopher.
My MSc prof (Dr Robert Fitzsimmons) took his grad students to the Faculty Club two to three times per year. We had lunch and played shuffleboard. I enjoyed those simple pleasures. Another very found memory was passing Biochemistry 410; the most difficult course I ever took but I licked it.
I moved to Ontario in 1978 and worked in Kitchener, Ontario as an AG1 with Agriculture Canada. Then a job as a Commerce Officer took me to Ottawa from 1980 – 1985 and I worked at Agriculture Canada in the Sir John Carling Building. In 1986 I left the federal Service and moved to Toronto and began working for the Canadian Produce Marketing Association as their National Traffic Manager. In June 1994 I began working for EarthFresh Farms Inc as a Logistician and retired from that company on November 9, 2012 as Senior Vice President Logistics. On the same day that I retired, I was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ontario Produce Marketing Association. This award is given annually to “an individual that has demonstrated over many years untiring efforts to improve the quality and distribution of fruits and vegetables marketed within or outside the Province of Ontario through innovation, cooperation and hardwork”
Most Memorable Faculty Member:
I remember most vividly my grad prof., Dr Robert Fitzsimmons. He was young, energetic and boy was he an innovative thinker. I will remember forever the many super interesting conversations and discussions we had over the years.
Fondest UBC Memories:
Almost every day, the grad students went to the “Barn” cafeteria which was immediately adjacent to the MacMillan Building. At that time they made fresh cinnamon buns right on location and when you got one straight out of the oven, they were so good.