Harvard Business School, 1969, Diploma, Management Development
University of British Columbia, 1966, BSc, Agriculture (Agricultural Economics)
Henry Wiens was born in Alberta in 1940. He obtained a BSc (Agr) with a Major in Agricultural Economics in 1966, his supervisor being Prof Richter. Subsequently he obtained a Diploma in Management Development from the Harvard Business School, Boston, Mass, in 1969.
Upon graduation from UBC and recommended by Prof Richter, Mr Wiens was employed by NOCA Dairy, Vernon, BC, for 13 years in several management positions, with the final eight years as General Manager. He then served as Agricultural Program Advisor with a non-government organisation (Mennonite Central Committee) in Calcutta, India, for three years on a mid-career volunteer service assignment. Upon return to Canada, Mr Wiens moved back to his home town of Chilliwack and worked as Operations Manager with East Chilliwack Agricultural Co-operative in their Westvale Foods Division in fruit/vegetable processing and juice/concentrate production. After the Westvale Foods Division was closed in 1987, he moved with his family to Ottawa and worked under an Interchange Canada 2 year contract at the Department of External Affairs, Agricultural Products Bureau as a Trade Commissioner.
Mr Wiens returned to Chilliwack, BC in 1989 and served briefly as Operations Manager for the Fraser Valley Mushroom Growers’ Co-operative Association, Langley, BC. Beginning in 1990, he has been self employed, providing contract administrative and consulting services to the agriculture and food sector, including the BC Potato & Vegetable Growers Association; the Fraser Valley Strawberry Growers Association; the Fraser Valley Cole Crop Growers Association, and the BC Sheep & Wool Commission.
Mr Wiens and wife Grace have their home in Chilliwack, BC, and they have two sons and one daughter. Henry is active in community support as a Board Member, Mennonite Central Committee for Supportive Care Services; Board Member, BC Mennonite Brethren, Board of Camp Ministries; and Board Member and President of the Promontory Ratepayers Association.