UBC, 1953, BSc, Agriculture


Roderick (Rod) Bailey was born in Okotoks, Alberta, in 1928 and obtained a BSA (General Agriculture) in 1953. His career has been associated with the development of the agriculture industry both in Canada and abroad. Responsibilities have included agriculture extension, rural and regional development, policy development, and senior management in both provincial and federal governments.

He held the positions of District Agriculturist at Vernon, BC, 4-H Supervisor for 4-H clubs in the province, and Senior Policy Advisor with the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food. He also worked in senior positions with the Manitoba Government as Agricultural Representative in Kilarney; Area Development Specialist to help local communities with their development activities; General Manager of West-Man Regional Development Corporation serving the local communities of Western Manitoba, and Deputy Minister of Manitoba Agriculture. Mr Bailey later joined the Federal Government where he held the positions of A/Director, Farm and Rural Development, and Assistant Deputy Minister of Agriculture Development in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Responsibilities included negotiating and managing agriculture development agreements with the 10 provinces and Yukon, and negotiating drought compensation agreements with the Prairie Provinces.

He obtained international experience with several agencies. He served as an Agricultural Expert with a UNESCO Fundamental Training Centre in Ubol, Thailand, and served with FAO as an Agriculture Extension Expert to the Government of Burma. He was contracted by Agrodev Canada and financed by the Asian Development Bank to lead a socio-economic study and develop recommendations concerning the sustainable development of the Sindh Arid Zones in Pakistan. A private contract with CIDA Inc. allowed him to develop a dairy project in Faisalabad, Pakistan. He contracted with Winrock International of Arkansas, USA and financed by the World Bank to develop a sustainable policy framework for the Government of Azad, Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan, and to recommend improved management and organization methods for their Departments of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry.

Later Mr Bailey undertook private consultancies in which he developed research strategies for the Tree Fruit Industry in BC, and Strategic planning for the Grazing Enhancement Fund as it applies to the Crown ranges in the Cariboo/Chilcotin, East and West Kootenays and the Kamloops Thompson area of BC. Also he developed Strategic plans for the BC Beef Cattle Industry Development Fund, and he continues to perform analysis and assessments of applications to the Fund.

In recognition of his distinguished career in Agriculture Mr Bailey received the Governor General’s Recognition Certificate for management contributions while serving with the Public Service of Canada and the Merit Award for exceptional and distinguished contribution to the efficiency and effectiveness of the Public Service of Canada.

In recollecting his memories of student life at UBC Mr Bailey recalls that “I was a farm boy from Alberta, newly married, and with less than $400 to my name when I arrived at UBC. Our two children arrived during our time at UBC, and we were able to make it with generous help from UBC bursaries, milking cows at the UBC farm at 5:00 AM each day, doing research work for Dr J C Berry in the Animal Science Department, working at the Post Office during Christmas season, washing cars at a car wash on the week ends, and receiving generous help from a neighbour back in Alberta. I also rode a bike along Marine drive to UBC, and often arrived at class soaked to the skin, not having access to the new waterproof clothing of today. All of the above turned into a time of accomplishment, something that shaped my life and I look back with many fond memories.”

Mr Bailey married Kathleen Leah Standbridge (now deceased) and resides on Salt Spring Island, BC. They have one son and one daughter.

R Blair 2001

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