Richard Doyle announced earlier this year that after 38 years at Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC), including 28 spent as executive director, he would retire.
He stepped down on August 31, ending a career that also saw him serve as International Dairy Federation (IDF) president from 2008 to 2012.
"After 38 years at DFC and 28 years as executive director, he acted as a fervent defender of Canadian dairy farmers," said his nominator.
"Over the years, he has been involved in numerous projects and witnessed multiple changes in the dairy industry, including the merger in 1994 with the Dairy Bureau, the national organization responsible for the overall promotion of Canadian dairy products."
"Richard is also a trade expert - monitoring trade talks closely over many years and earning his reputation as a strategist to continue to favour an environment in which the Canadian dairy industry could grow, diversify and prosper."