Tom Manley grew up in Berwick Ontario on the family's century-old dairy farm. He obtained his degree in computer science from the Canadian Military Colleges and served as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. Back to civilian life, he developed his management and business skills with the Québec lottery network and then with Bell Canada in Montréal. His claim to fame came as the project leader in the development and launch of the Bell Sympatico Internet Service.
Tom's parents had already converted the family farm to certified organic fields crops in 1988. Tom returned to his home town, Berwick, in 1997 to re-organize the family business. He now owns and operates Homestead Organics, an organic grain processor and Ontario's leading organic farm service business. "Sustainable agriculture and good nutrition are so critical to our wellbeing as individuals and as a community. It is very inspiring to serve farmers and consumers in our local economy and to see the benefits of a local value-chain."
"Our family has a tradition of public and community commitment", says Tom Manley, "and I intend to keep it that way." The late Peter Manley, Tom's grandfather and a successful dairy farmer in Berwick, honourably served SD&G as MPP for 3 terms in the 1950's and 1960's following a long involvement in municipal politics and community organizations.
Tom lives with his partner, Isabelle Masson, who is also actively employed in the family business. His son attends Carleton University in Ottawa. Tom has travelled frequently abroad. His favourite hobbies include amateur hockey, gardening, hiking and canoeing.
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