The Honourable Mark Eyking was first elected in November 2000. Currently the Critic for Small Business and Tourism, Mr. Eyking previously served on the Prime Ministerís Caucus Task Force on Future Opportunities in Agriculture during the last session of Parliament.
He has also served on the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food and the Sub-Committee on International Trade, Trade Disputes and Investment of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
Mr. Eyking obtained his Agriculture Business Diploma from the Nova Scotia Agriculture College and has taken courses at the University of California at Davis. He and his family run one of the largest farming operations in Nova Scotia. Mr. Eyking markets his produce throughout Atlantic Canada, the United States and Europe and has been on several trade missions to these regions. In 1997, he was contracted to demonstrate growing and greenhouse construction techniques in Panama. In 1990, Mr. Eyking was honoured with the Outstanding Young Farmerís Award and the Cape Breton Business Excellence Award.
Mr. Eyking was instrumental in establishing the Bras díOr Farmerís Cooperative. He is a past president of the St. Joseph Parish Council and the Millville Community Centre. He was also involved with the board of Talbot House, the Nova Scotia Horticultural Society, where he served as Vice-President, the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture and Marine Atlantic. He has also served as community liaison on the Point Aconi Power Plant Project.
Mark and his wife Pamela have four children.