News Archives: Ian Malcolm Macdonald
Ian Macdonald graduated with honours from the first class of the Alberta School of Agriculture, Fairview, Alberta in 1953. He was a member of the Alberta Schools of Agriculture Provincial Advisory Committee in 1962; a founding member and vice-chair of the Alberta Cattle Commission from 1969 to 1975; president of the Alberta Livestock Cooperative Ltd. from 1971 to 1978; and president of the Western Cooperative Livestock Markets from 1972 to 1975. Ian managed the Peace River Livestock Co-op from 1961 to 1979, overseeing its growth from $500,000 in annual turnover to $7 million. In 1978, Mr. Macdonald was appointed to a six-year term as the chair of Fairview College’s first board of governors. He returned for a second term in 1987 at the request of the Minister of Advanced Education, becoming the longest-serving board chair in the history of Alberta's college system. Ian Macdonald was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence in 1997. He recently received GPRC's Distiguished Alumni Award.