(North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Taskforce, Inc.)

We are an incorporated, not for profit, entity which was formed in January 2009 by concerned citizens from Melancthon and Mulmur Townships.

The NDACT executive board was formed by a group of volunteers nominated by community members.

At the inaugural meeting, members of the community gathered to voice their concerns and to find out more about The Highland Companies plans regarding the more than 6,000 acres of prime agricultural land that they had amassed as of that date. Up to that point in time, and for a lengthy period of time afterwards, Highland reiterated to the community that they had been acquiring large tracts of agricultural land solely with a view to creating a world class farming operation, but residents were highly skeptical.

By the date of the meeting, there was a growing suspicion in the area that other plans were afoot, although the applicant would not clearly admit so. There was significant evidence that the applicant was undertaking activities that were inconsistent with its stated intentions (of just being interested in potato farming) including well testing and drilling, archaeological studies, woodlot and fence row clearing and the demolition of homesteads. Highland stated that these activities were merely to improve their farming operations.

NDACT Appoints Two New Board Members

We are pleased to announce the appointments of Karren Wallace and John Gruetzner as our new Board Members.

Karren Wallace our tireless volunteer who spearheaded the formation of NDACT in 2009 and has been an active and outspoken advocate and NDACT volunteer since its inception. She brings a wealth of experience through her many years with the Ontario Ministry of Housing and Municipal Affairs. She is our current Secretary and has finally agreed to sit on the NDACT Board. Welcome Karren!


John Gruetzner brings a wealth of business experience to our Board. Welcome John! His credentials follow:

  • the principal and founder of Intercedent, a Canadian business and investment advisory firm founded in 1988 and focused on Asia

  •  served as the head of the Canada China Business Council in Beijing.

  •  worked for the National Broadcasting Corporation, De Laurentis Entertainment, and Filmline

  • received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto 

  • was an Executive in Residence at the University of Manchester Business School

  • one of the 24 founders of the China Policy Centre being formed in Ottawa.

  • won a Medallion from the Governor General of Canada in recognition of his contribution to the bi-lateral relations between China and Canada. 


Carl Cosack, NDACT Chair, Steps Down

It is official...

At the November 13, 2014 NDACT Board Meeting, Carl Cosack stepped down as Chair. He was voted on as Chair, November 5, 2011, replacing NDACT's first Chair, Dale Rutledge.

Shirley Boxem was voted on as Chair, leaving the Vice Chair position vacant at this point.

Carl will continue to provide invaluable support by remaining on the NDACT Board.

Thank you Carl, for your your boundless energy, and tireless effort in moving our issues forward and into the limelight. 


NDACT Welcomes New Board Member

NDACT is pleased to welcome...

Alia Smyth as our newest Board Member.

As a retired officer with the Canadian Armed Forces, her experience in planning, administration and training make her a valuable asset to our Board.

Welcome Alia and thank you for stepping up!


NDACT announces new Board Member

NDACT is pleased to announce the addition of

Wade Mills to our Board of Directors!



His experience and enthusiasm will help us in our goal of prioritizing Food & Water in Ontario's legislation.

Wade is a partner in Timmerman, Haskel & Mills LLP, Shelburne, ON

Welcome Wade!

Dale Rutledge - First NDACT Chair Receives Queen's Jubilee Medal

Tilson Presents 30 diamond Jubilee Medals

November 16, 2012


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CALEDON – Member of Parliament David Tilson presented thirty residents of Dufferin-Caledon with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal during a ceremony in Caledon East Thursday evening. The Diamond Jubilee medal program is a legacy activity that honours Her Majesty and recognizes the service of Canadians from all walks of life and backgrounds who have made significant contributions to their communities.  At the commencement of the presentation ceremony, Mr. Tilson said "It gives me great pleasure to honour the 60 year reign of a Sovereign who has dedicated her life to the service of others and who has demonstrated pride and affection for Canada. The thirty citizens honoured here tonight have certainly made outstanding contributions to their communities and their country!"

Dale is at the very top of the stairs, on the left, against the railing.

Congratulations Dale!

Dale Rutledge

Dale is a Melancthon potato farmer, past president of the North Dufferin Agricultural Taskforce. Community activist fighting to preserve the non-renewable resources of North Dufferin – including the headwaters and prime agricultural farmland.

To read more and see complete list of recipients, click here.

Posted on the website of David Tilson MP - Dufferin-Caledon