International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage
Chair of Nominations Committee
Laurie Craig Tollefson is a Canadian national. He obtained his BSA and MSc degrees from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.
He is currently the Vice President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage. In his career spanning over two decades, he has held various positions including, National Science Manager, Agricultural Water, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC); Director, National Water Quality and Availability Management Project (NAWQAM); Director International Partnership, AAFC; Manager, Irrigation and Diversification, AAFC-AAC; Canadian Headquarters Co-ordinator, NAWQAM; Team Leader – China/Canada Sustainable Agriculture Development Program; and Manager, Canada -Saskatchewan Irrigation Diversification Centre.
He is also associated with professional and voluntary associations such as the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, Canadian Water Resources Association, Canadian Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), Agriculture Institute of Canada, Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists, and American Society of Agronomy.
Among the accolades he has received are the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013; The Distinguished Agrologist Award (2009); Outstanding contribution to the Management of the National Water Quality and Availability Management (NAWQAM) Project, Canadian and Egyptian governments (2007); Outstanding contribution to the sustainability of land resources under irrigation and drainage by the Canadian Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (2002).
He has over 44 publications to his credit and has co-authored several book chapters.