His areas of research expertise are farm management, agricultural marketing, and agri-food policies. He also worked as a research lead and instructor in the George Morris Centre. Prior to joining the George Morris Centre, Al worked as an economist in the milk procurement division of Land O’Lakes, Inc. in Minnesota. Al holds bachelors and masters degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Guelph, and a doctorate in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Al is also a past President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society.
Al is originally from Stratford, Ontario where he grew up in a family with roots in the farm supply and dairy business.