Congratulations to those who have been selected as judges for 2013:
David Chapeskie, of Spencerville, ON.
Dave’s judging experience of pure maple products has spanned over several years. Dave was a member of the International Maple Syrup Institute for five years, as well as the Annual Convention of the North American Maple Syrup Council. He has participated in local agricultural fairs in Eastern Ontario, including Perth and Morristown. Dave has previously judged at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in 2009 and 2010.
For the past eight years, Dave has been directly involved in leading the design of a proposed new standardized grading system for pure maple syrup in North America.
Don Giffin, of Blenheim, ON.
Don first toyed with the idea of producing maple syrup as a young boy, and his father Gerald encouraged him to learn as much as he could about one the this nation’s oldest agricultural crops. Don and his wife Jean started making Pure Maple Syrup more than 30 years ago in the early 1980’s. Their process has gradually evolved into a modern, CFIA certified professional enterprise with about 3,500 taps used in Sinclair’s Bush during the sap collecting season.
In 1997-8, they won the World Champion Trophy at the Royal for all grade classes of Maple Syrup. In 1999-2000 they won the Corbett Trophy for the highest points in Maple Value Added Products, including Maple Butter, Maple Candy, Maple Jelly and Maple stirred Sugar.
In 1995, Don and Jean published the “Simply Maple” cookbook and produced a Maple Value Added Film, outlining the techniques for making maple products. They presented this film at a satellite training school in New York State University, New York. They instruct Value Added Production of Maple Syrup Products throughout Ontario and received the 2000 Ontario Maple Syrup Award.
Don is a member of the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association for Ontario, serving on various committees for many years and remains as a committee member within the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
Maple Syrup Density Measurer
Bill Boncheff, of Brampton, ON
Bill grew up on his family’s vegetable farm in Etobicoke, Ontario. Bill attended the Ontario Agricultural College (U of G) in Guelph, graduating from the Associate Diploma program with a specialization in horticulture. Upon graduation, in 1962, Bill returned to the family business. In 1977, Bill accepted a position within the Etobicoke Parks and Recreation department, working in the greenhouses at Centennial Park. In 1983, Bill was employed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Fruit and Vegetable branch, where he worked as an inspector until his retirement in 2004. As an inspector, his duties included inspection of fruits and vegetables for quality, maple syrup for density and clarity, honey for clarity and crystallization and to ensure compliance with regulations, at all levels, from farm to retail.