Bruce Hobin

Award for Distinction in Outreach & Engagement - Fall 2004

Each year, this award recognizes a U of S faculty member who has made an outstanding effort to bring the University to the wider community. Bruce Hobin, MSc, PAg, Extension Specialist IV, is the fall 2004 recipient.

A true ambassador for the U of S, Hobin is well known throughout the province as an accomplished agrologist, innovative educator and active volunteer in community and professional circles.

Hobin is Program Director of the Agriculture, Food and Horticulture Program with the Extension Division at the U of S. As director, he has overseen an entire range of program activities such as the Certified Crop Science Consultant Program, the Western Canada Feedlot Management School, University Hort Week and the Saskatchewan Master Gardener Program. He has also coordinated numerous agriculture and horticulture publications including the Saskatchewan Book Awards winner Creating the Prairie Xeriscape (written by Sara Williams) and Don't Turn out the Lights (written by Al Scholz).

Hobin served as Director of Programming for the University's Bruno Ursuline Campus, which is located 90 km east of Saskatoon. Hobin's diligence and vision helped to turn the former Ursuline convent into a thriving operation that provides community education to residents of Bruno and the surrounding area. Thanks to Hobin's leadership, in the future the Bruno Ursuline Campus (now called the Prairie Ursuline Centre) may provide a home for fruit crop production research, arts programming, and possibly a sports camp.

In more than 20 years of experience in extension education, Hobin has developed a well-deserved reputation for his devotion, professionalism and outstanding teaching ability. He has been a student, a visionary, an advocate for part-time and distance learners, a leader and supporter of the agriculture industry, and a tireless worker on many boards and committees at the U of S and throughout Saskatchewan.

Hobin earned his B.Sc. in Genetics from the University of Alberta and his M.Sc. in Rural Extension Studies from the University of Guelph. 

He began his professional career in agriculture in Saskatchewan in 1977, as Manager of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Research Farm in Watrous, and joined the U of S Extension Division in 1980.

Hobin has been successful in expanding and enhancing the Extension Division's programming. He has been responsible for successful activities and programs including conferences, workshops, home study programs, software programs and field days. He has also taught at the degree, diploma and certificate levels, and devoted the remainder of his time to committee work in Extension, the University and various professional and agricultural associations.

Hobin is a past president of the Canadian Society of Extension and the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. In 1999, he received the SIA's Distinguished Agrologist Award.