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OFA delegates elect new president

November 25, 2014

The first day of business at the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) 2014 Annual General Meeting – Growing Ontario featured a full slate of speakers, presentations, interactive workshop sessions and elections, including the appointment of a new OFA president.

Delegates of the 2014 OFA Annual General Meeting elected Don McCabe to serve as the new President of OFA for the coming year. McCabe is a Lambton-area farmer and long-time board member who most recently served as vice president.

The AGM officially commenced Monday, November 24, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. with a call to order followed by opening remarks from Sue-Ann Staff, Niagara Region Proprietor and Winemaker.

In the election of two Director at Large positions, delegates voted Peggy Brekveld to the position for a three-year term and Pat Jilesen to the post for a two-year term.

Monday’s session provided OFA delegates an opportunity to hear from a diverse group of speakers, which was highlighted by Kelly Daynard, Farm & Food Care, Humphrey Banack, 1st Vice President, Canadian Federation of Agriculture and keynote speaker Aron Gampel, Scotiabank Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist, who discussed global growth, inflation and risk. Delegates also had the opportunity to participate in workshop sessions on finance, farm programs, research updates and young farmer mentoring.

The day concluded with an address from Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs, who walked through OFA’s six key priorities for Growing Ontario. Minister Leal spoke about farmland preservation, natural gas expansion, food literacy, climate change, invasive species and trespassing enforcements.

Stay connected with all the latest updates by following @OntarioFarms on Twitter and join the conversation using the hashtag #OFAgm14.

For those who are unable to attend the AGM, you can watch and listen online with the live video and audio only feeds on the OFA website. For a full agenda and event details, please click here.


OFA set to host 2014 Annual General Meeting Monday, Nov. 24

November 21, 2014

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is set to host its 2014 Annual General Meeting at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel in Niagara Falls, ON beginning Monday, November 24 at 8:00 a.m. and closing Tuesday, November 25 at noon. Registration opens Sunday, Nov. 23 at 6:00 p.m. and continues Monday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 a.m. This year’s Annual General Meeting and convention theme is Growing Ontario. Growing Ontario speaks to what we do and what we hope to achieve by highlighting the opportunities in Ontario’s agri-food sector.

The AGM is a great opportunity for OFA members, delegates, directors and industry supporters to discuss important agriculture issues, hear speakers on a variety of topics, vote for OFA leadership and be inspired by fellow Ontario farmers.

Event highlights include guest speaker Jeff Leal, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, keynote speaker Aron Gampel, Vice-President and Deputy Chief Economist of Scotiabank Economcs and six interactive workshop sessions on finance, farm programs, research updates and young farmer mentoring.

Stay connected with all the latest updates by following @OntarioFarms on Twitter and join the conversation using the hash tag #OFAgm14.

For those who are unable to attend the AGM, you can watch and listen online with the live video and audio only feeds on the OFA website. For a full agenda and event details, please click here.


Special smartphone sale on now at TELUS

November 18, 2014

TELUS Mobility is offering OFA members significant savings on the purchase of any smartphone until November 27. OFA members receive an additional $50 off any device on a new 2 year term. For more details, check out the latest TELUS flyer. Offer expires November 27, 2014.

As a TELUS Mobility dealer, Communication Zone offers OFA members exclusive mobile packages including a waiver of all activation fees on mobile service plans, $50 off the current price of any smartphone or mobile device, multiple affordable data add-ons that can be shared across your account, SharePlus Plans and the flexibility to create a plan that best suits your farm business needs.

For more information, contact Jade Downey at jdowney@communicationzone.ca or toll free 1-844-884-9100.