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Keith Currie acclaimed as OFA President

November 21, 2017

The first day of business at OFA's 2017 Annual General Meeting featured a full slate of speakers, presentations, interactive workshop sessions and the acclamation of OFA President, Keith Currie.

Keith Currie was acclaimed as OFA President for a second one-year term. Currie is a Collingwood-area hay and sweet corn farmer.

The annual meeting officially commenced on Monday, November 20 at 8:15 a.m. at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre in Toronto. This year’s theme, Producing Prosperity, focuses on the concept of distributing the province’s economic development beyond big urban centres.

OFA launched the outline and key priorities of its Producing Prosperity provinical election campaign. The election campaign is highlighted by the need for distributed economic development across the province including economic growth, job creation, affordable housing, increased food security and environmental stewardship.

David Freshwater, Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky, delivered the keynote speech on the importance of creating a positive message of rural opportunity and about finding ways to broaden growth in rural areas. 

Peggy Brekveld, a northern Ontario dairy farmer, was acclaimed as Director at Large on the OFA Board of Directors for a three-year term.

Hon. Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs will address delegates to begin the second day of business at the 2017 Annual General Meeting followed by PC leader Patrick Brown and NDP leader Andrea Horwath scheduled to address meeting attendees later in the morning session.


Join us for OFA's 2017 Annual General Meeting

November 17, 2017

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is hosting its 2017 Annual General Meeting at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre in Toronto beginning Monday, November 20 at 8:15 a.m. and closing Tuesday, November 21 at noon. Registration opens Sunday, Nov. 19 at 6:00 p.m. and continues Monday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 a.m. This year’s theme, Producing Prosperity, focuses on the concept of distributing the province’s economic development beyond big urban centres.

The event brings together members, industry representatives and key stakeholders to discuss key issues impacting our agricultural and food industry, Ontario's rural communities, participate in progressive workshops, hear from government leaders and vote for OFA leadership.

Agricultural Economist David Freshwater will deliver the keynote address based on his recent Foresight Paper Growth Beyond Cities: Place-Based Rural Development Policy in Ontario that was commissioned and released by the Rural Ontario Institute earlier in November.

Again this year, attendees can download the 2017 AGM event app from the app store. Using this app, attendees can access the agenda, resolutions and other documents, learn about the keynote speaker, read guest speaker bios, view workshops, explore exhibitors and sponsors and engage with fellow guests. The app also offers a fun and interactive gaming experience with a chance to win great prizes.

Join the conversation and stay connected throughout the event using the hashtag #OFAgm17.

For those who are unable to attend, you can watch online through our live webcasting feed. For agenda and event details, click here.


Download the AGM 2017 Event App Now

November 9, 2017

The official mobile app for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture’s (OFA) 2017 Annual General Meeting is now available for download. This year's theme is Producing Prosperity.

OFA's 2017 Annual General Meeting focuses on Producing Prosperity in Ontario. The event brings together members, industry representatives and key stakeholders to discuss key issues impacting our agricultural and food industry, Ontario's rural communities, participate in progressive workshops, hear from government leaders and vote for OFA leadership.
 
Using this app, you can access the agenda, resolutions and other documents, learn about the keynote speaker, read guest speaker bios, view workshops, explore exhibitors and sponsors and engage with fellow attendees. The app also offers a fun and interactive gaming experience with a chance to win great prizes.

The event app provides the complete AGM package at your fingertips.