2019 Convention

At the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto

See you February 14-16, 2019

Please Contact

Kathryn Lambert,

Convention Administrator

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News of the Association of Ontario Agricultural Societies.

First Impressions Program 2018


This unique program offers the opportunity to look at your fair through the eyes of others.

It is a tremendous chance to identify areas for improvement that will enhance your guests' experience at your fair.

  •      We all know that first impressions are the ones that last and become memories.
    Help your fair create positive lasting first impressions by participating in this
    unique program.

  •      Agricultural Societies are paired with another fair. A team from each Agricultural
    Society visits the other's fair and evaluates specific characteristics based on the
    visitors' "first impressions"

  •      The feedback from these visits validates the areas the society is doing a terrific job
    and identifies areas for improvement.


Application deadline is April 1st, 2018

Please send payment to:
OAAS Office Manager % Vince Brennan
1911 Foxboro-Stirling Rd; R.R.# 4
Stirling, Ontario
K0K 3E0
If paying by cheque please make it out to: OAAS



Notice: to all Societies see below about some upcoming free training opportunities for your fairs

FREE Training Opportunities from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs
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Lunch & Learn Webinar: Roles & Responsibilities of Board Directors
Tuesday, February 27 from 12 to 1 pm
This webinar will provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities as a director on your society board.

Lunch & Learn Webinar: Updating Your Constitution
Tuesday, March 6 from 12 to 1 pm
Does your constitution or by-laws need updating? Learn some tips for reviewing and changing your governance documents.

Training: Strategic Planning Train-the-Trainer webinars (download flyer here for details)
Weekday evenings 7 to 9 pm
Starting in late March
Dates to be confirmed

Helen Scutt
Agriculture Organization Specialist
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
1 Stone Road West, 3rd Floor SW, Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
1-888-466-2372 x 519-826-3115 or 519-826-3115
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MEMO TO:      Members of the OAAS

FROM:             Judy McFaul, President, Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies

RE:                   Proposed Constitution Changes – 2018 Annual General Meeting


The Board of Directors has continued the process this year of reviewing and updating as necessary the Constitution of the OAAS.  You will recall that changes and amendments were made at both the 2016 and 2017 Annual General Meetings.  The changes reflects further work done by the Governance Committee during the past year pertaining to our Constitution and By-Laws.     

These amendments and the resolution will be put forward for consideration by the membership at the Annual General Meeting taking place at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto on Saturday morning, February 17, 2018.

The following link you will find two (2) documents:

  1. The DRAFT updated OAAS Constitution and By-Laws showing the changes, additions and deletions being proposed, for member consideration; and
  2. A chart with further explanation and clarification about the changes being proposed.

Should you have questions or concerns about the proposed amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws or would like a hard copy mailed to you, I encourage you to contact Vince Brennan, Office Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notice is hereby given of the following Annual Meeting of

Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies.

The Annual Meeting of the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front Street West Toronto, Ontario beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Concert Hall. This meeting is for, the purpose of receiving reports and statements required to be placed before the annual meeting, appointing the auditor of the Corporation, considering changes to Bylaws and for the transaction of such other matters as may properly be brought before the meeting.


At the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions  Annual Awards banquet last night, a total of eight recipients were honoured with Canadian Fair Awards. I’m pleased to announce that five of them were presented to Ontario individuals.

Congratulations to Shawville Fair for winning the Innovation Award,

Winners for Future Leaders Award are; Jessica Vanderschee, Norfolk County Fair and Abbey McFaul, of Russell Fair,

Canadian Fair Champion Award was presented to Cathy Redden, Past President of OAAS and Darren Little, Markham Fair

and the last Award of the evening goes to our very own Kathryn Lambert who was awarded the Roll of Honour Award.

For photos and details click here.