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2018 Convention

At the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto

See you February 15-17, 2018

Convention Info here.

Please Contact

Kathryn Lambert,

Convention Administrator

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Phone number 519-287-3553

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Stirling, Ontario, February 19, 2017. Russell Agricultural Society representative and past Board Member from District 1, Judy McFaul, was installed as the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) President for a one-year term at the annual Convention in Toronto February 16 to 18, 2017. Over 150 voting Agricultural Societies confirmed McFaul's position and also accepted a newly revised Constitution.

"We are pleased that our membership supports the recommended changes presented to them," said McFaul. "Board Members and Districts have been working towards a new structure, and we appreciate their vision and hard work."

Judy McFaulJudy McFaulMember Societies approved additional changes to the Constitution which follows up on last year's constitutional changes that resulted in a move to 15-member Board of Directors. This change will take effect February 2017 and is the result of a working governance committee supported by staff of the Rural Ontario Institute.

Brian Slaughter of Forest Agricultural Society, Doug Yeo of Bayfield Agricultural Society and Elaine Rennie of Markham Fair will join McFaul's Executive as First and Second Vice President and Past President respectively. They will be joined on the Board of Directors by the elected Provincial Directors from the 15 Districts from across Ontario. The Provincial Directors are Liz O'Gorman-Smit, Blair Machan, Janet Torrance, Zach Prescott, Linda Murray, Heather Dillon, Beth Howell-Vervaecke, Ron McKay, Colin Pool, Wayne Pfeffer, Pat Munroe, Jane Armstrong, Melissa Johnson, Leonard Riopel, and Randy Creighton.

The convention attracted over 1000 delegates including over 90 fair Ambassadors. The event featured seminars on topics including premises identification, promotion and marketing, insurance, and an E-coli Workshop. 

Keynote speaker was Ag blogger Andrew Campbell on "Standing on the Front Lines of Ag Awareness."  His message on agvocacy (agricultural advocacy) resonated with the delegates.  He stressed that consumers deserve to have accurate information presented and available to them. Top prizes were awarded in provincial quilt, photography, poster, cookie, and bread competitions.

The 2017 convention was sponsored by numerous partners including platinum sponsor Canadian National Exhibition and gold sponsors Markham Fair, Dominion Regalia and The Co-operators.

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For more information:
Vince Brennan
Office Manager, Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS)
613-395-2465
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