Monday, September 26, 2016

AgScape chooses new leaders

Several new leaders have been elected at AgScape, the new name for Agriculture in the Classroom.

The new chairman is Keith Currie who owns Curriedale Farms in Simcoe County and is an eighth-generation Ontario farmer and currently serves as vice president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

The vice-chairman is Audrie Bouwmeester who is dairy education program manager for Dairy Farmers of Ontario.

The treasurer is Carolyn Hill. She is the financial administrator for the Ontario Broiler Hatching Egg & Chick Commission.

The past chair is Lorie Jocius who has served on the board since 2009. She has been chair for four years.

"We are very pleased to have such strong representation on the AgScape board from across the agri-food sector," says AgScape’s executive director, Colleen Smith.

"As the voice of Agriculture in the Classroom Ontario, we are looking forward to working with this talented group as we move into the next 25 years of service to Ontario's students and the agriculture industry. These are exciting times for AgScape."

The AgScape board also includes two advisors - Catherine Mahler with the Ministry of Education and Helen Scutt with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Three additional community seats on the board are held by Heather Blackwell of Western Fair District, Deb Campbell of Agronomy Advantage and Natalie Walt of Ceres Global Ag Corporation.

Five additional corporate seats are filled by Kathryn Doan of, Peter Hohenadel with The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Mark Kerry with Monsanto Canada Inc., Jennifer Peart with Farm Credit Canada and Meaghan Ryersee with Syngenta Canada Inc.

All board members serve a three-year term. New to the board for 2016/2017 are Mark Kerry, Meaghan Ryersee, Deb Campbell and Natalie Walt.