EVENTS

OMSPA Information Days  for 2022!

Here is the most current information on these events. Updates will be posted here as soon as possible.

Local AGMs and Information Days (click here)

Province wide Virtual Information Days

Dates:     Feb. 1 & 2  at 7:00 pm

Zoom Registration, click here: Feb. 1  and  Feb. 2

Agenda

Tuesday, February 1st 

  • 7:00 pm.  (10 min)

    • Words of Welcome and Introduction: Frank Heerkens 

  • 7:10 pm. (10 min)

    • Presentation and Announcement by the Honourable Randy Pettapiece Parlimentary Assistant to the  Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (see below for bio.)

  • 7:25 pm. (25 min)

    • Update on OMSPA Strategic Plan and the Ontario Maple Products Sector Development Strategy: Randal Goodfellow

  • 7:50 pm. (20 min)

    • “OMAFRA Maple Specialist Update” –Jenny Liu

  • 8:10 pm. (20 min)

    • "Climate Change and the Ontario Maple Products Sector": Paul Renaud on behalf of the Climate Change Working Group

  • 8:30 pm. 

    • Adjourn

Wednesday, February 2nd 

  • 7:00 pm. (5 min)

    • Words of Welcome and Introduction of speakers: Randal Goodfellow

  • 7:05 pm.  (Presentation and Q & A) (45 min)

    • “An Industry in Transition” (Business Relations: Tap Rentals, Sap and / or Concentrate Purchase” Mark Cannella, University of Vermont Extension - see below for bio.

    • This presentation will discuss the different business practices of modern maple producers as they seek to improve viability. We will look at the financial situation for maple producers across a variety of business models and scale of operation. We will also discuss several business to business relationships (tap rental, leases, partnerships, etc…) and review UVM legal planning resources that can help you establish agreements between businesses or landowners.

  • 7:50 pm.  (Presentation and Q & A) (45 min)

    • “Business Succession Planning and other Business Insights from Farm Credit Canada”, Perry Wilson, VP Operations Ontario. See below for bio.

  • 8:35 pm. 

    • Adjourn

Local AGM Agendas & Registrations

If more information is available you will be able to click on the Local to see it. Some of these will be strictly business meetings, others may have presentations. 

Check back regularly as the situation is constantly changing!

Algoma  TBA

Algonquin & District Feb. 7th  7 pm click here

Haliburton-Kawartha  Virtually on April 26th

Grey-Bruce Jan. 15th, 9 am click for more info.

Lanark & District January 31st click for more info.

Ottawa Valley TBA

Quinte & District Jan. 27th  7 pm click for more info.

Simcoe & District Feb. 15th 7 pm click to register

Southwestern Feb. 10th 7 pm  click to join meeting

Waterloo-Wellington AGM Feb. 17th 7 pm click here 

 

Bio's

RANDY PETTAPIECE

Randy Pettapiece is the MPP for Perth-Wellington.

He is known as a trusted voice for our local communities, interests, and values. When his constituents have a problem, they know they can count on him. They trust Randy to speak up for Perth-Wellington at Queen’s Park—not the other way around.

Randy is the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. In this role, he puts his agriculture background to good use for Perth-Wellington, where agriculture is a primary industry.

In 2017 and 2018, he won all-party support for the Rea and Walter Act – a private member’s bill to improve firefighter safety by identifying buildings using truss and lightweight construction.

In previous years, he passed three resolutions with all-party support to bridge the rural-urban divide; to push for fairness in infrastructure funding; and to reform the municipal insurance system.

Randy has delivered for local long-term care homes, pushed the government to improve rural health care services, and championed the local tourism and small business sectors.

Before his election to Queen’s Park in 2011, Randy served as a councillor in the Municipality of North Perth. He was re-elected as MPP in 2014 and again in 2018.

Randy and his wife, Jane, live in Listowel. They are proud parents and grandparents.

Mark Cannella

Mark Cannella is an Associate Professor and Farm Business Management Specialist with the University of Vermont Extension. He currently directs UVM Extension Agricultural Business programs with a focus on the management and delivery of farm and forest business planning programs, financial analysis and applied business research. Mark works directly on maple economics projects throughout the Northeastern United States.

Perry Wilson bio

Vice-President, Operations, Ontario

Since joining FCC in 1995, Perry has provided financial services to agriculture and food customers across Ontario, promoting customer experience, operational, and sales excellence.

Perry has over 15 years of experience leading diverse teams at FCC. He is committed to helping the Ontario ag industry grow and evolve by building great relationships, understanding customers, and delivering value. His vision is to position FCC as an industry leader who supports all sectors and all sizes of enterprises, at all stages of maturity.

Before his current position, Perry was the Senior Director of FCC’s London District in Ontario. He grew up on a hog farm in Oxford County and graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Guelph’s Advanced Agriculture Leadership Program. He is passionate about agriculture and leadership.

 

Notice biographique de Perry Wilson
Vice-président, Opérations — Ontario

Depuis son arrivée à FAC en 1995, Perry fournit des services financiers à des clients des secteurs de l’agriculture et de l’agroalimentaire en Ontario, en optimisant l’expérience client et l’excellence opérationnelle et commerciale.

Fort de plus de 15 ans d’expérience à la tête de diverses équipes à FAC, Perry s’est engagé à aider l’industrie agricole de l’Ontario à croître et à évoluer en établissant d’excellentes relations, en comprenant les clients et en fournissant de la valeur ajoutée. Sa vision consiste à positionner FAC comme chef de file de l’industrie, qui appuie les entreprises de tous les secteurs et de toutes les tailles — à tous les stades de maturité.

Avant d’occuper son poste actuel, Perry était — toujours pour FAC — directeur supérieur dans la région de London, en Ontario. Il a grandi sur une ferme porcine dans le comté d’Oxford, est diplômé de l’Université Wilfrid Laurier et a suivi l’Advanced Agriculture Leadership Program (AALP), un programme avancé en leadership agricole offert par l’Université de Guelph. Perry est un passionné d’agriculture et de leadership.