|Ottawa, Canada - March 24-27, 2017|
2017 IOIA AGM - Celebrating 25 Years!
|Draft AGM Agenda|
|2016 Annual Report Presentation
by Board Chair Stuart McMillan
|Field Trip Slideshows:|
|2016 Annual Report||Upper Canada Creamery|
|2017 Draft Minutes|
|Keynote and Endnote Speaker Bios|
|AGM Business Meeting - slideshow|
|Candidate Bios and Statements||Fulton's Pancake House & Sugar Bush|
Ib Hagsten (Missouri), at right accepting award from Margaret Scoles, and Garth Kahl (Oregon), below left, were acknowledged as they stepped down from the BOD. They both made significant contributions while serving for the past 5 years (Ib) and 4 years (Garth).
It was an impressive slate of 7 candidates and a close election. Thanks, Nominations Committee! Congratulations to the new board members, and thank you to everyone who stood for election.
Re-elected: Margaret Weigelt (Minnesota) – 2 year term
Also elected: Heather Donald (Pennsylvania) and Chuck Mitchell (Ontario) – 3 year terms
The annual meeting affirmed that the next AGM will be in the southeastern US - location yet to be determined. Suggestions are welcome!
After an Endnote by Joe Smillie, founding Board member of IOIA, the group moved back to the Lady Elgin Room for appetizers and beverages. Music by Mystara followed, and what a party! The whole group danced up a storm until 11pm - everyone really had a great time. We had a great band, great food, and even a little extra excitement. The hotel kitchen set off the fire alarm and fire trucks pulled up with sirens and flashing lights. It will be challenging to try to match this celebration at future events.
Special thanks to the AGM Organizing Committee and their helpers (Kelly Monaghan, Monique Scholz, Jennifer Scott, Stuart McMillan, Joel Aitken, Bill Barkley, and Garry Lean).
View the slideshow for this best AGM Party ever! Sorry, no video of Joe Smillie playing air guitar along with the band.....
Advanced Training Recap
The day before our 25th AGM meet, IOIA held Advanced Inspector Training with a top-notch slate of speakers on a variety of topics including the current state of Canadian organic regulation, poultry issues, container culture and risk assessment. To view the descriptive slideshow, click here.
Following the Annual Meeting and associated events, the BOD convened for a three-day retreat. View slideshow.
Their first order of business was to organize their executive committee. The results are as follows:
Chair: Margaret Weigelt (Minnesota) - center row right
Vice-Chair: Mutsumi Sakuyoshi (Japan) - center row left
Treasurer: Pam Sullivan (California) - front row left
Secretary: Stuart McMillan (Manitoba) - back row left
Executive at Large: Matt Miller (Iowa) - back row right
Director: Heather Donald - back row center
Director: Chuck Mitchell - front row left