Ontario Bean Growers Annual General Meeting
February 22, 2018
The Festival Inn, Stratford
Registration and Trade show open: 8:30am
In 2018, the membership of OBG will elect three directors to the Ontario Bean Growers Board of Directors to a two-year term – one from each of the three districts.
Brant, Chatham-Kent, Elgin, Essex, Haldimand, Hamilton, Lambton, Middlesex, Niagara, Norfolk & Oxford
Perth, Waterloo, Wellington & all other geographic areas not within Districts 1 & 2
A grower is eligible to vote and run for a director position on the Board of Directors if they grew dry edible beans of any market class in 2016 and/or 2017 and paid their annual license fees, or if they have a contract to grow beans in 2018. New growers who plan to grow beans in 2018 will be asked to complete an affidavit signed by their bean dealer as an indication of their commitment to grow beans in 2018 and pay board license fees. If the farm is not individually owned, only one person may represent that farm entity. This can be an employee, shareholder, director or partner in the business. In order to vote on behalf of a farm with multiple owners, a 2018 Farm Representative Designation form must be completed prior to or on the day of the AGM prior to the election. The form can be found online under the “Grower Resources” tab on the Ontario Bean Growers website (www.ontariobeans.on.ca) – please complete it and bring it with you to the AGM on February 22, 2018.
A grower who produces beans in more than one district may vote and run for the position of director to the OBG Board of Directors in only one district. If a grower wishes to vote and/or be nominated to run for the position of director to the OBG Board of Directors, in a district other than the district in which they reside, that grower must make declaration to the OBG Board Office in written form on or before January 26, 2018. Such a declaration will change the grower’s district designation in the OBG database until such time as a different written declaration is received by the OBG Board Office. Otherwise, each grower will be assigned to the district in which they reside according to the current OBG database.
Nominations for director must be made using the nomination form available on OBG’s website at www.ontariobeans.on.ca. This form can also be requested by mail or by calling the office at 519-803-9847. All nominations must be received or postmarked by the deadline of 5 pm EST on February 8, 2018.
For those who have previously served as a director on the Ontario Bean Producers’ Marketing Board and/or the Ontario Coloured Bean Growers Association, there is a maximum 15 combined years of service after which a grower is not eligible to run for a director position on the OBG board. Years of service as a delegate and/or committee member do not count in this aggregate.
Delegates will also be elected at the AGM – 6 per district. If you are interested in becoming a delegate, nominations for the positions will be taken at the Annual Meeting from the floor. For all growers interested in a delegate position we encourage you to complete the delegate form on our website also under the “Grower Resources” tab so we have your contact information. If you wish to let your name stand for a delegate position and will not be in attendance at the AGM, this delegate form must be completed and given to a someone who will be attending the meeting so we know you are interested in the position.
ROLE OF A DELEGATE
Participation in three meetings a year:
The August meeting at the Huron Research Station in Centralia for a tour of the plots, an overview of OBG’s research investments and an opportunity to provide feedback and input into the direction of research at OBG
A winter meeting organized specifically to engage delegates and garner feedback on the issues of the day.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
And the OBG AGM which takes place each year between February 15 and March 15 where delegates are responsible for bringing resolutions to the AGM from their districts
DELEGATES CAN ALSO VOLUNTEER FOR A COMMITTEE:
>>The Research Committee guides the annual research priorities, reviews project proposals, results and funding opportunities.
>>The Market Promotions & Communications Committee examines, initiates and reviews promotional activities to increase industry-wide market demand.
Any delegate interested in serving on either committee should indicate this on the delegate form or inform one of their district directors.
HAVE YOUR SAY!
Ontario Bean Growers would like to hear from our members through a resolution session held at the Annual General Meeting. Resolutions can be sent in advance of the meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org or given to the Executive Director in person at the AGM before noon.