The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) has hired Cathy Lennon to be its new general manager effective August 30, 2019. She takes over the reins, following the retirement of Neil Currie.
A Perth County native, Lennon’s agricultural career began with the Agricultural Adaptation Council. She served as general manager of Ontario Sheep Farmers, leading the organization through upheaval and trade disputes related to the BSE crisis. She was a program manager with Agricorp, and senior lender with Farm Credit Canada working across all agricultural sectors and commodities. Most recently, Cathy was general manager of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers.
“It’s an exciting new era for OFA as we welcome Cathy into the organization,” says Keith Currie, OFA president. “Agriculture has big opportunities and no end of challenges, and Cathy’s experience in so many facets of the agricultural sector will be a tremendous asset for the entire OFA organization.”
Retiring general manager Neil Currie was at the helm for 19 years through significant changes and challenges.
The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is the largest general farm organization in the province, representing 38,000 farm families. As a dynamic farmer-led organization based in Guelph, the OFA works to represent and champion the interests of Ontario farmers through government relations, farm policy recommendations, research, lobby efforts, community representation, media relations and more.
Source: Ontario Federation of Agriculture July 2, 2019 news release