John Jamieson, Executive Director of the Federation, said the meeting will allow the Federation to turn the page after a tumultuous year which saw a former employee sent to jail for stealing from the organization.
“The past year was a difficult one for the organization. Our board and executive spend much of their time dealing with a number of internal issues which took some of our focus away from the lobbying that we are known for. We have successfully dealt with the issues and are now ready to move forward with a renewed vigor.”
Jamieson said the greatest disappointment at last year’s AGM was the inability of the organization to present audited financial statements. “This happened for the first time in 70 years. Our members can be assured this will not happen this year.”
Jamieson said the spotlight on this year’s meeting will be on how to make PEI farmers more competitive with our farmers in our neighbouring provinces.
“In many cases our farmers are forced to compete with those who are farming in a business environment that is superior to ours.”
The agenda will feature a business meeting, discussion on resolutions, and a banquet focusing on the successes of the industry. Guest speaker at the AMG will be Crystal MacKay, the Executive Director of Farm and Food Care Ontario.
This is an organization dedicated to informing consumers of the importance of food production. Also speaking at the AGM will be Ron Bonnet, President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and George Webster, Minister of Agriculture and Deputy Premier for PEI.
The banquet will feature David Herle. Herle is a well known communications specialist and is also a frequent commentator about politics on the CBC National News, CBC News Network, and major newspapers in Canada.
For more information on the meeting contact John Jamieson at the PEIFA office at 368-7289.