Annual General Meeting 2021


Our 2021 AGM and Workshop is taking place as an online series.


The theme will be Combating COVID-19 within the Agricultural Industry.

Tentative Schedule:

Monday, January 25, 6:30-9:30pm Annual General Meeting
Agenda for AGM
Wednesday, January 27, 7-9pm, Workshop Session 1

Monday, February 1, 7-9pm, Workshop Session 2

Agenda for Workshop Sessions




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Annual Report




Lisa McGuire

As Founder and CEO of the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC, Lisa oversees all management, governance, and strategic direction of the not-for-profit health and safety association for BC manufacturers and food processors. Under Lisa’s leadership, the organization more than doubled membership to 3,000 while growing a multi-layer infrastructure under a 14-director Policy Board.

Lisa also founded the BC Safety Charter whose vision is to engage BC senior executives to create a culture of safety and well-being making our province the safest place to live and work in Canada. This BC Safety Charter transitioned into an independent Society, “The Executive Health & Safety Council of BC,” in 2020. She is currently leading the development of a National Health & Safety Audit Standard and ongoing collaboration to establish a national Health & Safety Professional certification program in manufacturing.

Lisa’s background includes an Agricultural Science education through the University of Saskatchewan and UBC. She is also a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and a certified Director (ICD.D) through the Institute of Corporate Directors-Rotman, Directors Education Program.



Ivan Emke

Ivan Emke was born and raised on a farm in Bruce County, Ontario.  He went on to study and work at a yaffle of Universities, including a stint of a quarter century teaching in a Social and Cultural Studies program at Grenfell Campus of Memorial University.  At Grenfell, he also served in a variety of administrative appointments, including the Facilitator for Internationalization, the Associate Vice-President for Research (twice) and the interim Vice-President.

In terms of research, Ivan has spent a lot of time pondering rural communities, both in Canada and elsewhere (including a focus on Iceland).  He is obsessed with food production and the complexity of modern food systems, as well as the role of community media in social cohesion.   In his spare time, he runs Kitchen Table Communications, that produces “Fit to Eat: the NL Farm and Food Show,” distributes an e-newsletter called “Food Notes,” and generally gets involved in projects that focus on food and rural development.