Organic Day and Annual General Meeting 2020

Join the Organic Council of Ontario for our 2020 Ontario Organic Day and Annual General Meeting on March 11 in Toronto, Ontario.

We invite OCO members and the general public to participate in a day of informative presentations, discussions, and a delicious local organic tasting experience.

Take advantage of our Early Bird rates, available until February 26th!

Agenda

This agenda is draft and subject to change.

7:30 AM to 8:00 AM: Registration & Organic Breakfast (Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor Street Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 2V5)

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM: Annual General Meeting

The Organic Council of Ontario will share our Report on Finances, an Update on Activities, Board Nominations and voting. More details on the AGM below.

9:00 AM to 9:15 AM: Break

9:15 AM to 10:45 AM: Policy Forum

The policy forum includes discussions and speakers on the topic of organic regulation in Ontario. Registration for the Day Program also includes lunch, and all coffee/tea breaks.

9:15 AM - The State of Organics, Brian Lemon, Canada Organic Trade Association

9:45 AM - Leveling the Playing Field: Grow Ontario Organic, Becca Minielly, Organic Council of Ontario

10:15 AM - Organic Regulation in Ontario, Tom Piekarski, Organic Council of Ontario

10:45 AM to 11:00 AM: Break

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM: MPP Meeting Preparation

Small group preparation of key talking points for afternoon meetings with MPPs.

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM: Organic Lunch

1:00 PM Walk to Queen’s Park and Group Photo (Legislative Assembly of Ontario, 111 Wellesley St West, Toronto, Ontario, M7A 1A2

1:30 PM to 5:00 PM: Meetings with MPPs (various locations)

Members and participants will be paired with their MPPs by region.

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM: Local Organic Reception, Queen's Park Committee Rooms 228 & 230

Local food businesses come together to offer delicious tastings of what Ontario organic has to offer. Take advantage of the opportunity to discuss with your fellow organic sector members and the MPPs who represent you!

Ontario Organic Day

Morning Policy Forum and Participant Briefing, Toronto Central YMCA

Get behind the most important day for organic in Ontario this year! We are planning once again to host several sessions with special speakers to discuss critical issues for the organic sector. This year, we are organizing the Policy Forum around the topic of organic regulation in Ontario. 

Afternoon Meetings with MPPs, Queen’s Park

Ontario Organic Day is the best way for organic advocates to gain exclusive access to Ontario MPPs from your region who are concerned and want to engage with you about the organic sector and the possibilities of provincial regulation. Join us and help promote the priorities of Ontario's organic businesses.

Local Organic Reception

Following meetings with MPPs, join us for an Organic Reception featuring seasonal taste sensations from local beverage and food businesses. We are currently looking for vendors who would be interested in providing food samples at the Local Organic Reception. Please contact Meg if you are interested in participating.

Tabling and Sponsorship Opportunities

This year’s Organic Day and Reception are expected to attract MPPs as well as attendees from across the organic sector in Ontario, including retailers, producers, processors, buyers, and industry stakeholders throughout the value chain. It's the perfect opportunity to showcase your business, sign up new members or customers, or feature your product in our menu. 

We are currently seeking sponsors and food donors. Download our sponsorship package here and please contact Meg if interested!

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Annual General Meeting Business

Membership and Participation

Remember, all certified organic operators in Ontario are now automatically members. Come out and make your vote count.

If you are not a certified organic operator, but you are a part of the organic value chain, an individual organic supporter, or an association, you can still have a vote at our AGM as a Supporting Member of OCO. Be sure to renew or join before February 28th, and feel free to contact Dora if you want to check your membership status.

The whole event is also open to the public, but voting at the AGM is reserved for members only. Please stay tuned for the Annual General Meeting Business Agenda.

Call for Board of Director Nominations

Do you want to see more supports for organic in Ontario? Do you have a regional challenge that you want addressed? Help us shape the future of organic in Ontario. Become an OCO Board Member. There are currently 8 available openings on the OCO Board:

  • Certified producer (1)
  • Value chain certified (1)
  • Supporter (eg. sector experts, consultants, in-transition/ecological producers) (1)
  • Director At-Large (4)

**Deadline Extension: All board nominations are due by February 25th. We encourage all board nominees to attend March 11th for the sector elections. Please review our Call for Nominations or contact Cassandra for more information.

Key Dates 

January 24th 2020: Nomination packages become available 

February 18th 2020: February 25th 2020: Deadline for nominations 

February 28th - March 6th 2020: March 4th - March 9th 2020: Online voting period 

March 11th 2020: AGM voting and (re)election of Board Directors

Advanced Online Voting for Board Positions

This year, OCO is offering advanced online voting for Board elections. Online voting is open now and all advanced votes must be placed by Monday, March 9th at 12 pm (ET). The nominees list is available here.

If you are a Basic or Supporting Member of OCO, you are eligible to vote.Industry members vote for their industry category and At Large positions, while individual and association members vote for the Supporter and At Large categories.   Vote here.

Can’t Attend? Vote By Proxy!

If you cannot attend and wish to vote by proxy, you can send another member in your place. Please contact us for a proxy voting form (to be submitted by March 10 at 12pm).

Venues

Toronto Central YMCA

The Annual General Meeting and morning portion of Ontario Organic Day will take place at The Toronto Central YMCA. 

Address: 20 Grosvenor St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2V5

Closest TTC Station: Wellesley Station 

Queen’s Park

The afternoon portion of Ontario Organic Day will take place at Queen’s Park. The Local Organic Reception will take place in Committee Rooms 228 and 230. Photo ID is mandatory for entry into Queen's Park.

Address: 111 Wellesley St West, Toronto, Ontario, M7A 1A2

Closest TTC Station: Queen's Park Station

Parking 

Parking close to the Central YMCA and Queen's Park is limited. Guests staying in the city overnight are encouraged to consider parking near their accommodations and taking public transportation or a taxi to the event.

Nearby options include:

U of T Parking Lots: view this map and filter to Parking Lots to see lots available on campus. Click on map markers for rates. 

Green P Parking: the nearest Green P lot is a 7-minute walk from the Central YMCA and a 12-minute walk from Queen's Park. Some municipal street parking is available in the area as well.

Women's College Hospital: is a 5-minute walk from the Central YMCA and an 8-minute walk from Queen’s Park. There is a lot beneath the hospital building.

Impark: a private parking company with several lots within walking distance of Queen's Park and the Central YMCA. These parking options are typically more expensive than public (Green P) parking.

FAQs

What should I bring to the event?

Photo ID is mandatory for entry into Queen's Park. Please make sure to register for the event using the name on your photo ID. Please also bring information or materials about your business to share with your MPP.

What's the refund policy?

Attendees can receive refunds up to 7 days before the event. Please contact us with any refund inquiries, or submit a refund request through Eventbrite.

Highlights from Past OCO AGMs

2019 AGM & Policy Forum

2018 AGM & Policy Forum

2017 AGM & Policy Forum