Winnipeg, November 9, 2012: The Council of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) re-elected two directors to the non-profit organization’s Board of Directors this past October at FarmSafe 2012, CASA’s AGM and Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dean Anderson, Regional Director for Western Ontario with Workplace Safety and Prevention Services, resumes his officer post as Chair of the CASA Board of Directors. This is his fourth term as Chair.

“I am so pleased to continue serving as Chair of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association. Over the last few years we have been working hard to support safety behaviour change at the farm level while strengthening the organization from within. In 2013 this work continues as we develop and support new training tools and resources for farmers, bolster the FarmSafe Foundation—CASA’s new charitable arm—and promote the National Farm Safety Strategy. All of these activities contribute to safety behaviour change and realizing an agricultural industry where collectively we reach the goal of reducing and eliminating farm injuries,” says Anderson.

Lauranne Sanderson, Association Professor at Dalhousie University, assumes the role of Treasurer.

The Board elected both directors to their officer posts by unanimous acclamation.

Filling out the remainder of the Board, Denis Bilodeau, vice-president of L’Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) resumes his role as Board Vice-Chair, while Billy Woods, producer from Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador, continues as Secretary. Charan Gill, Chief Executive Officer of Progressive Intercultural Community Services, continues as a Board member.

Approximately 70 farmers, safety professionals, suppliers, trainers, manufacturers and researchers participated in FarmSafe 2012, CASA’s annual AGM and conference from October 10–12. The conference focused on new and emerging safety risks in the industry. Presentations from the conference and CASA’s annual report for 2011–2012 are now available at www.planfarmsafety.ca.

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association is a national, non-profit organization promoting farm safety in the agricultural sector. CASA’s vision is a country where no one is hurt farming and CASA is working with partners in government, business, and farming organizations across the country to support initiatives that equip producers, their families and their workers with the information and tools needed to make farms a safe place to live, work and play. CASA is funded primarily through Growing Forward, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative.

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For more information, contact:

Michelle French Lancaster
Communications Officer
CASA/ACSA
(T): 1-877-452-2272
mfrenchlancaster@casa-acsa.ca