Winnipeg, MB, November 9, 2021 – – The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) welcomes one new board member for 2021-2022. 

Peter Sykanda, Farm Policy Analyst with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), was elected by CASA’s membership to the seven-person Board of Directors. Sykanda manages a diverse portfolio for OFA and has expertise in a number of critical issues for farmers, including farm labour and safety, climate change, rural internet connectivity, and more recently, advocating for the increased attention and support for farmer mental health.  

Reelected to the Board of Directors is Carolyn Van Den Heuvel (Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture) and Dean Anderson (Workplace Safety & Prevention Services) 

Dan Trottier (Tatonga Inc.) assumes the position of Chair for the 2021-2022 year. Thea Green, the position of Vice-Chair and Dean Anderson (Workplace Safety & Prevention Services) continues as Treasurer. Rounding out the executive is Wendy Bennett (AgSafe) as Secretary. 

Karl Klotzbach (CNH Industrial America) completes the Board of Directors. 

“It is a pleasure to serve on the CASA Board,” says Trottier. “The Board strives to provide the Canadian agricultural industry with resources and networking opportunities to promote safe and healthy farms with a view towards sustainable agriculture.”  

CASA’s Board of Directors would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to outgoing board member Michele Rogalsky (School of Agriculture, University of Manitoba) for her years of service.  

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and safety of farmers, their families and agricultural workers. CASA is funded in part through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative and receives additional support from the agricultural and corporate sectors. For more information, visit www.casa-acsa.ca, find us on Facebook or LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter @planfarmsafety.

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Robin Anderson
Communications Coordinator CASA/ACSA
877-452-2272 / randerson@casa-acsa.ca