Published August 17, 2015
LEAMINGTON, ON – The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) are pleased to announce that the Rock Café managed by Marek Hospitality Inc. at the Health Sciences North location in Sudbury, has been selected as the winner of the 2nd OGVG Local Food Week promotion and display competition held the 1st week of June 2015. Marek Hospitality Inc. maintains a commitment to support local agriculture whenever possible, and they embraced the opportunity to participate in our annual competition.
OGVG engaged over 85 hospitals and business dining locations throughout Ontario, providing tool kits consisting of promotional ideas, recipes and merchandising material. These resources were created to support launching cafeteria/cafe menu initiatives, promotions and displays during Local Food Week.
Working with OGVG resources, Stewart Brown, Retail Foodservice Director and his lead, Susan Haddow, spearheaded multiple OGVG promotions, menu specials and displays throughout their operation. Cross merchandising was implemented, whereby OGVG was featured at six key food stations in the cafe: Chef’s Table, Pasta/Stir Fry Station, Deli Station, Pizza Station, Salad Bar and Fresh & Fast. To further engage and educate customers, 3 separate OGVG displays were also set up throughout the week.
“OGVG has been pleased to be part of this promotion with Ontario hospitals and business dining cafeterias and we look forward to working with other foodservice partners in the future,” said Don Taylor, Chair of OGVG. “In a competitive market, these new partnerships that expand and support our produce in the foodservice marketplace will help sustain Ontario greenhouse vegetable farmers.”
The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) is a not-for-profit organization representing over 210 farmers who grow greenhouse tomato, cucumber and bell pepper crops in Ontario, Canada.
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Published August 14, 2015
LEAMINGTON, ON - August 14, 2015 - The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) Board is pleased to announce Mr. Rick Seguin as the successful candidate in the recent competition to fill the role of General Manager of the OGVG. Mr. Seguin replaces Mr. George Gilvesy, who earlier advised the Board of his intention to resign from the General Manager position, and who has subsequently been appointed as Chair of the OGVG Board by the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission effective November 1, 2015, replacing outgoing Chair, Mr. Don Taylor.
Rick comes to OGVG after a 32-year career with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and other federal government departments. His most recent position with AAFC has been as Regional Director for Ontario, but since January 2015 he has been seconded to the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario as Director General. In addition to various other policy, economics and managerial roles for AAFC in Guelph and Ottawa, Rick has also had international experience, working for a combined total of almost nine years in agri-food trade development in Dubai, UAE and Dhaka, Bangladesh.
“Rick’s broad experience and skill sets in agriculture and government made him an excellent candidate for General Manager,” said OGVG Vice-Chair for District 1 Jamie Cornies. “We are very pleased to welcome him to the OGVG.”
“We are sorry to lose Don Taylor from the Chair’s role, and wish him well in his retirement,” said Jan VanderHout, OGVG Vice-Chair for District 2. “However with the Commission appointment of a proven individual like George Gilvesy to replace him, and now the hiring of Rick Seguin as General Manager, we are pleased that we will have effective leadership at the Board and organization levels to continue to drive progress in the greenhouse vegetable sector.”
A graduate from the University of Guelph with a B. Sc. (Agr) in Agricultural Economics and an M. A. in Leadership, and the University of Windsor with a M. A. in Economics, Rick and his wife Lou Ann have 4 children and 3 grandchildren. Rick starts his new duties with the OGVG on September 8, 2015.
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