Cathy Lennon will be the new general manager of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), replacing Neil Currie, who retires at the end of August.
Lennon comes to the OFA from the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers, after a long career with agriculture organizations.
Why it matters: Neil Currie has with the OFA for 19 years, so the choice of his successor will have significant implications for the largest farmer organization in the province.
Lennon was raised in Perth County and began her agriculture career with the Agricultural Adaptation Council. She served as general manager of Ontario Sheep Farmers, leading the organization through upheaval and trade disputes related to the BSE crisis. She was a program manager with Agricorp and as a senior lender with Farm Credit Canada working across all agricultural sectors and commodities.
Most recently, Lennon was general manager of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG), where she helped move the organization through repeated attempts by the Ontario Farm Products Commission to change how processing vegetable are marketing in the province.
“It’s an exciting new era for OFA as we welcome Cathy into the organization,” says Keith Currie, OFA president. “Agriculture has big opportunities and no end of challenges, and Cathy’s experience in so many facets of the agricultural sector will be a tremendous asset for the entire OFA organization.”
Lennon graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BA in political science, and is a Class 9 Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP) grad. Over the last two decades, her professional career has centred around working for farmers to make a positive difference in their lives and their farm businesses. She and her daughter live in Rockwood, Ont.
“OFA is grateful to the long-term leadership of retiring general manager Neil Currie,” says Keith Currie. “He had led our organization through 19 years with significant changes and challenges, and he leaves OFA with a strong team in place for Cathy to step into.”