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Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers hire new Executive Director

Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) announce that following an extensive search, Mr. Richard Lee will assume the role of Executive Director effective January 2, 2023.

Mr. Lee has been a sixteen-year member of the OGVG team, where most recently, he has been serving the organization as Senior Manager of Operations and Compliance. “OGVG is very pleased to have Mr. Lee take this critical leadership role for our organization at this time. We believe his knowledge and experience with our members and stakeholders will provide a seamless transition moving into the future,” said Rick Mastronardi, District 1 Vice Chair of OGVG.

“His years of dedication, commitment, and determination will be an added benefit to the sector as he takes over the role of Executive Director,” added District 2 Vice Chair Kevin Safrance. Mr. Lee brings over 30 years of management and leadership experience, in addition to his experience of working closely with retiring Executive Director Joseph Sbrocchi. The OGVG is confident that he is well-prepared to understand the opportunities, challenges, and dynamics of this growing agricultural sector.

“I am flattered to have been chosen to take on this new role and the responsibilities associated with the position,” said Lee. “It is truly an honor to lead our staff and members into some of the most difficult times when inflation and increasing regulation aims to challenge the livelihood of farmers in Ontario. Greenhouse vegetable growers are facing unprecedented challenges trying to maintain viability and support ongoing food security in this geopolitical environment. I look forward to identifying short and long-term goals that will be the focus of our office to execute in the upcoming months to create a sound foundation for new challenges that are imminently on the horizon.”

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