OGVG welcomes new GM, board chair

August 14, 2015
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Aug. 14, 2015, Leamington, Ont. — Rick Seguin has been appointed general manager of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG).

He takes over from George Gilvesy, who earlier advised the board of his intention to step down as GM, and who has subsequently been appointed as chair of the OGVG board by the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission effective November 1, 2015. He replaces outgoing chair Don Taylor, who is retiring.

Seguin 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, Seguin 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 District 1 vice-chair Jamie Cornies.

“We are sorry to lose Don Taylor from the chair’s role, and wish him well in his retirement,” said Jan VanderHout, OGVG District 2 vice-chair.

“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 MA in leadership, and from the University of Windsor with an MA in economics, Seguin and his wife Lou Ann have four children and three grandchildren. He starts his new duties with the OGVG on Sept. 8.

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