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Developing leadership and governance excellence

The Building Community Leaders program has been developed to enhance leadership and governance skills and risk management practices in Ontario’s agricultural societies and, by extension, the agri-food sector.


The registration fee for OAAS agricultural societies is $125.00 plus HST, and for non-member ag societies, it is $225.00 plus HST. Time: Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. on day one and ends at 3 p.m. on day two.
Please register three weeks before each workshop so we can prepare materials, send information, and confirm with the hotels and caterers.


Cancellation Policy:

The registration fee will not be refunded. However, you may transfer the registration to another society member by contacting the OAAS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least 24 hours before the workshop starts.



Each two-day workshop will use an experiential approach to deliver leadership, governance, risk management practices, and community engagement skills to participants.

Brief description of some of the topics for our workshops.

  • Start with the end in mind - Participants are welcomed, create an atmosphere for learning, define why the training is important, set the tone for the two days, and create culture of open-mindedness and common purpose.
  • Understanding people—This session will promote a deeper understanding of each person’s communication and collaboration style. The DISC tool creates a better organizational culture, more engagement, and improved results. Stoneridge Consulting leads this session, which requires completing a brief pre-workshop questionnaire.
  • Panel role of the leader: “Becoming a leader, people will follow”. Participants will gain a variety of leadership strategies, concepts and perspectives from seasoned leaders in the agricultural and rural community development sectors.
  • Best practices for organizational excellence
    • Part 1: Best Practices for Organizational Excellence - Participants understand the tools and rules of engagement that optimize the effective use of Board/Staff skills and time.
    • Part 2: Board Roles & Responsibilities—Participants learn how to conduct themselves on the Board, represent their Agriculture Society, respect the collective voice of OAAS, and stay engaged in providing foresight for their Agriculture Society. Helen Scutt will lead this session.
  • Problem-solving - using the Kirton Adaptation-Innovation Problem Solving Tool (KAI). During this session, participants will dig into how different individual styles can contribute to solving problems in a dynamic organization. The session will deliver leadership content using presentation, storytelling, and short group exercises. At the end of the session, participants will learn about their KAI and their placement on the adaptation-innovation continuum. This session is ROI-led. Requires completing a brief pre-workshop questionnaire.


A post-workshop community of practice will be offered to participants so that they can continue to share and collaborate. Webinars and an online forum will accelerate best practices and leverage resources.

Engagement & Sharing

Program participants are invited to take part in a culminating event where they will be inspired to mobilize action and celebrate successes.

About the program

Starting in 2024, OAAS will host several workshops across the province to offer the opportunity for two executive members from each agricultural society to participate in the following developmental activities:

 Building Community Leader 1



Building Community Leader 2


 ONCA Workshop information

We have a series of Zoom workshops and sessions to help you update your Constitution/Articles and By-laws to be ONCA compliant; please see the dates below. These sessions will be recorded and posted on our website.ONCA Flyer

Please share this information with all the directors on your board – we encourage each society to send multiple directors/members to these sessions.

The ‘Bring your own by-laws’ webinar will be very similar to the workshop held at the Convention.  If you attended that workshop, you are welcome to attend this one also. Please print the Bylaws workbook before the sessions begin. See the link below.

Please register in advance: Mar 14, 2024, and Mar 21, 2024, have the same link.  Mar 14 is part 1, and Mar 21 is part 2 of this session
Register in advance for this meeting:

ONCA-Bylaws DIY Workbook_AHOA 2024 Click Here
or the workshop PowerPointClick Here  
Overview of Requirements for Ag Society Constitution Articles & Bylaws document Click Here

For the Template document, 
  Click Here 

For the session survey, Click Here

Recording for March 4th Click Here 
Recording for March 14th Click Here
Recording for March 21st Click Here
Template Review Recording for March 27th Click Here

Drop-in Q&A Times
Dates: March 28, recording April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29, and September 26 (all 7-9 pm)
Please register in advance: