OLA AGM and Property Rights Conference

Published November 1, 2019

The Quality Inn in Arnprior, Ontario was the venue for the OLA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Property Rights Conference on October 26.

The AGM, held in the morning, began with coffee and donuts followed by reports from the secretary, treasurer, and President Jeff Bogaerts.

One of the orders of business was the revision of the OLA Constitution to change the structure of the Executive Council from one President, one Vice-President, and five Governors to one President, two Vice-Presidents, and four Governors.

Following the revision, elections for the Executive Council were held. Those elected for 2019-2020 are:

  • Jeff Bogaerts, President
  • Donna Burns, Vice-President
  • Bob Weirmeir, Vice-President
  • Stefanos Karatopis, Governor
  • Duaine McKinley, Governor
  • Ed Kaminsky, Governor
  • Vaughn Johnstone, Governor

The Conference opened at 1 PM with welcoming remarks from President Jeff Bogaerts. Next was a presentation by Tom DeWeese, our special guest speaker. Tom is the founder and president of the American Policy Centre (APC). The APC, located in suburban Washington, D.C., promotes free enterprise, limited government regulations, and property rights.

The energy in the room was intense as Tom spoke about the 2% of people who fight for their rights and the 98% who do not. He advised us to never give up, remarking that governments cannot implement sustainability without destroying private property.

Tom and Marlene Black were presented with the Terry Green Award for their many years of dedication and service to the OLA.

Marlene Black received an award for her years of work on the Landowner Magazine as well as other communication channels such as the OLA ENews.

Jean-Serge Brisson was invited to speak about his win against Canada Revenue Agency in court just two days before the conference. For details on Jean-Serge’s story see https://ontariolandowners.ca/news/the-end-of-the-beginning-by-jean-serge-brisson/

The Property Rights Conference proceedings, including Tom DeWeese’s presentation will be available soon on our OLA YouTube Channel.

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