Governance

Board of Directors

AgSafe's Board of Directors is comprised of five industry representatives and a non-affiliated chairperson.

AgSafe's Executive Director and representatives from the Prevention Services Division (OHS Consultation and Education Services) of WorkSafeBC participate in meetings on a consultative, non-voting basis.

2021


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Board Chair
Don Dahr
Don Dahr has been the Chair of the Board of AgSafe for four years, including with the Transition Board. In the past year, he oversaw and led the AgSafe Board’s composition review as well as its governance overhaul. Don brings over 30 years of expertise in health and safety including industries such as Construction and Oil and Gas. For 20 years, he was the Manager of Primary Resources, Industry and Labour Services with WorkSafe BC. Don is looking towards a 2-year terms as the Board’s only Director not required to be in agriculture.



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Director / Treasurer
Andrea van Iterson
Andrea van Iterson and her family own and operate Westwold Farms Ltd. in the Interior of BC, where they background 2,500 head annually. Andrea also works as the Executive Director for the B.C. Association of Cattle Feeders (BCACF) and participates with the National Cattle Feeders’ Association. She is a current Cattlemen’s Young Leaders participant and the B.C. Delegate for the Young Cattlemen’s Council. Andrea participated on the Transition Board for AgSafe. She is standing for a 2-year term as one of four AgSafe Members



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Director
Krista Harris
Krista Harris an owner of B Jack Farms, a family-run egg farm in their fourth year of production. Krista has been a firefighter for 18 years, so she is familiar with the importance of safety in a variety of situations. She has been involved in Accident Investigations and helped to raise awareness of and promote Mental Health with the fire fighters. Krista will be a new Director and is standing for a 1-year term as one of four AgSafe Members.



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Director / Vice Chair
David Nguyen
David Nguyen is currently the Director of Health, Safety and Environmental for Champs Fresh Farms. David worked as a safety advisor for AgSafe (when it was known as FARSHA) from 2009 to 2018. He holds his CRSP designation awarded by the Board of Canadian Safety Professionals, and his background includes an Occupational Health and Safety Diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Prior to working for AgSafe, David was a Health and Safety Coordinator in the food processing industry. David participated on the Transition Board for AgSafe and is standing for a 2-year term as one of four AgSafe Members.



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Director
Paula Baxter
Paula Baxter is a new owner of Exemplar Horticulture in Abbotsford. She has been in the field of agriculture for 25 years and is passionate about Health and Safety. Paula achieved a 99% score for her audit on the Certificate of Recognition (COR) for safety at her previous nursery. Paula sits on the Technical Advisory Committee for the COR program. When Paula is not busy writing up Safe Work Procedures for her nursery, you can find her training for a triathlon. Paula is standing for a 1-year term.



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Director
Ajay Randhawa
Ajay Randhawa has been in the greenhouse business since he was a child, and now helps run the family’s Randhawa Farms. Despite being a young farmer, he has done it all, from picking, packing and driving to managing all of the greenhouse operations. Ajay is interested in using data for positive change in agricultural safety, and is especially interested in mental health and addressing bullying and harassment. Ajay is standing for a 2-year term as AgSafe’s “Young Farmer” Director.



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Director / Secretary
Jennifer Ross
Jennifer Ross is the Quality Assurance Coordinator at Driediger Farms, overseeing Health and Safety issues from a staff perspective. She focuses on providing her team with a safe environment where they also feel valued and appreciated for their contributions. A former rugby player, Jennifer Ross has previously been a board member with BC Rugby and the Fraser Valley Rugby Association. Jen is standing for a 1- year term as the Board’s “Worker or worker representative” Director.