Media Release: B.C. dairy farmer elected to AgSafe Board of Directors


B.C. dairy farmer elected to AgSafe Board of Directors

Langley, B.C. / May 16, 2023 – AgSafe is pleased to welcome Tony DeGroot as a new member on the Board of Directors. Tony was elected to the AgSafe Board at the AGM held on April 11th in Chilliwack.

Many may know Tony as a long-time dairy farmer in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley and the owner of Tonesa Holsteins in Rosedale. Tony also helped develop and co-chaired the industry’s apprenticeship course. He has been a director on the Westgen Board for 18 years, including five years as president. He was also the Westgen representative on the Semex Board for three years.

Stepping down is Andrea van Iterson. Elected in 2021, Andrea has been a valuable member of the AgSafe Board and has helped move the organization forward in many ways.

Congratulations to David Nguyen and Ajay Randhawa who have been re-elected to serve another term as directors. David Nguyen was re-elected as Board Chair. A former AgSafe Safety Advisor, this will be David’s second term leading AgSafe’s Board of Directors.

AgSafe Board of Directors for 2023:

  • David Nguyen, Chair (Director – Mushroom Member)
  • Krista Harris, Vice Chair (Director – Egg Producer Member)
  • Jennifer Ross, Secretary (Director – Agriculture/Safety Interest )
  • Hugo Velazquez, Treasurer (Director – Worker Representative – Mosaic BC)
  • Paula Baxter (Director – Nursery Member)
  • Ajay Randhawa (Director – Young Farmer/Greenhouse Member)
  • Tony DeGroot (Director – Dairy Member)

AgSafe Board members are informed decision-makers drawing on a broad knowledge base and an inclusive perspective. They are individuals with extensive experience in agriculture and/or safety, as well as individuals who are looking to learn about governance and leadership.

Visit the Governance Page on the AgSafe website to read more about AgSafe’s Board of Directors.


Tony DeGroot
Wendy Bennett, AgSafe ED with David Nguyen, Board Chair

About AgSafe:

AgSafe is the non-profit health and safety association for agricultural producers in British Columbia. AgSafe provides site-specific consultation and on-site safety education, as well as online workplace safety resources and materials. AgSafe is also the COR Certifying Partner for B.C.’s agricultural and associated industries and offers a Certificate of Recognition (COR) program for large and small employers.

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Media Contact

Lennea Durant
Media Relations
AgSafe BC