The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrea Lear as its new chief executive officer.
With a long history of not-for-profit experience, Lear joins CASA after working as the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association’s executive director. She brings a wealth of knowledge from her years of working in financial services. She also holds a B.Sc. in agriculture from the University of Manitoba.
“I am eager and excited to join CASA,” says Lear. “I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experience in supporting CASA’s mandate to promote safety and health in agriculture.”
Lear’s formative years were spent on a Manitoba hobby farm, where she developed an appreciation for agriculture’s community and culture.
“On behalf of the board of directors, I am pleased to welcome Andrea as CASA’s chief executive officer,” says CASA chair Carolyn Van Den Heuvel. “Andrea’s enthusiasm and passion for agriculture will lead CASA through its next phase of growth.”
This appointment comes as a result of the retirement of Marcel Hacault, who assumed the position of executive director in 2004. During his years with CASA, Hacault’s influence and leadership have benefited agricultural health and safety efforts tremendously. His tenure will be remembered for his tireless efforts in advocating for safer farms and farming communities.
“We thank Marcel for his dedication to farmers, farm workers, farm families, and farming communities,” says Van Den Heuvel. “Marcel took every opportunity to ensure safety was top of mind for our industry and was an amazing ambassador for CASA. On behalf of the board of directors, I wish him well in his retirement.”