Fitzgerald & Co. is a sole proprietorship launched in April 2001 by Susan Fitzgerald. The company specializes in agricultural association administration and project management.
Susan has worked in the Ontario agriculture industry for over 30 years with experience including the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the crop input industry, and as a self-employed project manager. She is the Executive Director or Executive Administrator for 10 agricultural associations: the Ontario Certified Crop Advisor Program, the Poultry Service Association, the Ontario Hatcheries Association, the Ontario Livestock and Poultry Council, the Presidents’ Council, the Canadian Global Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (CgFARAD™), the Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians, the Western Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians, the Ontario Livestock Transporters’ Alliance, and the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame. Her individual projects cover a variety of activities including emergency management, biosecurity, developing human resource and educational resources, and meeting facilitation.
In addition to Susan, Laura Shantz is the full-time Program Administrator. Laura oversees the Ontario Certified Crop Adviser Program. This involves managing the continuing education component and exam study material for the certification program and writing the semi-annual newsletter. Laura also manages the Canadian Meat Science Association, the Canadian Society of Animal Science, the Ontario Association of Equine Practitioners, and the Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners. In addition, she organizes and runs conferences and workshops and looks after social media including website updates and maintenance for selected clients.
Krista Bates is our Financial Administrator. Krista provides financial record keeping for our association clients and is the staff lead for the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame, the Western Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians, and an annual golf tournament and curling bonspiel. She also provides minute taking support to Dairy Farmers of Canada. Krista currently looks after the accounts payable, accounts receivable including membership invoicing, bank reconciliation, invoicing, HST reports and monthly statements for the agricultural associations we manage. She is proficient in Excel and QuickBooks accounting packages. Prior to joining the office, Krista was employed at one of the Canadian chartered banks.
We also have a network of professionals with specific skills who provide expertise on an as-needed basis such as graphic artwork, videography, French translation and statistical analysis.