April 16, 2017
Heather MacRae
Heather MacRae
Landscape Ontario trade show manager Heather MacRae has accepted an additional role as the association’s new Executive Manager.

The role is part of a succession plan by LO executive director, Tony DiGiovanni, who will mentor MacRae over the next few years to allow for a smooth and seamless transition.

“Several of the past presidents and Provincial Board members have be urging me to develop a succession plan for many years,” explained DiGiovanni. “With the outstanding work Heather has done to elevate Congress and many other LO events to the next level, I no longer felt the need to resist developing a succession plan.”

Among her new responsibilities, MacRae will act as the main spokesperson for the association in absence of the executive director and focus many of her efforts on managing the daily operations of LO; working with department mangers to develop budgets, improve service to members, nurture creativity and innovation, provide guidance and support and identify and resolve operational issues.

DiGiovanni notified members of LO’s Provincial Board about the news and MacRae says she was “completely overwhelmed by the number of members who took time out” to congratulate her and offer their support.

“Both the staff and the members do a tremendous amount of work,” said MacRae. “This will allow Tony to be able to focus (externally) on the priorities of the members and the board, while we work internally to improve communication and work more effectively to provide members with better service.