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Excellence Award for Agricultural Students

FMC and the Canadian Association of Diploma in Agriculture Programs (CADAP) have once again partnered to offer the Excellence Award for Agricultural Students. The Award encourages agricultural students to enhance their communication skills and raises awareness of the importance of farm business management.

Each year, Farm Management Canada collects submissions from agricultural students across Canada and awards three deserving students with money towards their ag education. This competition continues to be a popular means of connecting with the next generation while challenging them to reflect on the important issues facing our industry. FMC takes great pride in exposing these young minds to the rest of Canada – to encourage and inspire! Awards were issued in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place categories.

For the 2017-18 competition, students had to submit a multimedia presentation, a video, a Twitter chat, a blog or a Wiki, responding to the following question:

What aspects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) should be addressed and amended in the current negotiations that will benefit Canada’s agriculture sector?  

The deadline for applications is May 6, 2018. The winners will be announced in June 2018.

Excellence Award

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Farm Management Canada (FMC) and the Canadian Association of Diploma in Agriculture Programs (CADAP) are proud to announce the launch of the 2017-18 Excellence Award for Agricultural Students, designed to encourage students to improve their critical thinking, communication and leadership skills through a national competition.

How to Apply

FMC and CADAP are collecting submissions from agricultural students across Canada and will award three winners with scholarships towards furthering their education in agriculture. First place stands to win $1,500!

The award is designed to help students develop their communication skills by having the opportunity to voice their opinion on a subject related to farm management.

Students are asked to submit a multimedia presentation, a video, a Twitter chat,
a blog or a Wiki, responding to the following question:

What aspects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) should be addressed and amended in the current negotiations that will benefit Canada’s agriculture sector?

This year, students have a variety of options to choose from when deciding the best way to participate. Students may answer the question by creating and submitting a:

 

  • 3 to 5 minute Multimedia Presentation (with audio) or Video
  • 30 to 60 minute Twitter Chat (Twitter discussion on the topic held at a specific time with a specific hashtag)
  • Blog or Wiki

Selection of winners

A panel will select three winners based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the presentation, whether it be audio-video or written
  • Quality of the content
  • Presentation skills and/or written skills
  • Logic and coherent flow of ideas that are relevant to the theme of this year’s competition
  • Ability to reach the desired audience
  • Compliance with eligibility criteria
  • Points will be deducted for going over or under the allotted time (3-5 minutes for Multimedia or Video and 30 to 60 minutes for Twitter Chats)

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must be at least 16 years of age as of 31 December 2017, and they must be enrolled in an agriculture program at a recognized post secondary educational institution at the college or undergraduate level;
  • Applicants must complete the application form included, approved by a professor or teacher from the educational institution;
  • Applicants must provide proof of enrolment at an educational institution in a field related to agriculture or to agri food (you can complete an application form even if you have submitted an application for admission and have not yet received a reply. However, if your application is accepted, you will need to provide a copy of your acceptance letter);
  • Applicants must reside in Canada

Deadline for receipt of entries

Farm Management Canada must receive the completed application form no later than May 6th, 2018. Winners for the 2017-2018 Excellence Award for Ag Students will be announced in June, 2018.

2016-2017

In 2016-2017, students were asked the following question:

Certain segments of the general public question the way food is produced, and have misgivings about the use of new technology. What concrete steps would you, as a future member of the agricultural industry, propose to bridge the information and awareness gap?

The winners for 2016-2017 were:

2015-2016

In 2015-2016, students were asked the following question:

What top 3 priorities should Canada’s agricultural industry focus on in order to be a leading agricultural body going forward? How will you, as a new graduate, positively contribute to these priorities?

The winners for 2015-2016 were:

2014-2015

In 2014-2015, students were asked the following question:

How can the agricultural industry best support young farmers looking to succeed in an ever-competitive and complex global marketplace?

The winners for 2014-2015 were:

2013-2014

In 2013-2014, students were asked the following question:

“What key skills has your educational institution taught you about farm management that will be most useful in your career? Please explain why these are important.”

The 2013-2014 winners were:

2012-2013

In 2012-2013, the students were asked the following question:

“Why is innovation an important aspect of a farm’s success? How can farm business management be innovative? Please provide examples.”

The 2012-2013 winners were:

2011-2012

In 2010-2011 the students were asked the following question:

“What is the importance of lifelong learning to meet the business management requirements of an increasingly complex agricultural industry, and how can farm managers integrate learning opportunities into their hectic schedules?”

The 2011-2012 winners were:

  • Angela Alder – Stettler (Alberta)  (Lethbridge College  –  Agriculture Technology Program (technical agriculture program)
  • Natalie Forest – Coaldale (Alberta) Lethbridge College – Agriculture Technology Program (technical agriculture program)
  • Tessa Nybo – Sundre (Alberta)  Olds College – Agriculture Management Program (farm management program)

2010-2011

In 2010-2011 the students were asked the following question:

“As a future farm manager, how will you balance the environmental stewardship necessary for the safeguarding of our water, air and soil with the need to be productive and competitive in a global economy?”

The 2010-2011 winners were:

  • Gabriel Gosselin (Institut de technologie agroalimentaire – Campus de La Pocatière, QC)
  • Jessica Harbers (Lethbridge College, AB)
  • Mathieu Ouellette (Université Laval, QC)

2009-2010

“How do changing consumer trends affect farm management responsibilities and styles?”

The 2009-2010 winners were:

  • Kendra Laing (University of Saskatchewan)
  • Philippe Langlois (Institut de technologie agroalimentaire)
  • Améillie Sirois LeClerc (McGill University)
  • Alexandra Fournier Lupien (Collège Lionel-Groulx)
  • Elizabeth Schouten (University of Guelph)

2008-2009

In 2009-2010 the students were asked the following question:

“How do changing consumer trends affect farm management responsibilities and styles?”

The 2009-2010 winners were:

  • Geneviève Arseneault, Université Laval, agricultural economics program
  • Christina Crowley, University of Guelph, technical agriculture program
  • Jacques Gaudet, Cégep de Victoriaville, agricultural operations and business management (organic horticulture)
  • Emma Holmes, University of British Columbia, Global resource systems – sustainable agriculture
  • Kevin Robson, University of Guelph, agricultural economics with a specialization in plant technology

For more information, contact:

Mathieu Lipari
Program Manager
Farm Management Canada
613-237-9060 x24 or 1-888-232-3262 x24
mathieu@fmc-gac.com

Bob Ross Scholarship

CTEAM stands for Canadian Total Excellence in Agricultural Management and is run by Agri-food Management Excellence. During the program, farmers learn detailed financial, marketing and human relations management skills, using their own operation as a case study.

Robert (Bob) Ross was instrumental in guiding the CTEAM program, inspiring and encouraging farm management excellence across Canada through his leadership and passion for the agricultural community. Bob fought a courageous battle with cancer, passing in March 2014.

As a tribute to his passion, leadership and legacy, Agri-Food Management Excellence, Farm Management Canada, Family Farms Group and the Ross Family, along with an additional private contributor this year, established the Robert L. Ross Memorial Scholarship program, rewarding two farmers with the opportunity to participate in the CTEAM program and continue on a path towards excellence, as inspired by Canada’s leading experts and a one-of-a-kind support network of peers and colleagues.

For further details and to apply for the scholarship and for the CTEAM program, contact AME or visit: http://www.agrifoodtraining.com/for-producers-cteam
Larry Martin, Principal
Phone: 519-841-1698
Heather Broughton, Principal
Phone: 780-781-2840

Wilson Loree Award

Farm Management Canada seeks to honour individuals or groups who have made an extraordinary contribution to developing and promoting new and positive change in agricultural business management practices and expertise in Canada.

The Wilson Loree award is named after Wilson Loree who retired as Branch Head of Agriculture Business Management after 27 years with Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. A past director and one of the founders of the Canadian Farm Business Management Council (now Farm Management Canada), he has been cited as “an individual who exemplifies innovation, wisdom, and a constant focus on the farm manager and the farm family.” Currently Wilson resides in Olds, Alberta with his family and operates Loree Management Services.

The Wilson Loree Award is awarded to individuals or groups that:

  • have made significant contributions in the area of business management regionally or nationally
  • have demonstrated innovation in areas such as turning research into practical management tools, adapting best practices from other sectors
    to agriculture; and finding new ways to deliver training, information and resources to farm managers
  • have served as a role model and a mentor to colleagues, partners and clients, inspiring them to achieve their full potential
  • have demonstrated the abilities to network and develop partnerships to include others in furthering the shared goals and vision of the agriculture industry

August 14, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – Farm Management Canada is seeking to honour individuals or groups with the 2017 Wilson Loree Award.  This prestigious award was established over fifteen years ago, to honour those that have made an extraordinary contribution to developing and promoting new and positive change in agricultural business management practices and expertise in Canada.

FMC encourages the nomination of individuals or groups that:

  • have made significant contributions in the area of business management regionally or nationally;
  • have demonstrated innovation in areas such as turning research into practical management tools, adapting best practices from other sectors to agriculture, and finding new ways to deliver training, information and resources to farm managers;
  • have served as a role model and a mentor to colleagues, partners and clients, inspiring them to achieve their full potential;
  • have demonstrated the ability to network and develop partnerships to include others in furthering the shared goals and vision of the agriculture industry

Nominations are required by October 13, 2017. FMC Staff and Board members are not eligible for the award. The winner will be revealed during the Agricultural Excellence Conference on Wednesday November 22nd.  All are welcome to attend.

Do you know someone who has made an extraordinary contribution to developing and promoting new and positive change in agricultural business management practices and expertise in Canada?
Nominate them for the Wilson Loree Award today!
For more information contact:
Farm Management Canada
Heather Watson, Executive Director
300-250 City Centre Ave., Ottawa (Ontario) K1R 6K7
Telephone: 1-888-232-3262 Fax: 1-800-270-8301
Click here to download the nomination form for the 2017 Wilson Loree Award

 

 

 

Nominations for the Wilson Loree Award will be open until October 13, 2017.

Wilson Loree Award
Farm Management Canada
300-250 City Centre Ave.
Ottawa ON K1R 6K7

Fax: 1-800-270-8301
E-mail: info@fmc-gac.com

Recipients of the Wilson Loree award to date are:

 

 

 

2016 – Merle Good of Alberta
2015 – Terry Betker of Manitoba
2014 – Peter VanderZaag of Ontario
2013 – Jean-Philippe Perrier of Quebec
2012 – Lyle Staveness of Saskatchewan
2011 – Dr. Larry Martin of the George Morris Centre
2010 – Brian Little, former National Manager of Agriculture at RBC
2009 – George Geldart of BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
2008 – Raymond Levallois of Université Laval
2007 – Marcel Couture, agr.
2006 – Ian Hall of Olds College
2005 – The Team of Farm Management Instructors from the School of Agriculture, University of Manitoba
2004 – Dr. Len Bauer from Alberta
2003 – Fédération des groupes conseils agricoles du Québec

Wilson Loree Award
Farm Management Canada
300-250 City Centre Ave.
Ottawa ON K1R 6K7
Fax: 1-800-270-8301
E-mail: info@fmc-gac.com

Our Vision:
That FMC is the trusted source and primary resource centre for farm business management knowledge and skills development in Canada.

Our Mission:
To cultivate excellent Canadian farm business management, through awareness and adoption of beneficial management practices.

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